NASA EDGE Show 6: Road Trip, Part 1

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Show 6: Road Trip, Part 1

Follow the NASA EDGE team as they take a road trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center to see a space shuttle launch... maybe.

Chris Giersch: Co-Host
Blair Allen: Co-Host
Franklin Fitzgerald: News Anchor

Segment 1

CHRIS: Hey this is nice.

BLAIR: It's perfect for what we're trying to do. In fact, I was lucky to get this model. This is their official NASA space shuttle launch-viewing model.

CHRIS: Really?

BLAIR: Oh yeah. They threw in a telescope for viewing a launch, a portable GPS unit and they gave us a discount on our space shuttle launch viewing license, which NASA Kennedy didn't even mention.

CHRIS: That's strange. How much did that cost?

BLAIR: Oh, well, that's the best part. After all the extras, prepaid fuel and what not, minus the discounts, we're looking at just under double what a normal RV would cost but that's a good deal, so win-win for us.

CHRIS: You know, I probably could have gotten you a better deal but hey, that's okay, 'cause you're in charge of this mission. So, let's go pick up Debbie and Franklin.

BLAIR: Ah, you're gonna to need the keys…. Shotgun. Next stop North Carolina.


CHRIS: Let's get something to eat.


BLAIR: I didn't know the egg salad was going to go bad.

BLAIR: You know Rachel, do think we'll actually ever go to Mars?

RACHEL: Well, would you like to order something?

BLAIR: Oh yeah. Sure.

SHAM: Wrightsville Beach…. Well, I have lived here for three years. Wrightsville Beach is great because you have Wilmington inland, and, of course, the beach, plenty of sailing and kayaking.

MELISSA: Here you still have a lot of historic cottages that are just lovely, built in the 1900's. They've been through a million hurricanes and are still here. That's pretty neat.

CHRIS: So what do you think about NASA's future and going back to the moon, Mars and beyond?

SHAM: It's inspiring to say the least. This arena, this conglomerate of scientists and engineers coming together is very inspirational. I think the innovation that comes with it is obvious at times given that you have really great minds working together.

BLAIR: I was curious about what your most memorable NASA moment was.

PEGGY: Mine was extremely personal.

BLAIR: Okay.

PEGGY: In April of 1970, I was pregnant with my son, my second child. And my girlfriend and I watched the blast off for the moon, Apollo 13, then we went to the laundry mat and I went into labor. We got our laundry finished and went over to St. Joseph Hospital in beautiful downtown Burbank. She drove me over to the emergency room. And the nurse was saying, "Oh my god, we've had so many women coming in here giving birth today. I think it was the moon rocket."

BLAIR: As a NASA person, I don't think we were responsible for…

PEGGY: I don't think so either.

BLAIR: Okay.

[Both laughing]

MELISSA: I'll tell you one thing that was really tragic was I saw the one that blew up. Yeah, the Challenger. That was my first year in Florida. That was my first launch. I remember, I sell advertising. I was out and about all the time. I remember I pulled over, jumped out to see my first launch and I saw it do this. I remember I was around a bunch of people. I didn't think anything was wrong because if you don't know what a launch looks like you, you don't know what to see or what to look for. You saw that… it was so tragic. It was sickening.

RACHEL: Well, I just finished my first year of general college and I'm going to be studying to be a physician's assistant.

BLAIR: Right. Okay. A PA, right?

RACHEL: Yeah, exactly.

BLAIR: Awesome. You know NASA's involved in all kinds of cool medical technology. I don't know if you knew this but they developed heart pumps and technology for portable x-ray devices, and programmable re-mappers, whatever that is, and eye surgery devices and some corneal refractive therapy. Really cool stuff. So, you might want to take a look there and see what you think.

RACHEL: Wow. Okay. Well, thank you. You're pretty cool, Blair, no matter what the host says.

BLAIR: Awesome, I think.

SHAM: I recognize Blair, as I told him, from NASA TV. I was watching on the website, as I'm sure most people do and I came across your show of the winter games.

MELISSA: I have a friend that has an inn at Coco Beach. And she has this perfect view right from her balcony. So we would go there. And anyone who stayed at her inn could see this gorgeous shot. It's magnificent.

CHRIS: Where were you when Neil Armstrong first landed on the moon?

MELISSA: Well…. [laughing] I know I look old but I'm not quite that old.

BLAIR: She's not old enough to remember that. Come on.

MELISSA: He's already insulting me but that's okay. I'm really only 22 ½, just weathered. Everybody was so involved and it was so wonderful. Everybody was so enthusiastic about the space program back then. It was wonderful. I would like to get back to that point when everybody could be excited again.

CHRIS: You think the next generation; the kids in middle school and high school could get excited about this upcoming launch?

MELISSA: Oh, absolutely, absolutely. It's just a matter of awareness and education and all that. It's a wonderful thing, exploration.

BLAIR: Hey Rachel, can I leave yet?


BLAIR: Can I leave yet?

RACHEL: You can leave.

BLAIR: Alright.

RACHEL: You've done a good job.

BLAIR: Thank you.

Segment 2

CHRIS: Weren't those folks great at Wrightsville Beach?

BLAIR: Oh, awesome. Yeah, I want to move there. I could move there in a heartbeat. Awesome. Really nice folks.

CHRIS: Laid back, nice, beach atmosphere.

BLAIR: Smart, got some smart folks down there, which is really cool.

CHRIS: Yeah, what about Rachel? I can't believe she thought you were a pretty cool guy.

BLAIR: Yeah, bright girl. She's very intelligent. You can tell she's going places. But you don't want them too smart.


BLAIR: Because I don't need the competition.

CHRIS: Well, I tell you what, Sham, I think you got some competition there buddy.

CHRIS: He seems to know more about NASA than you do. Have you ever done acting before? Would you like to be the co-host on NASA Edge?

SHAM: I mean, you know, yeah. I've always wanted to work for NASA since I was a little kid.

BLAIR: But you're in school for math, right?

SHAM: That's right.

BLAIR: Okay, probably don't have the training.

CHRIS: Hey Ron, get a business card and let's get him one. I need to get his information.

BLAIR: And you're not done with school, so it'll be a while before you're even available on the professional market, I would imagine.

CHRIS: He could be an intern.

BLAIR: Um, okay. An intern with a limited speaking role. Maybe.

CHRIS: With the potential to take over as a complete co-host…

BLAIR: Or… I could sort of mentor him and he could be my assistant, my sidekick, my….

CHRIS: Remember, you want him to succeed.

BLAIR: You see… you can't… look… he's got his college face on, his good interview foot forward. That's not gonna play, long term.

CHRIS: Yeah, but he was so natural.

BLAIR: He wasn't bad… but I just don't think he's co-host material.

BLAIR: I'm excited about the launch.

CHRIS: Oh yeah, that just going to be…

BLAIR: I mean, that's just going to be sweet.

CHRIS: I can't believe you went through all that effort to organize all this on your own.

BLAIR: Listen, I'm telling you it's great. And you could see the excitement. People talking about launches and launches they've been to.

CHRIS: Yeah.

BLAIR: It's really cool.

CHRIS: The only time I ever saw a launch I was in Orlando. I saw one from a friend of mine's apartment but it was just for a brief glimpse of it.

BLAIR: Yeah, I've never been… you know I don't think I've ever even been in the state of Florida when there's been a launch.

CHRIS: Really?

BLAIR: Yeah. I've seen them on TV, obviously.

CHRIS: Right.

BLAIR: Never an actual launch. So, I'm thrilled more than anybody to see this.

CHRIS: Did you get the VIP passes?

BLAIR: I got everything. I told them "We're NASA Edge. I'm Blair from NASA Edge. I want….

CHRIS: Did Manney hook you up?

BLAIR: Yeah. He did seem a little confused that we were coming down at this time. I guess he didn't expect us to come down for a launch. I don't know why he wouldn't…

CHRIS: Really?

BLAIR: Yeah, I don't know why he wouldn't expect us to come down for the launch. I mean we're the premiere, you know, space geeks. I mean we're out there finding out everything about NASA, at least I am.

CHRIS: You may be a space geek. I'm just a regular old…

BLAIR: Hey man, I'm a self-proclaimed space geek. Yeah, I'm all into it. That's part of my, soon to be established, insider status.

CHRIS: Well, hopefully. What's going once we get down to Kennedy?

BLAIR: I've got several NASAtivities planned.

CHRIS: You got any interviews lined up with anybody?

BLAIR: No, not at NASA. I don't think we need to line anything up. We're going to be there at the launch. We're going to be hanging out. People are going to see us, and they're just going to come to us and say "We love you, NASA Edge," and then that will inspire an interview.

CHRIS: Alright.

BLAIR: That's how it works.

CHRIS: Talk to me Franklin.

FRANKLIN: This thing is acquiring the map. I'm on dial-up. Dude, we are half a state away from 95.

CHRIS: Half a what?

FRANKLIN: State. Savannah, you got to stay on 17.

CHRIS: Yeah.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, I don't even know why you thought about going back to 95.

BLAIR: I did not think about going back to 95. That's what the GPS said.

FRANKLIN: We take 95 below Savannah.

CHRIS: Yeah, exactly, that's the fastest way.

FRANKLIN: Richmond Hill is below Savannah.

CHRIS: Absolutely.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, you can just stay on…

CHRIS: Because Bluffton, after Bluffton we go off on 95.

FRANKLIN: Yeah, it's 17 the whole way babe.

BLAIR: Now, I wanted to tell you. Here's what happened.

CHRIS: Okay, what happened.

BLAIR: We came upon an intersection and the GPS was saying go to 95, right? That's what it was telling me. And you were saying, "No."

CHRIS: The GPS did not say to go to 95. It said go to that 50 or 31 route.

BLAIR: Right. Which would ultimately take us out to 95. And you on the other hand wanted to go to 17, right? Which put me in an awkward position because now I'm the middleman. The GPS is telling me one thing, you want another; I don't know who to please. We turn and you freak out and then you're telling me we've got to go the other way.

CHRIS: But the road you led us on was some…

BLAIR: I was trying to get you back.

CHRIS: trumped-up, dirt, lane road.

BLAIR: Yes, it was but I was trying to get back. And so that's not my fault.

[phone ringing]

CHRIS: Excuse me.

BLAIR: Yeah.


BLAIR: Oh! Oh! [laughing]

CHRIS: That was not good.

BLAIR: Hung up on the wife. Ah, that's bad.

CHRIS: That was not good. Ooooh, I'm going to hear it from Suzie Q!

BLAIR: The NASA EDGE recovers from the dance floor. And we're going to have a quick interview here with some knowledgeable people about the space program. Now the first question I have… now this is very important, I got to know how does someone that can dance like you can know all that you do know about the shuttle.

MOTHER: Well, the information comes from my feet. When I'm dancing it reaches my brain and it energizes my brain.


MOTHER: It gives me all these smarts.

BLAIR: 'cause I got nothing out there on the dance floor except how do I get to First Care. You know a lot about the shuttle. Do you know about how we currently travel into space?

MOTHER: On the shuttle, the space shuttle.

BLAIR: Right, okay. I have a quick question about that.

MOTHER: It's called the Orbiter.

BLAIR: Okay, ah…. Yes, that's true. Hmm. You do know a lot about the shuttle. Okay, so, one thing I wanted to know is when we first started this show I had to go through a quarantine process just like the astronauts. So what I want to know is why do the astronauts have to go through this quarantine process?

MOTHER: Well, they're all going to be up in space together for a long time. If they have any contact with you and you have a cold, the flu, it'd be pretty messy up there. Ya know? When they put their helmets on, it could be really messy if they get sick.

BLAIR: Very good. Well now, I've got to ratchet up the questions a little bit make sure they're a little dicier. You remember that mission STS-75. What were we doing on STS-75?

MOTHER: STS-75… that's when they took a satellite… they took it into orbit and then they deployed it in orbit on a tether. And that tether actually went about thirteen miles into space before it overdid it's current. It did twice as much current as they expected so they lost the satellite. But they did get a lot of good science.

BLAIR: Really. That's right. I'm wondering how you knew that. Let's try STS-82. How about that mission?

MOTHER: 82… 82.

BLAIR: You remember STS-82.

MOTHER: Yeah, that was the second mission to repair the Hubble.

BLAIR: The Hubble?

MOTHER: You know, the…

BLAIR: Yes, yes.

MOTHER: That big thing in the sky. But during that mission, they found that there was a problem with one of the protective coatings and they had to manufacture with what they had on board a patch for the Hubble. That wasn't something they had expected.

BLAIR: Kind of like the Apollo 13 and them fixing the little…

MOTHER: Exactly.


MOTHER: They manufactured patches from what they had on board.

BLAIR: Okay, while were at it, STS-105, maybe?

MOTHER: 105…


MOTHER: 105 was um… that was a mission to the space, ah…


MOTHER: Yes, ISS, the International Space Station.


MOTHER: And they brought up a crew to replace the three that another mission had brought up before. They brought back down. It was mission 101.

BLAIR: Right.

MOTHER: Mission 101 brought up three astronauts that they left there and then when 105 came up, they brought them back.

BLAIR: Okay. Well, clearly you are shuttle expert. I was hoping to stump you with those questions. What about the future of space or after the shuttle… what about the new space exploration vehicle, any idea what that is?

MOTHER: You're talking about the CEV?

BLAIR: Yeah, okay.

MOTHER: The Crew Exploration Vehicle, right?

BLAIR: Yeah, right. What can you tell us about that?

MOTHER: Well, it's called the Orion. And what's interesting is it's going to be launched on a rocket called the Ares…

BLAIR: Right.

MOTHER: The Ares was designed by an astronaut whose name is Col. Scott Horowitz.

BLAIR: Yeah. I think it's "Doc."


BLAIR: Severenson?


BLAIR: Doc Horowitz, yes. Wow, well shoot.

MOTHER: To all of you he's known as "Doc" but to me as my son.

BLAIR: You are wrong. That is….


BLAIR: You are chumps, both of you.

BLAIR: Okay, then I've got one final question, has "Doc" been out on the dance floor?

MOTHER: You'll never get him on the dance floor. Put him in space that's where he's happy.

BLAIR: I guess anyone can do those kinds of moves in low gravity, right? And you've been humiliated along with Blair on NASA Edge, an inside and outside look at all things NASA.

Segment 3

CHRIS: Come on man. It was just…


CHRIS: It was just a joke.

BLAIR: I'm not talking.

CHRIS: You're going to be mad over that? It looked like you were having a pretty good time last night.

BLAIR: I'm not talking to you.

CHRIS: Franklin, what's up with that?

FRANKLIN: All I want to know is who taught him the electric slide.

CHRIS: Actually, you did a pretty good electric slide last night.

BLAIR: Don't try to bring science in to the conversation to get me out of my shell. I'm not talking to you. You scammed me. You know, this show's like a marriage, a bad marriage. It's like a marriage.

CHRIS: Tell me this. Did you not have fun last night?

BLAIR: I had fun up to a point.

CHRIS: And what was your reaction when you started talking to "Doc's" mom about the shuttle.

BLAIR: Clearly she was very knowledgeable, much more knowledgeable than I was with my pre-interview information. That's not fair.

CHRIS: So it made you feel like you were on the outside even more, didn't it?

BLAIR: Yeah, which is kind of against the whole point of what I'm trying to do. That's what I don't get.

CHRIS: It means you're still trying to pass NASA 101, right? So maybe you just need to study a little bit more.

BLAIR: Yeah, Rhett emailed me last night. He got his degree.

CHRIS: Oh, did he. He finally found a cache, huh?

BLAIR: Yeah.

CHRIS: When we get to Kennedy, I told Blair, since we played that joke on him, and it's not going over real well… He's still…

BLAIR: I'm okay now, if this works.

CHRIS: He's whining. Hey, let's go ahead give him the job as host when we get to the launch so that way he can take care of everything from the countdown to the launch to the interviews. And we'll just be in the background.

FRANKLIN: Alright, that's fine.

CHRIS: And that way it will be his final task for NASA 101. Let me just ask you something, when your host of the launch…

BLAIR: Yeah.

CHRIS: Are you going to be able to explain what happens when the shuttle launches? What happens to the SRB's and the solid rocket boosters, to the external tank, the roll it's going to under take.

BLAIR: Yeah, but not during the launch. I'll prep the launch with that kind of stuff.

CHRIS: What are you going to do during the launch?

BLAIR: It will be more of an emotional…

CHRIS: Emotional, okay.

BLAIR: This is an incredible moment kind of thing. As Debbie said, I'm going to improv it.

CHRIS: Is it going to come from the heart?

BLAIR: It does. From the heart, absolutely.

DEBBIE: Now here's the thing, how come you didn't get the information from our shuttle expert last night?

BLAIR: When you guys went back to the hotel, I actually stayed and danced with our shuttle expert for another two hours. While you were sleeping in your beds, you don't know what I was doing.

DEBBIE: Do you have pictures of this?

BLAIR: I was getting research.

CHRIS: Yeah, what's your evidence?

BLAIR: What's my evidence?

CHRIS: Do you have any handouts?

BLAIR: I have no handouts but you'll see. When I deliver this… let's just say Doc's mom and I now have matching tattoos.

BLAIR: We need an intern.

CHRIS: Yeah we do need a NASA EDGE intern.

BLAIR: We need a NASA EDGE intern.

CHRIS: Maybe we need to hold an audition.

BLAIR: Yeah, that would be a good idea. Now, let me make this clear. The internship for NASA Edge is not an avenue to become host/co-host.

CHRIS: I think it should be an avenue to become co-host.

BLAIR: No, it should not.

CHRIS: Not host but after you become co-host…

BLAIR: How about this?

CHRIS: Alright.

BLAIR: We let the audience decide. We interview some interns. We ask people to send in their audition tapes, right? Just like I had to.

CHRIS: But the great thing about is you get to select the NASA Edge intern.

BLAIR: Okay. I get to select?

CHRIS: You get to select the NASA Edge intern.

BLAIR: I need your help to learn more about NASA. Please send your NASA Edge internship audition clips to NASA Edge…

CHRIS: I think we shouldn't worry about this internship until after we come back from the launch because your focus right now is preparing for being the host for the launch.

BLAIR: Okay, but that's not a diversion tactic, right? We're going to do this internship thing.

CHRIS: Yeah, we'll do the internship thing. I want you to stay focused on the moment.

BLAIR: Alright.

BLAIR: I have a lot of questions about the moon. This whole moon based thing… Moon based Alpha Edge with my personal…

CHRIS: No, no, Lunar Outpost.

BLAIR: Lunar Outpost… we've got to have Edge in the title. If we don't start pushing this now, they're never going to accept it.

CHRIS: Do you really think headquarters is going to agree to go with your name?

BLAIR: They'll never go with that but it doesn't matter. We've vote for it. We push it. We promote it and you never know.

BLAIR: Can you technically have "night life" on the moon or day light? How does that work?

CHRIS: [perplexed]

BLAIR: Is there night on the moon?

CHRIS: It depends on where you are.

BLAIR: But won't the Lunar… Moon based Alpha Edge 1…

CHRIS: You generally have fourteen days of light and fourteen days of darkness. That's why when we go to the moon and we have our first permanent outpost, we want to be in a location that we're near sunlight. And the Shackleton Moon crater provides that.

BLAIR: Alright, flip the coin on this. On the moon when it's night, it's really night. It's dark.

CHRIS: Plus it's cold too.

BLAIR: And it's cold. You really technically want to have your night life in the day time, right?

CHRIS: You could do that if you want or unless you're indoors.

CHRIS: Make sure you're focused. Get your clipboard out or whatever you have, your laptop.


CHRIS: Be prepared for the launch this week.

BLAIR: It'll be great. I'm already working on my speech.

CHRIS: Okay.

BLAIR: We're here at the launch pad. One of the most important missions for the space shuttle, launching any moment…

CHRIS: Hey Franklin, are you going to give him the inside information on the news?

FRANKLIN: Absolutely. I'll slide you a couple of briefs.

BLAIR: Okay. Oh! Please don't!

CHRIS: Paper briefs.

BLAIR: That's pretty bad when you can slide briefs. I think you need to do some laundry man.

BLAIR: We have lift off. We're here!

CHRIS: Yeah, it's going to be cool. Alright, let's go. Good job.

BLAIR: NASA Kennedy. There it is, all good for launch. This is perfect.

CHRIS: What's going on? There's nobody here.

FRANKLIN: The parking lots empty!

BLAIR: That's the launch site. Right there.

CHRIS: Blair, there's no shuttle on the pad.

BLAIR: No, there's a shuttle.

CHRIS: There's not a shuttle launch is there?

BLAIR: No, the clock, look at the clock.

CHRIS: Yeah, but they test the clock every now and then.

BLAIR: No, that's it 'cause…

FRANKLIN: This whole field is empty.

BLAIR: We're just early.

CHRIS: Ya know what? Can you verify that there's no launch today.

BLAIR: It's got to be out there. I mean, you just can't… You can't see it with the naked eye. It's ah… can't… ah well…

CHRIS: Yeah, no launch today? Okay, thank you.

BLAIR: It's probably tomorrow.

CHRIS: Hey, no launch today…

BLAIR: Maybe tomorrow.

CHRIS: …Not next week, not the week after…

FRANKLIN: What did you do to verify this?

CHRIS: Yeah, what did you do?

BLAIR: I made some calls. I've talked to some…

FRANKLIN: Who did you call?

CHRIS: Who did you talk to?

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