Episode 227: Long Distance Voyagers

The Talking Space Team, with duct tape in hand, examine issues with a failed coolant pump on board the International Space Sation that caused the orbiting facility to loose half of it's eletronics on July 31, 2010.  We analyze the first spacewalk that was performed by Station astronauts Doug Wheelock, Tracy Caldwell-Dyson and operating the CanadaArm 2, Shannon Walker in an effort to  make repairs to the ailing ISS.

Other topics include a plan by SpaceX  to build a Heavy Lift Vehicle, Boeing cutting metal on their first commercial 6 person ferry spacecraft, and has the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit lost all nine of it's lives? We offer our opinion.

Then team mebers Gina and Mark share thier travlers tales from the past few weeks. Gina pays a call at the Virgina Air and Space Center in Hampton, Virginia. She describes the various exhibits and what the museum has to offer it's visitors. Mark shares his experiences at NASA's International Space Sation Tweetup held at NASA Headquarters with guest speaker Expedition 23 Astronaut TJ Creamer. Mark also paid a visit to the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Musem and has some thoughts on the Apollo 1 Exhibit "27 Seconds". 

Sawyer makes mention of the first centenarians to perform a simulated space flight at the Lower Hudson Valley  Challenger Learning Center where he is a flight director.

Show  Links:

Via the Orange County Register Boeing "Cutting Metal" on New SpaceCraft

Virginia Air and Space Center

NASA Headquarters

Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum Exhibit on Apollo 1:  27 Seconds

Centenarians Participate in Challenger Learning Center Mission

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka, and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 8/8/2010

Listen now: