NASA Audio File

STS-132 Crew Interviews
05.05.10
 
THE CREW OF STS-132



The six-member crew of space shuttle Atlantis -- Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli  and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Mike Good, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers -- will deliver to the International Space Station the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1, “Rassvet,” (dawn) for attachment to the station’s Zarya module. MRM-1 will carry important hardware on its exterior, including a radiator, airlock and a European robotic arm. Atlantis also will deliver additional station hardware stored inside a cargo carrier. Three spacewalks are planned to stage spare components outside the station, including six batteries, a Ku-band antenna and parts for the Canadian Dextre robotic arm. Reisman, Good and Bowen will each perform two EVAs (extra vehicular activity).

STS-132 is the final scheduled flight for Atlantis. The orbiter lifted off on its maiden voyage on Oct. 3, 1985, on mission 51-J. Later missions included the launch of the Magellan probe to Venus on STS-30 in May 1989, Galileo interplanetary probe to Jupiter on STS-34 in October 1989, the first shuttle docking to the Mir Space Station on STS-71 in June 1995 and the final Hubble servicing mission on STS-125 in May 2009.

Atlantis’s launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. is scheduled for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT

TRT: 5:58

Center Contact:  James Hartsfield, 281-483-5111

HQ Contact:   John Yembrick, 202-358-1100

For more info: www.nasa.gov/shuttle

Ken Ham, STS-132 Commander   
(1) Audio Cuts – TRT - 00:55  - Ken Ham, STS-132 Commander   -“I know this is an old cliché and I heard it a million times before I went up into space but to see it and have it register sort of in the back of your brain that it’s all real and that’s all there is to it. That’s all, our whole planet right there. It’s really profound. I know it’ll never happen, at least not in our lifetimes but if everyone on the planet could go get that perspective, life would be different on the planet. Everyone would think twice before they did something stupid -- polluting, not taking care of the asset that we have. So I see it, you know, I came home. I never thoroughly enjoyed standing in front of people and talking.  That was not in my makeup per se, but I know it’s my job now. So for the rest of my life, I, I intend to talk to as many people as will listen to me about how beautiful space travel is and how beautiful this planet is.”
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Tony Antonelli, STS-132 Pilot
(2) Audio Cuts – TRT - 00:58  - Tony Antonelli, STS-132 Pilot

“I get all the important stuff. Ken “Hawk” is our Mission Commander so he’s ultimately responsible for seeing that everything gets done, but while he’s busy with the big picture, situational awareness and running the mission, he hands off all the important things to me. On the way up I’ll be responsible primarily for the space shuttle main engines and making sure they’re running correctly, and if they’re not, figuring out the correct game plan to optimize our performance with whatever situation we have. On the way down, Hawk’ll be doing the landing, but I’ll be putting the gear down. I tell people, “No matter how pretty of an approach he flies, if I don’t put the gear down, his landing won’t look too pretty.” Then the rest of the mission, which is, of course, the vast majority of the time, I’m responsible for keeping the toilet clean and operating, and then keeping the trash all sorted and cleaned up, so I’ve got the most important job for all the phases.”
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Michael Good, STS-132 Mission Specialist
(3) Audio Cuts – TRT - 00:53 - Michael Good, STS-132 Mission Specialist

“For Hubble, we brought Hubble into our payload bay and we worked on it out there so it was kind of like working in your garage.  This is going to be more like going out into the neighborhood.  It will be more of an adventure crawling around the space station. One of our spacewalking tasks, actually both the spacewalks that I’ll be on; I’ll be all the way out at the end of the P6 truss working to replace six batteries on this mission and so that’s…other than going out the hatch initially, it’s going to be going all the way out there to the very end of the P6 truss.   I can’t wait to see the view from out there of Earth and just being so far away from our ship, the space shuttle, that we came up in and just hanging out there on the very tip of the space station.  I can’t wait.”
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Garrett Reisman, STS-132 Mission Specialist
(4) Audio Cuts – TRT - 00:46  - Garrett Reisman, STS-132 Mission Specialist
“So I started screaming. Everybody knew that I was waiting to hear so as soon as they saw me freak out, they knew immediately. They were telling me stuff over the phone like what day I was going to report and all this like administrative information. I needed to write some of this stuff down because I was freaking out. I wasn’t going to remember it. And so I went out to our secretary and I said, “Hey, I need a pen and paper” and she said, “Well, would you like grid lined or notebook binder?” I’m like, “Just give me some paper.” So that was funny. My sister happened to be in town at the time and the woman who’s now my wife and the three of us went out and celebrated that evening. It was fantastic.”
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Piers Sellers, STS-132 Mission Specialist
(5) Audio Cuts – TRT - 00:23  - Piers Sellers, STS-132 Mission Specialist

“Every person who works in this business needs to know what they’re doing and it’s years and years of education to just get you ready to be able to participate. You can’t do this by winging it. You can’t do this by improvising. You have to know what you’re doing so education’s key for everybody involved.”
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Steve Bowen, STS-132 Mission Specialist
(6) Audio Cuts – TRT - 01:15  - Steve Bowen, STS-132 Mission Specialist

“The legacy of the space shuttle, despite what people said, “Oh, it cost too much” and “It never lived up to what it was sold as.”  No, it never did but truly, because it’s not on the front page every single day, it has made space travel commonplace. It served the purpose that in our minds now; there are children today, they think that’s normal.  They think flying in space is what we do. You know, it’s been 10 years now.  When I go and talk to fourth graders and third graders, there have been people permanently living on orbit as long as they’ve been alive. That whole legacy, that whole transition we cannot even understand what that means to us as a civilization, as a culture, as a planet really, that we have a whole generation of kids now who see flying in space common, normal, not front page news, not even news in many days.  But we’ve had people permanently living on orbit as long as they’ve been alive.  That little bit of change in mankind, we can’t register.”
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