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Final Flight: Florida's Space Coast at the End of the Shuttle Era

Space Shuttle Atlantis

July 4-8, 2011 on 90.7 WMFE-FM
Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on July 8th on the final mission in NASA's shuttle program. Listen back to 90.7's live coverage of the launch and our special series on the impact of the shuttle's retirement on Florida's Space Coast.


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Crowds Make a Big Showing at Jetty Park for Final Liftoff
Crowds Make a Big Showing at Jetty Park for Final Liftoff
July 8, 2011| Huge crowds gathered at Cape Canaveral's Jetty Park to watch the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Before the sun was even up, the park was crowded with well wishers. 90.7s Mark Simpson was there and filed this report.

Intersection | Launching The Shuttle with Mike Leinbach
Intersection | Launching The Shuttle with Mike Leinbach
July 05, 2011 | WMFE - 90.7's Mark Simpson visits sits down with Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach to talk about his nearly 30 year career with NASA. Leinbach spoke candidly about the end of the shuttle program, noting the role in projecting goodwill from the United States each time the shuttle launches. Plus what it was like returning to flight after the Challenger and Columbia accidents.

Intersection | Behind the Scenes of the Shuttle & Simulation Business in Orlando
Intersection | Behind the Scenes of the Shuttle & Simulation Business in Orlando
June 28, 2011 | WMFE - 90.7's Mark Simpson visits places not usually open to visitors at the Kennedy Space Center. Hear what a sunrise viewing of the Shuttle is like, the wind howling through the massive doors of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and why you have to walk on tape before entering a Space Shuttle. Plus the Director for the Nation Center for Simulation, Tom Baptiste, stops by to explain what the US drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan mean for the industry.

Intersection Special: Talking With The Shuttle Closeout Crew
Intersection Special: Talking With The Shuttle Closeout Crew
May 31, 2011 | WMFE -90.7's Mark Simpson goes to the Kennedy Space Center to talk with Rene Arriens, a member of the United Space Alliance's "closeout crew" who are the among the last people to see the astronauts before they liftoff. Arriens talks about climbing the launch tower and what it's like to drive the space shuttle after it lands. It's a special edition of Intersection, taped at the Kennedy Space Center.



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