Tuesday, May 04, 2010

STS-132 Astronauts Practice for Entry

At NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the six astronauts who will fly aboard space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-132 mission are participating in an integrated entry simulation, part of the final round of training and other preparations for their flight. Atlantis is in place on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where technicians continue their efforts to ready the shuttle for liftoff.

On Wednesday, NASA managers will hold a news conference at Kennedy after the Flight Readiness Review meeting to discuss space shuttle Atlantis' upcoming mission.

Image above: Nature and technology coexist at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at the pad. On the STS-132 mission, the six-member crew will deliver an Integrated Cargo Carrier, or ICC, and the Russian-built Mini-Research Module-1, or MRM-1, to the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Launch is targeted for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

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