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An Air Force Atlas missile launches from Cape Canaveral on the same November 1961 day that Space Talk host Jim Banke was born in Minnesota.
Tune into "Space Talk with Jim Banke," a feature of the "Bill Mick Live" program, on the first Friday of each month on WMMB-AM beginning at 8 a.m. ET.
We'll discuss anything and everything related to the exploration and utilization of space. On any given "Space Talk" that might mean talking about:
Jim Banke is an award-winning, veteran communicator with some 25 years of experience as an aerospace journalist, writer, producer, consultant, analyst and project manager. Previous employers include Florida Today, Space.com, the Space Foundation and SAIC.
His expertise and experience with the space program was recognized in 2006 by Gov. Jeb Bush, who appointed him to the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Aeronautics and Space in Florida, which led to the creation of Space Florida.
As a journalist Banke receieved many national industry awards. Later, he was honored by NASA in 2007 with a Distinguished Public Service Medal, and in 2011 with the National Space Club Florida Committee's prestigious Harry Kolcum News and Communications Award.
He is now owner and president of MILA Solutions, LLC, providing strategic communications, media products and project management services to the aerospace industry.
A technical problem at Launch Complex 37 that couldn't be resolved in time to continue today's countdown prompted officials to scrub the launch tonight of the Delta 4. For now the plan is to try again tomorrow, Friday, at 8:27 p.m. EDT. The weather forecast predicts an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions during the launch window.
WMMB will offer live launch coverage beginning just a few minutes before the opening of the window.
(WMMB's Live Launch Coverage is sponsored by our friends and neighbors at Abacus Technology, Craig Technologies, United Launch Alliance and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.)