Two NASA astronauts will deliver the countdown to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville fireworks show….from space. Commander Peggy Whitson and Astronaut Garret Reisman are aboard the International Space Station – where they’ll transmit the countdown live. Thunder Producer Wayne Hettinger says the signal will travel via microwaves and radio waves.
“It’s pretty standard stuff. I mean, they’re getting communications constantly, so communications between Thunder Over Louisville, is filtered back through Houston, and Houston to the Space Station,” said Hettinger.
Another space station veteran – Astronaut Dan Tani – will join Thunder crew members at their Command Center at the Galt House. Thunder Over Louisville takes place Saturday along the Ohio River.