Friday, 8 July 2011

The Final Frontier

With the last ever launch of a NASA space shuttle expected some time today (weather permitting) here’s how BBC Radio covered the launch of the first shuttle Columbia 30 years ago.

The launch was due on Friday 10 April but had to be suspended due to problems with fuel cell warning lights and the fact that backup flight software had not been fully tested. In this clip from Radio 4’s PM you’ll hear Susannah Simons, Gordon Clough and aerospace correspondent James Wilkinson.
By Sunday it was all systems go and James Wilkinson broke into Pete Murray’s Sunday Show to cover the event live, with commentary also going out on Radio 4’s The World this Weekend.
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