On this speical episode of Talking Space, the entire team gathered at the Kennedy Space Center to broadcast live coverage of the final space shuttle launch. We were overwhelmed to find out that over 200,000 of you listened to us live on launch day. In case you missed the covereage, however, which was broadcast on http://astronomy.fm, we have the entire broadcast for you here. The broadcast lasted from 10:30am EDT to 1pm EDT on July 8, 2011. This episode is being posted on the date of the final shuttle landing. The launch which you will here was the final space shuttle launch, ending a 30 year legacy, and is broken up into three parts.
Part 1: In this segment, we introduce the team and the mission at hand. We discuss the crew as well as the goal of the originally-scheduled 12 day mission. We discuss payload to the future of NASA, to the weather predictions which were not in our favor.
Part 2: In this segment, we welcomed in our affiliate radio stations tuning in to us throughout the world. It begins right after the poll conducted by the launch team at the Kennedy Space Center giving Atlantis the "go" for launch. We then proceed through the countdown, all the way to a glitch at T-31 seconds. After a quick resolution, you hear the launch in all of its glory. The final flight of the shuttle program can be heard directly from our own microphones as we narrate the 8 and 1/2 minute climb to orbit which Atlantis performed.
Part 3: In this segment, our final and longest segment, we discuss with the people who were there what launch felt like. We ask the questions of the people who witnessed it whether it be for the first time or the fifth. We also have two very special conversations with the team developing future space suits as well as Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Chris Hadfield, who will be going up next year for a long-duration stay aboard the International Space Station.
Host: Sawyer Rosenstein. Live Stream Host: Michael Foerester Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka, and Mark Ratterman. Special thanks to Astronomy.FM for hosting the live stream and to all affiliate stations who joined it. Also, thank you to anybody who came on, listened, or ever had a dream about going in to space. This is for you as well.
Show Recorded - 7/8/2011 Live from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida