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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.
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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.
On the Nov. 24th edition of Space Talk we'll share holiday gift giving ideas with a space theme. Join us as we talk about our favorite space-related movies, books, toys and what not.
For a collection of many of the items we'll be talking about, with convenient links to shop online, head over to this MILA Solutions web page: http://milasolutions.com/space_gift_ideas.html
Space Shuttle Atlantis was moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Friday, Nov. 2. The orbiter will go on public display there when its new home opens in July 2013.
Here are some pictures of the move captured by our exclusive Space Talk photographer Mark Usciak. Click on the image for a larger version.
Image courtesy of United Launch Alliance.
Shuttle Discovery departed the Kennedy Space Center on April 17, 2012 bound for the Smithsonian in the nation's capital. Riding on top of a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, the world's largest bi-plane took off from the Kennedy Space Center, flew over the area beaches, and then headed north toward Dulles International Airport. Discovery was officially turned over to National Air and Space Museum on April 19, 2012.
Here are some images of the activity, with thanks to our friend Mark Usiak for providing us with exclusive photos of events in Washington, D.C. Click on any image to open a new window with the image size doubled. All images © 2012, MILA Solutions.
NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft taxis to other end of the Shuttle Landing Facility runway getting ready for takeoff.
The world's biggest bi-plane makes it final pass over the Kennedy Space Center before heading nortth toward Washington, D.C.
Discovery's final commander, Steve Lindsey, autographs the spacesuit of a future astronaut commander at the Shuttle Landing Facility.
Discovery makes its approach over the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The carrier aircraft with Discovery on top and a T-38 chase plane and the Washington Monument.
And over the capitol building.
Discovery is towed down the ramp from the runway to the Udvar-Hazy facility where it will be put on display.
The prototype Shuttle Enterprise is moved out of the Udvar-Hazy facility to make room for Discovery.
Not quite passing ships in the night, Enterprise and Discovery go nose to nose. Makes you wonder what they might say to each other.
As the ceremony begins to transfer Discovery to the Smithsonian, a sea of blue-suited astronauts that flew Discovery accompany her along the way.
A view of the ceremony as NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden addresses the crowd.
United Launch Alliance successfully sent an Atlas 5 rocket into space on Friday, carrying a Navy communications satellite into Earth orbit. Liftoff into a mostly clear sky from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's complex 41 was at 5:15 p.m. EST. Here's one of the official launch pictures from ULA.