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NASA Photo ID: 108-KSC-81PC-19
Space Shuttle prime crew astronaut Commander John Young,
along with other astronauts and ground support personnel,
were briefed on the use of the emergency pad escape system
known as the "slidewire."  The slidewire system provides a
quick and sure escape from upper launch pad platforms in
case of a serious emergency.  The flight crews wore the
spacesuits and other equipment to be worn during a mission,
but sandbags were used to duplicate the weight of the riders
in the slidewire baskets during the training at Launch
Complex 39A.

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