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This is my AP Radio News interview with Jon Belmont the morning of STS-129’s launch. I couldn’t sleep, and Jon tweeted a request for interviews. I can’t remember if he was specifically looking for NASATweetup attendees or just folks on Twitter who would be at the launch, but I was both — STS-129 was my first launch, and my first NASA Tweetup/Social.
November 16, 2009: Jon Belmont interviews Shannon Moore –
With a little help, a space shuttle took to the skies briefly on August 14 in Houston, Texas. Space Shuttle Independence was hoisted by the smallest of Mammoet Holding’s cranes, a 440-ton behemoth stabilized by 980,000 pounds of counterweights (more than the International Space Station would weigh on Earth). As hundreds of onlookers watched, the 171,860 pound (86 ton) replica orbiter gently rose off its mobile transporter and moved into place on the back of the NASA905 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. [Read more…]