Hello Earth Aug 2, 2008 20:24:03 GMT
Post by tannis on Aug 2, 2008 20:24:03 GMT
1. voice: "Columbia now at nine times the speed of sound."
2. voice: "Roger that, Dan, I've got a solid TACAN locked on, uh, TACAN two and three.[?]"
...Assuming that the recordings are legitimate clips of communications with the NASA Space Shuttle, they must derive from mission STS-8, launched August 30, 1983, which was the only flight sufficiently prior to the 1985 release of the album including anyone onboard named "Dan" -- namely Daniel Brandenstein, who as pilot of the mission would be the person most likely to report flight data to the ground. That mission was flown on the orbiter Challenger, not Columbia...
I can answer this riddle. As well as the seven astronauts on the shuttle, there is also a "support crew" of astronauts who stay on the ground. One of these astronauts will be designated "CAPCOM" (or Capsule Communicator) for the mission. The CAPCOM is generally the only person on the ground who talks to the shuttle crew. Consequently the comments by CAPCOM will appear in any communications with the shuttle.
Was Daniel Brandenstein ever CAPCOM for a Columbia mission? Yes, he was. Here is his CV:
He was CAPCOM for the second shuttle mission, STS-2, which was a Columbia mission in 1981.
Thank you, Paul. That's great information!
Dan was also CAPCOM for STS-1, the first mission of Space Shuttle Columbia. So the Hello Earth message could be segments of Mission Control/air-to-ground commentary and conversation from Columbia STS-1 or STS-2.
Daniel C. Brandenstein: NASA Astronaut (Former)
Selected by NASA in January 1978, Brandenstein became an astronaut in August 1979. He was ascent spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) and a member of the astronaut support crew for STS-1 (the first flight of the Space Shuttle). He was subsequently assigned to the STS-2 astronaut support crew and was the ascent CAPCOM for the second Space Shuttle flight.
STS-1 (April 12-14, 1981)
The first Space Shuttle mission. April 12 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission. On that day in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. The song "Countdown" by Rush from the 1982 album Signals was written about STS-1 and the inaugural Space Shuttle flight of Columbia. The song was "dedicated with thanks to astronauts Young and Crippen and all the people of NASA for their inspiration and cooperation". The song "Red Sector A" from their 1984 album Grace Under Pressure was named for the area where the band witnessed the launch.
SC: You're missing one fantastic sight. Here comes the right door and boy that is really beautiful out there.
CAPCOM: We appreciate the great view updates.
~ STS-1 (Columbia) April 12-14, 1981
STS-2 (November 12-14, 1981)
This was the second space shuttle mission, and was also the second mission for Columbia. It was thus the first time ever that a manned reusable spacecraft left the earth for its second mission and returned to space.