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Broadcast 1929 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on January 13th, 2013
Guest: Andrew Chaikin
Guest: Andrew Chaikin. Topics: Neil Armstrong & his One small step for man lunar comment, space policy, space media, and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Andy Chaikin back to the program. Please visit his website for more information, We started our discussion with Andy telling us about the BBC documentary with Neil Armstrong's brother's comments about Neil's famous Apollo 11 landing statement, then the Guardian's (a UK paper) calling Neil a liar. Much of our first segment was devoted to this story and incident. We then moved on and talked about Golden Spike as Andy is part of the Golden Spike team. He had some very interesting nontechnical and general observations about the effort, the timing, and the Golden Spike team. Also in this segment, we talked about the need for low cost space access, then listener Paul in Houston asked Andy about the impact on the new space business given the US and global economy. This started an interesting conversation assessing where we are as a nation and culture today and the options we have for moving forward or not. Both Andy and I talked about solutions going through space but neither of us could say which way we might end up going. We also talked about the media and its problems, a discussions that was carried forward to the next segment. In the next segment, we started with a call from Doug who had additional comments on the Armstrong story. We also talked about the need for sustainable commercial space, again focusing in on the need to lower the cost to space. Andy then talked extensively about lessons learned at NASA over the years and the book he is writing for NASA on the subject which addresses the principles of success in spaceflight and management. Our policy and historical overview and current assessment continued to the end of this nearly two hour program. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog below. You can reach Mr. Chaikin through his website or through me.

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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