NASA EDGE Show 7: Road Trip, Part 2

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CHRIS: Hey, let's get something to eat.


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

MAN: Scientists and engineers coming together is very inspirational.

WOMAN: Oh my god, we've had so many women come in here, giving birth today. I think it was the moon rocket.

BLAIR: I'm excited about the launch.

CHRIS: Oh yeah, that's just going to be…

BLAIR: That's going to be sweet.

CHRIS: Tell you what. I can't believe you would go through all that effort to organize all this on your own.

IRIS: But he's known to me as my son.

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

CHRIS: Alright.

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

CHRIS: Blair, what's going on? There's nobody here.

FRANKLIN: The parking lot is empty.

BLAIR: That's the launch site, right there…

CHRIS: Where? There's no shuttle on the pad.

BLAIR: Can't… Oh yeah. Well. Hmm.

FRANKLIN: Who did you call?

CHRIS: Who did you talk to? Did you go to a website? What did you do?

BLAIR: I just… I made…

FRANKLIN: You're position is going on the Internet Monday morning.

CHRIS: Get in the RV. Get in the RV!

BLAIR: I'm almost certain they told me that it was….

FRANKLIN: You know, I just logged on to and I typed in shuttle launch schedule. And you know what popped up? A shuttle launch schedule. And it tells me when, where, the dates, the times, the name of the mission, everything about it. The launch site, the vehicle….

BLAIR: I think I've been… was given some disinformation by some people that didn't want me to see a shuttle launch or something.

CHRIS: Is that your excuse?

BLAIR: Well no. Everybody seemed real excited about us coming down. I thought I had it all worked out.

CHRIS: I had a great time. You know how embarrassing it is when I have to call my parents and let them know come on down for a shuttle launch and there's nothing?

BLAIR: You know, it could be weather related though. It could just be… it might be weather because sometimes the weather plays…

CHRIS: I've already called to verify. There was no launch.

BLAIR: Maybe there was some magnetospherence.

FRANKLIN: You know, we drove 776 miles…

CHRIS: I don't want to hear it man.

FRANKLIN: from Langley to Kennedy Space Center.

BLAIR: Hey, they go up on shuttle missions sometimes and are unsuccessful at launching a satellite or repairing something. This is just one of those unsuccessful…

FRANKLIN: We drove through five states.

BLAIR: Saw a lot of nice people though. Met a lot of nice people, talked to a lot of nice people. That was good, right?

FRANKLIN: I will give that to you.


CHRIS: Hey, it's okay man. It's all right.

BLAIR: You know, forgiveness is important too.

CHRIS: That hurts man. It's just going to take some time. NE07_02

BLAIR: All right Franklin, check it out. This is what I want you to do for your next-

FRANKLIN: Oh no, no, no, no. This is what you do for your next ESA. Go out. Ask people how in the world for you find when the next shuttle launch is going to be. That's what you need to do. Then come back and tell me what they said.

BLAIR: We're here at Coco Beach with the brain trusts of shuttle information. I have just a few quick questions here. What can you tell me about NASA space shuttle? Anyone.

LADY: They launch it here, don't they?

BLAIR: Here?

LADY: On Coco Beach, right over there somewhere.

LADY: It's right up the coast here.

LADY: Oh yeah. It launches over at Kennedy.

BLAIR: Oh, yeah, I guess it does. How do you find out when a shuttle launch is actually going to take place? How would you do that?

LADY: Go to the website.

LADY: Well, that's easy. Just go to

BLAIR: Wow… and how did you know that?

LADY: Everybody knows that.

LADY: Ah, everybody knows that.

LADY: Everybody knows that. Don't they?

LADY OFF CAMERA: You can find everything on the Internet.

BLAIR: Well, it's clear that I'm not as much of an insider as I thought I was. Everybody knows about the shuttle. It looks like that trip home is going to be brutal. Chris and Franklin are never going to let me forget this.

CHRIS: Tell you what I want you to do. The next shuttle launch is in August.


CHRIS: I want you to get on the Internet, find out all about the next mission. I think it's the Endeavour mission on STS-118.

BLAIR: How did you know the next launch was in August, by the way?

CHRIS: That's what happens when you're on the inside of NASA, you know?

BLAIR: Yeah, I know.

CHRIS: What website are you going to go to, to get the information?


CHRIS: See, you learned something from the people from Coco Beach. Didn't you?

BLAIR: I've got to say something. Maybe that's just Coco Beach. Maybe in Coco Beach everybody knows about the shuttle. So, they seemed to be very well informed.

CHRIS: When we get to our next stop, we'll ask some people and see if they know too.

BLAIR: Okay. STS-118, the Endeavor, obviously, the launch window is ten minutes. I don't know what that means but launch pad 39A, which we saw. They're going to land at KSC but there's some more details here. Apparently, space shuttle Endeavour STS-118's mission is the 22nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station.

CHRIS: Okay.

BLAIR: They're going to continue the space station construction by delivering a third starboard trust segment.

CHRIS: Okay.

BLAIR: It's also the first flight of educator, astronaut, mission-specialist, Barbara Morgan.

CHRIS: Absolutely.

BLAIR: We've talked about that before.

CHRIS: Absolutely. We have talked about that before.

BLAIR: That's great. I don't know what this means, educator resources.

CHRIS: What they're doing for the 118 flight is Barbara Morgan use to be a teacher. They're developing a lot of different education programs…

BLAIR: Okay.

CHRIS: … centered around that flight.

BLAIR: Right. Sort of support everything she's doing. The demographics she is usually involved with.

CHRIS: Absolutely. What else is going on?

BLAIR: There's, now this is probably not helpful for me because you know I am in top physical form.

CHRIS: Okay.

BLAIR: There is a physical fitness challenge.

CHRIS: Oh really?

BLAIR: It's called NASA's Fit Explorer Project. It's a scientific and physical approach to human health and fitness on Earth and in space.

CHRIS: Okay. I like that activity because of the fact it really gets the general public to realize what happens to an astronaut's body when working in a reduced gravity environment.

BLAIR: Right.

CHRIS: They lose muscle mass, bone mineral density…

BLAIR: Lose muscle mass?

CHRIS: Yeah.

BLAIR: You know how hard it is for me to build muscle mass. Do you realize if I went into space and lost some that would probably be years before I was back?

CHRIS: You know, when they're on station there, they are working out everyday. It's not like you just go up there, hang out and do your experiments. They have to actually workout. They have to make sure they are eating the right foods. There are proper nutrition in their foods.

BLAIR: You mean to tell me that you're an astronaut. You're at the highest point in your professional career. You get to go on one of the greatest trips that you can imagine, up into space and they still make you workout during the process?

CHRIS: Well, it's fun. Working out is fun.

CHRIS: Okay, let me show you some B-roll footage…

BLAIR: Okay.

CHRIS: Of both pads. With the shuttle and without the shuttle. Okay?

BLAIR: Okay, got it.

CHRIS: Alright, ready?


CHRIS: With… without.

BLAIR: Oh, okay.

CHRIS: With… without.

BLAIR: Without. Okay.

CHRIS: Again. With…

BLAIR: With.

CHRIS: With.

BLAIR: Uh, oh, oh. Yes.

CHRIS: Without.

BLAIR: Without. Okay.

CHRIS: You got that?

BLAIR: I think I got it.

CHRIS: Okay. Thank you.

FRANKLIN: Hey, this is Franklin. And I'm here in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida, where today I'm going to do a brand new ESA. We're going to talk to a few people about NASA's return to the moon. Let's check it out.

FRANKLIN: Is the name, Orion, the name of a constellation or a galaxy?

MAN: That's a good question.

MAN: Constellation.

MAN: Constellation.

FRANKLIN: Name of a galaxy or constellation?

LADY: Constellation.

FRANKLIN: Oh man, you took the words right out of my mouth. Okay.

LADY: Orion's belt… a galaxy.

MAN: I'm not much of an astronomer, I guess.

LADY: No, no, constellation. I can tell by that look. Yeah.

FRANKLIN: [laughing]

MAN: Galaxy.

FRANKLIN: Constellation.

MAN: Constellation.

MAN: Is it?


[both laughing]

MAN: I'll take your word for it.

FRANKLIN: [laughing] Okay, that's it.

FRANKLIN: The name Orion. What does it have to do with NASA's mission to return to the moon?

LADY: Oh, that's a good question. I don't know that.

MAN: … with NASA's mission to return to the moon. Orion… I, honestly, don't know.

LADY: Go ahead, smarty.

FRANKLIN: [laughing]

MAN: NASA's mission to return to the moon… to see if there's life?

LADY: Um, I have no idea.

LADY: I have, no I'm not familiar with that mission to return to the moon.

FRANKLIN: Your lifeline doesn't have an answer for you.

LADY: I don't know.

LADY: I don't know.

LADY: It uses it to um…

LADY: [laughing] You don't know.

LADY: No. It really does do something. I learned about it.

MAN: You have to borrow his belt to get there.


MAN: Orion's belt.

MAN: I couldn't tell you. Anthony, how 'bout you?

MAN: I have no idea.

FRANKLIN: Nothing?

MAN: No clue.

FRANKLIN: The name Orion is the name of NASA's new crew exploration vehicle which will replace the space shuttle.

MAN: Cool.

LADY: Wow, I did not know that. That's interesting. Yeah.

LADY: Okay. Yes, I have heard of that.

LADY: We have heard of that.

FRANKLIN: If you had the opportunity to travel to the moon, what would be the one luxury item you would take with you?

MAN: Luxury item? For me, it would be music.

LADY: Can it be a pen and paper combo or just…? Yeah?

FRANKLIN: Yeah. I'm not going to be that hard on you.

LADY: All right. Cool.

FRANKLIN: Pen and paper?

LADY: Yep.

FRANKLIN: And what would you do with the pen and paper?

LADY: Write. I'm a writer.

LADY: I guess my children. [laughing] Would that count?

MAN: My daughter.

MAN: The only thing I would need is my family's picture, basically.

FRANKLIN: That's the one luxury item you would take?

MAN: Sure. What else am I going to need up there?

FRANKLIN: Your family picture?

MAN: Yep.

LADY: My daughter.

FRANKLIN: There are a lot of children going on the trip to the moon these days.

LADY: My daughter would go with me.

LADY: Soap, water.


LADY: That's not really a luxury item.

LADY: My automobile.

FRANKLIN: Automobile?

LADY: Yes.

LADY: Trampoline because I know you could get good height.

LADY: I would take my computer so I could email everybody back on Earth.

FRANKLIN: Oh, you're changing yours from soap to a computer?

LADY: A computer. Yes. That's a good idea.

MAN: I've got my cds. I've got my ipod, satellite radio. I've got music everywhere.

LADY: My ipod.

MAN: Probably a TV or radio, like an ipod or something. Something to keep myself busy on the flight.

LADY: My ipod. [laughing] I have to have classic rock with me all the time.

FRANKLIN: How many songs do you have in your ipod?

LADY: I have over two thousand right now.

FRANKLIN: You wouldn't take your dumbbell with you?

MAN: Ah, yeah but you said one item.

FRANKLIN: I did say one item.

MAN: Music would have to come first.

LADY: A good space helmet.

LADY: I'd have to have a treadmill.

MAN: My golf clubs because I want to hit the ball as far as Tiger Woods and some of the top pro golfers.

FRANKLIN: You should be able to hit…

MAN: I think about seven times as far.

FRANKLIN: [laughing]

MAN: Is beer a luxury item?

MAN: Um, my girlfriend. Does that count? Yeah, girlfriend, that's pretty important.

LADY: Playstation, Xbox 360. I'd bring that.

LADY: I guess my digital camera.

FRANKLIN: Your digital camera?

LADY: Yeah.

FRANKLIN: What are you going to take pictures of?

LADY: Um, rocks. [laughing] Myself.

LADY: I think I would take a camera for pictures.

FRANKLIN: For pictures?

LADY: Yes.

MAN: Pizza.

FRANKLIN: Pizza? It's all about food, huh?

MAN: It's all about food.

MAN: Where do you learn about stuff like this?


FRANKLIN: Maybe you can find some extra information on this at

LADY: Excellent.

FRANKLIN: Hey guys, we had a lot of fun in Daytona Beach and here in Coco Beach, Florida. We met many people who were excited about NASA but we have a lot of work to do. Until next time, in my next Extra Studio Activity, log on to for more information. NE07_03_02

BLAIR: Do you mind if I open the show?

CHRIS: Welcome to NASA Edge.

FRANKLIN: An inside and outside look at all things NASA.

CHRIS: No, not really.

BLAIR: Hey, that's fair. That's fair. But I'm struggling here. I had a good day yesterday with the ESA. I thought.

FRANKLIN: A few lessons learned.

BLAIR: A few lessons learned.

CHRIS: Did you finish your homework assignment that Franklin gave you?

BLAIR: Yeah, I went over it. I pretty much, make sure you know the answers to the questions. A little more confidence, work on my confidence a little bit.

CHRIS: Remember, the Orion spacecraft is not landing on the moon. It's actually going to be orbiting around the moon.

BLAIR: I know and by the end I had that.

CHRIS: I mean that was an honest mistake.

BLAIR: So it's like the mother ship. It's like the mother ship. Orion will be orbiting the moon, right? Orbiting, then the Lunar Lander will pop off of that or de-mate.

CHRIS: Right.

BLAIR: De-mate, right? Descend and land and they'll do all their research and unpacking and unloading and groundwork for the Lunar moon-base, Alpha Edge I.

CHRIS: Remember, it's Outpost.

BLAIR: Okay.

CHRIS: See, you're having trouble already.

BLAIR: Well, part of that is I'd rather say Moon Base.

CHRIS: No, it's Outpost.

BLAIR: There you go. So that's lessons learned. Obviously I've got to get the vernacular down. I've got to get the lingo, the language, the copy, the content, the data, the…

FRANKLIN: The 411.

BLAIR: The 411. The 411. Yesterday I had the 41. I need the 411. The entire package.

BLAIR: Welcome back to NASA Edge. I'm Blair and usually you would be seeing Franklin doing the ESA. But unfortunately, I messed up the shuttle schedule launch for our show and now I'm doing the ESA. And hopefully I'll get back into Chris's good graces with some good shuttle questions and new exploration vehicle questions. So, check it out.

BLAIR: My first question is can you name the three currently active space shuttles at NASA?

MAN: No.

MAN: No, I couldn't do that.


BLAIR: No. Not one? WOMEN No.

MAN: It's embarrassing because I should know those and I don't know them.

WOMAN: It's right on the tip of your tongue.

BLAIR: Actually, Kennedy is the space center. They launch from Kennedy. That's not one of the shuttles. Is that your move?

MAN: Enterprise, I thought was.

BLAIR: That's no longer

MAN: Discovery?

MAN: Discovery.

MAN: No.

BLAIR: Oh, Discovery! That's one.

MAN: It is? Oh, I thought that was an old one.

BLAIR: And the Endeavor. And I'll give you a clue on the last one. It's named after an ancient undiscovered city that's probably believed to be under the water.

BLAIR: Uh, sounds like one of our major oceans. At-laaan… It's also a big resort in the Bahamas, I think. They've got a brand new one there, same name. I don't know.

WOMAN: Atlantis.

BLAIR: That's it.

BLAIR: When NASA retires the shuttle they're building a new space exploration vehicle. Is that vehicle named the Galactica, the Orion or the Millennium Falcon?

WOMAN: The last choice.

BLAIR: The Millennium Falcon.

WOMAN: I'm going to go with Galactica.

BLAIR: Okay.

WOMAN: I'm going to go with the Millennium. "C," the one you just said.

BLAIR: The Millennium Falcon.

WOMAN: I've heard the Galactica before.

MAN: I think we'll go with Orion.

BLAIR: You're sure about that? Hundred percent?

MAN: Positive.

WOMAN: The Orion.

BLAIR: That's it. You got it. But that doesn't mean you're going to make a good move.

BLAIR: When was the last time the Space Shuttle orbited the moon?

MAN: I think in the 80's but I don't know.

MAN: Yeah, I would say somewhere around there.

BLAIR: Somewhere around the 80's, okay.

WOMAN: It's been awhile, hasn't it?

WOMAN: Well, there always up there, aren't they? Somewhere.

WOMAN: Are we looking for a year here?

MAN: 1992.

BLAIR: 1992?

WOMAN: I couldn't tell you.

WOMAN: I'm going to guess recently, maybe?

MAN: The Shuttle has never orbited the moon.

BLAIR: Never orbited the moon. Okay, is that you're final answer.

MAN: The Space Shuttle is what you're talking about?

BLAIR: Yes, that's correct.

MAN: No, it has not orbited the moon.

WOMAN: I agree.

BLAIR: Actually, I'm sorry to say it's never happened.

WOMAN: Oh, see, you tricked me.

BLAIR: It was a trick question. Yes.

MAN: No, it's never orbited the moon.

WOMAN: I have no idea.

MAN: It's never orbited the moon.

WOMAN: I don't know.

BLAIR: All right, it looks like he's feeling very…. How confident? What percent?

MAN: 100 percent.

BLAIR: 100 percent.

WOMAN: I'll go with him. He knows more about it than I do.

BLAIR: Okay, clearly we do have a winner here. Yes, the shuttle has never orbited the moon.

WOMAN: Now, what happens when you stump the co-host. That's terrible.

BLAIR: Yeah. [sighs]

BLAIR: So Franklin, how did I do?

FRANKLIN: Today I graded you on creativity, delivery and a few other items.

BLAIR: Okay.

FRANKLIN: Right here. Take a look at them all, fill out your lessons learned, and get back to me in the morning, okay?

BLAIR: Great. You didn't judge the checkers, did you?

FRANKLIN: No, not really.

BLAIR: Good.

BLAIR: You know if I had super powers like Heroes, I would want the Heroes power where I could freeze time. Go back before I screwed up the shuttle launch.

CHRIS: Really?

BLAIR: Yeah. That way I wouldn't make the mistake. I could go back and undo it and we could go down in August. And then it would have worked perfectly.

CHRIS: Yeah but if you could do that why couldn't you just go back in time and start this trip all over again and…

BLAIR: Yeah. That's what I mean.

BLAIR: Yeah. Save the co-host, save the world. Wait, that would make me a cheerleader.

BLAIR: Our next turn at NASA is 32 miles away.

CHRIS: Is it? Cool. Hey, I tell you what man; we had a great time on this trip, didn't we?

BLAIR: It was awesome.

CHRIS: This is the best way to get out to the public and spread the word about what we do and get them excited about NASA's mission.

BLAIR: Meeting people.

CHRIS: And going back to the moon, Mars and beyond. What about Daytona?

BLAIR: Daytona was cool. Met some nice people on the beach at Daytona. I didn't realize you could drive on the beach there.

CHRIS: Oh yeah. That's pretty cool.

BLAIR: That's a pretty neat feature too.

CHRIS: And down in Coco.

BLAIR: Coco Beach, Kennedy…

CHRIS: But we're not going to talk about Kennedy.

BLAIR: Kennedy. We got to see Kennedy. That was great.

CHRIS: Manny did a great job showing us around and giving us the tour.

BLAIR: What stories he has.

CHRIS: Yeah.

BLAIR: He's got a lot of stories.

CHRIS: He's been around for a long time. He knows the whole history of NASA.


CHRIS: I tell you what. Even though we missed the boat on the primary goal of the mission, that's okay because we always have the shuttle launch in August.

BLAIR: There's always August.


BLAIR: That's my new theme song, There's always August.

CHRIS: And please… just ask us a question. Try not to do everything on your own. If you don't know the answer to something, come talk to us or go to the website. Go to or if you want, let the NASA Edge viewers email us a question. Or maybe they can email us some advice to give to you on how to organize another trip.

BLAIR: And you know what? I can take help. I don't mind enlisting the assistance of our valued viewers or even Debbie.

CHRIS: Well, next time we go eastbound and down, we'll make sure that…

BLAIR: We roll up and truck next time, we will make sure we do so on the right date.

CHRIS: Yeah.

BLAIR: Very good.

CHRIS: And you're watching NASA Edge.

CHRIS: Go ahead.

BLAIR: An inside and outside look at all things NASA. I wanted to make sure I was allowed to say that again.

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