Astronauts Perform Flight Training

HOUSTON, April 29 (UPI) — NASA said space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-132 crew spent Thursday in Houston, performing flight training in T-38 jets and taking care of administrative duties.

The crew, set to take Atlantis on its final trip into space May 14, completed the mission’s Terminal Countdown Demonstration test earlier this week at the Kennedy Space Center. The test is a multiday training session for the astronauts and the launch crew.


The space agency said its space shuttle program managers wrapped up their Flight Readiness Review Wednesday at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“Teams preparing space shuttle Atlantis for its STS-132 mission are not working any significant issues and the May 14 target launch date will be recommended at next week’s agency-level review,” the space agency said Thursday, noting technicians at Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A were servicing Atlantis’ prelaunch hypergolic propellant systems.

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