A week from today, on Nov. 10, the Space Shuttle Trainer will make its official debut at the Museum of Flight in Seattle — giving the public an up-close look at the full-sized Space Shuttle replica that served as the training ground for every astronaut in the Space Shuttle’s three decades.

Doug King, Museum of Flight CEO in the studio for this week’s show previewing the Space Shuttle Trainer. (Photo: Erynn Rose/KIRO-FM)

The museum and the region have been preparing for this milestone for years, and the giant exhibit will be a must-see for space fans, and everyone else.

To get ready, we’re excited to have Doug King, the CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, join us as our guest on this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast. Doug talks about the significance of the Space Shuttle Trainer for the museum and the region; why people will be surprised when they see it for the first time; how the museum has evolved to reflect the growing space industry, the museum’s role in science education, and more.

Doug has a great perspective on all of this, and you can listen starting at the 12-minute mark in the audio player above, or directly via this MP3 file. Also check out this sneak peek photo gallery of the Space Shuttle Trainer by GeekWire’s Emily Shahan.

That discussion is preceded by our weekly news roundup, in which we talk about … the “Creepy Cameraman” who has been testing the limits of surveillance video in public locations around the Seattle region … TechStars Demo Day, including John’s favorite startup from the event, car-buying service Tred … and the new Kid’s Corner feature in Windows Phone 8.

Name that Tech Tune: Space Shuttle Edition, chance to win two new Xbox 360 games: Sesame Street TV and Nat Geo, the interactive television experiences for the Kinect sensor.

App of the Week: Google Search for iPhone/iPad, kicking Siri’s butt with a new voice-search feature.

Listen to the show in the audio player above or directly via this MP3 file.

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