End of Era Broadcast on FW Museum Screen

Final space shuttle launch to air at Museum of Science and History


by Bruce Felps

The beginning of the end for the space shuttle era as we've known it takes place, weather permitting, Friday morning.

That bit of NASA history unfolds locally at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which will screen the live broadcast of the space shuttle Atlantis liftoff. The screening is free and open to the public, and, presumably, the private.

To be clear, admission to the museum still runs the regular ticket price. The launch screening occurs in the museum’s Oak Room, and that’s the free part.

Liftoff is scheduled at 10:26 a.m., our time, July 8, with a little cooperation from atmospheric conditions, and why do flights — domestic, international, or orbital — always depart and arrive at such odd times?

Anyway, doors to the Oak Room open at 10 a.m.

The museum’s resident experts — Planetarium Director Linda Krouse and Assistant Director Don Garland — provide the launch play-by-play and color commentary along with personal musings of the 30-year shuttle program and what lies ahead for space exploration.

Free, history, space flights, educational, air conditioning … sounds like pretty good way to entertain some summer-bored kids during their break from school.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Hey boss-man, he spoke with the museum’s media relations manager, and Cassie said to tell you “hi.”

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