Endeavour crew's practice countdown
BY SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: April 1, 2011
The Endeavour astronauts donned their bright orange spacesuits and went to the launch pad Friday to board the space shuttle for a countdown dress rehearsal and emergency evacuation training.
Commander Mark Kelly, pilot Greg Johnson, flight engineer Roberto Vittori and spacewalkers Drew Feustel, Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff conducted the simulation in preparation for the April 19 launch to the International Space Station.
The Astrovan delivered the astronauts to the seaside pad around 10:45 a.m. EDT to begin entering the orbiter and taking their assigned seats just like the actual countdown.
Clocks ticked down to T-minus 4 seconds before ending with a mock abort at about 2:05 p.m.
The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test concluded with the astronauts exiting the shuttle to practice evacuation procedures and jumping in the escape baskets hanging on the launch tower.
Here's a collection of NASA-KSC photos from the day's activities:
Photo credit: NASA