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Behind the scenes pix of the next NASA satellite launch: cue the theme to The Right Stuff, here comes Piers Sellers, astronaut

October 27th, 2011

Here on the East Coast, it’s 12:44 a.m., and most sensible people are asleep.

Not me: With Rex the Wonder Dog by my side, all 130-pounds of giant schnauserness of him snoring at my feet, I received these cool pix from California sent by my Goddard science writer colleague Christina Coleman.

I’m stuck here in Maryland while she and the rest of the NASA media team are out in California stoking the media blitz surrounding the launch of the NPP satellite. What’s that? Read up.

Below, TV produceress extraordinaire Malissa Reyes patches in TV people to “live shots,” which means local TV stations get to ask NASA scientists questions about the NPP satellite and what it will do for climate science and weather forecasting. (A lot, in case you are wondering.)


Goddard TV produceress extraordinaire Malissa Reyes patching in TV people to "live shots," which means local TV stations get to ask NASA scientists questions about the NPP satellite and what it will do for climate science and weather forecasting. (A lot, in case you are wondering.)

Below, see NASA’s Piers Sellers on a monitor in the production truck, whatever that is. In Christina’s photo he’s delivering yet another satellite interview at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Um, who are you?

NASA 020_control room

Did I mention that Piers Sellers is 1) an actual astronaut, and 2) is one of the head science guys at NASA/Goddard? Piers Sellers. Astronaut. Cue theme music to The Right Stuff.

At the bottom of the blog, see a video of Justin Berk from ABC2 in Baltimore interviewing a sincerely-numbly-patient-Piers-Sellers discussing NPP’s capabilities and conducting a short tour of mission control. This was taped by Goddard veteran “shooters” Rob Andreoli and Silvia Stoyanova.

Rex is tired; gotta go.

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