Discovery Channel will air Last Flight of the Space Shuttle
On July 8, history was made as the shuttle Atlantis lifted off on the final flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle program. To celebrate this, Discovery Channel will air Last Flight of the Space Shuttle on Sunday, 7 August at 19:05, featuring footage of the launch filmed from Kennedy Space Center.
“Following on from the recent tsunami special Anatomy of a Disaster that was produced by Discovery Networks, we once again have a fantastic opportunity to offer our African viewers the most cutting edge and topical programming with Last Flight of the Space Shuttle. This special programme will give our viewers unprecedented access to NASA during the countdown to the momentous last flight of Shuttle Atlanti. This is Discovery at its best,” says Lee Hobbs, channel director, emerging business Discovery Networks CEEMEA.
As the sun set on the shuttle program, it also marked the end of a way of life for a generation of NASA staff whose lives have largely revolved around these magnificent vehicles. Last Flight of the Space Shuttle features interviews with key players in the NASA Space Shuttle program, including the four crew members of the last Atlantis flight: Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, as well as Commander Chris Ferguson and Pilot Doug Hurley. In addition, Last Flight of the Space Shuttle includes interviews with Captain Bob Crippen, the celebrated pilot of the first Atlantis mission; Jerry Sheehan, NASA’s director of engineering; and Joe Chaput and John Fishbeck with NASA’s marine operations.
Last Flight of the Space Shuttle illustrates the intricate preparations for the momentous final mission, including the countdown and launch of the shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center, provoking viewers to ask “What’s next?” for mankind’s future in space.