Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Use the Company Car

Did you check the oil when you filled up?

If you've ever experienced delays at the airport, long flights, and long drives across country, you might get jealous of these guys. WHen NASA needs its astronauts to be somewhere, they don't want to waste any time. NASA assigns T-38 jet trainers to astronauts so they can zoom around the country for training, promotional, or instructional meetings. Here we see Commander Steve Lindsey and Mission Specialist Tim Kopra preparing for a special training flight. The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test helps astronauts learn the safety checks and countdown lists that go along with the safety rules for shuttle launches. And of course they get to fly. Steve and Tim are scheduled to fly into space as part of mission STS-133, due to launch on November 1st.

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