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Science Channel’s “˜Last Shuttle: Our Journey’ Celebrates Shuttle Program

July 8, 2011

The Science Channel is commemorating NASA’s historic final flight of space shuttle Atlantis with the world premiere of “Last Shuttle: Our Journey.”

The documentary, which will air Friday, July 8 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), walks through the journey of the shuttle program for the last 30 years.

“Thirty years after the first shuttle launch, the eyes of the world again will be on Kennedy Space Center as an unforgettable period of science, wonder and imagination comes to an end,” Science Channel said in a press release.

The program will also celebrate Friday’s launch of space shuttle Atlantis by featuring same-day footage of the launch that will usher out the historic spacecrafts’ journeys.

“We have been given a tremendous opportunity to be a part of history with this special,” says Debbie Myers, general manager of SCIENCE. “NASA has granted us unprecedented access in order to tell the untold stories of those who have devoted much their lives to the shuttle missions.”

The documentary will include interviews with staff at NASA, including the four-crew members of Atlantis’ final flight.  

“The most compelling part of Last Shuttle: Our Journey is the candid conversations of so many accomplished people, who work for NASA, who would not stop asking questions and feel it is their duty to push the boundaries, beyond what is expected and dare to dream bigger,” said Bernadette McDaid, VP of Production on Science and one of the executive producers on Last Shuttle: Our Journey.

Thousands of employees will lose their jobs as the shuttle program retires, but “Last Shuttle: Our Journey” focuses more on the celebration of the program and not the vacancy the shuttles will leave behind.

“This is not a special that focuses on loss but really on the celebration of what the space program was, is and could become again,” said McDaid.

“The message the audience should take away from Last Shuttle Our Journey is that this is NOT the end, but only another phase in mankind’s venture into space exploration; a pursuit that SCIENCE supports and encourages from its thought provocateur audience.”

Check out this thrilling ride aboard “Last Shuttle: Our Journey” on Science Channel so the last thirty years of these instrumental spacecrafts in space exploration can be viewed from your own living room.

Image Caption: This image of space shuttle Atlantis was taken shortly after the
rotating service structure was rolled back at Launch Pad 39A, Thursday,
July 7, 2011. Atlantis is set to liftoff today, Friday, July 8, on the
final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. (Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA)
 

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