Mission Control: Human Spaceflight

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July 17, 2019
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Welcome to Mission Control: Human Spaceflight.

This OVEE is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States landing on the moon (July 20, 1969) and participate in the excitement and fascination of space and space travel.

Video Descriptions

Meet the STEM Brigade | Mission Control

Meet the STEM Brigade, student reporters for Mission Control: Human Spaceflight. They are a group of students learning about the history and science behind human spaceflight with the goal of earning their cadet rank in space exploration.

Apollo Program and Rocket Engines | Mission Control

Explore the history of space exploration, starting with the rocket technology developed during World War II, through the space race between the US and the Soviet Union, and the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. Visit Apollo Mission Control, hear from Gene Cranz, Flight Director for Apollos 11 and 13, learn about rocket development and design and the development of computer technology used in rockets.

Shuttle Era and Life Systems | Mission Control

Students interview NASA Astronaut Charlie Walker, payload specialist for the space shuttle Atlantis; Christy Robertson, MSFC, who explains how payload integration supports astronauts doing research in space; Jennifer Pruitt, ISS Urine Processing Assembly, who explains how urine is recycled in space; and Joseph Vick, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, about the history and construction of the space suit.

Space Launch System and Computers | Mission Control

Students interview Nujoud Merancy about the function and design of the Orion capsule, Tommy Carroll about the testing process for the SLS, and Robert Bobo and Sam Stephens, about the systems and components of the SLS. Hannah Hopkins and Alex Matras talk about the computer systems on the SLS and how computers are used to test the various systems of the SLS.

Space Exploration Badge | Mission Control

The student reporters receive their Space Exploration Badges.

90 minutes


  • Moderator Avatar
    Cindy Kirk

    Vice President of Education Alabama Public Television

  • Co-Moderator Avatar
    Kathy Heiman


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    Kathy Heiman


    Kathy Heiman is an Education Specialist with Alabama Public Television. In this role, she develops and facilitates online professional development courses for PreK-12 administrators and teachers. Additionally, she conducts trainings and outreach activities for educators throughout the state. Before coming to APT, Mrs. Heiman worked as an educator for twenty-seven years and retired from the Albertville City School System in 2008.

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    Brian C. Odom


    Brian C. Odom is the Historian at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Middle Tennessee State University and holds Masters degrees in both History and Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama. He is co-editor of the forthcoming work NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement, a selection of essays presented at a 2017 symposium on the topic. He is currently completing a dissertation on the convergence of Cold War science, NASA funding, and the Civil Rights Movement in Huntsville, Alabama.

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    Heather Daniels-Whitson


    Mission Control Producer-Director, Heather Daniels-Whitson, is an Executive Producer for Alabama Public Television, where she has developed multiple national and regional award-winning documentaries, educational broadcast programs and interactive web experiences. Heather is a strong advocate for community engagement in education and recently won the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Service to Children Award-Television for APT’s series, "Project C: Lessons From the American Civil Rights Movement." Prior to joining APT, Heather served as Supervising Producer, Assistant Director and Production Manager for several independent films and reality TV series. She got her start in the industry wrangling cable on the sidelines of Monday Night Football for ABC. In her spare time, Heather has been a longtime supporter of the underground music scene and serves on the board for Girls Rock Birmingham— a nonprofit program that fosters a solid foundation for young girls to grow confidently as individuals while developing rewarding musical skills.

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    Heather Daniels-Whitson


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