NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Feb. 8

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Feb. 8
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The Marshall Space Flight Center hosted the cast of the Myth Busters television show. The Myth Busters chose Marshall as one of several NASA locations for an episode to debunk the notion that NASA never landed on the moon.

Neil Armstrong: "It's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
MythBusters Crew: "Did you get it? Did you get it?"
MythBusters Crew: "I got it. I got it."

The cast conducted tests involving a feather, a weight, a lunar soil boot print and a flag in a vacuum. A team of Marshall Scientists helped with the tests.

The Langley Research Center served as the location for several scenes of the upcoming science fiction horror film, “The Box.” It’s an adaptation of a 1970 short story in which a couple faces a life and death dilemma after finding a wooden box on their doorstep. About 150 extras, many of them Langley employees, were used during the filming at the center. “The Box” stars Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. A release date has not been set.

Travelers passing through Huntsville International Airport saw this reminder of how the "Rocket City" got its name. Marshall Space Flight Center unveiled this new pictorial mural in the airport terminal. The 80-foot mural chronicles 50 years of NASA accomplishments in Huntsville and illustrates the importance of the Marshall Center to the Space Age. It also by depicts how Marshall is shaping the future of space exploration by helping to return humans to the moon. More than a million travelers pass through Huntsville International each year.

Launch Announcer: "3-2-1 ignition and lift-off, Discovery now on its way to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope."

On Feb. 11, 1997, STS-82 launched its second servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. During the 11-day flight, five back-to-back spacewalks were performed to install new hardware and instruments to correct a flaw in Hubble’s main mirror. Since it became operational in 1990, Hubble has contributed to major scientific discoveries, including the first conclusive evidence of the existence of massive black holes. Hubble’s next servicing mission is targeted for later this year.

Astronaut Leland Melvin began his NASA career in 1989 at the Langley Research Center. Almost ten years later in 1998, he was selected for Astronaut Candidate Program. Melvin is a Mission Specialist on the current Shuttle mission to the ISS -- STS-122.

Launch Announcer: "Zero and lift-off of Space Shuttle Atlantis."

His role is to use the Canadarm2 to pick up the Columbus Laboratory from the Shuttle’s payload bay and "very delicately attach it to the International Space Station." Melvin has received numerous NASA Outstanding and Superior Accomplishment Awards. He also holds the distinction of being the only astronaut to be drafted by the National Football League. Melvin was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 11th round of the 1986 college draft and participated in the Toronto Argonauts and Dallas Cowboys football training camps. Melvin says playing sports helped make him a better astronaut because it taught him teamwork, an attribute he believes crucial to any successful mission.

MELVIN: "Steve, Rex and Dex and I have to work together as one concerted unit. Just like a wide receiver and a quarterback have to have that kind of telepathic sense to know if the crowd is screaming you can’t an audible you just know what you have to do and I think that’s similar to what we do on the flight deck." Melvin hails from Lynchburg, Va., and considers his parents, Deems and Grace Melvin, both educators, to be his greatest inspiration.


"Images of broken light which
dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as
they make their way across the universe"

The Deep Space Network Control Room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was the scene of an historic musical event. The Beatles' song, 'Across the Universe,' was beamed by the DSN towards the North Star, Polaris, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of its writing. The transmission by the DSN's satellites at Goldstone, Calif., Madrid, Spain, and Canberra, Australia, also celebrated NASA's 50th anniversary, the launch of Explorer 150 years ago, and the 45th anniversary of the Deep Space Network. 'Across the Universe,' moving at 186,000 miles per second, will take 431 years to reach Polaris.

"are ringing through my open ears
exciting and inviting me"

And that's This Week At NASA!
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