NASA Dryden communications technicians Mike Yettaw and Donavon Hoover assist with air-to-ground communications between the space shuttle and the Johnson Space Center during space shuttle mission STS-92 in November 2000. (NASA /Tony Landis) While flying high above Dryden Flight Research Center on Saturday July 16, 2011, the last crew of space shuttle Atlantis on the final shuttle mission paid tribute to the many years of support the Center has given the Space Shuttle program. click here to listen to the audio recording (.mp3)
A transcript of the transmission is as follows:
(Series of three beeps)
Mission Control: "Atlantis - Houston Air-to-Ground-Two. For engineering purposes comm check through Dryden.
Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson: "Houston - Atlantis on Air-to-Ground-Two. We have you loud and clear.
"Like to say hi to the folks down in Dryden. We really appreciated all the work they've done over the years. They've been with the shuttle program since the beginning and they also give us critical comm right before we land there at Edwards. They've been a super-supporter over the years in orbit and in entry and we can't thank them enough for all their contributions. We would not have been nearly as successful without them. So, just like to say "hi" to all the folks down in Dryden today and the crew of STS-135 is thinking about 'em and we really appreciate all the work they've done."
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