Mon Aug 8: Shuttle's Return; Racers' Car Check; Pak n Save; Hayley Westenra
New Zealand-born Professor Kim Prisk worked with NASA for the ill-fated Columbia shuttle mission, testing the impact of gravity on the astronauts during the mission. He is a specialist in this area - looking at the impact of no gravity on the heart and lungs - and has also studied how astronauts sleep when in space. Professor Prisk, who has lived in the US for 22 years, knew all seven of the astronauts on Columbia and the end result was personally upsetting, but in hindsight he admits it may have been predicted. But for Discovery, re-entering this evening to NASA's Kennedy Space Centre , new technology has allowed NASA to fix structural damage before re-entry. Professor Prisk talks to Susan Wood about this latest mission, and what might be happening to the astronauts physiologically as they return.
Racers' Car Check
Following on from our stories last week on modified cars, mechanic Jim Lovich opened his workshop to run free safety tests. Close Up was there.
Pack up and Go?
Late last year, work began on a new Pak-N-Save supermarket on Auckland's North Shore. The finishing touches were about to be made when rival supermarket giant, Progressive Enterprises, stepped in with a High Court challenge and won, preventing the supermarket's completion. Bryan Seymour reports on the fight - and the eyesore - that's ensued.
Eighteen-year-old Hayley Westenra has a new album out that she hopes will do as well as her first. That would be some feat - Pure has sold two million CDs worldwide. Hayley takes time out of her hectic schedule to talk to Susan Wood, and sing us a song.