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Thursday, July 7, 2011

CNN at the Cape

CNN’s Special Coverage of the Final Space Shuttle Launch
Space Shuttle: Final Mission airs Friday, July 8th 10 a.m. to noon (ET)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will lead the network’s team of reporters from Cape Canaveral, FL for the special live coverage of the final launch of the United States Space Shuttle program. Space Shuttle: Final Mission will air on CNN/U.S. and CNN International on Friday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to noon (ET). Former astronauts Cady Coleman and Senator Bill Nelson, and historian Douglas Brinkley will join CNN’s coverage.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch at 11:26 a.m. (ET) on Friday, July 8th.
As in the past during major news events, thousands of people in New York Times Square will be able to watch CNN's coverage of this historic moment.
More than one million spectators are expected to converge on Cape Canaveral, FL to witness the final launch. Having covered more than 80 U.S. Space Shuttle missions, correspondent John Zarrella will report from Kennedy Space Center. Anchor Ali Velshi will report for American Morning from Cape Canaveral, FL. Anchor Brooke Baldwin will be inside the Visitor Complex to gauge the excitement and nostalgia of the historic moment with spectators. Meteorologist Chad Myers will also be in the Visitor Complex providing viewers with up to the moment shuttle launch forecast. Correspondent Carol Costello will attend watch parties along the beach, capturing the celebratory mood. will offer comprehensive coverage of the final Shuttle launch including a live stream of the event at and on the CNN Apps. The US section will also feature in-depth stories about the space program over the years as well as image galleries and interactives.
CNN iReport has asked users to submit images of their experience of Shuttle launches throughout the years, which will be presented as an interactive on the day of the final launch.
Tune in to CNN Newsroom Friday, July 8th from 10 a.m. to noon (ET) for final launch coverage. CNN Presents – Beyond Atlantis: The Next Frontier replays at 10 p.m. (ET) after the final space shuttle launch.

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Anonymous said...

Outstanding. Remarkable coverage from Team
CNN. Anderson, John and all of the others seem
to really enjoy bringing us the Shuttle Finale. CNN
went all out and made this an enjoyable experience
fort their viewers. It is clear that many folks at CNN
have been really busy putting this together. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

From start to finish, CNN's coverage of the final space shuttle launch was smart, engrossing and entertaining. The CNN team of reporters and their guests were armed with info and history of the shuttle launches and of course the actual launch itself was a wonder to behold, even on TV. Hearing first hand accounts from Cady Coleman and Bill Nelson on what the experience is like for the astronauts aboard the shuttle was invaluable. Anderson did a fine job as host asking good questions with a bit of humor added in for good measure. John Zarella's knowledge and insight of all aspects of the Space Shuttle program was very impressive as usual the rest of the CNN team's segments were well done too, including the historical Top Moments in Space w/Joe Johns. I wish CNN could do more programming like this.

Anonymous said...

Since this is the last mission, ratings might possibly be higher than usual.
However, since Challenger and Columbia, viewers have learned that these missions have limitations and they are extremely expensive to go forward with, especially in a downward economy.
In the 60's we could look to space as our new frontier.
Now we realize that beyond that frontier there are promises we just can't afford to keep. We are more realistic for our future and therefore we are less interested.
We've seen the danger and the price tag that goes with that danger, and we no longer look to space for answers we can't comprehend or justify.