Today we had a lively discussion with Lynn Sherr about her outstanding biography, “Sally Ride : America’s First Woman in Space”. We talked quite a bit about the sexist barriers that Sally (and Lynn Sherr, herself) help to break down in the early 1980s, listened to stories, and tried to understand what a different time it was when Sally joined NASA in 1978, and what a different place the USA was back then.
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Marketing and public relations aren’t our usual subjects on “Read Science!”, but today they very much WERE rocket science, when we talked about the new book “Marketing the Moon : The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program”, with its authors, David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek.
9 years ago Books, Read Science!, Space, Space Read Science!, Video • Tags: Apollo Lunar Program, Apollo missions, David Meerman Scott, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Marketing the Moon, Read Science!, Richard Jurek, video
Our conversation today was out of this world (go on, try to avoid that pun) when our very special guest was Canadian Astronaut, recent Commander of an ISS Expedition, Twitter phenomenon, and Space Rock-Star Chris Hadfield. We talked about his new book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth : What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything”. As is our habit, we talked about science, and science outreach, and being prepared for life and everything that might come along, space toilets, and the fact that “it’s all going to be on the quiz” sooner or later.
10 years ago Books, Read Science!, Space, Space Read Science!, Video • Tags: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, astronaut, Chris Hadfield, Commander Hadfield, Google Hangout on Air, ISS, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Read Science!, video
Our conversation was almost as large as the universe when we talked with Lee Billings, discussing his book “Five Million Years of Solitude : The Search for Life among the Stars”. In addition to the scientists and the technology–and the results!–of searching for the existence of planets beyond our own solar system, we pretty much touched on questions relating to life, the universe, and everything, including communicating science, of course. As usual, we had a lively conversation about lots of interesting ideas.
10 years ago Gummy Bears, Read Science!, Space, Space Read Science!, Video • Tags: 5 Billion Years of Solitude, astrobiology, exoplanets, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Lee Billings, Read Science!, video
In this RS! episode we talked with famed moon-walker and space visionary, Buzz Aldrin, about his book, “Mission to Mars”, and his vision for establishing a permanent human presence on Mars. Later in the episode we were joined by Leonard David, Buzz’s co-author on the book, to talk some about their experiences with spreading the idea and engaging the public with the excitement of space exploration.