Image: From the viewing area of the Operations and Support Building II, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will be able to view the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121. Cheney flew in earlier to view the launch. Standing next to him is Shana Dale, NASA deputy administrator. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Sunday July 2, 5:20 pm ET, Observation Support Building II, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
The following is a transcript of remarks by Vice President Dick Cheney to the Traveling Press After the Postponement of the Launch of Space Shuttle STS-121 Discovery:
3:46 P.M. EDT
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Sure. I was down here -- when I was a member of Congress, early in the program in the '80s -- really looking forward to today; especially looking forward to having my grandkids here. But it's not to be today, and maybe it'll work tomorrow.
Q What was their impression so far, the girls?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Very impressed. They're all walking around with patches from the mission, got the mission design on them and are very excited. But we'll have to bring them back another day.
Q They were asking some good questions on their tour?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, they're all good questions. I'm no expert by any means, but -- no, it's a great program. And it's important we keep going, and keep our space program going. And this, of course, is a continuing part of that. We got to see a tour of the Atlantis, which is the next ship they're getting ready to launch. So at least we got to see that.
Q And you get to see NASCAR, right?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: And we get to see NASCAR. That's the next stop.
Q Will this be your first NASCAR race? THE VICE PRESIDENT: It will be, as a matter of fact, yes -- first time I've actually attended a race. I've been to tracks before, but it's the first time I've been to an actual race.
Q Well, ride on Space Mountain and you get the Florida experience right there in one trip.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: All right, see you later.
Q Thanks, Mr. Vice President.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: You bet.
END 3:47 P.M. EDT