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Tonight: Crawler is on fire ESA's lost their creativity Astronauts perform a super short space walk South Korea completes a space center JAXA makes an impact And scientists design a stairway to heaven Oh yeah, we've also got STS-127. I think it might be your Twitterversary and a whole lot more coming up on this June 12th edition of Spacevidcast live. ♫♫Spacevidcast Theme Music♫♫ Ben: Welcome to Spacevidcast Live. My name is Benjamin Higginbotham. With me is the beautiful, lovely, wonderful, talented and Twitterversarific (Cariann: laughter) Cariann Higginbotham. We are the Spacevidcasters. Yesterday or today depending upon your time zone was your Twitterversary. Cariann: Yes, but and then the day before was GISucks' Twitterversary. Ben: Oh my gosh. Cariann: And then, the day after, which would be today or tomorrow, depending on your time zone is also Quarkspin's Twitterversary. Ben: What a Twitterversarific thing. Cariann: I know and I didn't know either one of them when I signed up. Ben: That is amazingly awesome. As you saw in the intro, we have got just a ton of space news today, so I think we should get into it right off the bat. Here is some space news. ♫♫ Space News ♫♫ Ben: Right here in good old Minnesota, that's where we're going to start off our space news. Cariann: I know. Ben: Believe it or not there is actually a little bit of space stuff that happens in Minnesota. Cariann: Yeah, always say because you know we don't have anything else to do during the winter, so we might as well work with space stuff. Ben: Do something. So, absolutely. We've got the crawlers that transport the space shuttle from the Vehicle Assembly Building over to the launch pad itself -- the mobile launch pad. I mean the mobile launch pad is on the vehicle. They are getting a new fire suppression system. Cariann: Right. 'Cause that's kind of a big deal. I mean, if you're moving right along, minding your own business ... Ben: BOOM. FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!!! Cariann: Right. Like that, you're gonna want to get rid of that as soon as possible. (Both screaming fire, fire together, then laughing.) Ben: Thank you, Caf, that's awesome. The name of the company is Stat X and we've actually got this wonderfully boring video for you. Cariann: It's very boring. Very boring. Ben: This is fantastic because this is pretty much like a -- nothing like what it will be whatsoever. And this happens in real life. So let's roll that video. Check this out. So here we've got a normal old trash can that randomly just spontaneously caught on fire. Now I know that this is a very common occurrence, walking by trash cans and all of a sudden "Oh my gosh!" Cariann: All the time. I never know what to do. Ben: The whole thing is on fire and what do you do? I mean, What do you do when,,, Cariann: See, that's the really cool thing. Ben: You plop it in there ... Cariann: It looks like a grenade. Ben: Now watch this, watch this -- this is so cool It's almost like "I eat the fire. I smothered you. Aah." Cariann: It's a very very cool thing. And the best part is that it's very eco-friendly because there's nothing to degrade anything so it's perfectly safe for all your computer parts and all of that stuff, it's not wet at all so you can use it on just about anything really. And there's no chemicals, well there's chemicals with it, but the chemicals actually attack like the free radicals of the fire or something along those lines. It's like it chemically neutralizes it. Ben: It's cool. Cariann: It's very cool and it's not very harmful to you breathing. I mean you don't want to be like in the middle of it and go (deep intake of breath), you know, breathe all of it in... Ben: How does that go again. Cariann: (Deep intake of breath.) Ben: ok. Cariann: But within a few moments or so just a couple of fans can get all of the fallout, I guess, away and then it's perfectly safe. And there's like minimal damage and it's a really really incredible thing. Ben: Now the reason NASA wants to put this on their crawlers is because apparently it's one of the largest moving structures on the face of the planet. And, I think actually they have two of them. So, a couple of the largest moving structures (Cariann: Right) on the face of the planet. And, as such, there are a lot of things that can burn and do bad things and there's a lot of complex stuff. Cariann: Well, it's really really heavy, so I'm sure those things aren't just like (squeaky voice) bityboobitybityboo. Ben: Right. So if something catches on fire, you get an oil fire or gas fire or something in there... FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE you get -- you know it'll happen throughout the rest of this news story, just so you know. Cariann: So sorry. Ben: (Laughing) Like, what can I say? Cariann: (Meekly) So sorry. Ben: It allows them to get into really small places and make sure that the whole thing is neutralized and is really good and stuff like that. Aww, do we have to move on? I think we'll move on. Let's give ESA a hard time, shall we? Cariann: I think we should. Ben: So there seems to be this trend and I'm sure NASA started the trend, someone in the chat room can certainly correct me if I'm wrong. Cariann: I'll be Stephen Colbert started this one. Ben: Nah, I'm pretty sure that this happened before Colbert. There seems to be trend of we're engineers, we're not creative enough to name our own missions, so why don't you go ahead and name it and then we'll ignore you and call it whatever we wanted to call it in the first place. So that's what NASA started doing. Now ESA's done the same thing. So with STS-128 they're sending up one of their astronauts and they want you [the viewer] to name the mission. Cariann: Yep. Ben: There's the 128 crew ... Cariann: Yep. Ben: and you're supposed to name the mission for them because apparently the marketing team doesn't get paid enough. Cariann: Right. And my favorite part is that 128 is going up in a number of months here. Ben: Isn't it like August? Cariann: It's something like that. Yeah. I mean, we're kind of getting down to the wire. You know what I'm saying? Ben: It's only two weeks -- (excitedly) "We've got a name, we've got a name" Cariann: And, and, I'll put links in the show notes and stuff like that.. But you do have to be in one of the countries ESA inhabits, I guess, to a certain extent. Works with -- you can't be from the USA, you can't be from Australia, you can't be from Asia etc., etc. So you have to be within ESA's domain. But we have friends. So, you put in your name and hopefully they won't pull a NASA on this and say really, put in all of the names. We're going to look at all the names. And there are going to be great names. And they'll just name it whatever the hell they want to anyway. Ben: For those that don't know actually only about 60% of the viewers are from the U.S. The other 40% of our viewers are from the European countries or some, I suppose it could be Mexico and others but a big chunk of you guys are from the European countries, a lot of which ESA services. As such, I would like to cast my vote through you. You can be my proxy. I'm voting for Colbert. I think they should call the mission Colbert. That's what I'm saying. Cariann: You know David brings up a good point. What if you English but live in the States? I don't know. I'm not sure how that works. Ben: How do they qualify that? Cariann: They call you. They call you if you have --if the accent is correct. If you call it ESA and not the E S A, I think right there you're qualified. Ben: Do you qualify. Cariann: Yeah. So I'm not entirely sure. And, again, I'll put the link in the show notes. Ben: Carbon, exactly. What's to prevent me from just bouncing my signal on and off of some European somethun somethun. Cariann: I don't know. I think because they don't think you care. Quite frankly. Ben: Alright. That is a true statement. Cariann: It'll be like 30 of us here in the U.S. who vote. Ben: (Excitedly) Colbert. Colbert. Cariann: And 2 guys over in actual Europe voting and their vote won't matter. It won't matter. But, yeah, they were like "Oh, no, really, we had such a large turnout last time and it was so popular, we decided to bring it back." And I was like, "Yeah, or you couldn't think of anything." Ben: So, alright. My suggestion to ESA and NASA and all the other space agencies. Stop asking us to name your things. It's getting a little bit old. It's been done. We're past that now. We're past that. They [chat room] want to call it Ben. GISuck wants to call it Ben. I like that, too. Cariann: STS-BEN. Ben: The mission should be called Spacevidcast. (Cariann laughs.) Ben: You like that? Moving right along... Cariann: SVC. Ben: Astronauts on the international space station perform the quickest -- the fastest EVA ever. Cariann: Yeah. Ben: Ever-ish. No, I think it's ever. Cariann: It might be ever. Yeah, it might be ever. Ever, ever, ever ,ever. Ben: Ever, ever, ever? Cariann: Ever, ever, ever? They performed a twelve minute...thirty minute? Cariann: Twelve minute. Ben: Twelve minutes spacewalk. Ben: Which means they had to go through the hours and hours and hours of prepping for the spacewalk which is, you have to put yourself into the low pressure chamber and make sure you don't get the bends and stuff like that and get the suit on. And what do they do? They open the door, look outside and go, "Yep." Cariann: Still there. Ben: There it is. Cariann: The best part is that it wasn't just one guy it was two. And they... [laughter] Wait, wait, wait, it gets even better than that. Ben: Well with one guy it would have taken twenty-four [minutes]. Cariann: I know..I know (chortles) Hold on, hold on. They were in an area that was only five feet wide Or like, what is that? Ben: That's not five feet it's like two feet. Cariann: A and a half meters. But you understand what I'm saying. Ben: Yep. Cariann: So two guys with all this stuff have to be like, "Do you see it? Can you reach it? I can't Ben: Bink! Got it. Cariann: But luckily, I mean they, they, right [reading from the chat] "How many EVA's does it take to screw in a light bulb?"But they did get it done. Ben: What did they even do? Did they just make sure the tire was inflated? Cariann: No. It was replacing a cover. I mean I can find it if you really want. It doesn't really matter really matter. Ben: the ISS had a little ding. They had to remove the ding from the doors. Someone opened their door into the ISS and they're all pissed off about it. 130 billion dollar structure and they don't want any, don't want any dents on the ISS. Cariann: It was on the Zvezda service module... Ben: Oh no. Cariann:...they had to replace the cover on it. Does it matter? Does it really matter what it was? Ben: We just thought it was funny. Twelve minute space walk If you look at the intro. Cariann: (excited) But if you look at it this way, there's so many people on the ISS now they've got to give everyone something to do. Ben: That's right. If you missed it, because I don't think we really covered it that well. It's kind of a big deal. They moved from three people to six people on the International Space Station. Cariann: Huge. Ben: Which is... Cariann: That's a big, big... Ben: I would have to say it's approximately double what it was before. Around, around, twice. Cariann: And let's be very clear about this because there have been times when there have been six people, eight people, all on the ISS at the same time, but we're talking more permanent people who are going to be there for six months at a time. There's going to be six people there for six months at a time or more. Which is a bigger deal than a couple of days. Ben: Which allows us to perform twelve minute space walks as (trying to sound out chat room name) ...simav8r says, "Micro meteors scratched the paint." He wants to fix it. How do you say that screen name? Eh, moving on. Cariann: Sorry sim...Sim-A-V-8-tor. Both: SimAviator This is live. This is why we're not on television. This is internet television. Cariann: No joke. They'd kick us off it so fast. Ben: They'd be like What? You guys do what. Cariann: (laughing) Ben: South Korea has completed it's first Space Center. Cariann: Yes, and this is the problem. It's the (trying to pronounce) NARO, NaRo? Ben: N A R O W right? Cariann: No. No 'W'. Ben: N A R O. Cariann: N A R O. Both: BOTH: (attempting to pronounce NARO) Cariann: I don't know. We're not Asian. Okay? I'm sorry. But it's the... I'm calling it [narrow]. Ben: Anyone know how to pronounce...If you know how to pronounce...Cariann: Where's Larry when yo need him. Ben: that in the chat room, spell that out for us so we can figure that out. Cariann: But this is kind of interesting because we were all freaked out about North Korea sending out like missile, non- missiles, just kind of saying like, "Oh no. Really... We're just sending...They're like little telegrams. Ben: (whistling bomb sound). Cariann: Don't even worry about it. But South Korea Ben: Missile-Gram. Cariann: Right. South Korea makes a space center and we're like "WOOHOO!" So what does that say about us? Ben: Well it's a very different political atmosphere over there. Cariann: I guess. Ben: We're scared of one a lot more than the other. Both: Laughing. Cariann: (reading chat) Not NERO!! (laughter) Ben: I don't know. What, is this space port for their... Because Russia helped them. This isn't a Spaceport America type thing? Cariann: N-N-N-No. Ben: Oh Virgin Galactic can land here. Cariann: Right. Because they did know exactly what they were doing and Russia, obviously has better idea of what's going on so they kind of joined up and (reading from chat) "Those damned Romulans." You know, screw you guys, alright? And Calger, yes. Any time you want to make me a missile-gram sticker, feel free, send that over, we'll put that on our website. But it's the thirteenth country in the world to own a space center. Which I found interesting because I didn't realize there were that many...bad, bad, me, it was like, "Me." Me, Russia, China, India, umm. Yeah, no...thirteen. Ben: Really? Cariann: That was kinda of impressive. Ben: That's the upcoming Space 2.0 race as it were, and everyone is trying into space, and frankly, in my humble, but very accurate opinion, is the new economy and he who commands space is going to command well, the economy, which I guess you command the world at that point. Both: (incoherent mumbles) Ben: Just babbling at this point. Cariann: Yes you are. But that's exciting for them. So that's kind of interesting. (to chat room) I cannot name all thirteen, something to look out for. Ben: Yeah, thanks for puttin' us on the spot Carbon, appreciate that. Yeah, thanks. Cariann: And soon Mexico will as well. Thank you BZ. Absolutely Ben: Ahh, soon is a know haven't even technically been approved yet. Cariann: Ssshhhhh. Ben: Www..Okay. Look at last weeks episode. Cariann: Soon Mexico will as well. So speaking of as well-Wow, like all of our news items, like hardly any of them have to do with NASA or anything in the US. You notice that? Cariann: Yeah. Ben: Well a couple of them do. So next is JAXA. Which is... the Japan Space Agency. Cariann: (laughs) Yesss. Alright now I have to apologize because I think I told you this was called Kiyuga? ANd it's not. It's Kaguya. Ben: Oh well yeah, I see how you would have done that. Cariann: 'Cause apparently I'm a little dyslexic. Ben: Yeah. They have made impact...(to chatroom) Guys, we'll get to STS-127, just wait. They made impact with the moon. What's neat about this is when China did this, 'cause China did this a while ago, China is very very secretive. And so they don't want you to know what they're doing and so they took their satellite and went BAM! into the moon and everyone was like "Awwwwe, we wanted look at that. See what we could learn." And China was like, "Mwahahaha." Cariann: Meanwhile Japan is like, "Look at all the crap we've done." Hey this might not even go good. (Ben starts 'dooting' carnival music) We have pictures. We're not even sure. It's really nice that they're so open about it. It's so very Space Media 2.0. Ben: So we're able to swing all of our telescopes and all of our fun little monitoring things over there and actually watch the impact that occurred not that long ago. And ah, cool, awesome stuff. Did we have a pic? No we didn't have a picture of that earlier. But what that the craft that actually took that picture? Cariann: Yes. Ben: Yeah yeah yeah it was. Cariann: HIGHLY detailed. Very interesting. If you guys don't have, or haven't seen the pictures from I keep calling it SELENE because that's what it had been called before ah, Kaguya. The pictures are so detailed. Ben: It's amazing. This is the high definition coverage of the moon so you can actually see the earth rise in the moon with the high def stuff and I believe JAXA has a BluRay disk of this. Cariann: Oooohhh! Ben: I'm not entirely sure where to find it Try searching Google or Amazon. I'm nearly positive that JAXA has a Blu Ray disc of the moon and earth-rise. Yeah, I know, it's awesome. Cariann: It's ssoooo wonderful. Ben: Seriously guys, check that out. I have not seen, um, but I had read it or heard it at one of those big, huge conferences where people are much smarter than I am. Cariann: Right. Which is why we go, hahahaha. Ben: Exactly! Sooo, made impact, crashed it into the moon and then we learn information from the impact, y'know. See what it kicks up. Cariann: Well, everyone says crashed into the moon. (Ben makes skidding, crashing noises, which don't happen in do they?) It did sort of crash land, to a certain extent, but it didn't blow up on impact. Ben: Did you want to make fun of that writer really quick? Cariann: Alright. So, ah, we have been written up in the Examiner. The Space News Examiner And the Examiner in general is kinda like this freelance kind of website where all these different freelance writers can write a bunch of different stuff. But everyone kind of has their little section that they write about And so Patty, we know Patty. And she usually writes about the space stuff. But there was somebody else who did something talking about Kaguya's lunar impact. And I'm not really sure what she normally specializes in but clearly it's not space, at all. At All. At all, at all! (laughs) Ben: Tell us how you really feel. Cariann: Because her article was really, not really an article. It was probably about twelve sentences or so I would say. And she was kind of like this ethereal like..."you know the Moon impacts everyone down here on earth...and the tides...and we all feel (still speaking ethereal/spacey) it's pull...and then Japan sent this probe up...and it CRASHED into the moon...Did they talk to her? Did they ask her how she felt? Did they ask her if it was Okay for them to?" And I was like, "WHAT!" I mean I thought I was on crack reading it. But the best part is that in all the comments, people are like, "Oh my God, I didn't even ask my seat if I could sit in it today!" Ben: Chairs, may we sit in you? Cariann: I AM SUCH AN ASS! So it's kinda funny just for the comments, because people. Ben: You are vulgar tonight. Cariann: I am. I'm sorry. Ben: We're going to have to rate this show like PG-13. Cariann: I know, I know. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. But it's very funny and I'll probably put that in the show notes. because it's very entertaining to say the least. Yeah, I don't think we need to ask the moon if it's okay to send something to "her". Just so you know. Ben: Scientists have designed the next best thing to a space elevator. A space escalator. (Both laughing) Cariann: Essentially. Ben: We are. We're in a mood tonight aren't we. What is with us? Cariann: I don't know. It's somewhere between an escalator. Ben: You know what it is? There's no guest this week. So we can do whatever we want. Cariann: It is. It is. (cariann ♫doots♫) Ben: This is a little old school Spacevidcast right here, right now-so suck it up, you're not getting it back for months Cariann: No...Ah yes, the SEDS shots! So it's somewhere between an escalator and a, ah, ladder. Okay? 'Cause it's like this tower And it's inflatable. But it's with really dense, or high pressure gas, or something like that. But, and so it makes this ladder-ish kind of thing And then you can climb up it. Which I think is hysterical because you wouldn't really want to climb and escaladder (to chatroom) "Yes, there you go. Thank you BZ. Ben: Oh man. Cariann: BZ did it. It wasn't me. Anyhow, but it was kind of interesting. And there's a whole thing in New Scientist about Kevlar-Polyethylene composite tubes and they're rigid and they're inflated with like helium and stuff like that, and blah, blah, blah. All that stuff is interesting, I'm sure. But, I just thought...I thought it was an interesting idea that rather than try to lift this slow moving elevator, that really all we would need to do then is lift our own...weight for the most part Ben: Yeah, but you're not actually going to try and climb that thing. Cariann: I'm not gonna. Ben: No. I mean no one is going to be able to climb that. That's just as far fetched as the space elevator. Although, the space elevator could actually be do-able with carbon nano tubes. Cariann: But if one of the balloons popped, you wouldn't have to worry about it. And it would have to have gyroscopes and stuff. Ben: Ah, ah, that's just one of those really out there things again. And it's just way, way out there. So anyhow, alright. When we come back, we'll be talking about STS-127 and where you can get all the really cool footage and coverage and everything across the internets for your space shuttle launch needs Because you know you want to. But before we go into break, we're bringing back an old friend of ours called Twitter Trivia. (Cariann screams...very, very, loud, and high pitched, like a little school girl) Ben: I know and this week we've got an awesome prize which we'll show you when we get back from break. Ben: The answer is Barnacle Bill. Named after the cartoon. Cariann: Yes, that was the first one and there were a couple others like Yogi, and I don't know they named a whole bunch. Yes Barnacle Bill, the sailor.. Thank you, Jeph - or Jep F. Yeah, they named a bunch of them after the cartoon, but the very first one, for whatever reason, was named Barnacle Bill. Ben: And our winner this week, for the first Twitter Trivia, back in a long time is... Hunster1701. Cariann:(excited) WOOHOO! YAY! Ben: Congratulations! We've got a really cool prize for you. Check this out. We've got an autographed copy of "Voices From The Moon" more like here, there we go. There, so it's in between us. Cariann: Fine! Voices From The Moon. It's by Andrew Chaikin, who was at ISDC. So we picked up one of the books and we also had it signified. Ben: Signified. Cariann: It's hard to see. But he did sign it for us, and dated it. So it's not personalized to you, I apologize. But it is signed and its very cool. For those of you who don't know who Andrew Chaikin is, one of the other books he wrote was the basis for the HBO series "From The Earth To The Moon" which was produced by Tom Hanks which is a really incredible series. I think Carbon got a copy of it. I'm not really sure. I know we've got a copy of it. It's one of our favorites. And, oh well, in any case, it's a lot of fun and it's very interesting. And it's not like a story... If Calger's still in the room, I know she can talk to this. But it's more like all these quotes from all of the guys who went to the moon. And not just walked on the moon, cause there was only twelve of those guys, but who went around the moon. And he talked to like 23 or 24 of them, or how ever many it was And so they give you a really interesting perspective on what was going on at the time. And just, some of the quotes in there are just so funny, they're like "Y'know. We weren't really thinking about we were going to the moon. Because it was to big of an idea. It was too, it was too, massive. We just thinking this is what we have to do. This is what's going on. And it wasn't until we got back that we realized..we went to the moon!" That kind of stuff. And it's very interesting and Ben and I have been fighting over our particular copy since we got back from ISDC. (to the chat room) Yes, some very open stuff. And it's verrry interesting and the photos are all from the astronauts themselves. So it's some pictures probably you haven't seen before. Very interesting. Ben: Cafn8d? The chat's froze. He'll fix that, sorry guys. So yeah, we have been fighting over it. I don't know if you guys can see Cariann: It's gorgeous! Ben:The pictures in here...I was all mad because I couldn't get it on my eReader until I realized that there is just no way that you can get... Cariann: Yeah, cause some of the pictures are even from like inside the capsule as a couple of the guys are on the moon but the other guy is stuck in the Ben: It's really hard to do with the glare. Cariann: Oh my Gosh, yeah. Ben: You'll just have to see it. For those of you, now this is our only copy that we are able to give away so if you're waiting out, for another Twitter Trivia, this is it. So you can go to and pick up your copy of Voices From The Moon. Cariann: It just came out Ben: It just came out. We'll add this in the show notes. I believe it's thirty US dollars plus shipping. It's a fantastic little coffee book type thing. Cariann: It's lovely. Lovely. STS-127. You guys heard the blaringly loud- MaxQ? Seriously? What is it with you guys and pegging your audio levels as high up as you can go? My gosh. Maaann. Alright STS-127 launching this Saturday. Coming up in just a couple of days and exciting stuff. No holds. The countdown has started. We're gettin' ready to go. We're going back to the International Space Station to finish up the Kibo module. Cariann: YES! Ben: Yay1 Go Kibo! Cariann: And more twelve minute space walks. Ben: But there are tons, and tons, and tons of places that you can get your coverage online and there are some really cool things gong on. So we're going to pimp ourselves first because you know, weelll it's my show. Cariann: Exactly. We can do that. Ben: So I'm going to. If you want to, you can get high definition coverage. Live on the interwebs, right here! Right here at there. Go to We'll actually be streaming 720p. True HD. Of the space shuttle and for anyone who was in watching STS-125, just previously and who saw the high definition coverage, they will say in the chat room how amazingly awesome it is to watch in high definition. Cariann: It's beautiful. Ben: It looks gorgeous. So certainly check that out, and of course we'll have the live chat room community aspect of it going on. Because you know you don't want to just sit there and watch high definition coverage. You get excited about this stuff. Right? You want to be part of the community. Everyone is cheering it on. It just looks...great. So we're doing our coverage. But in addition to that, there are a bunch of other people who are providing coverage as well. So you can go to spaceflightnow. They'll have real time coverage. They use a different provider... for that I believe, and they've got Miles O'Brien, David Waters and they've got an ex-astronaut. Cariann: And I can never remember his name. Ben: They're actually the...the advantage of SpaceFlightNow is they are on site. They are quite literally at the Cape, ready to go, and they are going to be. They'll be right there. Right in front of the space shuttle from the media area which is, I think, three and a half miles away? Cariann: Something like that. It's some of the closest you can get. Those who don't know. This is like an ex-group of professional broadcasters. From CNN and big huge names that covered this stuff for years, and years and years. So they are incredibly knowledgeable about anything you wanted to know. And much like Spacevidcast they have the real-time chat room and they answer their Twitter questions and so it's really cool. It's a social experience with them as well. So you can kind of..And the neat thing is you don't have to choose just one. You can watch a bunch of them and just bounce around between them and for whatever makes sense for you It's kinda cool. It's kinda fun. Another neat one we just found out about earlier tonight. Apparently, NASA is going to be doing the same thing. Hopefully someone in the chat room can give us a little bit of information. Cariann: Hallelujah on that. Ben: No kidding. That's awesomely exciting. Cariann: That, I can't even tell you they've decided to do pre-launch web coverage live blogs, podcasts, pictures and videos all all highlights of NASA's web coverage of space shuttle Endeavor's STS-127. Ben: That's gonna be awesome. Cariann: Very, very cool. Ben: Well, actually it might suck. Cariann: It might suck but, yeah, but the idea is that they're making the effort at all, which I think is incredible. Ben: Absolutely. Cariann: Because, no offense to NASA, but they do have a tendency to kind of hold back a little bit. They are sort of a big cement building corporation and they're very resistant to change so for them to jump on this band wagon, I have to salute them for that, I really do. Ben: Now, the Spacevidcasters are going "it's going to suck, their other stuff sucks, it's going to suck." We haven't seen it. I'd like -- keep an open mind and I actually invite everyone, I think we should all go over there and take a peek at it, see what they're doing. The advantage of having an actual NASA webcast is that you're going to be able to kind of get in behind, hopefully, be able to get in behind some doors that no one else simply has access to. You just simply have to be NASA to get that level of access. Cariann: Exactly. Ben: And I don't care if you're another media broadcaster who's been in the industry for years, no one has more access than NASA themselves. What I'd love to see NASA do and, hopefully, someone from NASA is watching -- you know what would be really cool -- if they got someone from Mission Control -- like if they got cameras and actual people answering questions at consoles in Mission Control and at Launch Control. So you actually have the people who are hitting the button, a roving camera on the floor, so you want to be like "Hey, what is" so long as they are not obviously not working on like safety, safety assurance... You know, they can't be doing something that's active at that exact moment in time, but you know, but there's got to be a good chunk of dead time -- that we -- a 5 minute chuck where we can be like "You know, some people have some questions of you. Cariann: Right. Ben: That would be awesome. Now I don't expect them to do that, but you know, still, let's check it out I'm excited that they're starting to do that social aspect because frankly, all ships rise with the tide. Cariann: Yep. Ben: And if they can get more people excited about this stuff and they can show that we're trying to make this community thing, whether we, the space elite -- no, I wouldn't consider us elite at all. Cariann: No. Ben: Whether ... We are already into space. We are not, we shouldn't be their target market. Cariann: We're already interested. Ben: They should be going after the people -- the 48 to 50% of Americans who think that the moon is interesting, but really haven't done anything with it. You guys have heard me get on my soap box on this before. If they're able to go after them and if they're able to those people interested maybe it doesn't interest us or the normal Spacevidcast community, but any of those people, your neighbor or someone like that and they go, "You know what? I was able to talk directly to NASA." That's just cool. Cariann: That's very cool. Ben: So, that's exciting as well. Those are the live video -- oh, then also you've got your normal video outlets, HD Net normally does something. I usually recommend if you're going to watch a space shuttle launch and you're not going to be in person, first, be in person, right, now there's no better seat than the cameras. I mean, when you're in person you're miles away [showing with fingers and tiny voice] this big ... Cariann: Yeah. Ben: so you can barely see it, but it's an emotional experience. Cariann: 'Cause if BZ, if you're not going to be there Jason very well might be. Jason from the GLXP team Omega envoy ... Ben: Yeah. Cariann: is interning with NASA for a while, so we might be able to get in touch with him. Thank you for reminding me of that [indicating viewer] by the way. Ben: We'll bring you an interview when we can directly on site via Skype. Everything we did for 125. Cariann: First time Listener says it from the causeway an awesome "Yeah, I bet. If you want to bring me down," I'm all over it. Ben: It is an experience you have to go there ... [Cariann laughing] yourself. We're running out of Missions. At this time we're still slated to kill the space shuttle program in 2010. That's right around the corner. You know, the end of 2010, but you know ... Cariann: NASAman has STS-128 covered. Awesome. Ben: Sweet. But figure out how to make it there in person at least once in your life if you haven't done it already. You've got to at least see one of the remaining shuttles. But barring that, if you can't do it in person, you've got to do it in hi-def. These little itty bitty windows, the standard def windows just don't cut it. Cariann: Not the same... Ben: You've got to do it in hi def. Cariann: Just not the same. Ben: So, HDNet, CNN HD, FOX [News] HD one of them usually covers it or all of them. So what we will sometimes do is, you know, like have the HDTV on the cable station on over there we've got our hi-def satellite feed on over here, then you'll usually have like Space Flight Now open, and then ... Cariann: We just want to compare. Ben: So, we've got all of these things going on at the same time. It may be a little of information overload, but if you're a space junkie, it's awesome. You know, you don't have to limit yourself just to one provider. Cariann: Right. Ben: Then, of course, you've got Twitter, you can always follow the @STS -127... Cariann: or 129 (Laughs) No, 125. Ben: Or follow at @STS-127. You can always follow at NASA PAO for Public Affairs Officer. So, at NASA PAO [pronounces it POW]. Cariann: There's a toonn of people. All you have to do is -- yes, there's Astro underscore 127 is just like Mike went up in the one. We've got -- my bossomo, you know what I'm trying to say. Anyhow, oh yeah, NASA PAO, there's a toonn of people, yeah, I know Carbon, sorry. [Laughing] There's a ton of people on Twitter for NASA that you can follow. But then, also, really quickly, Discovery Space Channel -- or Science Channel, sorry. Ben: Yeah. They've got the brink guy on -- Josh Zepps. Cariann: Yep. They usually do some space stuff as well. So that's really, really interesting. Ben: Here's what's brinking this week. [Cariann laughs.] They changed it, they don't do that anymore. Cariann: No. Ben: So that's a few of the places where you can get STS-127 coverage. Now, we would love to -- I realize we just picked out a whole bunch of different people ... Cariann: AbsoluteSpaceGirl. Yes, there's a toonn of people that are that a really really good for that Ben: There are a bunch of places and you can also do Twitter searches now they're in place. Search for STS-127 or search for, it's Endeavour that's going up. Cariann: Yep. Ben: It's spelled the French way. So note the spelling ... Cariann: O U R Ben: That's actually it's at the top of -- aah, it's gone now, but that's alright. There you are. Carbon actually spelled it again for us. Cariann: Thank you. Ben: So make sure you get the spelling of that correctly. But search for that on Twitter at Cariann: Yep. Ben: And you can follow all the relevant people who are looking at the launch. And, of course, there's going to be a Facebook frenzy, as well. So ... Cariann: Oooooh yeah. Ben: Those are just a few different ways that you can get access to this stuff. And, of course, the official channel, the absolute official wave that's not going to have any additional voice-overs, so if you get sick of sick of hearing us and we're just not your style -- and that's totally fine -- I mean, you are watching in a teeny tiny window, you can go to for NASA TV and they will have live streaming coverage in Windows Media Player and you can actually watch it with the NASA PAO and just the Mission Control audio. No additional voice-over whatsoever. And that's another way you can get it. And, of course, they'll have updates, just continuous updates at --I think it's slash shuttle. And you can just get everything and anything you've ever wanted Cariann: The nice thing is that is one of the first launches in a long time that's been on the weekend. Ben: Uh-huh. Cariann: A lot of times people are, you know, they're in the middle of work or school or whatever it is, but this time is on a Saturday. Ben: Absolutely. Cariann: You have, like, little to know or reason to not watch it. Ben: Yeah, you got a little reason. What time on Saturday? Cariann: Really early in the morning. Ben: Reeally early in the morning. Cariann: 7:17 EDT. Ben: That 6:17 Central Time, 4:17 in the morning if you're on the West Coast. Cariann: But, you know ... Ben: Oooo Cariann: We kind of missed it. We missed it for this particular, I don't know if we had the thing, but the coffee of the month this month is the Blastoff Blend. Ben: That's true. Cariann: Right here from Crow River Coffee. Ben: So, it's 4:00 in the morning, you buy yourself some Blastoff Blend ... Cariann: There you go! Ben: Cafn8ed. If they order tomorrow and they pay for shipping, can they get it by Saturday? Is there any chance or are they out of luck? off-camera voice] Right answer is to put it on the web site first. Ben: Apparently it's not even on the web site. So, Cariann: So get yourself some coffee, you drink it, you realize how bad your coffee is, but you're awake and you're happy for that. And then you go to the web site and then you buy yourself some Blastoff Blend. [Laughs.] Ben: We've had some Blastoff Blend. It's awesome. We had it specially made just for us. It's our own Spacevidcast Blend. And you can get it at And you're going to need it. Even if you can't get it in time for STS-127, you KNOW that 128, 129 or some other rocket launch is going to happen at the wee hours of the morning because they launch whenever it is best of insertion into orbit, not when it's best for your human body. Right? Cariann: Not so much. No! Ben: So certainly, grab the coffee, go to and Cafn8ed will get that on the web site -- as I scold you (sound) [Cariann laughing.] Cheez, amazing. Cariann: But then some of the money comes back does come back to So that's a really -- you're helping us, you're helping Caf help us, you're helping yourselves help us, help you, help them. Ben: Go back to the graphic. Check it out. Cariann: The graphic is reeaally cool. Ben: And the bag comes with this little nifty nifty little crow, see Cariann: Look how cute that is! Ben: The crow has an astronaut helmet on. Cariann: I know. The rest of his body doesn't need it. Just the helmet. Ben: Alright. I think it's time to wrap this particular show up. Hopefully, you guys, you know, I realize we were a little ethereal ourselves on this show, weren't we? A little bit more than normal. Cariann: If I talk to the moon tonight and she says that's she's upset because JAXA decided to send something and then I'm going to have to call the ISS and make sure that she's okay with Endeavour coming up to her, yeah. Ben: And you know the ah Spacevidcaster's notice that our little Easter egg and I'll point it out for everyone, which makes it not an Easter egg. But it was fun for the but if you missed it. go back. The Twitter logo that we have ... Cariann: Our little [Both] Twitterbird, Ben: has an astronaut helmet on, as well. Cariann: He's so cute. Ben: So every time we use it in the graphic, there's always a little astronaut helmet on our Twitterbird. There you go. Cariann: There he is. Ben: Check out the Twitterbird little astronaut helmet around his head. Cariann: How cute!! [Laughter] Ben: Every time we bring him up, we've got the helmet. I love that -- I thought that was great. Thank you guys so much for watching. We're going to have LIVE high definition coverage of STS-127 this Saturday starting at whatever time it starts at. We already covered that. Cariann: 2:00 in the morning. Ben: Oh God, it's going to be painful. Cariann: [laughing] Ben: We'll get that going. It's going to be high-def. It's going to awesome. Our normal show on Friday at 2:00 a.m. Universal Time, still on. We reversed our policy, we will be doing our normal broadcast even during the shuttle launch. We might fudge the time a little bit, but assuming we don't fudge the time, you can watch Spacevidcast every Friday at 2:00 a.m. coordinated Universal Time. For those in the United States, because I know you can't do time zone conversions, that's, what is that, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 9:00 Central Time or 10:00 Eastern Time. They can't. Cariann: I know. Ben: They can't. Cariann: I know. I know. Ben: I don't know why they can't. Cariann: You're just mean. Ben: It confuses them. I'd like to thank everyone so much for watching and I look forward to seeing you at STS-127. It's going to be AWESOME!! We'll see you soon. Credits. ♪♫

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Duration: 41 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Adam Jochum
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Posted by: spacevidcaster on Jun 27, 2009

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