Endeavour Prepared for TCDT

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers at Launch Pad 39A will begin closeout work on space shuttle Endeavour’s aft section today in preparation for tomorrow’s STS-134 crew arrival.

Endeavour’s six astronauts are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m. EDT to begin the full-dress launch rehearsal and other related training called Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT.

The crew’s arrival will be shown live on NASA TV (www.nasa.gov/ntv). During the 14-day mission, Endeavour’s astronauts will deliver to the International Space Station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays and the Express Logistics Carrier-3, a platform that carries spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired later this year.

Endeavour’s final flight, on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station, is targeted to launch at 7:48 p.m. EDT April 19.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour glistens in the sun on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rotating service structure (RSS) that protects the shuttle from the elements and provides access to its components is open to allow crews to move the primary payload for Endeavour’s STS-134 mission into the pad’s structure before installing it into the spacecraft’s cargo bay. Endeavour and its six-member STS-134 crew are targeted to lift off April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) and Express Logistics Carrier-3 to the International Space Station. This is Endeavour’s final scheduled mission.

Photo credit: NASA/Frank Michaux

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