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alanh_7
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posted 04-04-2012 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With nothing on the tube tonight I saw the science fiction film Contact was on tv and not having seen in it many years I put it on as background noise while reading.

Much to my surprise I saw the scene at the Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center and was very surprised to see one of the flight controllers was none other the Gerry Griffin. A quick search on Google and I found he was also tech advisor for the film and along with several other 'space' films over the years.

Have any other flight controllers appeared in front of the camera in movies over the years?

Jay Chladek
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posted 04-05-2012 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, Joe Allen played a launch control lead in "Armageddon" since he served as technical advisor on the film. I know, he was an astronaut and this is about flight controllers. But he also served as CAPCOM for many missions of the later Apollo flights to the reentry and recovery CAPCOM for STS-1 (and missions after). So he didn't look out of place at a console.

I seem to recall reading at least one or two controllers had cameos in "Space Cowboys" on the mission control consoles and possibly the NASA media person who did the countdown (I forget her name, but I think she had done the same job for actual shuttle launches).

Of course, in Contact, Armageddon and Space Cowboys (and Transformers, Dark of the Moon), a lot of KSC employees could be seen in the background as well due to the locations where scenes were filmed (such as the SSME maintenance facility in Space Cowboys).

astro-nut
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posted 04-05-2012 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If my memory serves me correctly, I believe the launch commentator was Lisa Malone.

p51
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posted 04-05-2012 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was indeed Lisa. I was very surprised when I saw the movie in the theaters...

alanh_7
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posted 04-05-2012 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I think about it I think Lisa Malone did both Contact and Space Cowboys. I think her voice only was used in Contact.

astro-nut
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posted 04-06-2012 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also remember seeing Jim Harrington, the launch director at KSC in several episodes of the TV series "The Cape" in 1996 and 97.

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