On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an emergency exit, or Mode II/IV, exercise is under way. Seen here are M-113 armored personnel carriers near the slidewire basked landing site. The exercise involves NASA fire rescue personnel, volunteers portraying astronauts with simulated injuries, helicopters and personnel from the Air Force’s 920th Rescue Wing, and medical trauma teams at three Central Florida hospitals. The drill allows teams to practice an emergency response at the launch pad, including helicopter evacuation to local hospitals.
Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett