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NASA EDGE: 2010 Recap
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NASA EDGE: 2010 Recap
Transcript

Featuring
NASA EDGE Clips
- NE Live@A-Train
- NASA EDGE: Hurricane GRIP
- NE Live@D-RATS 2010
- NASA EDGE: Future of Aeronautics
- NE@STORRM
- NASA EDGE: Extreme Analogs 2
- NE Live@Lunabotics Mining Competition
- NE Live@Pad Abort 1 Flight Test
- NE@Robonaut 2
- NE Live@Sun-Earth Day 2010
- NE@Fahrenheit 6000
- NASA EDGE: Orion Launch Abort System
- NE@Mercury Mission Control Room



2010 featured significant highlights for NASA and NASA EDGE. In addition to covering many of NASA's accomplishments and endeavors, NASA EDGE introduced live coverage via the web. Not only did viewers get to see some of these events live (Pad Abort 1, Lunabotics Mining Competition, D-RATS and more,) but they also enjoyed the added excitement of the Co-Host wielding a live microphone. Next year should see even more excitement from NASA, and a little more caution working with the co-host. Happy Holidays and don't forget to set goals and resolutions for the New Year! Even if you don't, you can always make sure NASA EDGE keeps theirs.



SEGMENT 1

[Intro Music]

CHRIS: All right, we have sixteen vodcasts to do for 2011. I was just looking through the notes. We definitely have to do STS-134 during the Live show.

BLAIR: With Drew Feustel.

CHRIS: …out of the gate in February. Lunabotics, we’re going to do again. We did four NE@ segments in 2010…

BLAIR: But it’s not quantity, it’s quality. They’re all good as usual.

CHRIS: Well, all of 2010 was pretty good.

BLAIR: Okay. Fair enough, good point. But the NE@s were pretty cool. I love the NE@s. In fact, Franklin, if I were to steal your food and hold it hostage, which would you say is the best NE@ that we did this year?

FRANKLIN: Well, I’m glad you’re not going to steal my food and hold me hostage, but I’m thinking back to R2, Robonaut.

BLAIR: It was a great segment.

FRANKLIN: Down at Johnson Space Center. We had a good time. I was actually able to get in and check out; because I never saw the original Robonaut. So to get in there and see the cooperation between GM & NASA come together for R2. It was a good NE@.

CHRIS: Is that when he tried to lift the 25 lb. dumbbell and couldn’t do it?

FRANKLIN: Absolutely. You know Blair was struggling.

BLAIR: I was faking because I didn’t want to make Robonaut 2 look bad right before his big ISS trip, which could be happening even as we speak.

FRANKLIN: Absolutely.

BLAIR: Just trying to be kind to R2.

CHRIS: My favorite was Fahrenheit 6000.

BLAIR: Ah, great segment.

CHRIS: You couldn’t make it that trip but of course the talk of the town was the cherry pastries.

FRANKLIN: I heard a lot about those cherry pastries.

BLAIR: Those were the talk of the town because they happened to be the best pastries I’d ever eaten.

CHRIS: Boy, they messed you up.

[laughing]

BLAIR: Well, I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say they messed me up. They were pretty good. That’s for sure. I mean, granted, you’re suppose to be limited to what, 2,000; 3,000 calories. I just sort of narrowed those down to cherry pastry for the day.

CHRIS: We were so lucky that they actually didn’t have the test because they had an issue because you would have fallen asleep through the test fire.

FRANKLIN: Well, I heard you fell asleep during the press conference.

BLAIR: It was a power nap. I wouldn’t call it falling asleep. That was strategic so I could prepare for more cherry pastries.

FRANKLIN: Do we have any pictures?

CHRIS: I’ve got to find those. We have them somewhere. We’ll see if we can get them.

BLAIR: I was thinking, I wasn’t sleeping. I was pondering. I was considering. I was thinking about where these cherry pastries came from. The other thing that was cool about DM was we actually stood right below the nozzle of a 5-stage rocket. It was very… amazing, sure but also a little, a little tense.

CHRIS: You’re feeling kind of stiff right now. Are you okay?

GORDON: I’m all right; nervous a little bit.

BLAIR: Who wouldn’t be nervous when you’re standing behind the nozzle of a SRB of massive proportion?

CHRIS: Are we, are we safe right here? Are we okay?

GORDON: I’m sure that we’re safe but I get a little nervous sometimes too.

BLAIR: I was standing there in what they call a flame retardant smock, which is great. They can find the smock if I get torched.

[laughing]

BLAIR: It will be intact. I’ll be crystals.

FRANKLIN: Which one of you cracked the marshmallow joke? I know somebody had to do it.

BLAIR: Is there any shot of maybe some s’mores or any cookout materials being used during the test?

GORDON: No, we’ve always wanted to take a picture of this and put someone there roasting a hot dog next to it but no, we don’t have anybody that close.

CHRIS: No, no. He’s actually volunteered.

GORDON: You volunteered?

CHRIS: He volunteered for the good of the cause.

BLAIR: Oh, we, yeah, we both did. Yeah, I actually tried. I wanted to get back there and do a little quick roast.

FRANKLIN: Ssssssh. Stand to the side.

BLAIR: I don’t think that would work out too well.

FRANKLIN: No, not at all.

BLAIR: But all in all, we also had a couple others. We had NE@ STORRM.

CHRIS: Right.

BLAIR: We had NE@ Mercury Mission Control; overall, a really good, solid year for NE@s.

CHRIS: Yeah, I couldn’t make the STORRM. I had a little child issue during that time.

BLAIR: And Ron, do we have a picture of the baby we can put up.

RON: There it is.

BLAIR: The baby, a picture of the baby.

RON: There’s another one.

BLAIR: Okay, Adam.

RON: Oh, here we go.

BLAIR: Ah, there we go.

[laughing]

BLAIR: Sorry, man.

CHRIS: Jacky filled in; you took Jacky to STORRM and also to Robonaut 2.

BLAIR: No, we didn’t take Jacky to STORRM. No, we actually used one of the new features for NASA EDGE, our field reporter, Amanda Hunt.

CHRIS: That’s right. See, I was in the hospital taking care of a baby. I had no clue what was going on.

FRANKLIN: Adam is working on your mind already.

CHRIS: He sure is.

BLAIR: Which, by the way, have you graduated from the latex gloves during changing the diapers?

CHRIS: Are you going to bring that up again? Come on, man.

CHRIS: And for the record I don’t use the gloves anymore. That was old school.

BLAIR: Yes! That’s great. That’s good news. You’re growing.

CHRIS: That’s old school. That was done after two weeks.

BLAIR: Two weeks.

[laughing]

CHRIS: But the cool thing about that is we did introduce that new field reporter concept for this year.

BLAIR: Absolutely.

CHRIS: Bringing in Shari Olsen from Dryden;

BLAIR: Yep.

CHRIS: Also, Amanda Huff from Western Kentucky University.

BLAIR: He actually put Amanda on the spot. She came in as an intern and he said why don’t you give a 30-minute talk to the rest of the interns. She’s like, “thanks.”

FRANKLIN: She handled it.

BLAIR: Oh, she did great.

CHRIS: She’s the first LARSS student here at Langley to ever give a presentation at their weekly seminar.

FRANKLIN: And it was a good one.

CHRIS: Yeah.

BLAIR: She knocked it out of the park.

CHRIS: What are you going to do?

BLAIR: What can you say?

CHRIS: What are you going to do?

BLAIR: Good deal.



SEGMENT 2

CHRIS: Okay, now that we’ve got the NE@s pretty much lined up, what about regular shows, which are sort of our bread and butter.

BLAIR: Um hum.

FRANKLIN: Yeah.

BLAIR: It’s the workhorse. It is the mainstay of NASA EDGE.

CHRIS: Now, we were able to do four last year, right?

BLAIR: Yep.

CHRIS: We did Hurricane Grip.

BLAIR: Oh, you’re working backwards. Hurricane Grip; Extreme Analogs 2; Aeronautics;

CHRIS: And then the Launch Abort System.

BLAIR: Ah, Launch Abort System, what a great show. I loved the Launch Abort System show.

BRYAN: They have this huge mixer. They put all the materials in there.

BLAIR: Do they toss it like the pizza dough?

BRYAN: No.

BLAIR: No, okay. Well, can’t get them all right.

BLAIR: Any bench-clearing brawls come up on the engineering side?

HEATHER: You know, I haven’t been able to use those skills yet but I’m still working on that.

BLAIR: Here it comes. Yeah, and by the way Heather, if you’re out there watching the show and I know you do, game on next time we meet. It’s just not happening.

CHRIS: The pockets were cool. How often do you find yourself in this position with your hands in the pockets?

MIKE: Oh, all the time.

CHRIS: You find your hands in the perfect position. How many hours a day are you in this position?

MELISSA: In this position?

CHRIS: Yeah, walking around.

HENRI: This is part of safety; keep your hands away from touching any of the hardware.

FRANKLIN: That was one of my favorites because Langley was so instrumental in working on that system. It was a good show.

BLAIR: We had Kevin Rivers on the set.

CHRIS: Yes.

BLAIR: Which was great.

CHRIS: Now, Doc Rivers.

BLAIR: Yeah, Doc Rivers.

FRANKLIN: Doc Rivers, yeah, right.

BLAIR: The NBA reference, that’s great. Exactly, that was awesome.

CHRIS: Think he could help the Heat out this year?

FRANKLIN: [sigh]

BLAIR: Kevin?

CHRIS: He’s a doctor.

BLAIR: You know what they need down in Miami is the Attitude Control Motor.

BLAIR: Which was confusing for me, when I heard attitude control, I sort of had flashbacks to many disciplinary moments that I went through in my life. What does that actually mean, the Attitude Control?

KEVIN: Well, attitude as in orientation.

BLAIR: Gotcha.

KEVIN: Not attitude as in…

BLAIR: Bad attitude.

KEVIN: Bad attitude.

FRANKLIN: Attitude… aah.

CHRIS: A little ACM action, yeah, yeah.

BLAIR: A little ACM technology to manage the egos.

FRANKLIN: Um hum. Are we talking about NASA or sports?

FRANKLIN: It’s like building a football team, ya know? You’ve got to get your best receiver’s coach. You’ve got to get your best defensive coordinator and you’ve got to pull them all together. And that’s how you come up with a good, winning, strong team.

BLAIR: Back to the ACM, the ACM, that is one of the coolest features, of course that was part of a Live show too of PA1, but the development of that was really fascinating because you dealt with all these new technologies coming together for only one component, a very important component of PA1. That was awesome.

FRANKLIN: It was and it marked the technology advancement for NASA moving forward. That is something that will probably be able to be used outside of NASA in aerospace industry.

CHRIS: Was that your favorite show too?

FRANKLIN: Uh, LAS.

BLAIR: You know what’s fun about that though is when you go back and watch the show and we’re talking to Kevin Rivers about the ACM, at the time that show was recorded, we didn’t’ know whether it would work or not.

FRANKLIN: Um hum.

BLAIR: Now, after the fact, we saw it fly at the PA1 show. We saw it in action and it worked perfectly.

MISSION CONTROL: 1…Launch, launch, launch.

CHRIS: Wow.

[crowd cheering]

BLAIR: Man, it’s just interesting to go back and think of all the hope and tension, and anxiety over whether or not this thing was going to deliver and then know that it actually did. It’s kind of funny.

CHRIS: It could have been a huge disaster. Remember 35 mph winds that morning?

BLAIR: Boy, conditions are tough.

CHRIS: They’re very tough. It’s very windy out here. We had the wind blowing directly in our face.

CHRIS: We almost lost a monitor and a couple of other pieces of equipment.

BLAIR: And that was just with NASA EDGE.

CHRIS: That’s right.

[laughing]

BLAIR: That’s not even talking about what was going on at the pad. In fact, if you remember, it’s interesting. At the pad the weather was, how far were we away from the pad?

CHRIS: Was it four miles, I think? Yeah.

BLAIR: Four miles and the weather was completely different from where we were set up to shoot the Live show to what was going on at the pad. It made a whole lot of difference.

CHRIS: I thought my favorite show was Hurricane Grip.

BLAIR: Mm.

CHRIS: Because it was close to home, talking about hurricanes on the Atlantic coast. We had Global Hawk flying all the way from Dryden out to Hurricane Earl in the Atlantic, making 8 runs, whatever it was and flying back. It hits home because hopefully they’ll improve predictions of hurricanes down the road, which will hopefully save lives.

BLAIR: That would be great. Yeah, certainly save us. I mean, not to be selfish.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, that was also a show that one of our co-hosts, Jacky, our co-host, Jacky Cortez was out there talking to researchers about Global Hawk. She made a pretty good contribution to the show.

BLAIR: And Shari, one of our field reporters.

CHRIS: Field reporters. Yeah, that’s right.

BLAIR: Now, as good as that show was I was actually wrong. My favorite show was not the Launch Abort System show. I liked the Extreme Analogs Part 2 going down to NEEMO. That was my favorite show, partly because I spent a lot of time down there, which was a lot of fun.

CHRIS: You have trouble making decisions or is it just…?

BLAIR: No, but when they’re so good; when you’ve got two good options.

FRANKLIN: It was the Blair show.

BLAIR: Chris, I know you like to decompress after your aromatherapy sessions but this is a little bit more excessive then I had in mind but buddy, you’re going to have to give me some questions because I’ve got to go interview some astronauts. [knock, knock, knock]

BLAIR: [squeaky voice] Wow, pretty good, pretty good; a little cool and a little minty.

BLAIR: See, I look forward to that because you don’t have to worry about driving on the wrong side of the road even if you’re from Scotland. You’re pretty much on a different surface here. It’s wide open.

DR. AMBERCROMBY: That’s right. And for the record, we drive on the correct side of the road.

OTTO: As I always tell people, it’s a piece of metal with electricity going to it, in salt water. It’s just…

BLAIR: Recipe for disaster.

OTTO: Exactly.

BLAIR: Like right now?

HEATHER: Right now.

BLAIR: You’ve got time because I can do a lot of push-ups. Have you started?

HEATHER: Oh yeah. It’s like 999.

BLAIR: All right, here we go. [groaning] One.

BLAIR: Can we take a nap?

HEATHER: Is that all you got?

BLAIR: All week we’re shooting that show and we’re waiting to see if we can actually dive on the Aquarius and go down and actually shoot our own footage. The weather was so rough, each day we’d go out; hats off to the safety team down there and everything else. They actually were trying to make it possible for us to go out and actually dive but weather conditions weren’t satisfactory.

BLAIR: As Bill Todd said, I approached him and said Bill, “Are we going to go out? And he said, “Well, we probably could go but you’ve got to really feel comfortable about it.” I said, “Would you go?” And he said, “I wouldn’t go out.”

BLAIR: Okay, well, that’s fair enough. He tried to accommodate us but if he’s not interested in making that trip then neither am I.

CHRIS: Ron told me that it took him 5 times to get recertified.

FRANKLIN: What happened?

CHRIS: Kept on failing.

BLAIR: It’s hard to scuba dive. You’re supposed to wear a weight belt not the floaties. Apparently they work against you when you’re trying to do some scuba diving.

FRANKLIN: Where did you pick those up, at Wal-Mart?

BLAIR: Um hum, it was a special; off season. It was great.

FRANKLIN: Good deal.

BLAIR: In fact, we were doing a Seinfeld scene. There’s a scene where I wanted to go out like a Marine biologist.

CHRIS: Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s right.

BLAIR: It was really funny because I’m out there with the floaties, and Ron is setting up the shot. I go stand out there and there are all these families and they’re on the beach looking at me. Little kids are like, Mom, why is that man wearing the floaties? I’m just marching all the way out to sea. And of course, the water doesn’t’ get deep down there, so I had to walk 400 yards out to the sea.

CHRIS: Wow.

BLAIR: I just finally had to collapse or I would have just probably gotten to Cuba by the time the water got too deep.

CHRIS: Cool.



SEGMENT 3

CHRIS: All right guys, how many Live shows are we doing this year?

BLAIR: I don’t know but I loved the Live shows.

CHRIS: I think it’s the best new addition we added in 2010.

BLAIR: Yeah, in fact, Franklin used to say we’d never make the Live shows. We’d never last more than five minutes.

[Franklin laughing]

CHRIS: That’s right. He said we’d be fired within the first minute.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, well, you know.

BLAIR: We’ve lasted quite a few minutes.

FRANKLIN: Well, you did because you guys freelanced too much on me on the set.

BLAIR: I refuse to follow script.

FRANKLIN: Ya know, we’re unscripted.

BLAIR: It’s true.

FRANKLIN: But the playfulness on the set is sometimes over the top.

WOMAN: And then they pass on their experience… whoo!

CHRIS: Hey, we’re live here.

BLAIR: We’re live and someone just threaded the needle.

BLAIR: Of course there could be other things at work, causing problems for your little demonstration.

ELAINE: I wonder what that could be.

BLAIR: Well, I happened to find that cow magnet and I wanted to produce a little magnetospherence, so there you go.

FRANKLIN: Is this your first launch?

CECE: I would say no. Yeah.

DEBORAH: The formulation is a little bit different to get a different burn rate.

BLAIR: Like, what is the formula?

DEBORAH: I cannot tell you.

BLAIR: I gave it a shot.

BLAIR: You’re almost like the goofy co-host of STS-134.

DREW: Okay.

CHRIS: But something about once the cameras go, it’s all business. You know, we’re not going to get…

FRANKLIN: Because you’re starting to think about your mortgage.

[laughing]

BLAIR: It’s true I think about the mortgage all the time.

CHRIS: I’ve got a kid to feed now.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, you’ve got a kid to feed now. Yeah, you’re like stay on track.

BLAIR: But also we covered some really cool events on the Live shows.

CHRIS: Yeah.

BLAIR: There’s some really fantastic stuff; Pad Abort 1, Lunabotics

CHRIS: Sun Earth Day.

BLAIR: Sun Earth Day; went back to the desert. Although you were taking care of Adam, we were out in the desert.

CHRIS: And the A-Train Symposium. Yeah.

BLAIR: Yeah, down in New Orleans. Where, for the record, no one was arrested.

FRANKLIN: No.

BLAIR: No one had to be paroled or anything like that. That’s good.

FRANKLIN: We got some good meals.

BLAIR: We did eat well.

CHRIS: That’s true.

BLAIR: We always eat well.

FRANKLIN: These beignets are delicious.

FRANKLIN: Now, why would someone get arrested in New Orleans?

BLAIR: I almost got arrested by the party police.

FRANKLIN: Oh, yeah.

BLAIR: I mean I thought they were real cops. They came up to me and said we’re going to take you downtown. I freaked out and they were like, “You need a drink.” “Book him, Danno.”

CHRIS: The great thing about the Live shows is we can really get that 2-way interaction in our fans, especially at Lunabotics where we had the college students there.

FRANKLIN: Absolutely.

CHRIS: And we had one, what was it, Montana State University? We had the one girl, we brought her up to the camera and her mom was on the chat line. We said, “Hey, do you want to talk to your daughter? And boom, they were just chatting away.

BLAIR: See, that was really cool because unlike the other Live shows we actually the day before our broadcast, we ran live over the competition. So all the robots were running through the competition. Families back home, other students, anybody could go online and check it out and follow their progress while we were chatting on UStream, which was great.

CHRIS: Right.

BLAIR: That really was a cool part of that show where it really came together.

FRANKLIN: And there was a little controversy out there.

CHRIS: I was just going to bring that up.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, you know. We had a couple of students freelancing on their answers about their rival schools. And when they talk about rivals they’re looking more at sports than engineering but was it Alabama?

CHRIS: And Auburn.

BLAIR: And Auburn, yeah.

CHRIS: Yeah, you set that up perfectly, didn’t you?

[laughing]

BLAIR: It’s funny the kid we were interviewing, the student, he was all talking about his robot then you throw out the rival school. It’s like-- oh yeah, we’ll beat them. We’ll destroy them.

FRANKLIN: He’s having problems right now because they’re inferior.

CHRIS: You know of a good place to go fix your glasses?

BLAIR: Um, Auburn or Alabama?

[laughing]

MAN: Probably you’d call them a wardrobe malfunction.

CHRIS: Well, what are you going to do?

FRANKLIN: Oh man. One of my favorite shows that I really had a good time working on was D-RATS 2010.

BLAIR: Um hum.

FRANKLIN: We were out in the desert for just about a week and I had an opportunity to get out in the field and hang with the Rover Team A & B. I really got some good stuff out of there with Barb and Joe. It was a really good time.

CHRIS: It was good to see you hiking out in the desert there.

FRANKLIN: Man, you know…

FRANKLIN: I am sucking wind, hiking out of this crater. It’s a beast! You have to excuse me for sucking so much wind but we’re at 7,000 feet and I’m out of shape.

FRANKLIN: You know it was only about 3 or 4 seconds.

BLAIR: What?

CHRIS: We’ll talk to Ryan about that.

FRANKLIN: It was only 3 or 4 seconds on the show.

BLAIR: What was really cool was we’d go back to the hotel and edit the footage. It was great. We looked forward every day to seeing the stuff you did out in the field because, yeah, we had a lot of laughs but at the same time it was really, really interesting to see how the day-to-day operations went out in the field with the team. It wasn’t just the guys on the Rover. They had a vast support team.

CHRIS: Right.

BLAIR: So, they’re doing all this extra work and all this additional support. In fact, one of the guys I interviewed, Jose, the guy with the…

CHRIS: Laser gun.

BLAIR: I call it the “blaster.” I have to admit it was my favorite interview. I actually got to meet him the day before because he was riding out. This just shows what kind of “teammanship” they have out there. He was on a lunch run the day before. So people get together and go get meals to support the guys in the field and driving the truck out and making sure everybody has had enough to drink, enough to eat, staying hydrated and energized. That was where I actually got to talk to him about what he did with the, I call it the “blaster.”

FRANKLIN: It kind of looks like a quarterback play sheet. You know.

CHRIS: It didn’t flip up though.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, this is the 2030 version.

BLAIR: Well, it’s a workout version because it actually weighs 50 lbs. It builds arm strength. It’s a good cross-purpose.

CHRIS: Don’t forget the Sun Earth Day. That was, really, our first Live show that we tried.

TROY: We have our magnetospherence expert and our solar Blair expert, I might add.

BLAIR: I have solar hair color.

TROY: There we go. That’s why we chose you, right?

BLAIR: Keeping it real.

BLAIR: Did you say the sun is middle aged?

WOMAN: Yeah.

BLAIR: Well, what happens if it goes through a mid-life crisis, not unlike I’m going through right now?

BLAIR: No doubt they were inspired by my space weather action centers a few years ago.

ELAINE: Oh, I’m sure they were.

YOUNG BLAIR: Die, cruel star.

BLAIR: That’s because magnetospherence, my key word, is really gaining popularity and momentum among the scientific and educational communities.

ELAINE: Oh, okay. I’ll tell the scientists that.

NICOLA: As I said, several of these spacecrafts actually have to protect themselves to keep the germs away.

BLAIR: Ah.

NICOLA: It’s a bit like… oh, hand sanitizer.

BLAIR: It’s like hand sanitizer. She brings her own props, ladies and gentlemen.

CHRIS: Okay, for 2011, what are we going to do? Like I said, we have 16 vodcasts we’re going to work on. We know we’re going to do some Live shows. We’re going to do some NE@s and full shows.

BLAIR: We need some goals. We need some personal goals. Ways we can improve ourselves. Like for me, I’ve got one.

CHRIS: All right co-host, what do you want to do?

BLAIR: For 2011, I’m doing all my interviews sitting down. Because I’ve noticed you can’t tell how much taller the other person is when we’re sitting down. So I figure, instead of feeling inferior all the time interviewing these people that are over 5’ 41/2”, I’ll sit them down and we’re all on equal playing field.

CHRIS: Okay.

BLAIR: So I’m doing all sit down interviews this year.

FRANKLIN: Well, since you’re talking about the way you look on camera, I’m going to shoot for losing at least 20 or 30 lbs.

BLAIR: Or changing lens.

[laughing]

FRANKLIN: No wide-angled lens. Shoot long and keep it tight.

CHRIS: How about a new concept; new show?

BLAIR: Okay.

CHRIS: NE International.

FRANKLIN &

BLAIR: Oooh.

BLAIR: I’m for that.

CHRIS: Yeah?

FRANKLIN: I’m all over that.

CHRIS: We’ve got our space partners. We’ve got JAXA. We’ve got ESA, Russian Space Agency, Canadian Space Agency. They’ve got to feel the love too.

BLAIR: I might have a little problem with my passport.

CHRIS: I can give you tips on how to lose a passport.

[laughing]

FRANKLIN: Ah, I remember that.

CHRIS: And how to contact the US Embassy to get us a copy.

FRANKLIN: But you know what? It works.

CHRIS: It does.

FRANKLIN: It works. Yeah.

CHRIS: So, that’s my goal; to see if we can get an international trip.

BLAIR: That’s a good goal.

CHRIS: Yeah, it could happen. So maybe by that time you’ll have lost the weight and then we’ll interview people who are at your level, so that way you can stand.

BLAIR: It will be tough to ship my chairs internationally. I don’t know if that will work but it’s a good plan.

CHRIS: So, we’ve got a bunch of NE Lives we’re going to do; some NE@ segments we’re going to cover. We’ve got some full shows.

BLAIR: Well, one of those NE Lives, in particular, should be the last shuttle launch.

CHRIS: Yes.

BLAIR: Which should be a very significant show.

CHRIS: That will be huge.

FRANKLIN: One of the things I can remember in grade school and saw the first shuttle launch.

CHRIS: Yep.

FRANKLIN: Yeah. And now watching the last shuttle launch and to cover it for NASA EDGE…

CHRIS: That would be cool.

FRANKLIN: That would be very cool.

BLAIR: Very special.

CHRIS: And the only disappointment I have… I hate to bring out a negative. There was one disappointment in 2010 that I hope we can bring back, Mission Madness.

BLAIR: Ah, that’s true. That’s true.

CHRIS: Maybe one day.

BLAIR: Maybe one day. And the real question is, will super-pressured balloons upset the world yet again with their incredible voting strategy?

FRANKLIN: You finished your food already.

CHRIS: Yeah, I was starving. I’m looking forward to 2011. I’ve got to get enough energy to get ready to go.

BLAIR: I’m looking forward to dessert.

CHRIS: All right, let’s go ahead and outline 2011.

BLAIR: All right, let’s do that.

FRANKLIN: You got any more chips left?

BLAIR: Yeah, here’s some.

FRANKLIN: Thanks buddy.



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