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July 13, 2005

Return to Flight News Coverage

NSS VP for Public Affairs Jeremy Pyle writes:
With the announcement today of tile damage to Discovery, the focus of TV new segments and newspaper articles will be heavily on flight safety and risk mitigation – even more so than it has been thus far. NASA hopes to continue with the launch tomorrow as scheduled. Go or no-go, it goes without saying that there will be a tremendous amount of media focus on NASA and the space shuttle in the next 24 hours. Here are a few network TV segments you may find interesting, scheduled to appear over the next 18 hours.

ABC News: WORLD NEWS TONIGHT (7/12/05): “The countdown to tomorrow's scheduled shuttle launch will be a moment of tension, if for no other reason than the unfortunate disaster during the Shuttle's last mission. Tonight, Lisa Stark explains the extensive security check points involved before a space shuttle takes flight.

ABC News: NIGHTLINE (7/12/05): “And we will close tonight with a really interesting story from the space world. Tomorrow - assuming the weather is ok and all systems are go, NASA will launch another shuttle into space - its first launch since the Columbia disaster. We've got a look at what its like to be an astronaut in that shuttle, from the countdown until the shuttle blasts into orbit. What are the astronauts hearing, seeing, feeling? Inside a blastoff: An Astronaut's Journal.”

CBS News: CBS EVENING NEWS (7/12/05): “It's been more than two years since the Columbia Shuttle disaster that claimed the lives of all 7 astronauts on board. Now NASA is ready to fly again and could do so tomorrow afternoon with the highly anticipated launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Transportation Correspondent Bob Orr joins us with a preview and a closer look at some of the safety precautions that have been put into place since Columbia.”

CBS News: THE EARLY SHOW (7/13/05): SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY: More than two years after the Columbia disaster, NASA is ready to fly again. With much anticipation and after many delays, the space shuttle Discovery is expected to blast off Wednesday afternoon from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Rene Syler will join us live from KSC with our team of experts, including CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood, Scott Parazynski, a veteran astronaut, and Kathryn Thornton, a former astronaut and CBS News consultant, to discuss the Discovery launch and to offer insight on whether NASA has met all the safety recommendations.

REMEMBERING COLUMBIA: In an exclusive interview, Sandy Anderson, whose husband Michael was one of the seven astronauts who died in the shuttle Columbia disaster, sits down with our Rene Syler to recall that fateful day in a special look back at the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

COMMANDER EILEEN COLLINS: Space shuttle Discovery's commander is Eileen Collins, who made history in 1997 as the first woman to pilot the space shuttle. And two years later, she became NASA's first female commander. Rene Syler recently met with Eileen to discuss their upcoming mission; she was, of course, excited about Discovery's planned launch, but she also had Columbia on her mind.

NBC News: NBC NIGHTLY NEWS (7/12/05): “REDISCOVERING SPACE: Wednesday's scheduled launch of Space Shuttle Discovery will have millions of eyes trained on the skies over Cape Canaveral, Fla. Bob Faw reports tonight from Titusville, where school children live, literally, in the Kennedy Space Center's backyard. You can find complete coverage of NASA's "Return to Flight" at

Depending on developments at KSC in the next 24 hours, count on FAR more extensive coverage than what I’ve included above.

Posted by apsmith at July 13, 2005 04:23 AM



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