The six-member crew of the next space shuttle flight practiced driving an M-113 during a full launch dress rehearsal known as the terminal countdown demonstration test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Each astronaut of shuttle Endeavour’s STS-130 mission practiced driving the armored personnel carrier as part of their training on emergency escape procedures. An M-113 will be available to transport crew members to safety in the event of a contingency on the launch pad before liftoff. The test provides astronauts and ground crews with an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training.
During its 13-day mission, the shuttles astronauts will deliver a third connecting module, the Tranquility node, to the International Space Station. Endeavours crew members are Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Robert Behnken, Nicholas Patrick, Kathryn Hire and Stephen Robinson. Launch is targeted for Feb. 7.