Event Date(s): 08/03/2005 | Event Location(s): Houston, Texas;Space;Cape Canaveral, Florida;Washington, DC;New York City, New York;Arlington, Virginia;Hadithah, Iraq;Iraq;Willoughby, Ohio;Amsterdam, Netherlands;Bosnia and Herzegovina;South Korea;Toronto, Canada;Sioux City, Iowa;Little Rock, Arkansas;Dallas, Texas;Burbank, California;Hawaii; | Description: 20:00:00 MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann anchored by Alison Stewart. 20:00:10 Stewart voices over preview video clips. 20:02:05 Stewart voices over point-of-view shot of astronaut Stephen Robinson's gloved hands removing a gap filler from between two tile on the space shuttle Discovery's underbelly. Photos of Robinson attached to a robotic arm during spacewalk. 20:02:40 NBC News' Tom Costello reports on camera live from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and discusses the successful repair job on the Discovery. In space, astronauts Steve Robinson and Soichi Noguchi seen in shuttle cargo bay during spacewalk. Side view of upside down shuttle and the Earth in background. In Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center, large video screen shows astronaut Steve Robinson attached to end of space station's arm as offscreen voice is heard:"Well, we'll be asking you to stand tall and lean forward." In space, astronaut Steve Robinson waves from end of space station arm. Point-of-view shot from helmet camera shows protective heat tiles on the belly of the shuttle. View from below of Robinson, attached to space station's arm, beside the shuttle. Helmet camera footage of Robinson reaching out to remove piece of gap filler sticking out near the nose gear. In Mission Control, image on large video screen shows the shuttle's protective tiles; zoom-out to WS as voice of Discovery astronaut Andy Thomas is heard:"It goes without saying that we--we don't want to see an adverting event, contact with tile or with the belly of the orbiter." In space, Robinson reaches toward the shuttle (framed against the blackness of space.) Side view: upside down shuttle seen from the space station as the Earth is viewed in background as Andy Thomas is heard in v.o."It's your show, Steve, take it away." View from below as Robinson reaches toward the shuttle. Robinson is heard in v.o."OK. I'm grabbing for it, and I'm pulling. It's coming out very easily. Beautiful." Helmet camera shot of Robinson holding piece of gap filler as unidentified voice is heard in v.o."It resembles, in some ways, a flat paint sample from a hardware store." Robinson's gloved hand seen on toolbox. Space station and shuttle with the Earth in background. (B&W) View from below of Robinson attached to end of space station's arm as Andy Thomas is heard in v.o."Brakes are on, you're a go from M-2." Helmet camera shot of Robinson easily removing piece of protruding gap filler; he's heard in v.o."Thank you. Here we go. OK, that came out very easily, probably even less force. It looks like this big patient is cured." (B&W) Panning shot of underside of shuttle. View of open cargo bay and clouds over the Earth below. View from outside space station of upside down shuttle with protruding robot arm and the Earth below. Robinson is heard in v.o."Oh, my goodness! My eyes have never seen such a sight. Thanks to the whole team for making this day actually super smooth and easy, as well as historic." The two astronauts are seen during spacewalk. At a press conference at the Johnson Space Center, Flight Director Paul Hill says"With those gap fillers coming out like that, we've got a clean vehicle for de-orbit." In space, zoom-in closer on protruding piece of protective blanket sticking out just below the shuttle flight deck. Inside a hanger, man reaches out window of full-scale mockup of the shuttle to take measurement. In space, view from outside the space station of upside down space shuttle with protruding robotic arm as the Earth is seen below. Woman's voice is heard:"They might have to plan for a fourth EVA." Costello reports on camera and points to full-scale mockup of the shuttle. Costello closes on camera. 20:05:10 Stewart is joined by former space shuttle engineer James Oberg. In interview Obery says NASA engineers are worried about a tear in a cloth material outside the shuttle, says the cloth material will be tested in a wind tunnel to see if it can endure a mock 6, mock 8 air, says there's a big difference between this problem and the gap filler. Stills of the tear on the cloth material. Oberg says it's unlikely that there will be another spacewalk. POV (from helmet camera) shot of Robinson's gloved hand removing a gap filler between the tiles. Oberg says it was pleasurable to see how well the preparation on the ground worked out, that everything was considered and nothing assumed, says safety was assured, says it was made easy or that it looked easy because training was hard. Video clips of Robinson in space during his spacewalk. 20:09:18 NBC News' Mike Taibbi reports on the space program and if the shuttles should be scrapped. On 2005-07-26 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, flames shoot out of the space shuttle Discovery's main engines at lift off. Wide shot of plumes of smoke as the Discovery lifts off from the launch pad. POV shot of the Discovery's undercarriage and the external fuel tank. Wide shot of the Discovery above the launch pad. Duke University's space policy expert Alex Roland (ph) walking on campus. In an interview Roland says the shuttle flight is aging. It's becoming less safe with every passing year, every passing flight. There's no question in my mind that it would be best policy to say,'Forget it.' Retire the shuttle immediately." POV shot of the Discovery's underbelly and the external fuel tank. Wide shot of the Discovery streaking across the sky as the two rocket boosters separate from the Discovery. Low-angle shot of the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Overhead shot of senators standing near the leadership desk inside the Senate Chamber. In an interview Taxpayer for Common Sense' Steve Ellis says the American's love affair with space combined with the politicians really make a potent mix that defies common sense and fiscal responsibility. Taibbi reports on camera inside a newsroom in New York City, New York. In an interview Roland says if you include all of the cost, all of the overhead, it's in excess of a billion dollars every time we fly a shuttle. Video clips of astronauts spacewalking. Computer animation of a robot on Mars' surface. Lab experiment being moved. Video clip of people sitting in front of monitors inside mission control. The Discovery seen on the launch pad. Wide, panning shot of the Kennedy Space Center complex. Video clip of astronauts during spacewalk. Taibbi signs off in voice over from New York City, New York. 20:11:09 Stewart voice over drawings of a space rocket. 20:11:36 Preview videos. 20:16:08 Stewart voice over graphic map Iraq highlighting Baghdad and Haditha, where 14 Marines were killed and video clips of Haditha road sign, of thick smoke rising in the distance over buildings, of low-angle shot of a military helicopter in flight, and of thick smoke billowing in the distance in Haditha, Iraq. At a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US Army Brigadier General Carter Ham says it's important to remember that this is a very lethal and unfortunately adaptive enemy that we are facing inside Iraq. 20:17:06 NBC News' Carl Quintanilla reports on a day of sorrow for families of Ohio Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. In Ohio, American flag hangs from roof of building Side view: rows of small U.S. flags. Flowers at memorial seen. Wide shot of traffic on main street. Photo of Brian Montgomery (in uniform) with his father Paul Montgomery. At the Montgomery home, two stars seen behind window glass in front door. In interview, Paul Montgomery says his son"probably could have gotten out of it if he had wanted to, and he wouldn't have any part of it." Photos of Corporal Jeffrey Boskovitch. In interview, Paul Boskovitch (Lance Corporal Jeff Boskovitch's uncle) says"I think he really was a person who had a great deal of purpose in his life." In Ohio on 2005-01, families of soldiers cheer and wave small American flags. Tracking shot past Marines standing in rows, prior to their deployment to Iraq. Brief low shot of soldier and woman cuddling. In Iraq side view of a Marine sniper pointing a weapon. Side view of the same Marine pointing from rooftop balcony as other Marine stands behind him. Over-the-shoulder shot of same Marine with weapon resting atop balcony; plume of smoke rises in distance as the crackle of gunfire is heard. In interview, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Rush (United States Marine Corps.) points out:"Every Marine is a rifleman. And everybody knows that if you're pulling a trigger that somebody else is going to be pulling a trigger right back at you." NBC News Carl Quintanilla reports on camera in Willoughby, Ohio. On 2005-01, side view of a row of Marines about to be deployed to Iraq. Framed photos on wall of Paul Montgomery's sons, Brian and Eric, in their Marine dress uniforms; zoom-in on photo of Eric. In an interview Paul Montgomery, choking with emotion, recalls conversation with his son Eric about Brian:"He said, `If you think you're proud of him now, you'll be so much more proud of him after some of the things I tell you.'" Photos of Brian Montgomery, in uniform, holding his son. Small Marine Corps flag in ground near small American flags. USO bumper sticker with"We Support Our Troops" slogan seen in grass beneath flowers and tiny American flags. Quintanilla signs off from Willoughby, Ohio in vo. 20:18:49 Stewart voice over video clips of a soldier walking in the street, of soldiers and Iraqi police officer walking in the street, of an armed soldier kneeling on the ground in Basra, Iraq. Insert still of American journalist Steven Vincent (increasing in size). Graphic of"New York Times" banner and graphic expert of Vincent's op-ed"He told me that there is even a sort of"death car": a white Toyota Mark II that glides through city streets, carrying off-duty police officers in the pay of extremist religious groups to their next assignment." Insert B&W still of Vincent. 20:19:39 Preview videos. 20:24:11"Oddball" segment. Video clips of a blimp in flight in Amsterdam, Netherlands, of the crew inside the passenger cabin, of the blimp near body of water, of the blimp in flight, and of the blimp landing. Insert still of entertainer Sean"P. Diddy" Combs. Video clips of a South Korean musical group"Lady" performing and two members of the group applying makeup. Video clips of divers jumping off a bridge, of spectators and of divers jumping of the bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 20:26:24 Preview videos. 20:26:48 Graphic of the top newsmakers of the day. 20:31:28 Stewart voice over video clips of Air France Flight 358 wreckage near wooded area in Toronto, Canada, of Flight 358 fully engulfed in flames on 2005-08-02 and of firefighters walking toward the wreckage, of panning shot of the wreckage. At a press conference, Canada Transportation Safety Board's Real Levasseur says they will be looking at all aspect of the accident and that an accident seldom happens as a result of one cause. Wide shot of thick smoke rising from plane fully engulfed in flames. 20:32:53 Stewart is joined by Flight 358 survivor Joanne Bundock in Toronto, Canada. In interview Bundock says she's coming down from the very high adrenaline rush, says she's beginning to feel the aches and pains associated with a rough, hard landing, recalls how the plane was descending and the hard stop. Computer animation of Air France Flight 358 approaching the runway, landing and skidding off the runway and bursting into flames. A firefighter sprays chemicals on the burning wreckage. Bundock says there was an announcement, says the flight attendants quickly opened the doors for the passengers the exit. Stills of passengers inside the cabin as they evacuated the plane, of passengers running away from the plane. Bundock recalls seeing the chutes not fully deployed. Video clip of thick smoke rising from the burning wreckage and of firefighters approaching the wreckage. Stills of passengers inside the cabin and of passengers running away from the wreckage. Bundock recalls seeing the plane from the highway. 20:37:26 Countdown's Monica Novotny reports that more people are surviving plane crashes. In Sioux City, Iowa on 1989-07-19, amateur video of a United Airlines plane cartwheeling and bursting into flames at Sioux City Airport. Computer animation of the United Airlines Flight 232 in flight, and of the plane's rear engine exploding. In an interview United Airlines' Captain Al Haynes says we had no hydraulics, no way to steer the aircraft so we're steering it on power alone and the left wing came up on an angle and the plane broke apart. Video clip of Flight 232 descending and bursting in flames on the runway. In Little Rock, Arkansas on 1999-06-01, American Airlines Flight 1420 wreckage. Insert supers"1983 - 2000: 55.6% of commercial airline passengers survived crashes." Surveillance video of Air France Flight 358 wreckage burning in wooded area near a highway. On 1985-08-02 at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Delta Airlines Flight 191 wreckage seen. Wide shot of people walking in a field near the airport. In an interview man says he thought the plane would make it when it flew over the highway. Smoke rising from the wreckage. Wreckage seen at night. In 1998-04-28, Aloha Airlines plane (with missing upper fuselage) seen on the ground. Medics tend to survivors. Panning shot of people. In an interview at night, man says he saw the plane disintegrating and that there was no hope for the pilot to land and the pilot did something to make it land. Wide shot of the plane being towed on the runway. On 1999-06-01, panning shot of American Airlines Flight 1420 wreckage on the ground. Investigators stand near the wreckage. In an interview at night woman says when she got out of the plane it seemed like the whole section was blown out and that she was the last person out of the section she was in. On 2000-03-05 in Burbank, California, shots of Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 wreckage on the ground, of panning shot of the wreckage. In an interview man says everything dropped from the ceiling, that the flight attendants were trying to calm everyone. Shots of the plane seen. Shots of wreckage on the tarmac in Sioux City. In an interview Haynes says we shouldn't have been able to control the airplane, but somehow they did. After seeing the video and so many people surviving, I can't believe it. Amateur video clip of Flight 232 cartwheeling on the ground. 20:41:04 Stewart voices over video clip a woman losing her grip on a mentally disabled man and the man falling and landing on spokes of a Ferris wheel near park workers, of video clip of workers grabbing the man, of a medic carrying the man past spectators. Video clip of the woman holding onto the man's shirt on the stopped Ferris wheel in Ohio. 20:41:58 Preview videos. 20:46:45 Stewart voices over still of brain-dead woman Susan Torres, who was taken off life support one day after giving birth to a daughter. B&W still of Torres on her wedding. Insert still of Susan and Jason Torres on their wedding. At a press conference Jason Torres' brother Justin Torres says Susan was always the toughest person in the ICU room, that her passing is the testament to the truth that human life is a gift from God and that children are always to be fought for even if life requires, as it did of Susan, the last full measure of devotion. 20:4738 Stewart is joined by USA Today's Richard Willing. In interview Willing says the Torres are doing well considering the situation, says the family welcomed a new child, that they prayed and sent the mother away, says doctors have found no report of a cancer stricken, brain-dead woman giving birth, says doctors were afraid that the cancer had continued to spread and so the decision was made to remove the baby, says the Torres' son, Peter, had been staying with family members, says Peter does not know that his mother is gone and that the family has been prepping Peter that a new baby will be coming home. Insert still of Susan Torres, who was taken off life support. Insert stills of Susan and her son Pete. 20:50:30 Keep Tabs segment. Stewart voices over video clip of professional baseball player Rafael Palmeiro testing at a Congressional hearing on 2005-03-17. Video clips of Palmeiro and others during a hearing. Video clips of Palmeiro swinging the bat during practice. 20:51:27 Preview videos. 20:55:09 Stewart voice over video clips of runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks and her attorney walking past the media. Photos of Wilbanks and fiance John Mason. Video of Wilbanks and her attorney. Video clips of Wilbanks and Mason. Insert stills of Chris Matthews, Ken Olbermann, Al Roker, Henry Kissinger, of women in wedding gowns, of Joan Rivers, of actor Adam Sandler. Shots of a bus terminal and of Greyhound buses. Insert stills of Wilbanks and Mason. 20:56:42 Stewart voices over graphics of"New York Post" banner, of still of Martha Stewart driving an off-road vehicle. 20:57:11 Stewart is joined by Inside Edition's Jim Moret. In interview Moret says Martha Stewart's home confinement as been extended, that Stewart has agreed to the extended time. Graphic still of Stewart driving an off-road vehicle. Video clips of Stewart and others. Moret says the probation official would be responsible for extending the home confinement. Video clip of Stewart and others on stage. Stewart walks down a corridor with others. Moret says the extended confinement is a slap on the wrist. Video clips of Stewart.