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Old 06-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Discovery crew autographs

I was lucky enough today to be at a press conference to meet and interview 4 of the 6 crew from STS-133, Discovery's last mission, namely Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Michael Barratt, Nicole Stott and Steve Bowen.

We got lots of time with each of them, and after the neccesary "what's it like in space" questions for the general public, I got time to geek out off camera. We chatted about a host of stuff, and it was great to get very technical about the mission and Discovery itself, without having to dumb it down for a general audience.

All four agreed to sign a picture of myself and my family from our first visit to Kennedy Space Centre in 2007 which normally sits on my desk at work:



I plan to have it framed along with a nice pic of Discovery in orbit, maybe this one.

I'll be putting the resulting video interviews up on youtube in the near future, so I'll tag those in here as well.

Today was a good day.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:21 AM   #2
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Awesome.
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Wonderful. That's something that you can treasure for a long time to come.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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Thanks! I've been cutting together the video we shot, and decided to do some longer pieces - one for each astronaut, to put up on Youtube. Usually we try keep it short because we're a news team, but there's no 'waste' footage here - it's all great.

I was listening to the pilot of STS-133 Eric Boe talk to us about how launch feels - while I was editing today, and co-incidentally had the live feed of Atlantis launching (at 16:30 GMT today) displaying on another monitor. I got goosebumps when those SRB's fired - and wished I could be back at KSC to see it for real.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:04 PM   #5
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Also, how's this for shuttle reference material??

http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discover...236/index.html
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #6
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The Discovery Astronauts were in Dundee today,did you get ant snaps Ronnie?

i was working and missed out
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I would have gone, but the final launch took precedence I'm afraid.

Keith

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Old 08-07-2011, 09:19 PM   #8
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This is amazing to watch. Live and direct from NASA:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:12 PM   #9
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The crew were watching it live with the Audience,at the lecture!
and it was all free

if i had a day off i would have went
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:16 PM   #10
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I've been looking at this since yesterday, it's amazing... WOWWWWWW...
Cant wait till Sunday when Atlantis docks with the ISS
I bit like scientific Big Brother... Very addictive...

Andy
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:20 PM   #11
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I wanted to record it direct from the internet as well as catch the CNN coverage, so had both the DVD recorder going and downloading from the PC to the video editing machine, so have been pretty busy all day. Now to edit all the coverage.

So unfortunately had to forego going up to Dundee. I was led to believe the crew appearance would be at 10am for an hour or so so didn't expect to see the launch there.

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Old 08-07-2011, 10:32 PM   #12
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The crew were watching it live with the Audience,at the lecture!
and it was all free

if i had a day off i would have went
That would have been quite something to witness....
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Also, how's this for shuttle reference material??

http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discover...236/index.html
Oh, it's adequate, I suppose.
Who am I kidding?! That's freaking AWESOME!

Also, I love that you got to talk with (most of) the crew... it's great to hear stories about astronauts & the like sharing their experiences, and reinforces the notion that they are just great people.
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Oh, it's adequate, I suppose.
Who am I kidding?! That's freaking AWESOME!

Also, I love that you got to talk with (most of) the crew... it's great to hear stories about astronauts & the like sharing their experiences, and reinforces the notion that they are just great people.
I have been watching the NASA live TV feed from the shuttle, they are scanning and panning robotic arm camera to inspect the wing tiles heat shield.

It's amazing.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:41 PM   #15
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Thanks CR, I'd like to say that the astronauts are just regular folks, but of course they're not. They're the top 0.8 per cent of those who qualify for astronaut testing, so they're pretty extraordinary people.

Here's a link to Prof Brian Cox's lecture to Isle of Man highschool pupils - which also featured the Discovery crew:



There is footage from the mission from about part 7 here:


I know there's a thread on here about the amazing Bob Mc Call's mission patch design, and I chatted to flight medic and mission specialist Michael Barratt about the patch design. He told me that they heard about Bob's death, and were of course saddened by it, then in a wonderful twist of fate, the patch artwork turned up at the office a couple of days later. Bob had posted it just before he died. To hear that first hand, and to see their pride in wearing it, was amazing.

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Old 11-07-2011, 04:02 PM   #16
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No, Donald, I never knew they were coming till it was all over.
I'm such a doofus!!
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