WASHINGTON, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and HDNet have joined together to provide high definition TV coverage of space shuttle launches through 2010. The agreement ensures the remaining shuttle lift-offs and landings at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be broadcast in the highest quality television format available.
When I had a big backyard, I had a C-Band satellite dish for the sole purpose of watching NASA-TV. When we moved to a house with a backyard the size of my son's tennis shoes, I put up a DirectTV dish - again solely for NASA-TV. My wife named the television in my office space All NASA All The Time because I'd watch for hours during space walks.
I discontinued the DirectTV subscription when the shuttle became grounded but I've been wondering what I would do for live space TV when flights resumed. My thanks to Mark Cuban for this venture to provide some HD covereage.
I sure wish the local cable operators would carry NASA-TV - it's provided free by NASA and contains a lot of educational programming (The Pythagorean series was da bomb) in addition to spaceflight coverage. During shuttle flights live coverage is continuous throughout the mission, but NASA-TV also covers the International Space Station with live pictures at times, and coverage of unmanned missions. It was neat to watch the mission control room as the first transmissions from Mars exploration vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity were received.
I guess there just aren't enough of us geeks in West Texas to warrant such programming on TV. Infomercials and the Home Shopping Network are what everyone really wants out here. Yeah, right.