Text Size

Transcript: This Week at NASA, November 7 - 11

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev took the first extravehicular activity, or spacewalk, of their six-month mission. During their time outside the International Space Station, the spacewalkers installed a new video camera on one of the station's truss structures and jettisoned a probe attached to the top of another truss.


Shana Dale was confirmed November 4th by the U.S. Senate to become NASA's twelfth deputy administrator. Dale discussed the job with committee members at her confirmation hearing November first:

SHANA DALE SOT: “… My roles and priorities as I go into NASA will be helping to implement the vision for space exploration, continuing on with the space operations, international space station and space shuttle, making sure that there is a healthy overall balanced program with science and aeronautics. And, then some of my first priorities would be the agency’s financial management system and also workforce issues.”

Prior to her nomination, Dale served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.


NASA sponsored a series of events in East Texas to thank people who helped the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery effort in 2003. This November 8th event in Lufkin included a barbecue dinner, presentations by NASA and local officials, and astronaut autograph sessions.

Dave King SOT: “…This community gave sacrificially and without hesitation and there are examples of that that go on and on and on. You guys unselfishly helped us put the pieces back together. We did just that. And I am very excited to be back here with you this evening, to share with you.” Similar events were held in Corsicana, Hemphill, Nacogdoches and Palestine. NASA learned important lessons from debris recovered in and around these East Texas communities, and contributed to the shuttle's Return to Flight this summer.


Michael L. Coats has been named the new director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. No stranger to the space business, Coats is a former astronaut who flew three space shuttle missions; as pilot on Discovery's maiden flight in 19-84, and as commander of two additional missions. In all, Coats logged more than 463 hours in space before retiring from NASA in 19-91. He becomes the ninth director in the 44-year history of the Johnson Space Center.


A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals billowing mountains of dust ablaze with the fires of stellar youth. The majestic infrared view from Spitzer resembles the iconic "Pillars of Creation" picture taken of the Eagle Nebula in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.


A pilot program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is underway to demonstrate the use of the space shuttle runway for non-NASA activities. NASA invited the Zero-Gravity Corporation to fly from the space shuttle landing facility. Twenty-five teachers sponsored by the Hartland Educational Consortium participated in the event. NASA hopes to loan out the landing facility to companies on a recurring basis to help offset operating costs.


Nearing their completion, the two Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory spacecraft known as STEREO arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center November ninth for major testing. Scheduled to launch next spring, STEREO is the first mission to image the sun and solar wind in 3-D. This new view should improve our understanding of space weather and its impact to space and on Earth systems.


The New Horizons spacecraft is in its final stages of launch preparations. The spacecraft underwent final thermal blanket installation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center November 4th. New Horizons will be the first mission to Pluto and its moon, Charon, and is scheduled for launch this January from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

"FIRST MAN" - HQ Launch Commentator SOT: “Lift off we have a lift off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift off on Apollo 11”

ARMSTRONG SOT: “It felt like a train on a bad railroad track and shaking in every direction and it was loud, really loud”

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong appeared on CBS’s "60 Minutes" in his first extensive television profile. Armstrong talked with Ed Bradley about his new authorized biography, his brushes with death, fame and the inspiration behind his now famous quote:

ARMSTRONG SOT: “That’s One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind. Well I thought when I step off, it’s just going to be a little step – a step from there down to there but then I thought about all those 400,000 people that had given me the opportunity to make that step and thought it’s going to be a big something.”

At 75, Armstrong flies these days in gliders. "It's the closest thing to being a bird," he says. And when asked, Armstrong acknowledged he'd like to be part of NASA’s plan to return to the moon, and journey on to Mars and beyond.

ARMSTRONG SOT: “I don’t think I’m going to get the chance but I won’t say I’m not available.”

Courtesy: CBS

Listen Now (mp3)