STS-129 Crew at Kennedy for TCDT

The STS-129 mission astronauts are flying to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today in their T-38 jets.

The crew will be at Kennedy Oct. 19, 20, 21, to train for their upcoming flight to the International Space Station on space shuttle Atlantis.

The training, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT, gives the crew an opportunity to check the fit of their spacesuits, practice emergency evacuation procedures at the launch pad, review firefighting methods and participate in a simulated launch countdown and other activities.

Today's training includes driving M-113 armored personnel carriers. Commander Charles O. Hobaugh and Pilot Barry E. Wilmore will take to the skies in NASA's Shuttle Training Aircraft to practice shuttle landings at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility.