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THE SPACE SHUTTLE: FLYING FOR ME

Broadcast Schedule

For broadcast times, contact your local PBS affiliate.
Information about the show is online at American Public Television.

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Program Description

Three years after the last Shuttle flight, Atlantis (STS-135) in 2011, a thrilling tribute to the 30-year Shuttle program is ready for blast-off! The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me is a new 60 minute film offered by American Public Television, beginning in June, 2014.

SpaceShuttle-DVDcoverThe Space Shuttle: Flying for Me is a three-act adrenaline rush. Act 1 shares the Shuttle experience in first person. What’s it like to fly on the Shuttle? Astronauts provide detailed and exciting descriptions of the deafening noise, vibrations, and kick-in-the-pants of a Shuttle launch.

Act 2 shares the story of how the space program diversified with women and minorities joining NASA during the Shuttle era and honors its science legacy through the adventures of the missions to the Hubble Telescope.

Act 3 celebrates the Shuttle’s greatest achievement – the International Space Station – and shares the experience of the cosmos through the eyes of the astronauts who walked in space to build it. The program ends with a look into the future and a touching story of astronaut Clayton Anderson, Nebraska’s only astronaut who waited many years for his opportunity to fly into space.

“The film is not so much a detailed history documentary,” said producer and writer Tim Weeks of TWAPictures in Nashville. “The program is a collection of memories and emotions of the human drama surrounding 30 years of the U.S. space program.”

“We ran into raw emotions in the re-telling of the Columbia disaster (2003) like it happened just yesterday and that surprised us,” said Weeks. “But everyone we interviewed also has this hopeful outlook of what the future in space will be, so we think The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me will provide a real inspirational spark for our next generation of space explorers.”

Flying for Me means that every person could look at the space program during the Shuttle years and see their own potential…after meeting kids at Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, and aerospace engineering students at Georgia Tech, we know the Shuttle is an icon of the American space program and it will influence our future for many years to come,” concluded Weeks.

Astronauts Featured

  • Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator and one of the first astronauts to fly with a Russian cosmonaut
  • Jerry Ross, one of only two astronauts to fly 7 Shuttle missions
  • Michael Lopez-Alegria, the American record-setter for spacewalks
  • John Grunsfeld, mission specialist on three Hubble service missions
  • Hoot Gibson, pilot/commander on 5 Shuttle missions
  • Rhea Seddon, one of the first women astronauts and wife of Hoot Gibson
  • Tom Henricks, the first pilot/commander to log 1,000 hours in the Shuttle
  • Cady Coleman, NASA’s senior astronaut today

… and many more!

Legends of NASA Featured

  • Glynn Lunney, Apollo flight director and Shuttle program manager
  • Milt Heflin, Shuttle flight director
  • Bob Thompson, the Shuttle’s very first program manager

…and many more!

What Others Are Saying

Milt Heflin

Milt Heflin

“This is probably the best astronaut focused piece I’ve ever seen… presenting a noble endeavor, being able to allow the audience to get the ‘feel’ of what the players felt along the journey is a special talent…beginning to end, very nicely done…in an hour you all knocked it out of the park…’Flying for Me’ came through loud and clear…”

-Milt Heflin, Shuttle Flight Director and 47 year NASA veteran
Rick Houston

Rick Houston

Wheels Stop cover“To borrow a phrase from Milt … holy cow. What a great job on the film!”

-Rick Houston, author “Wheels Stop: The Tragedies & Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program”
Jerry Ross

Jerry Ross

“An excellent job of documenting the technical aspects of the Space Shuttle as well as capturing the expertise and emotions of those who worked on the ground and those who flew this incredibly complex and capable space vehicle. I enjoyed watching my friends and coworkers as they relived and commented on their experiences working in the Space Shuttle Program. My wife told me she cried during portions of the program because The Space Shuttle: Flying For Me brought back so many memories.”

-Jerry Ross, Shuttle Mission Specialist, tied for record 7 missions
Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson

Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon

“’Flying for Me’ captured not only technical aspects of the Space Shuttle program but the voices of many of the people who put their hearts and souls into it. All of us who flew on these magnificent birds will be forever grateful to those men and women who made the program possible. Knowing that we were flying for them and our country was the best part of being astronauts.”

-Robert “Hoot” Gibson, Shuttle Commander, & Rhea Seddon, Shuttle Mission Specialist