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George Diller Says Lift Off! One Last Time for Orbital ATK OA-7

18 Apr 2017, 20:42 UTC
George Diller Says Lift Off! One Last Time for Orbital ATK OA-7
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CAPE CANAVERAL: If you watch launches on NASA TV, you are likely familiar with the voice of George Diller, a public affairs representative at Kennedy Space Center for 37 years. Diller is retiring at the end of May and thus performed his final countdown and Lift-Off voiceover as Orbital ATK OA-7 sent 7,100 pounds of cargo atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket at 11:11 AM local time on 18 April 2017. Diller was thanked by former shuttle astronauts Frank Culbertson and Bob Cabana for his service to NASA.

After 37 years, the voice of NASA-TV launches is retiring. Photo: Jared Haworth
Diller is known for announcing the count: “Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, go for main engine start, one, zero and lift off…” He then delivers a pre-planned message about the mission. For today, his message was “Lift off of the Atlas V rocket & Cygnus with the SS John Glenn, extending the research legacy for living and working in space.”
This is the fourth flight of an enhanced Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, and the third using the Atlas V launch system. The spacecraft for this mission is named in honor of John Glenn, the ...

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