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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 crew members look at the nose cap recently removed from Atlantis. From left are Mission Specialists Charles Camarda, Soichi Noguchi, and Andy Thomas. Camarda and Thomas are new additions to the crew. Noguchi is with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialists Charles Camarda and Andy Thomas, who were recently added to the crew, look at the nose cap recently removed from Atlantis. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda talks to workers in the Orbiter Processing Facility. Behind him (left to right) are other crew members: Mission Specialists Stephen Robinson and Soichi Noguchi, Pilot James Kelly and Commander Eileen Collins. Camarda is a new addition to the crew. Noguchi is with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - While STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins talks to workers in the Orbiter Processing Facility, standing by are (left to right) astronaut Stephen Frick and Mission Specialists Charles Camarda, Wendy Lawrence and Andy Thomas. Frick is a tile specialist who joined the STS-114 crew during crew equipment and orbiter familiarization at KSC.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 crew members look at the tiles on the wing of Atlantis. In the foreground is Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence, who is a new addition to the mission crew. Behind her is Mission Specialist Charles Camarda, also a new addition. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The STS-114 mission crew walks through the Orbiter Processing Facility looking at the tiles underneath Atlantis. From left are Mission Specialists Andy Thomas, Stephen Robinson, Soichi Noguchi and Charles Camarda (pointing); Commander Eileen Collins; and Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence. At far right Glenda Laws, EVA Task Leader, with United Space Alliance at Johnson Space Center. Not seen is Pilot James Kelly. Noguchi is with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Members of the STS-114 crew look over flight equipment in the Orbiter Processing Facility. From left are Mission Commander Eileen Collins; Glenda Laws, EVA Task Leader, with United Space Alliance at Johnson Space Center; and Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Charles Camarda. In the foreground is Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence. Noguchi is with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. Not seen are Pilot James Kelly and Mission Specialists Andy Thomas and Stephen Robinson. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Members of the STS-114 crew look over flight equipment in the Orbiter Processing Facility. From left are Glenda Laws, EVA Task Leader, with United Space Alliance at Johnson Space Center, Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi, Andy Thomas, Charles Camarda and Wendy Lawrence. Noguchi is with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. Not seen are Mission Commander Eileen Collins, Pilot James Kelly and Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson. The STS-114 crew is at KSC to take part in crew equipment and orbiter familiarization.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Space Station Processing Facility, astronaut Lee Archambault and STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda watch as crew members work with equipment that will be used on the mission. Archambault supports launch and landing operations at the Kennedy Space Center as an Astronaut Office representative. Crew members are at KSC for equipment familiarization. STS-114 is classified as Logistics Flight 1 to the International Space Station, delivering new supplies and replacing one of the orbital outpost?s Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs). STS-114 will also carry a Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and the External Stowage Platform-2. The crew is slated to conduct at least three spacewalks: They will demonstrate repair techniques of the Shuttle?s Thermal Protection System, replace the failed CMG with one delivered by the Shuttle, and install the External Stowage Platform.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda arrives at KSC aboard a T-38 jet aircraft. He and other crew members are at the Center for familiarization activities with equipment. The mission is Logistics Flight 1, scheduled to deliver the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module carrying supplies and equipment,to the Space Station, and the external stowage platform.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the SRB Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, some of the STS-114 crew greet United Space Alliance employees Ed Glovich and Noemi Navaro-Cruz. The crew members are (from left) Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Stephen Robinson; Commander Eileen Collins; and Mission Specialist Charles Camarda. Behind Noguchi, who represents the Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency, is Paul Gutierrez, SRB associate program manager with United Space Alliance. The STS-114 crew is at KSC for familiarization with Shuttle and mission equipment. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment, plus the external stowage platform, to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins and Mission Specialists Charles Camarda and Soichi Noguchi sit outside the crew hatch on the orbiter Discovery. Noguchi is with the Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency. They and other crew members are at KSC becoming familiar with Shuttle and mission equipment. The mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment plus the external stowage platform to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda waits in a T-38 jet aircraft for his return to Houston. Crew members were at KSC for Shuttle and mission equipment familiarization. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment, plus the external stowage platform, to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Members of the STS-114 crew sign autographs for employees in the SRB Assembly and Refurbishment Facility. From left are Mission Specialists Charles Camarda and Wendy Lawrence. In the background, at right, is Pilot James Kelly. The crew is at KSC for familiarization with Shuttle and mission equipment. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment, plus the external stowage platform, to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the SRB Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda looks closely at a test design of the bolt catcher insulation. The STS-114 crew is at KSC for familiarization with Shuttle and mission equipment. The mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment, plus the external stowage platform, to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the SRB Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, STS-114 crew members look at test designs of the bolt catcher insulation. Starting second from left are Mission Specialists Wendy Lawrence and Charles Camarda; Pilot James Kelly; and Commander Eileen Collins. The STS-114 crew is at KSC for familiarization with Shuttle and mission equipment. The mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment, plus the external stowage platform, to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 crew members look at one of the Rudder Speed Brake actuators. Seen at right are Mission Specialist Charles Camarda, Mission Commander Eileen Collins and Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence. Crew members are touring several areas on Center. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment plus the external stowage platform to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda and Boeing Tech Operations? Team Manager Matthew McClelland look at an engine on a visit to the Space Shuttle Main Engine Shop at KSC. He and other crew members touring several areas on the Center. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment plus the external stowage platform to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- From an upper level of the Fixed Service Structure on Launch Pad 39A, STS-114 Mission Specialists Charles Camarda (center) and Wendy Lawrence (right) look at the surrounding area. Beyond the pad is the aqua blue Atlantic Ocean. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment plus the external stowage platform to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Shuttle Main Engine Shop at KSC, Boeing Tech Operations? Team Manager Matthew McClelland (left) talks with STS-114 Pilot James Kelly. At right are Mission Specialists Wendy Lawrence and Charles Camarda. One of the main engines is in the background. Crew members are touring several areas on Center. The STS-114 mission is Logistics Flight 1, which is scheduled to deliver supplies and equipment plus the external stowage platform to the International Space Station.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Remote Manipulator Lab inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda (left) and Pilot James Kelly look at the new 50-foot-long Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS) that will fly on Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114. The OBSS attaches to the end of the Shuttle?s robotic arm. The system is one of the new safety measures for Return to Flight, equipping the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the Shuttle's Thermal Protection System while in space. Crew members are at Kennedy to become familiar with Shuttle equipment such as the OBSS and the newly redesigned External Tank. The launch window is May 12 to June 3, 2005.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Remote Manipulator Lab inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda gets a close look at the 50-foot-long Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS) that will fly on Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114. Seated is Rafael Rodriguez, an advanced systems technician with United Space Alliance. The OBSS attaches to the end of the Shuttle?s robotic arm. The system is one of the new safety measures for Return to Flight, equipping the orbiter with cameras and laser systems to inspect the Shuttle?s Thermal Protection System while in space. The mission launch window is May 12 to June 3, 2005.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda looks closely at the tiles on Discovery. At left is Cindy Begley, lead EVA flight controller. The tiles are part of the Thermal Protection System on the orbiter. Behind Camarda are Pilot James Kelly (far left) and Commander Eileen Collins (right). They and other crew members are at KSC for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. During CEIT, the crew has an opportunity to get a hands-on look at the orbiter and equipment they will be working with on the mission. Return to Flight Mission STS-114 will carry the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, filled with supplies for the International Space Station, and a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope. Launch of STS-114 has a launch window of May 12 to June 3.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 crew members look at the new Orbiter Boom Sensor System recently installed in Discovery?s payload bay. At left are Mission Specialist Charles Camarda and Commander Eileen Collins; at right is Matt Myer, an EVA systems engineer from Johnson Space Center, and Pilot James Kelly. Behind them can be seen the Canada robotic arm. Crew members are at KSC for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. During CEIT, the crew has an opportunity to get a hands-on look at the orbiter and equipment they will be working with on the mission. Return to Flight Mission STS-114 will carry the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, filled with supplies for the International Space Station, and a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope. Launch of STS-114 has a launch window of May 12 to June 3.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda looks under the wing leading edge on Discovery while Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi and Commander Eileen Collins look at an area on top. They and other crew members are at KSC for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. The leading edge panels of the orbiters? wings have 22 Reinforced Carbon-Carbon panels, made entirely of carbon composite material. The molded components are approximately 0.25-inch to 0.5-inch thick. During CEIT, the crew has an opportunity to get a hands-on look at the orbiter and equipment they will be working with on the mission. Return to Flight Mission STS-114 will carry the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, filled with supplies for the International Space Station, and a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope. Launch of STS-114 has a launch window of May 12 to June 3.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Orbiter Processing Facility, members of the STS-114 crew take a close look at the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon on the wing?s leading edge on Discovery. From left are Mission Specialists Charles Camarda and Soichi Noguchi (with the Japanese Space Agency), and Commander Eileen Collins. They and other crew members are at KSC for Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. The leading edge panels of the orbiters? wings have 22 RCC panels, made entirely of carbon composite material. The molded components are approximately 0.25-inch to 0.5-inch thick. The leading edge panels of the orbiters? wings have 22 Reinforced Carbon-Carbon panels, made entirely of carbon composite material. The molded components are approximately 0.25-inch to 0.5-inch thick. During CEIT, the crew has an opportunity to get a hands-on look at the orbiter and equipment they will be working with on the mission. Return to Flight Mission STS-114 will carry the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, filled with supplies for the International Space Station, and a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope. Launch of STS-114 has a launch window of May 12 to June 3.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Kennedy Space Center?s Shuttle Landing Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda (left) is greeted by Center Director Jim Kennedy. Camarda and other crew members are taking part in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) over the next three days. The TCDT is held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight. It provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown activities. The test ends with a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cutoff. The crew also spends time undergoing emergency egress training exercises at the launch pad. This is Camarda?s first space flight. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center, Return to Flight STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda checks the fit of his launch and entry suit. This is Camarda?s first Shuttle launch. There are two days to the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery scheduled for 3:51 p.m. July 13. This launch is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and is scheduled to last about 12 days with a planned KSC landing at about 11:06 a.m. EDT on July 25.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - During Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda is getting ready to practice driving an M-113, an armored personnel carrier that is used for speedy departure from the launch pad in an emergency. Behind him are Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson and Capt. George Hoggard, who is astronaut rescue team leader, and, at right, Commander Eileen Collins. The TCDT is held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight. It provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown activities. The test ends with a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cutoff. The crew also spends time undergoing emergency egress training exercises at the launch pad. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Launch Pad 39B, STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins (left) inspects the payloads in Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay as Mission Specialists Charles Camarda and Wendy Lawrence (kneeling) look on. During its 12-day mission, Discovery?s seven-person crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve Shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Discovery?s payloads include the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, the Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC), and the External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2). Raffaello will deliver supplies to the International Space Station including food, clothing and research equipment. The LMC will carry a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope and a tile repair sample box. The ESP-2 is outfitted with replacement parts. Launch of Discovery on its Return to Flight mission STS-114 is set for July 13.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Launch Pad 39B, Mission Specialists Charles Camarda (left) and Wendy Lawrence take a final look at the payloads in Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay before launch. During its 12-day mission, Discovery?s seven-person crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve Shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Discovery?s payloads include the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, the Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC), and the External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2). Raffaello will deliver supplies to the International Space Station including food, clothing and research equipment. The LMC will carry a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope and a tile repair sample box. The ESP-2 is outfitted with replacement parts. Launch of Discovery on its Return to Flight mission STS-114 is set for July 13.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At Launch Pad 39B, STS-114 Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi (kneeling) inspects the payloads in Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay as Mission Specialist Charles Camarda (left) looks on. During its 12-day mission, Discovery?s seven-person crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve Shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Discovery?s payloads include the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, the Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC), and the External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2). Raffaello will deliver supplies to the International Space Station including food, clothing and research equipment. The LMC will carry a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope and a tile repair sample box. The ESP-2 is outfitted with replacement parts. Launch of Discovery on its Return to Flight mission STS-114 is set for July 13.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - As part of pre-pack and fit check for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda has his launch suit checked for fit. The TCDT is held at KSC prior to each Space Shuttle flight. It provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in simulated countdown activities. The test ends with a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cutoff. The crew also spends time undergoing emergency egress training exercises at the launch pad. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda suits up in the Operations and Checkout Building for the trip to Launch Pad 39-B for a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cutoff. The dress rehearsal is part of Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities held prior to each Space Shuttle flight. It provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency egress training. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center, the Return to Flight STS-114 crew suits up in preparation for launch aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Seen here is Mission Specialist Charles Camarda, who is making his first Space Shuttle flight. The crew is scheduled to launch on this historic mission at 3:51 p.m. EDT today from Launch Pad 39B. It is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and the 31st for Discovery. The 12-day mission is expected to end with touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility at 11:06 a.m. July 25.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center, the Return to Flight STS-114 crew suits up in preparation for launch aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Seen here is Mission Specialist Charles Camarda, who is making his first Space Shuttle flight. The crew is scheduled to launch on this historic mission at 3:51 p.m. EDT today from Launch Pad 39B. It is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and the 31st for Discovery. The 12-day mission is expected to end with touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility at 11:06 a.m. July 25.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Following the mock countdown on Launch Pad 39B, STS-114 Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi (left) and Charles Camarda wait for their turn in the slidewire basket used for emergency egress from the Fixed Service Structure at the pad. This is part of the pre-launch training included in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities. TCDT provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency egress training. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - STS-114 Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi (left) and Charles Camarda are suited up in the Operations and Checkout Building and ready for the trip to Launch Pad 39B for a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cutoff. Noguchi is with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The dress rehearsal is part of Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities held prior to each Space Shuttle flight. It provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency egress training. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -With the help of the Closeout Crew in the White Room on Launch Pad 39B, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda adjusts his launch suit before entering Space Shuttle Discovery. The crew is taking part in a full dress rehearsal for launch, including countdown and culminating in main engine cutoff. The rehearsal is the final part of Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) activities that the crew has been involved in for three days. TCDT provides the crew of each mission an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency egress training. STS-114 is the first Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. The launch window extends July 13 through July 31.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Return to Flight STS-114 crew arrives at NASA Kennedy Space Center in T-38 training jets to get ready for a second launch attempt aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Seen in the photo is Mission Specialist Charles Camarda. Mission Commander Eileen Collins later told the media who waited nearby that since the scrub on July 13, the crew has focused on the on-orbit part of the mission and training for night landings using the Shuttle Training Aircraft. She praised the engineers and technicians who have been troubleshooting the elusive sensor problem and thanked them. STS-114 is scheduled to launch July 26 at 10:39 a.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39B.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - On NASA Kennedy Space Center?s Shuttle Landing Facility, the Return to Flight STS-114 crew waits while Mission Commander Eileen Collins talks to the media. Seen in the photo are (from left) Mission Specialists Charles Camarda, Wendy Lawrence and Stephen Robinson. Collins states that since the scrub on July 13, the crew has focused on the on-orbit part of the mission and training for night landings using the Shuttle Training Aircraft. She praised the engineers and technicians who have been troubleshooting the elusive sensor problem and thanked them. STS-114 is scheduled to launch July 26 at 10:39 a.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39B.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Shuttle Landing Facility on NASA Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Mission Commander Eileen Collins pauses for a photo with fellow crew members. At left is Mission Specialist Charles Camarda; at right is Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson. Collins and Pilot James Kelly have been practicing night landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) in preparation for the mission. The STA is a modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II executive jet that was modified to simulate an orbiter?s cockpit, motion and visual cues, and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter?s atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway. Because the orbiter is unpowered during re-entry and landing, its high-speed glide must be perfectly executed the first time. Return to Flight Mission STS-114 is scheduled to launch aboard Space Shuttle Discovery with a crew of seven at 10:39 a.m. EDT on July 26. Landing is expected on Aug. 7.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At the Shuttle Landing Facility on NASA Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Pilot James Kelly (center left) and Mission Commander Eileen Collins (center right) pause for a photo after exiting the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) behind them. With them are fellow crew members Mission Specialist Charles Camarda (far left) and Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson (far right). Collins and Kelly have been practicing night landings in the STA in preparation for the mission. The STA is a modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II executive jet that was modified to simulate an orbiter?s cockpit, motion and visual cues, and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter?s atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway. Because the orbiter is unpowered during re-entry and landing, its high-speed glide must be perfectly executed the first time. Return to Flight Mission STS-114 is scheduled to launch aboard Space Shuttle Discovery with a crew of seven at 10:39 a.m. EDT on July 26. Landing is expected on Aug. 7.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda dons his launch and entry suit before heading to the launch pad. Camarda is making his first space flight on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114 to the International Space Station. On its second attempt for launch, Discovery is scheduled to lift off at 10:39 a.m. EDT today from Launch Pad 39B. It is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and the 31st for Discovery. The 12-day mission is expected to end with touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Aug. 7.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda has donned his launch and entry suit before heading to the launch pad. Camarda is making his first space flight on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114 to the International Space Station. On its second attempt for launch, Discovery is scheduled to lift off at 10:39 a.m. EDT today from Launch Pad 39B. It is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and the 31st for Discovery. The 12-day mission is expected to end with touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Aug. 7.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - At a celebration for the STS-114 crew and the successful return to flight mission, members of the crew relate their experiences for an enthusiastic audience of employees and family members in the IMAX Theater. On the stage from left are Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Charles Camarda, and Commander Eileen Collins at the podium. The crew returned to Florida especially for the celebration in the KSC Visitor Complex.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - STS-114 Mission Specialists Wendy Lawrence (far left) speaks to Kennedy employees in the Space Station Processing Facility while Mission Specialist Charles Camarda (left) listens. They and the other crew members visited several sites during their return to the Center. Their return is being celebrated at a gathering at the KSC Visitor Complex later this evening.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - After speaking to the employees in the Space Station Processing Facility, STS-114 Mission Specialists Wendy Lawrence and Charles Camarda autograph crew photos. They and the other crew members visited several sites during their return to the Center. Their return is being celebrated at a gathering at the KSC Visitor Complex later this evening.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - STS-114 Mission Specialist Charles Camarda is helped by the Closeout Crew with his launch and entry suit before entering Space Shuttle Discovery. This is Camarda?s first Shuttle flight. The Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station carries the External Stowage Platform-2, equipped with spare part assemblies, and a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope contained in the Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure and Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, housing 15 tons of hardware and supplies that will be transferred to the Station after the Shuttle docks to the complex . On this mission, the crew will perform inspections on-orbit for the first time of all of the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) panels on the leading edge of the wings and the Thermal Protection System tiles using the new Canadian-built Orbiter Boom Sensor System and the data from 176 impact and temperature sensors. Mission Specialists will also practice repair techniques on RCC and tile samples during a spacewalk in the payload bay.
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