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Dr. James Hansen, Monday, 8-26-13
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We welcomed Dr. James Hansen to the program to discuss his book, the only officially approved biography of Neil Armstrong, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” on the one year anniversary of Neil’s death. Dr. Hansen also wrote an op-ed for Space.com which you will find interesting (www.space.com/22510-neil-armstrong-astronaut-icon-remembered.html). During this one hour 25 minute program, Dr. Hansen had much to say about Neil Armstrong starting with his days as a 21 year old Naval aviator in the Korean War. In fact, he told us a Korean War story about Neil flying his jet and coming upon North Korean troops exercising. We also learned that Neil favored aviation over space flight and Dr. Hansen spoke with us as to why this was so. Our guest received lots of questions about the Apollo 11 crew, personalities of all the crew members and how the crew interacted with one another on mission work and in their personal lives. He also described Armstrong as being modest and a bit “Garbo-like.” Listen to his explanation of why he thought that was so. Dr. Hansen got questions about Neil as a university professor and what his students thought of him, plus did the students pester him about the Moon landing given how modest Armstrong was about the Apollo 11 landing and his accomplishments in general. We also talked about his role in the Augustine Commission and his perspective about the need to go back to the Moon and to avoid a gap in U.S. human spaceflight capability.
In our second segment, I asked Dr. Hansen to elaborate on the Clint Eastwood effort to do a Neil Armstrong movie. Dr. Hansen related a good Clint Eastwood and Neil Armstrong golf story to us which you will enjoy. Our guest was asked about Neil’s role in both the Challenger and the Columbia accidents. As we learned, Neil turned down an opportunity to be part of the Columbia accident board but he did serve on the Challenger board and Dr. Hansen had much to say about that. We then spoke about preserving the Apollo landing sites as historical sites, then our guest was asked if the Apollo 11 crew traits discussed earlier in the show were the traits needed for the first HSF to Mars. Agin, Dr. Hansen had much to say on this issue so don’t miss his comments. Toward the end, Dr. Hansen spoke about the fact that there were no photos taken of Neil on the Moon as all the photos are of Buzz. The official line at the time was that such photos were not in the mission plan. He also told us a never before heard story regarding Jim Lovell & crew selection for the Moon landing. Dr. Hansen had much to say about these incidents so don’t miss his comments.
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