KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- STS-98 Mission Specialists Robert Curbeam, Marsha Ivins and Thomas Jones try out the three-person slidewire basket, part of the equipment used for emergency egress from the launch pad. The basket slides along a 1200-foot wire to the landing zone below and nearby bunker. The crew has been taking part in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities, which include the simulated countdown and emergency egress training at the pad. STS-98 is the seventh construction flight to the International Space Station, carrying as payload the U.S. Lab Destiny, a key element in the construction of the ISS. Launch of STS-98 is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 2:11 a.m. EST. (Photo Release Date: 01/06/2001 )
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