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Space: Shuttle Atlantis / Kelly Interview #1002110

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 08, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Kennedy Space Center: Tom Costello) The end of the US manned space program with the launch of the shuttle Atlantis featured; scenes shown; details given of the controversy over ending the program. [Shuttle launch director Mike LEINBACH†- bids the crew good luck.] [Voice of shuttle commander Chris FERGUSON†- says let’s witness this great nation at its best.] [SPECTATOR – reacts.] [Former NASA administrator Michael GRIFFIN†- says we’re looking at a lost decade in space.] [NASA deputy administrator Lori GARVER†- says President Obama has committed this nation to moving forward.] [Shuttle worker Dean PETTIT††- comments on losing his job.] Singer Jimmy Buffett’s performance for the launch control crew noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Live interview held with NASA Capt. Mark Kelly, who commanded the last shuttle mission; photos shown of the Ground Zero flag hoisted in Phoenix in a tribute to Kelly’s wife, Representative Gabrielle Giffords. [From Houston, KELLY – responds to astronaut John Glenn’s view that it is a mistake to move toward commercial space flight; comments on depending on Russia’s Soyuz for access to space; comments on Giffords’ condition 6 months after she was shot.]

Williams, Brian;
Costello, Tom

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