Nightly News | September 14, 2012
>>> finally tonight, a long distance dedication to the crew of the international space station . a lot of folks forget those people are living up there. we have links on our website that allow you to find out when it is coming over where you live at night. for example, tomorrow morning just before 6:00, it will be a bright dot streaking across the sky over new york city , weather permitting, and every morning for the next few days. among those on board, astronaut sunny williams, with 155 consecutive days in space, the record holder among women, and also the top space walker spent outside the space craft . sunny becomes commander. we recently talked to her and the crew. hello, sunny, we loved what you had done to your hair. yeah, special greetings to conan o'brien behind you, with the magnificent hair do. with the shuttle program over, astronauts these days have to hitch with ride with the russians. sunny doesn't mind that, pointing out they launched on the test project, the first ever joint-american russian flight.
>> it sort of was the first step in our international friendship. and i think we have come a long way. i consider the guys here my brothers.
>> and they do live like a family there, joe acaba is the other member on the space station , returning to earth this weekend. joe, how do you describe the station there? is it like a small new york city apartment or a small ranch house ? what is it like? well, i think this place is bigger than the place i live in, in houston, like a five-bedroom house.
>> the space station makes 16 orbits around the earth every day, they know there are folks down here who track their orbits and watch the fly-byes.
>> we do appreciate it, we're working hard, this is an amazing laboratory, and we can't do it without everybody's support. so we hope what we're doing here will get people excited about the sciences.
>> it is the images that may just get them interested. spectacular long-exposure images of stars, and views of the earth as seen from 240 miles above, at 17,000 miles an hour. what events on earth are you able to look for and see from up there?
>> we can see all the natural events that happen up here, like for example, hurricanes and fires. they're really evident. i mean, you even see streaks of airplanes across the sky when they make the vapor trails. it keeps us connected when you look out the window. you are looking right back at the planet, and can't help but wondering what they're doing.
>> i want to thank the crew for having us, we are watching you, and at least in my house, if i'm aware of an over-flight on a good night, i go out to the porch, and we wave like hell, i don't know if you can see us.
>> our six pink bodies will be waving back at you.
>> thank you very much.