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Pad Abort 13 Ready to Launch
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Pad Abort 13: Ready to Launch

July 29, 2010
An aerial view shows the launch abort system for the Pad Abort-1 (PA-1) flight test on the launch pad (on the right) for the test at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The integrated flight test will evaluate the ability of a launch abort system to pull the module and an astronaut crew to safety in the event of an emergency on a launch pad.