Posts Tagged ‘space’

ASTRONAUT SCOTT PARAZYNSKI NY TIMES JEFFREY KLUGER APOLLO 8

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A rare conversation with astronaut Scott Parazynski and the story of one of NASA’s most daring missions, the Flight of Apollo 8 are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

astronautIn his compelling new memoir, THE SKY BELOW: A TRUE STORY OF SUMMITS, SPACE, AND SPEED astronaut and adventurer Scott Parazynski takes us on a rocketship paced, adrenalin-filled adventure from the dizzying heights of Mount Everest where the wind whips climbers to their death, to the solitude and expanse of outer space where he was tethered to the International Space Station by an improvised leash to make emergency repairs. While his father worked as a Boeing engineer developing the Saturn V rocket, as a young boy Parazynski traveled the earth with his parents and was educated worldwide before returning stateside to earn his medical degree before training at NASA. In THE SKY BELOW Parazynski gives readers a front row seat to his seventeen year career at NASA: his training, leading the first ever US-Russian space-walk and taking us inside the “family escort” role astronauts solemnly perform for each other when disaster strikes Columbia. The climax of his space career comes with a mission that many regard as one of the most dangerous and challenging ever performed.

astronautThe story of Apollo 8 begins in August 1968. NASA was losing the space race with Russia, with earliest estimates of going to the moon still more than two years in the future, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade was sure to be broken. The United States was deep into the Cold War and in the middle of a year of violence abroad and at home: Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic convention in Chicago descending into violence. Then, in the midst of all of that turmoil NASA scrapped their meticulous mission schedules and asked astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to orbit the moon, and they would do it in just four months despite the substantial risks, the Apollo 8 mission, equal parts fearless and reckless, ingenious and impulsive – told in APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON written by science editor and senior writer for Time Jeffrey Kluger, also the co-author of the bestselling book APOLLO 13, on which the beloved film is based.

Astronaut, aviation history, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, The Right Stuff all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

FLIGHT OF CHARLES LINDBERGH AND APOLLO 8

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The flight of Apollo 8 and Charles Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis, NASA, astronauts, all critical to American aviation are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are science editor and senior writer for Time magazine Jeffrey Kluger, author of APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON and flyboy and author of THE FLIGHT, CHARLES LINDBERG’S DARING AND IMMORTAL 1927 TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING, Dan Hampton.

flightThis year marks the 90th anniversary of the first solo transatlantic flight, and the first non-stop flight between North America and mainland Europe of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh. Who better to write the story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 Transatlantic Crossing than acclaimed aviator and aviation historian Dan Hampton the New York Times bestselling author of VIPER PILOT, LORDS OF THE SKY, and THE HUNTER KILLERS. Dan is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School and USAF Special Operations School. Placing himself squarely in the cockpit with Lindbergh, Hampton’s book THE FLIGHT: CHARLES LINDBERGH’S DARING AND IMMORTAL 1927 TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING offers a fly-boy’s perspective to bring alive the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of Lindbergh’s death-defying, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in The Spirit of St. Louis – an achievement that brought the world to a halt in May 1927 and made Lucky Lindy also nicknamed ‘Slim’, the most celebrated man of his time, and the most controversial.

flightThe story of Apollo 8 begins in August 1968. NASA was losing the space race with Russia, with earliest estimates of going to the moon still more than two years in the future, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade was sure to be broken. The United States was deep into the Cold War and in the middle of a year of violence abroad and at home: Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic convention in Chicago descending into violence. Then, in the midst of all of that turmoil NASA scrapped their meticulous mission schedules and asked Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to orbit the moon, and they would do it in just four months despite the substantial risks, the Apollo 8 mission, equal parts fearless and reckless, ingenious and impulsive – told in APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON written by science editor and senior writer for Time Jeffrey Kluger, also the co-author of the bestselling book APOLLO 13, on which the beloved film is based.

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PICTURE SHOWS : CHARLES LINDBERGH PICTURED AT LONG ISLAND NEW YORK

Flight, aviation history, Charles Lindbergh, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, astronauts all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE HIDDEN FIGURES BEHIND THE SPACE RACE

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner with a soundtrack by Pharell, HIDDEN FIGURES was adapted for film even before the book of the same name was finished. Wednesday, September 14, 3 p.m. ET  Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of the inspiring and a largely unknown true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA whose work helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. In our second half-hour, our political roundtable, Four Broads Talking, with our smart and feisty team of pundits.

HIDDEN FIGURES is a story that combines the rich intersection of the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality. At the core of the story are Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden the women “human computers” whose genius for numbers made space exploration and travel possible. Author Margot Lee Shetterly is the daughter of one of NASA’s first black engineers. She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in HIDDEN FIGURES.

FOUR BROADS TALKINGWith less than two months to go until Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are duking it out and Election 2016 is unlike any presidential contest that we’ve seen before. Oh what fun our FOUR BROADS TALKING™ panel of brilliant political pundits will have when they sit down for our weekly chat on all things politics and culture in our second half hour. Look for sparks to fly with this tell it like it is panel Sheila Weller, Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews and your host, Halli Casser-Jayne.

Civil rights, NASA, mathematicians, astronauts, space, books, movie, women, Black Lives Matter, politics, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show has it all, Wednesday, September 14, 3 p.m. ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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