Friday, March 30, 2012

Basket Case


Click the arrow to watch the video of the final use of the Emergency Egress System. Video source: NASA.

If you were sitting in the Space Shuttle orbiter during launch countdown and a fire broke out on the pad, your only means of escape was the Emergency Egress System.

It was never used in an actual emergency, and in testing only one astronaut ever rode it — future NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

With the Shuttle program over, the egress baskets have been removed from Launch Complex 39-A and put in storage.

NASA's NASAKennedy YouTube channel has posted video of the final release of those baskets. Click the arrow above to watch.

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