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Episode 62 - Commencing Countdown, Engines On

July 7, 2022

Many of us dream of becoming astronauts when we are kids, but only about 600 humans have achieved spaceflight. What does it take to make it into space? Do you have… the right stuff? This week, join Katie and Chelsea as they discuss astronaut candidate school at NASA, the grueling program of training and readiness undertaken by aspiring astronauts. Hear what retired astronaut, engineer, fighter pilot, and singer(!) Chris Hadfield has said about his own experience with astronaut training. Kate discusses the Teacher in Space Project and the legacy of educators’ involvement with NASA programs.

Sources and Stories:

UVA Miller Center -The Space Race- Soviets and Americans race to the stars By Maddie Davis

National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Astronaut Selection and Training

Chris Hadfield MasterClass

Wikipedia – Teacher in Space Project

Wikipedia – Barbara Morgan

CNBC – Meet the 12 Americans training to be NASA’s newest astronauts by Marguerite Ward

Podcast – Gastropod

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing

Challenger The Final Flight

TikTok – Pat the Puzzle Man 

IMDB – The Astronaut Wives Club

IMDB – Hidden Figures

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

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