I suppose they kept us in the corner so they could go back live to the Kennedy Space Center with little loss of continuity in case we blew up.
OPINION: Byzantine NASA: Pioneering Spirit Lost?
I am a realist, so I didn't really blame CNN. The public had already become somewhat blasé about the space program. After all, Shuttles were flying six or more times a year, and NASA had, in a way, become a victim of its own success.
People wanted to know all of the details of the trial, down to what shoes O.J. might or might not have owned. I was just glad that CNN still carried the launches live. We contributed to some remarkable science during our two week mission, but almost none of it was reported anywhere, in deference to coverage of the trial.
Why are we so obsessed with negative news, and what impact is this having on other areas?
Now, fast-forward nearly twenty years.
On Monday April 29 2013, Virgin Galactic did something remarkable -- they carried out their first powered flight test of SpaceShipTwo. However, the event barely made a blip on the national and international news. Even Richard Branson's legendary ability to do public relations and capture media attention was only barely enough to get a tiny amount of publicity on this remarkable step in commercial spaceflight.