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And lift off the final lift off of it -- Shoulders of the space Shuttle America will continue the -- Words that will no doubt go down in history as shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit for the last time today.
One man had the honor of summing up the past thirty years of space travel -- did it.
With a nod to the future that -- -- is George Diller NASA public relations officer.
He joins us live here -- countdown pad at Kennedy space that are -- ST is 26 since the mid eighties you've been the voice.
Of every shuttle launch -- -- What about all of -- know not -- what we've worked in some other commentators over the years -- probably.
The what's that is that the most of them.
That I've had the most longevity have been here the -- of a default yell at them votes but -- I lost track a long time ago how many I've done.
And I do a lot of the rocket launches as well so after wallets just you just.
Stopped traffic and what you've done although some of the mission your -- you -- more about it later you know like I did that -- write it down.
And you -- -- always be if you have always got to remember.
If you're around Brevard County in Melbourne Titusville or somewhere and you did you go up to the supermarket liner in the drive through McDonald's or something to people ever go.
You sound familiar.
But I do have people say I recognize your voice but since I don't do a lot of on camera -- Not very -- people recognize by -- they hear -- but they don't associate the voice with the face but -- -- about -- -- We've we've all been we've used from time to time after a jury trial and after tragedy.
When shuttle program's launch again after years after after -- -- nation.
Watch what we hope you never would and then this morning what are the things I was thinking about was.
If you're the man who is being the voice of the launch of the -- space shuttle what do you say did you come up with -- or or how does that work.
Write something that you think generally would be.
Thought about it a while would be appropriate.
Sometimes you come up with a line -- -- you know that's really we have people are -- to -- just.
Give us they're such great writers they can sit out of the computer and they got a great line right out the back.
I am not one -- them behind it it takes time for -- I of the Miller over my mind.
What -- -- wanted to have and then sometimes it might get half a lion but not quite get it finished and -- -- -- -- maybe -- -- back at.
They've well got a guy like well I'll go back and start over again sometimes you get help you know sometimes part of a line.
Your world when we hear your thoughts your body has lost without -- of -- Looks at it says okay I like this part but I like to change this part a little bit to be more consistent with a certain things.
So that's the way it works sometimes it -- -- sometimes to consensus.
And but it's.
It gets this kind of fun actually.
Idaho for me I don't wanna -- certainly honored to have done the last launch.
Commentary and it delivered that.
Line for me you know having started here so long ago when I was screen behind in the -- seven days yet 1970.
And and as part of the shuttle program I I just never could've imagined that it.
The into the shuttle program that I would be in the firing with the launch team actually counting down that lasts long never could've imagined that it would go to.
When you drive up and down a -- -- there are a lot of people who are.
We're mighty sad there's some bitterness a little bit -- -- here and there.
But today -- -- closing lie and what with the line as it launched he chose to give a nod to the future.
Because they're there there is one I think there's going to be a pause just like there was.
Apollo and and the shuttle program there's going to be a gap there of about five years ago about five years they're there's we have our international partners the Russians would.
They've turned out to be very good partners.
And and in the meantime we're working with the private sector to come up with some commercial vehicles they can do a combination of taking astronauts or other -- payload -- up for the space station commercially.
And also to resupply the space station commercially.
So basically we're trying to do -- to Foster.
A commercial space industry in low earth orbit.
And that's gonna take a little time to do three to five years but we'll have a whole new industry and as a result of that spade work that we're starting on right now.
And what will be doing on space station.
We'll just expand NASA is gonna continued.
That go beyond what were thought what we want it developed by heavy lift vehicle they get us beyond the orbiter space station.
And take it somewhere.
When asteroids and Mars.
Whatever George -- -- almost that time but I do what I asked you are you will you be announcing the return.
Of Atlantis and that you thought have you thought about that.
What you might say -- well.
Not not yet my counterpart accused Iraq they -- actually does the they -- advisories coming -- Once it's down on the runway it -- begin to to do what we have to do to the shuttle.
In order to save it -- crew off and all the things -- go along with taking into the hangar that will be made once again so.
The Johnson Space Center in Houston will turn over the operations.
To the Kennedy.
And that's what can expect -- when -- back on the air -- a lot of people I'm sure recognize your voice and brought us through some might be difficult days.
So much traveled -- to George Diller the voice of STS 130.
-- -- see the pleasure we went.
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