NASA EDGE rolled into Washington, DC to enjoy a few of the festivities for the recent Apollo XI 40th Anniversary. Despite not being allowed into many of the venues, the entire team managed to get into the green room at the Kennedy Center for some post celebration hobnobbing. Buzz Aldrin also did some freestyle rapping during an impromptu interview at NASA Headquarters. Of course, everyone was very excited about where NASA goes next. Can’t wait to see what the next 40 years has in store for NASA and its fans.
BLAIR: Welcome to NASA EDGE.
FRANKLIN: An inside and outside look at all things NASA. Nice to see you Blair.
BLAIR: It’s nice to see you too. But I am wondering, where is Chris?
FRANKLIN: He gave me a call earlier this morning and told me he was unable to make the show and asked if I would sit in for him.
BLAIR: I wonder if it’s due to the excessive celebration of the Apollo 40th in DC?
FRANKLIN: While we were there we had an opportunity to speak to some Apollo era astronauts.
BLAIR: And current astronauts.
FRANKLIN: And did a really nice interview with Buzz Aldrin.
BLAIR: Yes, which is interesting because he is obviously an Apollo astronaut but he is a New York Times best selling author of Magnificent Desolation but he has added a new item to his repertoire.
FRANKLIN: He’s a rapper.
BLAIR: Yes, Rocket Experience. We got to experience some free style rhymes that he just threw out during the interview.
FRANKLIN: Took me off guard. I was like… wow!
BUZZ: [rapping] What you need is rocket experience. Are you ready to put on the spacesuit?
BLAIR: We were also in the green room at the Kennedy Center and got to speak to…
FRANKLIN: June Lockhart.
BLAIR: of Lost in Space fame and other fame obviously.
FRANKLIN: You were lost in the interview.
BLAIR: I was lost in the interview but let’s not spoil it. Let’s show them the video now.
FRANKLIN: Let’s check it out.
BLAIR: Obviously, you know a lot about space. How does it feel to be here tonight?
JUNE: It is probably one of the biggest compliments of my life to have been invited to participate in this. I have such a feeling for the music too. All the planets, all the music that was played and sung and to see this seamless production come together tonight with the astronauts who are heroes to me, to all of us and to have participated and hung out in the green room with them and to share a dressing room with Buzz Aldrin.
BUZZ: I am the spaceman.
JUNE: It was truly a spectacular occasion and a delicious evening for me.
BLAIR: It certainly was for us too. What do you think we’re going to do in the next 10 years or the next 40 years?
JUNE: Oh, everything, certainly Mars.
JENNIFER: The plan for the US Space Policy is to go back to the moon, create an outpost there and go to Mars.
FAN: Actually it is really exciting. I think a lot of our young people don’t realize the scope of how exciting space travel is and how much we got out of the technology that came from the space program. There are a lot of possibilities that we could get out of future space programs.
JOHN:: I, myself, hope to stick around and be here when we land on the moon again, just so I can look at all the young people and say I was here the first time.
CHARLES: They’ll keep us on track. Recommend we keep on track for the Constellation Program. I’m a supporter of that program and I think it will be a stepping-stone onto Mars. I’m excited about the prospects and I hope we keep a full compliment of capability in our manned program into the future.
BLAIR: You seem to have a little cache and clout in NASA. Maybe you could help…
JUNE: I seem to have access, don’t I?
BLAIR: Which is great. Do you think could give me a shot at being on one of those flights to the moon?
JUNE: No. You met Charlie Bolden.
MIKE: We’ve got to find Charlie Bolden. Go find Charlie Bolden and tell him you think I would be a great guy to fly on the next mission to the moon.
BLAIR: I’ll do that if you tell him you need a copilot.
JUNE: Tonight, he is the guy to talk to about it.
BLAIR: Yeah. He ran away when he saw me.
JUNE: Maybe something instinctively in him knew this was not one of his guys.
BLAIR: That’s why I need your help.
JUNE: I see. I’m afraid it’s beyond me.
MILES: We sure have come a long way in space. Forty years ago this moment, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were entering into the Lunar module. They were doing their final checks getting ready for that powered descent to the sea of tranquility, that tense world turning blue landing. This morning in space, the combined crew of the International Space Station, the shuttle, 13 of them in all, that’s a record, are tackling another kind of space challenge. They’re trying to fix an overflowing toilet.
DR. JOSHI:: We had a problem with one of the toilets, which got clogged, probably due to overuse. We have a lot of crewmembers on the station.
MILES: I guess you could say it is their number one priority.
DR> JOSHI:: They’re learning how to fix that thing. It sounds very mundane and all, just a toilet, but there is a lot of problems in terms of understanding how fluids behave, how different walls and conservations behave. We’re getting a good learning experience. Something we’ll fix.
MILES: It’s cracks like that are probably why I’m now a former CNN space correspondent.
CHRIS: Rumor has it that you and President Obama are pretty tight and that you tuned down the NASA Administrator job. Why did you do that?
DR. JOSHI:: I love doing what I do. I love recycling waste. I love caring about fecal material and processing. So, I like my job.
FAN: I can’t report any difficulties with the bathroom facilities at NASA headquarters.
BLAIR: Okay, great. The ISS in trouble. Here at NASA Headquarters everything is “a” okay.
MILES: Settle down. The Eagle has landed. Buzz is here.
CHRIS: If you had to do it all over again, would you trade going to the moon for going to Mars, if you had a chance?
BUZZ: When we participated in going to the moon?
CHRIS: Um hmm.
BUZZ: It was so advanced in pioneering that we had to stop doing that and recover to start doing reusable transportation to earth orbit. Why? To have a laboratory up there. Those things we bypassed in order to challenge ourselves.
BLAIR: You had to get some experience too.
BLAIR: That’s important.
BUZZ: Experience is always important.
CHRIS: Wait a minute. Do you hear this?
FRANKLIN: Why didn’t you tell me you had a rap video? I saw it for the first time this morning.
BUZZ: What you need is rocket experience. Are you ready to put on the spacesuit? Strap in for the high-G liftoff. You don’t look like Snoop Dogg to me.
BLAIR: Get into it man.
FRANKLIN: I’ve seen Snoop before in rap concerts. This is the first time I’ve seen this. This is out of this world.
FRANKLIN: Pun intended.
BUZZ: That’s fantastic.
FRANKLIN: When did you do this?
BUZZ: Couple of weeks ago.
BLAIR: Quick turn around.
FRANKLIN: Quick turn around.
BLAIR: Did you get a cool nickname like Lunar Sauce or something like that?
BUZZ: No. Dr. …
BLAIR: Dr. Rendezvous.
BUZZ: Dr. Rend. Yeah, Doc Rend. You got to shorten things.
BLAIR: D Rend.
FRANKLIN: Do you think you could do one of these videos with the NASA EDGE crew?
BLAIR: You think we’ve got what it takes?
BUZZ: I don’t know. Who’s the harmony? I’m not the harmony.
FRANKLIN & CHRIS: Oooh.
BUZZ: Listen, we had great harmony. We had great creativity. Who wrote this piece? Nobody wrote the piece?
BLAIR: No. We have no writers.
BUZZ: I can create things but I am an orbital mechanic. I am the spaceman. My mission director use to work for
JOHN: Tesh. He’s a musician.
CHRIS: That’s true.
BLAIR: He is a musician.
BUZZ: She and my stepdaughter are the ones that combined to write Rocket Experience.
CHRIS: That’s awesome.
BUZZ: They’re the harmony. We got some pointers from Molly and Snoop Dogg. They’re so on the spot, able to react in such a hurry.
BUZZ: Spontaneous is exactly the word. You’ve got to have the spontaneity, so you can go anywhere, the moon or Mars.
CHRIS: So the question is when is the song going platinum?
BUZZ: Well, I think we need to do a little more promoting first.
CHRIS: We can help you out there.
FRANKLIN: We’ll get you started.
BUZZ: What does it mean, platinum?
CHRIS, BLAIR & FRANKLIN: Million copies.
BUZZ: Million? We’re going up in a rocket.
SNOOP DOGG: Exactly, as if you were flying in space.
BUZZ: You need ITunes. Put in ITunes and ask for Rocket Experience. You download that, you’ll be contributing to a space charity, positive things.
FRANKLIN: You heard it first, here.
BLAIR: And while you’re at it you can download an episode of NASA EDGE.
BUZZ: We go for the “Monolith.”
FRANKLIN: Buzz, we appreciate you coming in and talking to us this morning.
BLAIR: D Rend.
FRANKLIN: D Rend. Gotcha.
BUZZ: We got education sharing space too. That is very important.
CHRIS: You’re watching NASA EDGE.
BLAIR: An inside and outside.
BUZZ: You’re watching NASA EDGE?
BLAIR: An inside and outside look at all things NASA.
BUZZ: That’s you guys?
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