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Broadcast 1186 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on July 5th, 2009
Guest: Andrew Chaikin
Guest: Andrew Chaikin. Topics: 40th anniversary of Apollo, return to the Moon, lunar astronaut comments and interviews. Andy Chaikin returned to The Space Show to discuss his two new books and the 40th anniversary of Apollo. His books that we discussed on the show were "Mission Control, This is Apollo" which is a children's book but the pictures and drawings are unbelievable. Much of the book's artwork consists of paintings by lunar astronaut and artist Alan Bean and they are incredible. When you see these paintings in the book, you will know that this is a must have book. We also discussed in detail "Voices From The Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences." More on this book later in this write-up. Both books will be placed on the One Giant Leap Foundation website book page at When you get to this page, look for the books by Andy Chaikin. When you purchase books through the links provided, Amazon financially supports The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation. In addition to discussing these books, we talked about the mood of the country during Apollo and what space development has meant to us all and we asked over and over again how we can recreate or create something similar today. We discussed energy, space for resources, Kraft Ehricke's vision as opposed to the idea of limitations as depicted by the Club of Rome perspective. We talked about returning the Moon and how best to do it versus going to a NEO or on to Mars. Here what Andy had to say about this but to the point, he read some of the quotes from the lunar astronauts in his book, Voices From The Moon, about how hard it would be to go to Mars at this time, quoting Dave Scott who said "Mars was a tough job." A listener asked about his favorite quotes and you will want to hear what Andy says he liked the most. Near the end of the show he was also asked about spouses and children and while this information is not part of his book, he did talk to many of the lunar astronaut wives and shares some thoughts with us regarding a few of them. At one point during our interview, Andy told us about a teacher who teaches kids in his classroom that we never went to the Moon! This provoked several listener comments as well as my comments and we will follow up on this with Andy as he plans to go to the school to talk to school officials about this type of teaching. During the show, you will hear stories about Alan Bean and his art, Michael Collins, Frank Borman and more. Andy reads many of the astronaut comments directly from this book. "Voices" is a historical treasure from the few who orbited and walked on the Moon. This is a must for your library and for your children. You can learn more about these books and others that Andy has written, his public speaking and visits to school by visiting his website, If you have questions or comments for Andy, please send them to or use the contact form on his website at When contacting him, please put The Space Show in the subject line.

About our guest...

Andrew Chaikin
Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than 25 years. He is active as a lecturer in public and private venues, and frequently visits schools of all grade levels to talk about space-related topics. Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, first published in 1994. This acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks' HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including hundreds of hours of personal interviews with each of the 23 surviving lunar astronauts. Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan said of the book, "I've been there. Chaikin took me back." A new edition of the book, with an after word entitled, A People Without Limits, was being published in the fall of 2007. Chaikin co-edited The New Solar System, a compendium of writings by planetary scientists, now in its fourth edition. He is also the author of Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight, published in 1997 by Bulfinch Press. He collaborated with moonwalker-turned-artist Alan Bean to write Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, published in 1998 by the Greenwich Workshop Press. Chaikin co-authored the text for the highly successful collection of Apollo photography, Full Moon, which was published by Knopf in 1999. His most recent book, Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs, was published in 2002 by Carlton. He is currently writing a narrative of Mars exploration entitled, A Passion for Mars, to be published by Abrams in the fall of 2008. From 1999 to 2001 Chaikin served as Executive Editor for Space and Science at, the definitive website for all things space. He was also the editor of's print magazine, Space Illustrated. Chaikin is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and is a frequent guest on CNN. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Charlie Rose, and the NPR programs Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. He has been an advisor to NASA on space policy and public communications. A former editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, Chaikin has also been a contributing editor of Popular Science and has written for Newsweek, Air&Space/Smithsonian,World Book Encyclopedia, Scientific American, and other publications. A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served on the Viking missions to Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a researcher at the Smithsonian's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies before becoming a science journalist in 1980. He is an amateur musician and songwriter; he has also been an occasional space artist, and is one of the founders of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

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