Space Pioneers – In Their Own Words
Ninety space pioneers describe their experiences while working on space research and exploration from the 1940s through the space shuttle program. Some of these men and women were well known as astronauts or members of Mission Control for Apollo flights to the Moon, and some were minor players in the programs—people like lab technicians, weather forecasters, welders, and helicopter pilots who supported rocket tests. Their stories disclose events and behind-the-scenes details available nowhere else. They reveal the human experiences of an era that extended from the launch of this planet’s first “artificial moon” to routine shuttle missions carrying people and supplies between Earth and the International Space Station. Drawn from the archives of the oral history program supported by the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, the excerpts describe funny, frightening, and fascinating episodes. They paint the hues of human experience on the canvas of technological achievements. In this book, for the first time, extensive portions of the New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame’s oral history collection are available to the general public. Supplemented with photographs and annotated for historical context, this presentation offers a unique glimpse into humanity’s struggles to become a spacefaring race. That perspective forms an important foundation for the new era of commercial spaceflight and interplanetary exploration.
About Loretta Hall (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Loretta Hall remembers being enthralled with NASA’s manned space program from Mercury’s first suborbital flight through Apollo’s moon missions. Those pioneering days were filled with widespread excitement as man ventured away from Mother Earth. Loretta sees a similar wave of fascination and awe now as private enterprise develops a fantastic array of new vehicles for space tourism as well as scientific research. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a three hour drive north of Spaceport America. Loretta is a Certified Space Ambassador for the National Space Society and an active member of the National Federation of Press Women.