June 22, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
The reality series When We Left Earth The NASA Missions is coming to an end on the Discovery Channel. The series kicked off on Sunday, June 8, and the finale airs on Sunday, June 22. The finale consists of two one-hour episodes aired back-to-back.
The first episode is entitled “The Shuttle” and starts at 9 PM ET. After twenty years of capsules carrying no more than three people, NASA set out to design a spacecraft that would allow for a bigger cargo bay. The result turned out to be the reusable shuttle, which wound up being test piloted by John Young, who was on the first Gemini flight with Gus Grissom. The episode also covers the tragedy of the Challenger explosion.
The second episode is entitled “Home In Space” and starts at 10 PM ET. In order to gain a better understanding of the Universe, NASA sends the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. However, a defective main mirror is discovered after the Hubble is already in space. A team of NASA astronauts is sent on a mission to fix the telescope. In addition to the telescope, NASA begins construction of the International Space Station. Also, the episode covers the tragedy of Columbia.
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