July 21, 2011

ENCORE PRESENTATION: Science Channel’s Last Shuttle: Our Journey

The Science Channel's "Last Shuttle: Our Journey" will be airing again Thursday night to commemorate the completion of NASA's final space shuttle mission.

The documentary, which will air Thursday, July 21 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 the final historic launch of space shuttle Atlantis by featuring footage of the launch that ushered out the spacecraft's last journey.

"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 includes 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."

This beautifully performed documentary is icing on the cake when it comes to NASA's determination to take man beyond Earth's atmosphere.

Check out this thrilling ride aboard "Last Shuttle: Our Journey" on Science Channel so the last thirty years of these instrumental tools 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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