NPR American Chronicles: Exploring Space

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From the competitive spirit ignited by Sputnik to the tragedies and triumphs of the Apollo missions, from the technological leap forward created by the Space Shuttle to the global cooperation forged by the International Space Station and beyond, NPR examines the inspirational story of modern space exploration and the extraordinary individuals who made it possible. Featuring in-depth profiles of landmark missions, along with interviews and commentary from voices that have lived the dream, including astronauts John...

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Overview

From the competitive spirit ignited by Sputnik to the tragedies and triumphs of the Apollo missions, from the technological leap forward created by the Space Shuttle to the global cooperation forged by the International Space Station and beyond, NPR examines the inspirational story of modern space exploration and the extraordinary individuals who made it possible. Featuring in-depth profiles of landmark missions, along with interviews and commentary from voices that have lived the dream, including astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Bernard Harris, Sally Ride, and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
11/01/2013
NPR's American Chronicles collects the organization's pieces that focus on a particular aspect of history (e.g., civil rights). This installment looks at space exploration. Ranging in length, quality, and year of creation, these chronologically track the development of NASA's space program from the space race against the Russians to the early Gemini missions, through the Apollo era, and across the shuttle program's long decades. Sound quality on all is excellent. Some, like a four-minute essay from 1972 about the Apollo 17's moon landing, are dated, if charming, throwbacks. Others, such as Fred Rogers's interview with Apollo astronaut Alfred Worden using questions from children, are revealing and informative. Especially fascinating is an eight-minute piece about the secret "Mercury 13" women who trained for pilot duty in the early 1960s. All interviewees—from ground crew to astronauts—speak adamantly (sometimes hubristically) about continuing NASA's manned space program. VERDICT These informative accounts display excellent journalism and will be deeply appealing to listeners who are even slightly interested in the topic.—Douglas Lord, Middletown, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622311927
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: NPR American Chronicles Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 3 hours
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,428,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Palca
Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

JOE PALCA is Science Correspondent for NPR and backup host for Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.

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Table of Contents

Contents:

  • Introduction by Joe Palca
  • So You Want to Be an Astronaut
  • A History of Manned Space Travel
  • Sputnik, Space Race Mirror a Personal Journey
  • Legacy of Space Race on U.S. Education
  • Space Race Permeated Pop Culture
  • Khrushchev, Schorr Look Back on Sputnik
  • Sputnik in Space and Song
  • Explorer I, America’s Answer to Sputnik
  • John Glenn, a Hero Well Before Orbiting Earth
  • John Glenn on 50 Years Since His First Orbit
  • The Mercury 13: Training U.S. Women for Space
  • NASA’s Longest Serving Astronaut Retires
  • Apollo 8 Moon Mission Still Awes
  • Early Days of NASA
  • Reflections on the Apollo I Disaster
  • Apollo 11 Moon Landing
  • Houston, We Erased the Apollo 11 Tapes
  • Apollo 15: The First Space Walk
  • Apollo 17 Lands on the Moon
  • Mr. Rogers and Apollo 15
  • One Small Town’s Big Role in the Apollo Missions
  • A Small Step to the Moon, Giant Leap to Mars
  • Introducing the Space Shuttle
  • The First Space Shuttle Lifts Off
  • For Bernard Harris, More than “One Small Step for Man”
  • Challenger Disaster
  • Eileen Collins, Shuttle Commander, Inspires
  • Woman Astronaut Sally Ride
  • Columbia Disaster
  • Shuttle Legacy: Grand, Though Not What Was Planned
  • Curiosity Is on Mars, Now What?
  • Aboard the Space Station, It’s a Beautiful World
  • Last Hubble Repair Mission
  • Space Station’s Best Days Are Still Ahead
  • Vacation in Space? Possible . . . For the Rich
  • Virtual Space Elevator
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