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.