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STS-135 Shuttle Mission Imagery
Shuttle training aircraft
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JSC2011-E-059510 (14 June 2011) --- A shuttle training aircraft takes off from NASA's Johnson Space Center's El Paso Forward Operating Location on June 14, 2011, in El Paso. The Shuttle Training Aircraft or STA is a modified Grumman Gulfstream 2 aircraft that duplicates the space shuttle's handling qualities to allow astronauts to simulate shuttle landings. Since the beginning of the shuttle program over 100,000 landing simulations have been performed from the El Paso location at the nearby White Sands Space Harbor. Photo credit: NASA Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool

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