On this episode of Talking Space, we countdown 3, 2, 1, as we did on May 16th live on Astronomy.FM reporting on the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. We go into a deep discussion on the subject of STS-134's timeline and payloads, including the spectacular Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS. We then move on to talk about a US Senate hearing on human spaceflight and national security. Listed below is the transcripts of Frank Slazer, Dr. Christopher Chyba, and Capt. Frank Culbertson. We then move on to the case of the busted lunar sample seller, and lastly provide the final result of the BTS-1 mission onboard their Inspiration 1 capsule.

The links to the testimonies of the following people to the US Congress are available on http://talkingspaceonline.com:

Dr. Christopher Chyba, Professor of Astrophysics and International Affairs, Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University

Captain Frank L. Culbertson Jr., Astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station

Frank Slazer, Vice President of Space Systems, Aerospace Industries Association

The link to the updates on BTS-1 from Camilla herself can be read at http://camilla-corona-sdo.blogspot.com/

Host this week: Sawyer Rosenstein. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka, and Mark Ratterman

Show Recorded - 5/22/2011

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