Astronaut Pam

Astronaut Pam

Countdown to Commander

DVD - 2009
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"The sky is not the limit! Ride along with Commander Pam Melroy and her crew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on an exciting journey to the International Space Station. Float in zero gravity, and strap in for MACH 25 on a space trip of a lifetime"--Container.
"Pamela Anne Melroy (born 17 September 1961) is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. She served as pilot on Space Shuttle missions STS-92 and STS-112 and commanded mission STS-120. [...] Melroy was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1994 and trained as a shuttle pilot. She has piloted two space shuttle missions, both visits to the International Space Station: STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002. On June 19, 2006, NASA announced that Melroy would command the STS-120 mission, making her the second woman to command a space shuttle mission (after Eileen Collins). The STS-120 crew visited the station during Expedition 16, commanded by Peggy Whitson. Whitson is the first female ISS commander, making the STS-120 mission the first time that two female mission commanders were in orbit at the same time"--Wikipedia.
Publisher: West Hollywood, CA : Traipsing Thru Films, 2009
Branch Call Number: Ju DVD 629.45 AST


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Dec 15, 2016

Any aspiring astronaut will love this. My kids are 4 and 6 and were able to understand enough of what was going on to be enthralled, and the adults in the house were interested as well. It was all focused on the job and the experience of being an astronaut. There wasn’t any biographical aspect. It is the story of the launch of space shuttle Discovery (plus a bit of prep) through its return 15 days later, as narrated by astronaut Pam Melroy, commander of this mission. There is TONS of footage of astronauts in space doing a variety of work, and clips from interviews with astronauts. They explicitly advocate studying math and science (especially for girls). They show how they handle a problem with unfolding the International Space Station solar panels, and mention that the ensuing spacewalk is dangerous, but there is no obvious peril. They emphasize the importance of their relationship with mission control. There is more content on the DVD that I haven’t watched yet. Yes, the animation is a bit cheesy, but if you like astronauts and space exploration, you will like this.

Chapter titles:
Human Element
Flying Shuttle
Zero Gravity
Mission Plan
ISS (International Space Station)


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