Marianne Dyson

Marianne Dyson was a Timeliner and then a Flight Activities Officer in Mission Control during the first Space Shuttle flights, the subject of her memoir, A Passion for Space: Adventures of a Pioneering Female NASA Flight Controller. From systems failures to space sick crewmembers, how did the Mission Control team prepare, identify, and deal with problems encountered during the “shake-down” flights of a new space vehicle? What lessons might we take from these experiences in planning for future commercial and government flights on new vehicles to space stations, the Moon, and Mars? What barriers remain to the participation of women in these new adventures?

Since the 1990s, Dyson has pursued a second career as a writer and speaker on space topics, including hands-on STEM workshops for kids and teachers. She contributes to Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society, and has stories in recent and upcoming issues of Analog Science Fiction. Her children’s books have won numerous awards including the most recent, Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, which she coauthored with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic and which was recognized by the National Science Teachers’ Association as a 2016 Outstanding Trade Book. Visit Dyson’s website, to book an appearance or sign up for her free Science Snacks newsletter.

Broadcast 2811 Marianne Dyson

Guest: Marianne Dyson;  Topics:  Ms. Dyson's new book, "A Passion For Space," space shuttle, commercial spaceflight, NASA, Moon, Mars & much more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program.

Broadcast 1053 (Special Edition)

Guest: Marianne Dyson was our guest for this Space Show program as we discussed her role in the early days of NASA as one of the first ten female flight controllers. Since 2008 marks 50 years of the United States space program, there is much to learn by becoming familiar with our space history. Ms. Dyson worked on the first five shuttle flights and shared stories about these flights, plus what it was like working on them at the time.

Broadcast 218 (Special Edition)

Marianne Dyson, a former NASA Mission Controller working the first five space shuttle flights, was the guest on this Space Show program. Ms. Dyson discussed her experiences as a Mission Controller and shared with us some of her most memorable events with the first five space shuttle flights on which she worked. Ms. Dyson also went into detail about much of the engineering and science associated with the International Space Station (ISS), its importance, its uses, and more.

Broadcast 197 (Special Edition)

Eli Goldberg, Kristoph Klover, Dr. Jordin Kare and Maryanne Dyson joined The Space Show for this program to discuss "To Touch The Stars," a musical celebration of exploration. Eli and Kristoph discussed space theme folk and other types of music and to us how this incredible album came into being. Kristoph is also the lead singer on several of the cuts for this album and a few of those cuts were played on the program. Dr.

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