Transcript: Danger of Descent | Sep 03, 2004

(Classical music plays)

Launches of orbital spaceflights and astronauts on space appear on split vertical and horizontal screens as a zoom out view shows the planet Earth.

[Radio chatter]

A Man says 4-3-2-1 AND LIFTOFF!

[Cheering]
[Radio chatter continues]

A The Woman says 3 AND 104.

A Man says 8 SECONDS...
AND ROLL PROGRAM, HOUSTON.

[Playing theme music]
The opening slate reads "TVOntario presents."

The The Woman says ON THE RIGHT, RUN THE
TIME.

Man 2 says COMING UP ON THE MARK.

Man 3 says CHALLENGER, THROTTLE UP.

A new slate reads "The Shuttle Years. From Challenger to Columbia."

Man 4 says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COM
CHECK.

Man 5 says ... ENGINES 103, 103
[Radio chatter]

The The Woman says IT'S LOOKING GOOD.

[Playing Orchestral Music]
The slate changes to "Danger of Descent."

Fast clips show a space shuttle launch.

The caption changes to "STS-110. April 8, 2002. 109th Shuttle Mission. Primary objectives: Install Central Truss (S-O) Install Mobile Transporter."

An orbital view of the Earth appears.

The Announcer says ATLANTIS CONTINUES
TO CATCH UP WITH THE
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AT A
FURIOUS PACE.
THE TRUSS STRUCTURES ARE
CURRENTLY IN ATLANTIS' PAYLOAD
BAY.
IT HAS ON THE OUTSIDE OF IT, THE
FIRST SPACE RAILROAD.
ONCE IT IS COUPLED WITH THE
STATION'S CANADIAN BUILT ROBOTIC
ARM, WILL ALLOW THE STATION'S
ARM TO RUN UP AND DOWN THE
LENGTH OF THE FINISHED TRUSS
STRUCTURE.

Ellen says AND YOU GUYS,
WHEN WE DOCK, JERRY AND I NEED
TO TALK A LOT,

A Male Astronaut says OKAY.

The caption changes to "Atlantis docking to Space Station Alpha."

Inside the shuttle, Ellen says SO KEEP THE
CHEERS DOWN SO WE CAN...
[laughing]

Cheering, a man says HEY, WE SEE PEOPLE!

The caption changes to "Expedition Four crew welcomes the Atlantis crew."

The Announcer says THE STS-110 CREW
OF ATLANTIS HAS BEGUN FILING
INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE
STATION, SHAKING HANDS AND
RECEIVING WARM GREETINGS FROM
THE EXPEDITION FOUR CREW THAT
HAS BEEN ON BOARD THE
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
ALONE FOR THE LAST 117 DAYS.

The caption changes to "The S-O Truss is the first of nine segments that will make up the station’s framework."

The Announcer says S-0 TRUSS SEGMENT
LAUNCHED ABOARD ATLANTIS, AS
ASTRONAUT'S ELLEN OCHOA AND
FLIGHT ENGINEER FOR THE
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DAN
BURSCH CONTINUE SLOWLY LIFTING
IT OUT OF ATLANTIS' PAYLOAD BAY.
THIS IS A LIVE
TELEVISION VIEW OF THE FIRST
STRUCTURAL ATTACHMENT BETWEEN
THE NEWLY DELIVERED S-0 TRUSS
SEGMENT, AND THE INTERNATIONAL
SPACE STATION'S DESTINY
LABORATORY MODULE.

Astronaut 1 says ABOUT A FOOT AND A
HALF CLEARANCE TO THE STRUT.

Ellen says OH.

Dan Bursch says YEAH, CAN YOU
HEAR THOSE CLUNKS?

The Announcer says ASTRONAUT LEE
MORIN, AGAIN AT WORK TIGHTENING
BOLTS ON THAT PLATE THAT
ATTACHES ONE LEG OF THE TRIPOD
SUPPORT.

Fast clip show the shuttle orbiting and the astronauts working in space.

Astronaut 1 says YOU KNOW, LEE, IT
WAS A LITTLE OVER 16 YEARS AGO,
THAT I HAD ANOTHER BUDDY OUT
HERE DOING A SPACE WALK, LOOKING
AT AN ASSEMBLY TECHNIQUE FOR THE
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OR
SOME KIND OF SPACE STATION.
AT THE END OF THE SECOND E.V.A,
I SAID, BUDDY, LET'S GO BUILD A
SPACE STATION.
16 YEARS LATER, HERE YOU AND I
ARE DOING IT.

The caption changes to "The Mobile Transporter is the first element of a railroad in space."

Lee Morin says YEP.

The Announcer says RIGHT NOW WE'RE
WATCHING THE VERY END OF THE
TRANSLATION OF THE MOBILE
TRANSPORTER AS IT MOVES FROM
WORK STATION NUMBER FOUR, BACK
TO WORK STATION NUMBER 5 ON THE
S-0 TRUSS STRUCTURE.

[Playing Orchestral Music]
The caption changes to "The Mobile Transporter is the moveable base for the station’s Canadam2."

The crew talks in the space shuttle.

Man 1 says IS IT WARM ENOUGH?
TELL ME IF IT'S WARM ENOUGH.
WE CAN WARM IT UP MORE.
WANT IT WARMED UP MORE?

Man 2 says NO, IT'S OKAY.

Man 1 says IT'S OKAY?

Man 3 says TAKE CARE, MAN, SEE YOU
IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS, ALL
RIGHT?
SEE YA.

At the shuttle control deck, Astronaut 1 says STANDING BY ON THE
PEDALS.

The caption changes to "Atlantis undocks from Space Station Alpha."

Astronaut 2 says COMING RIGHT UP IN
THE MIDDLE.
PEDALS ARE CLEAR, GOING TO OVLH.
HERE COMES THE FIRST OUT, TIME,
03.

Astronaut 3 says IT'S NOT TOO BAD
NOW, THE STATION IS STILL VERY
LARGE.

The caption changes to "STS-113. November 25, 2002. 112th Shuttle Mission."

Man 1 says ENDEAVOUR, HOUSTON, WE
SEE YOU COMING UP ON THE TORVA,
AND YOU ARE GO FOR DOCKING.

Astronaut 1 says COPY, GO FOR
DOCKING.

The caption changes to "Primary objective: Install Port Truss (P-1). Exchange Space Station crews."

The Announcer says YOU'RE LOOKING AT
THE P-1 TRUSS SEGMENT.
THAT TRUSS SEGMENT WILL BE
GRAPPLED BY THE SHUTTLE'S ROBOT
ARM AND HANDED OFF TO THE
STATION'S CANADARM 2 ROBOTIC ARM
TOMORROW.

Astronaut 2 says REX, WHEN YOU ARE
READY FOR YOUR TORVA, YOU SELECT
A-AUTO PRIME, AND I'LL DO AN
ITEM 19.

Astronaut 3 says TCS IS GOOD.

Astronaut 2 says YOU NEED DOWN.

Astronaut 3 says THERE YOU GO, GOOD
JOB.

The Announcer says THIS VIEW FROM THE
TELEVISION CAMERA AT THE END OF
THE STARBOARD 1 TRUSS SEGMENT,
THE TWIN OF THAT TRUSS HOUSED IN
ENDEAVOUR'S CARGO BAY.

Astronaut 1 says HOUSTON, WE HAVE A
CAPTURE LIGHT, AND BREAK, ALPHA,
WE HAVE CAPTURE CONFIRMED.

A Man says EXPEDITION SIX, MAIN
CREW, WELCOME TO STATION.
GREAT JOB, CONGRATULATIONS.
VERY NICE DOCKING.

The caption changes to "The Expedition Five crew welcomes the The Expedition Six crew."

[Indistinct conversations]
[Shouting and Laughter]

They float and hug.

The Announcer says A GOOD VIEW OF THE
45 FOOT LONG PORT 1 TRUSS
SEGMENT, FIRMLY IN THE GRASP OF
THE SHUTTLE'S 50 FOOT LONG
CANADIAN BUILT ROBOTIC ARM,
BEING MANOEUVRED INTO A POSITION
FOR A HANDOFF TO THE CANADARM 2,
BY PEGGY WHITSON, FROM A ROBOTIC
WORKSTATION IN THE DESTINY
LABORATORY.

An Astronaut says ALPHA, ENDEAVOUR,
THANKS TO THE GREAT CANADIAN
HARDWARE, WE ARE NOW IN POSITION
AND YOU HAVE A GO FOR A P-1
GRAPPLE.

Peggy Whitson says OKAY, GREAT.

The caption changes to "The truss segments extend the station’s framework to 91 meters."

The Announcer says TELEVISION CAMERAS
ABOARD ENDEAVOUR SHOWING THE
STRUCTURALLY MATED TRUSS
SEGMENTS.
THOSE TWO TRUSS SEGMENTS NOW
PERMANENTLY MATED TO ONE
ANOTHER.
A SHORT TIME FROM NOW, LOPEZ-
ALEGRIA AND HARRINGTON WILL SUIT
UP FOR THE START OF TODAY'S
SPACE WALK.

The caption changes to "Space Station Alpha orbits the Earth at 28,000 kilometers per hour."

Astronaut 1 says THERE YOU GO.

Astronaut 2 says HOW'S THAT?

Astronaut 1 says THAT'S PERFECT.

The Announcer says AT THE TOP OF YOUR
SCREEN, JOHN HARRINGTON IS
BEGINNING WORK ON THE HANDRAIL
CART.

Astronaut 2 says YOU'VE GOT TO
START MOVING THE CART GENTLY.
STAND BY.

The Announcer says AND THE HANDRAIL
CART, THE [Inaudible] CART NOW
IN MOTION, THE HAND BRAKE HAVING
BEEN RELEASED.

Astronaut 2 says IF I HAVE THE BOLT
STARTED, I'M GOING TO GO AND PUT
THE TOOL ON IT NOW.
HOW DO YOU LIKE THIS VEHICLE?

Astronaut 1 says WHAT A FABULOUS,
FABULOUS VIEW OF THE SHUTTLE.

A huge white and yellow shuttle orbits in the dark space.

Astronaut 2 says I THINK WE'RE
COMPLETE.

A Man says WE ARE, GOOD JOB, GUYS.

The caption changes to "The space railroad allows the Canadarm2 to travel along the station’s framework."

The Announcer says HAVING NOW STOWED
THE PORT KEEL PIN LAUNCH
RESTRAINT WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK
OF THE TRUSS ITSELF, THAT TASK
HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THEY'RE
GOING TO MOVE ON NOW TO A GET
AHEAD TASK TO RELOCATE THAT
HANDRAIL CAR THAT THEY'RE
CURRENTLY TRANSPORTING
THEMSELVES ON, FROM THE PORT 1
TRUSS OVER TO THE STARBOARD 1
TRUSS, WITH HARRINGTON AFFIXED
TO THE END OF THE STATION'S
ROBOTIC ARM THAT YOU SEE
PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED HERE IN
THE FIELD OF VIEW.
YOU SEE THE STATION'S CANADARM
2, THE STATION'S ROBOTIC ARM,
AND AT THE FAR END OF THE P-1
TRUSS, THE RAIL CAR FOR THE
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.

Astronaut 1 says WHERE AM I?

A Woman says WELL, YOU'RE IN SPACE.

Astronaut 1 says I GOT THAT.
I'M LOOKING DOWN, I DON'T SEE
ANYTHING.

The Woman says OH, I SEE, YOU WANTED
TO KNOW WHERE OVER THE EARTH ARE
WE?

Astronaut 1 says YEAH.

The Woman says WE'RE COMING BACK UP
BY THE NORTHERN SOUTH PACIFIC,
COMING BACK UP ON SOUTH AMERICA.

The Announcer says IF WE LOOK AT
SPACE WALKERS, MICHAEL LOPEZ-
ALEGRIA AND JOHN HARRINGTON,
GETTING OUT OF THEIR EXTRA
VEHICULAR MOBILITY UNIT SPACE
SUITS IN THE QUEST AIRLOCK
MODULE.
LOPEZ-ALEGRIA AND HARRINGTON
SPENT SIX HOURS AND 10 MINUTES
OUTSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE
STATION TODAY.
INSIDE THE UNITY MODULE, NILOLAI
UDARIN USES THE IP PHONE THAT
USES INTERNET TYPE PROTOCOLS TO
WORK AS A NORMAL TELEPHONE FOR
THE CREW MEMBERS ON ORBIT.

[Playing "William Tell Overture" BY Rossini]

A fast-motion clip shows the long corridors inside the shuttle.

The caption changes to "Yuri Gagrin, first human to orbit the Earth on April 12, 1961."

Portraits hang inside the shuttle.

The expedition crew gathers in the shuttle.

A Man says THIS IS NOW TIME TO
CHANGE COMMANDER.
THIS IS TIME OT CHANGE ALL CREW.
EXPEDITION FIVE FINISH OUR
ACTIVITY AND EXPEDITION SIX
BEGINS.
THEY WILL START THEIR MISSION ON
STATION.

The caption changes to "After living on Alpha for 178 days, Expedition Five crew departs."

An Astronaut says FROM THE CREW OF
ENDEAVOUR, WE ARE HONOURED TO
SERVE WITH YOU.
TOGETHER WE HAVE CONTINUED
CONSTRUCTION OF THIS SHIP ON THE
HIGH SEAS.

The caption changes to "STS-113 is the 16th shuttle mission to add its patch to Alpha."

Astronaut 1 says WE'VE HELPED
EXPEDITION FIVE END, AND
EXPEDITION SIX BEGIN.
WE STAND IN AWE OF THIS GREAT
SHIP, BUILT BY WORKERS ON THE
EARTH WHO DARED TO DREAM, AND BY
EXPLORERS IN SPACE WHO SAILED TO
THE EDGE.

The Announcer says THE EXPEDITION
FIVE CREW NOW LEAVING AFTER 178
DAYS ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL
SPACE STATION.

Man 2 says WE PROMISE TO TAKE GOOD
CARE OF THE SPACE STATION.

Man 3 says I THINK SO.
YOU WILL DO IT BETTER.

Man 2 says HAVE A GREAT FLIGHT!

The caption changes to "Expedition Six crew will live on Alpha for four months."

Astronaut 2 says OKAY, THANKS.

Man 2 says SEE YOU ALL ON THE
GROUND.

Astronaut 2 says SAME TO YOU!

[Playing Orchestral Music]
Different space shuttle orbit the Earth.

The caption changes to "95th Shuttle Mission. 101th Shuttle Mission. 104th Shuttle Mission. 109th Shuttle Mission. 110th Shuttle Mission. 111th Shuttle Mission. 112th Shuttle Mission Space Station Alpha’s orbital altitude is 375 kilometers above the Earth."

The Announcer says OUR COUNTDOWN TO
LAUNCH OF SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA
ON MISSION STS-107 IS CONTINUING
ON SCHEDULE THIS MORNING.
WE HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL CREW OF
SEVEN ONBOARD, INCLUDING THE
FIRST ISRAELI ASTRONAUT.
THIS MISSION WILL GIVE MORE THAN
70 INTERNATIONAL SCIENTISTS
ACCESS TO BOTH MICROGRAVITY
ENVIRONMENT OF SPACE AND SEVEN
RESEARCHERS FOR THE FULL 16 DAYS
IN ORBIT.
THE COMMANDER OF THIS FLIGHT IS
RICK HUSBAND, WHO IS ON HIS
SECOND FLIGHT.

Rick Husband waves to the camera. He is in his thirties, clean-shaven with short hair. He wears an orange astronaut suit.

The Announcer continues WILLIE McCOOL IS OUR PILOT ON
HIS FIRST FLIGHT.

A man puts a space helmet on Willie’s head.

The Announcer continues MIKE ANDERSON, HE'S THE PAYLOAD
COMMANDER ON THIS MISSION.

Mike Anderson is in his late thirties, clean-shaven with short black hair. He wears an orange astronaut suit.

The Announcer continues THIS IS HIS SECOND FLIGHT.
MISSION SPECIALIST LAUREL CLARK
ON HER FIRST FLIGHT.

Laurel Clark is in her thirties. She wears a space helmet and orange astronaut suit.

The Announcer continues DAVID BROWN, MISSION SPECIALIST,
HIS FIRST FLIGHT.

David Brown is in his early forties, with short hair and clean-shaven. He wears an orange astronaut suit.

The Announcer continues KALPANA CHAWLA, MISSION
SPECIALIST.
THIS IS HER SECOND FLIGHT.

Kalpana Chawla is in her mid-thirties. She wears a space helmet and orange astronaut suit.

The Announcer continues AND ILAN RAMON, COLONEL IN THE
ISRAELI AIR FORCE.

Ilan Ramon shakes hands with a crewmember. He is in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven with brown hair. He wears an orange astronaut suit.

[Playing, "L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle," Bizet]
[Applause and cheering]

The crewmembers walk waving hands to the launching pad.

A Man says CLEAR CAUTION AND
WARNING MEMORY, VERIFYING NO
UNEXPECTED ERRORS.

Man 2 says [Inaudible] FLIGHT CREW,
CLOSE AND LOCK YOUR VISORS AND
INITIATE 02 FLOW.

Man 3 says OKAY, RICK, IF THERE WAS
EVER A TIME TO USE THE PHRASE,
ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO PEOPLE
WHO WAIT, THIS IS ONE TIME.
AND TO YOU AND YOUR CREW, BEST
OF LUCK ON THIS MISSION, GOOD
LUCK AND GOD SPEED.

The caption changes to "Columba is named after a small American sailing ship."

Rick says THE LORD HAS
BLESSED US WITH A BEAUTIFUL DAY
HERE, AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A
GREAT MISSION.
WE APPRECIATE ALL THE GREAT HARD
WORK EVERYBODY'S PUT INTO THIS,
AND WE'RE READY TO GO.

The Woman says GO FOR ORBITER ACCESS
ARM RETRACT.

Man 4 says COLUMBIA, FOR THE FLIGHT
CREW, CLOSE AND LOCK YOUR
VISORS, AND INITIATE O2 FLOW.

The caption changes to "STS-107. January 16, 2003. 113th Shuttle Mission."

The Announcer says 15 SECONDS.
11-10-9-8-7, WE HAVE A GO FOR
MAIN ENGINE START.
3-2-1, WE HAVE BOOSTER IGNITION
AND LIFTOFF OF SPACE SHUTTLE
COLUMBIA.

People watch the launch in an open field.

[Woman Singing, "L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle," Bizet]

The shuttle takes off.

Rick says WE WERE VERY
HAPPY TO WELCOME FOUR NEW
ASTRONAUTS INTO THE COMMUNITY,
WITH WILLY McCOOL, FAITH BROWN,
LAUREL CLARK AND ILAN RAMON.
MEANWHILE, KALPANA CHAWLA, MS2,
IS BUSY HELPING MYSELF AND
WILLIE GET ALL OF THE CHECK LIST
ITEMS DONE BEFORE WE CAN GET
OURSELVES SET UP FOR THE HOME 2
BURN.

The shuttle orbits in space.

The caption changes to "Primary objective: Microgravity research."

Astronaut 1 says AND HERE COMES
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY OF SCIENCE
IN SPACE, AND IN A MINUTE, WE'LL
GET INTO THE LAB, AND SEE SOME
SCIENCE THAT WE CONDUCT THERE.

K.C. says THIS IS K.C., AND
SHE'S WORKING ON AN EXPERIMENT
KNOWN AS BONES, AND IT LOOKS AT
THE BALANCE BETWEEN CALCIUM
DEPOSITS, FORMATION, ABSORPTION,
TRYING TO UNDERSTAND BETTER HOW
TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS, NOT
JUST THE AMOUNT OF BONE LOSS
THAT ASTRONAUTS GET IN SPACE,
BUT EVERYONE IS AT RISK FOR ON
EARTH, PARTICULARLY WOMEN.

A Female Astronaut says LAUREL CLARK IS
WORKING ON THE BIO-REACTOR
EXPERIMENT.
WE ARE GROWING PROSTATE CANCER
CELLS, AND THE IDEA IS TO BE
ABLE TO GROW BIGGER CELLS IN
SPACE AND THUS BE ABLE TO
DIFFERENTIATE THEM BETTER.

A Male Astronaut says OF COURSE ONE
THING ABOUT MICROGRAVITY,
INSTEAD OF HANDING THINGS, YOU
CAN JUST PASS THEM FROM ONE END
OF THE MODULE TO THE OTHER.
PART OF THE BLOOD SAMPLE GOES
NOW TO ILAN, AND HE'S WORKING
WITH A PORTABLE, CLINICAL BLOOD
ANALYSER.

The Female Astronaut says MIKE ANDERSON, IN
THIS VIEW, IS WORKING ON THE
ADVANCE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
ERGOMETER.

Willie flips in the air into a module.

Astronaut 1 says HERE COMES WILLIE
McCOOL, THE PILOT OF STS-107,
COMING INTO THE MODULE.
WE HAVE, BOTH IN THE MODULE AND
IN THE ORBITER, TRASH BAGS THAT
WE HAVE TO EMPTY OUT EVERY DAY.
AND AFTER HE GETS THE TRASH BAG
OUT, HE'LL BE TURNING INTO A
HUMAN TRASH COMPACTOR.

Astronaut 2 says BEHIND THIS DOOR
WE HAVE THE BATHROOM WHERE WE GO
FOR OUR DAILY HYGIENE.

Astronaut 3 says WELL IT'S BEEN
ALMOST 10 DAYS SINCE STS 107
LAUNCHED FROM KENNEDY SPACE
CENTRE, AND WE'RE UP HERE
WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK.
HERE'S DAVE BROWN, AT THE AFT
STATION, WORKING THE MEDEX
PAYLOAD WHERE HE'S DOING SOME
OBSERVATIONS, LOOKING FOR DUST.
HERE COMES THE SUPERMAN ENTRY OF
THE ASTRONAUT FROM ISRAEL.

[Playing Orchestral Music]
A female member of the crew listens to music on a floating disc man.

The caption changes to "From our orbital vantage point we observe a world without borders full of peace, beauty, magnificence and we pray that humanity as a whole can imagine a borderless world as we see it, and strive to live as one in peace."

At the control deck, man 1 says OKAY, THAT'S GREAT.
YOU'VE A GO FOR THE DE-ORBIT
BURN.

Rick says GO FOR THE
BURN, THANK YOU.

Kalpana says LOOK AT ME.
CAN YOU HEAR ME?
LOOK.

Rick says MAN, DON'T
FORGET ABOUT THE STUFF ON PAGE
3-44.

Man 1 says YEAH, WE'RE CHECKING
THAT.
WE'VE GOT THE FLIGHT CONTROL
TOWER ON IT AND WE'RE WORKING
THROUGH IT HERE AS WELL, THANKS.

Astronaut 1says SOUNDS GOOD.
HOUSTON HERE COMES THE
[Inaudible]

Man 2 says MAX AT G and C YOU READY?

Man 3 says FLIGHT MAX, WE'RE READY.

Man 4 says G and C IS GO.

Man 5 says AND READY, WILLIE, NO
DELTAS.

Rick says COPY NO DELTAS.
AND HOUSTON, WE'LL GET THE 304
IN 5 MINUTES.
AND ARE YOU
READY FOR THE CAMERA, LAUREL?

Laurel says [Inaudible]

Rick says OKAY, NO RUSH,
WE'VE GOT PLENTY OF TIME.

Man 6 says COD AND IT.

At mission control, Man 7 says COPY.

Rick says CAN YOU SEE
OVER MY SHOULDER, LAUREL?

Laurel says I'M ASSUMING IT
DOESN'T SHOW UP, JUST THE BACK.

Rick says THAT'S GOING
PRETTY GOOD NOW.
IT'S PRETTY NEAT.
IT'S A BRIGHT ORANGE YELLOW OUT
OVER THE NOSE, ALL AROUND THE
NOSE.

Man 5 says RICK, WE'RE READY FOR OP
304.

Rick says HERE IT COMES.

Astronaut says LOOKS GOOD.

Man says 304.

Astronaut says 304, AND SHE COMES
TO LIFE.
LOOK AT THAT.

Man says YEAH, WE'RE GETTING SOME
Gs.

Astronaut says GOOD.

Man says LET GO OF THE CARD AND
IT FALLS.

Astronaut says THIS IS AMAZING.
IT'S REALLY GETTING FAIRLY
BRIGHT OUT THERE.

Rick says YEP, YEAH, YOU
DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO BE
OUTSIDE NOW.
[Inaudible]
[laughing]

Rick says LOOKS LIKE A
[Inaudible]

Control Room scientists watch the shuttle route on a US map in a computer screen.

Man 1 says FYI, I'VE JUST LOST FOUR
SEPARATE TEMPERATURE TRANSDUCERS
ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE VEHICLE.

Man 2 says FOR HIDE RETURN TEMPS?

Man 1 says TO THE LEFT OUTBOARD,
LEFT INBOARD.

Man 2 says YOU MEAN YOU'RE TELLING
ME YOU LOST THEM ALL AT EXACTLY
THE SAME TIME.

Man 1 says NO, NOT EXACTLY, THEY
WERE WITHIN PROBABLY 4 OR 5
SECONDS OF EACH OTHER.
IT'S ALL THREE HYDRAULIC
SYSTEMS.
IT'S TWO OF THEM ARE TO THE LEFT
OUTBOARD ELEVAN AND THEN TWO OF
THEM IS TO THE LEFT INBOARD.

Man 1 says G and C FLIGHT?

Man 2 says FLIGHT G and C.

Man 1 says EVERYTHING LOOKED GOOD
TO YOU.
CONTROL AND RATES AND EVERYTHING
IS NOMINAL, RIGHT?

Man 2 says CONTROL HAS BEEN STABLE
THROUGH THE ROLLS THAT WE HAVE
DONE SO FAR FLY.
WE HAVE GOOD TRIMS.
I DON'T SEE ANYTHING OUT OF THE
ORDINARY.

Man 1 says OKAY.

The Woman says FLIGHT INCO?

Man 2 says GO.

The Woman says WE'RE JUST TAKING A
FEW HITS HERE.
WE'RE RIGHT UP ON TOP OF THE
TAIL, NOT TOO BAD.

Man 2 says WE'VE ALSO LOST THE NOSE
GEAR DOWN TALK BACK AND THE
RIGHT MAIN GEAR TALK BACK.

Man 1 says COM CHECK...
[Static]

Woman 1 says FLIGHT E-COM.

Man 1 says E-COM.

Woman 1 says I GET FOUR TEMPERATURE
SENSORS ON THE BOTTOM OF MY DATA
THAT ARE OFF SCALE LOW.

The caption changes to "Columbia breaks up over Texas."

Man 3 says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, UHF
COM CHECK.

Woman 1 says FLIGHT INCO, I DIDN'T
EXPECT THIS BAD OF A HIT ON COM.

Man 3 says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COM
CHECK.

Man 4 says FLIGHT, WE DO NOT
BELIEVE THAT WAS THE ORBITER.
WE DO NOT HAVE ANY VALID DATA AT
THIS TIME.
BAD DATA.

Man 3 says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, UHF
COM CHECK.

Man 5 says G.C. FLIGHT.
G.C. FLIGHT.
LOCK THE DOORS.

Man says COPY.

Man 3 says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, UHF
COM CHECK.

Man at the control room says MARTY, CAN YOU CONFIRM
THAT THE DDS, DDMS FOLKS IN THE
DALLAS AREA HAVE BEEN MOBILISED
TO THE EXTENT WE'RE ABLE TO?

Marty says YEAH, RCC, THE RESCUE
CO-ORDINATION CENTRE IS
MOBILISING TO THAT AREA AND THEY
ARE SEEING WHAT THEY CAN DO TO
HELP US.

Man at the control room says COPY.
FIDO, DO YOU HAVE ANY TRACKING?

Fido says NO, SIR.
MY C BANDS HAVE NOT ACQUIRED
ANYTHING.
WE ARE ONLY ACQUIRING FALSE
LOCKS AT THIS TIME.

A white smoke trail crosses the blue sky.

Man at the control room says FOLKS, LISTEN UP AGAIN
IN THE FLIGHT LOOP.
NO PHONE CALLS OFF SITE, OR
OUTSIDE OF THIS ROOM.
OUR DISCUSSIONS ARE ON THESE
LOOPS, ON THE RECORDED DIVAS
LOOPS ONLY.
NO DATA, NO PHONE CALLS, NO
TRANSMISSIONS ANYWHERE, INTO OR
OUT.

The Woman says FLIGHT INCO.

Man says GO.

The Woman says I COULD SWAP STREAMS
IN THE BLIND.

Man says OKAY.
COMMAND IS OVER.

[Static]
Control Room scientists wait for the shuttle to land on Earth.

Man says FLIGHT, GO AHEAD, SIR?
GO AHEAD, SIR?

The caption changes to "15 days earlier, during the launch of Columbia’s 28th flight, foam breaks off the External Tank and damages the left wing."

The Announcer says 3-2-1...
HOUSTON NOW CONTROLLING THE
FLIGHT OF COLUMBIA, THE
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH MISSION
FINALLY UNDERWAY.

A computer screen shows a close-up view of a shuttle launch. A red circle highlights an area.

The Woman says TELL ME WHAT YOU CAN
SEE IN YOUR MIRROR.

The caption changes to "Minutes before Columbia’s destruction."

Rick says [Inaudible] I
CAN SEE YOUR CAMERA.
[Inaudible]

Astronaut says THAT'S REALLY
GETTING FAIRLY BRIGHT OUT THERE.

Rick says YEAH, YOU
DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO BE
OUTSIDE NOW.

Astronaut says IT'S NOISY IN
HERE, ISN'T IT?

The camera shakes.

The caption changes to "Last video 8:49 am. February 1, 2003."

Man says GOING FOR THE BALLPARK,
KEEP THE ROLL COMING, 600.
[Sonic Booms]

The caption changes to "The three remaining shuttles, Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour are grounded."

The white smoke trail divides into three shining flying objects.

The end credits roll as clips from the program play.

Man 1 says DISCOVERY, HOUSTON
LOOKING GOOD ON THE...

Man 2 says BETTER GET THE GEAR,
300.
[Radio chatter]
A LITTLE BIT HIGH.
A LITTLE BIT HIGH, UNDER 260.
KEEP IT COMING DOWN.
[Unclear] 50 FEET.
LOOKING GOOD, 20, 230, 15, 10,
230, KEEP IT OFF, KEEP IT OFF,
KEEP IT OFF.
TOUCHDOWN.
CHALLENGER, GO WITH THROTTLE UP.

Astronaut says ROGER, GO WITH
THROTTLE UP.

Man 3 says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COM
CHECK.
COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COM CHECK.

Man 4 says ... ENGINES 103, 103
[Radio chatter]

Woman 1 says IT'S LOOKING GOOD.

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

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