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NE@Yuri’s Night 2008
Featuring: Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2008 Celebration at NASA Ames Research Center

NASA EDGE celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s groundbreaking space flight with their friends at NASA Ames. Franklin introduces a new segment: Shuttle Bay Confessions.

The NASA EDGE Team visits one of NASA’s most unique celebrations, Yuri’s Night. Bringing together a plethora of new technology, robotic demonstrations, music, space fashion, and aerobatics, Yuri’s Night is the Woodstock of the space community. And in the spirit of this techno-cultural bash, NASA EDGE introduces a brand new segment that will never be duplicated - Shuttle Bay Confessions. Tell the truth. You know you have to see it.

CHRIS: Welcome to NASA Edge.

BLAIR: An inside and outside look at all things NASA

FRANKLIN: We’d like to thank you for joining us today, here, at Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2008 right here at the Ames Research Center.

BLAIR: We’re celebrating Yuri Gagarin being the first human being in space back in 1961.

CHRIS: This is just one of over a hundred celebrations across the country and internationally.

BLAIR: Our theme today is radical technology for a sustainable future.

CHRIS: We have cool exhibits, robot technology, flight demonstrations.

BLAIR: A party atmosphere.

CHRIS: Yeah, that’s right.

FRANKLIN: Plus, we have a radical new segment called Shuttle Bay Confessions. You don’t to miss it.

CHRIS: You’re watching NASA Edge.

BLAIR: An inside and intimate look at all things NASA.

FRANKLIN: Intimate?

CHRIS: What’s up with that?

BLAIR: Shuttle Bay Confessions.

CHRIS: That makes sense.

MAN: This is the Tesla Roadster. It’s 100% electric.


MAN: It’s a performance car. It does 0 to 60 in 4 seconds

CHRIS: The cool technology is in the battery system that you have. Can you tell us about that?

MAN: That and the motor. Our battery is all lithium ion batteries. This is standard cell that’s in many laptops and we have 6,831 of them. We liquid cool them to keep them at their optimal state.

CHRIS: What about the frame of the car? Is this an aluminum body here?

MAN: It’s a carbon fiber body with a bonded aluminum chassis underneath, very similar to a Lotus Elise in that respect.

ASTRONAUT: We’ll witness Yuri’s Night Celebration from 200 miles above the earth, where we marvel everyday at how precious our home planet is. In fact, the first words spoken from space were “I see the earth. It is beautiful.”

WOMAN: I really like the airplane shows.

CHRIS: What was it like to see the acrobatic planes?

WOMAN: Yeah. I like the color of the planes too.

CHRIS: How about you, James?

JAMES: I was getting a little nervous. Some of the planes, I wasn’t too sure if they were coming out of it. I haven’t seen planes come that low to the ground before.

MAN: That’s your parachute.

BLAIR: Okay.

MAN: Rip chord is over here. So in the event you have to bail out, headset off, harness off. Lift those two. Get them loose. Hop. Whatever you do, just do your best swan dive one side or the other. It doesn’t matter.

BLAIR: I hate to tell you guys but I am definitely insider material now.

CHRIS: You have to explain your outfits here. You have the green star going. You have stars everywhere. Explain the outfit.

WOMAN: This is the first time we were in Yuri’s Night or any astronomical event. He’s my galaxy and I’m his star.

CHRIS: Did you hear that? We have the galaxy and the star.

MAN: It’s never been to space but if anyone wants to take it to space I will loan it to them.

MAN: NASA, whoo!

BLAIR: You might recognize this guy from H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds. Chris told me if I misbehave that thing comes to life and hits me with that red eye beam. So, I’ll be on my best behavior.

[whispers Shuttle Bay Confessions]

MAN: I would love to go. Let’s see what would I do that’s wild and crazy.

WOMAN: The word wildest is so relative to me. It’s hard to extract.

MAN: I’d do anything.

WOMAN: Kiss a monkey.

MAN: I’d be willing to bungee jump naked.

WOMAN: Staining my skin… blue forever.

WOMAN: I’m afraid of turtles. I’d be willing to go back into the ocean.

WOMAN: Sewing on a few other limbs and learning how to use them.

WOMAN: I’d be willing to do almost anything to get into space.

MAN: Remember, I’m a former general in the Rebel Alliance. So, I’m not afraid to go anyplace.

VOICE: Copy that.

MAN: First of all, I would wear leg braces and body armament and I would wear material that would help strengthen my bone structure. Because I heard that when you go up into space and you come back you’re no longer an earthling. Did you know that?

MAN: First of all, I would take it all in. I think it would take 24 ½ minutes to do that properly.

MAN: I think I would just float around and listen to music, quite honestly.

WOMAN: I would bring somebody from each continent, preferably young people, and have them talk about how they want to have space for human kind.

WOMAN: Wow! I was just looking at twirling around and around just to see if I could vomit.

MAN: I would do a lot of flip-flops, run from side to side.

MAN: When you start genetically manipulating something, you’re changing genes. Turning some genes on and others off…

WOMAN: I’d want to drink water. You have to suck the ball or blow the ball out and suck it back in. That would be kinda fun.

WOMAN: I would like to attempt to brush my teeth.

MAN: I’m sure I would be resonating my voice and conveying my internal feelings through that.

WOMAN: I think I would work on my backstroke.

MAN: Part of the problem I have is with continence. So I’d try to figure out how the heck I could go to the bathroom up there.

WOMAN: I’m an alien hunter. I would go out and zoom around and find aliens, hunt them down and bring them back, rope them up and have a conversation with them. I have a large walk in closet. I’m sure I could put some cushions in there and they could hang out in between my high heels.

WOMAN: While I was rockin’ out, I’d take samples of things.

WOMAN: I fell down during an all hands walk trying to run mics.

WOMAN: I was working at a SETI booth. Someone had asked me what SETI does. I said they send out signals when they listen to signals.

WOMAN: I worked on a rodent nutritional study and I had to pick out fecal samples with tweezers from the animal cages.

WOMAN: I did once wear the same Barbarella outfit that somebody else did.

WOMAN: I once was doing an experiment that involved some flames. It kinda got my bangs and they’re very flammable. They went from here to there in ½ a second.

WOMAN: You could re-film this, right?

MAN: I think it was when I walked into the wind tunnel one day when they were doing tests. I can’t tell you what happened. You could probably call it a wardrobe malfunction but my whole wardrobe malfunctioned. I was left there without a stitch of clothing on. It was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me.

MAN: I think it was being in the Shuttle Bay Confessions on NASA Edge.

[whispers Shuttle Bay Confessions]

CHRIS: We had a great time here at Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2008.

BLAIR: Yeah. And I think Yuri would be proud.

CHRIS: Yeah, I think so too.

BLAIR: Because there’s a lot of radical technology and good stuff for the environment.

CHRIS: And the Shuttle Bay Confessions.

FRANKLIN: Classic. I don’t think we’ll be able to do that ever again.

MAN: By the way, do you guys get paid for doing this?

CHRIS: We’re signing off here at NASA Edge but a great time at Yuri’s Night. We look forward to next year.

BLAIR: You’re watching NASA Edge.

CHRIS: An inside and outside look

FRANKLIN: At all things NASA

BLAIR: That’s great, man.

CHRIS: It’s cool.

BLAIR: Let’s go listen to some music.

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