William David Hitt (@davidhitt) is an American author specializing in spaceflight history based in Huntsville, Alabama. He joins Dave via skype to chat about his history in journalism, teaching, and why he loves space. A call to Robert Picardo (@robertpicardo) starts things off.
While a book by any other name may be just as readable, it doesn’t smell as sweet.
Jeff Weddle’s career, as a librarian, college professor, and author — with a newly published collection of short stories — may be diverse, but it all centers around one thing, a love of “the book.”
“Books have always been a love of mine my whole life,” he said. “They’ve always been the common denominator in what I do.”
Huntsville may not have launches like Florida, and our name isn’t famous for astronauts having a problem like Houston, but make no mistake – the Rocket City IS space. If you see a picture of astronauts launching from Florida, they’re probably riding a Huntsville rocket. If you see a picture of crewmembers working on the International Space Station, they’re very likely in a Huntsville-managed module. And if you see a pretty picture of distant galaxies or nebulas, Huntsville was probably involved in the telescope that took that picture. From supporting the New Horizons mission to Pluto to designing the rocket for human missions to Mars, Huntsville plays an important role.
There is a lot to learn about Huntsville, if you’re so inclined. From the city’s early days as a cotton trading center to the NASA boom years.
This afternoon you’ll have a chance to revisit some of those memories.
We spoke with David Hitt, President of the HMC Historical Society and William Hampton, Founder of Huntsville Revisited, about what to expect.
Searching for Skylab is an independently-produced documentary made for people like you, to let you see and hear the real stories behind Skylab for themselves, some of which have never been told before!
The film is packed with exclusive interviews, allowing you to understand why its story remains one of the greatest, albeit mostly forgotten, American triumphs of all time!
Back in November, we debuted the first in a set of new videos, “No Small Steps.” Now, the next “Steps” is here!
The first video in the series explained why going to Mars is a very big challenge, and why meeting that challenge requires a very big rocket. (Hint: You need a whole lot of fuel.)
The second installment goes a step further, by discussing how NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) builds on the foundation of the Saturn V and the Space Shuttle, but then uses that foundation to create a rocket that will accomplish something neither of them could – sending humans to the Red Planet.
Last year, at the tail end of the 2015 #iHeartHsv campaign, we launched this blog – iHeartHsv.com. For one year now, we’ve worked with local writers to tell Huntsville and Madison County stories. Everything from why we’re called the Rocket City, to pet-friendly spots, local craft beer write-ups, a whole bunch of Little Known Facts and much, much more.
We like to think of ourselves as your resource – whether you’re a visitor who has never been to Huntsville or you’re a local who is looking for a new perspective and different experiences in their hometown. We’ve got you covered.
David Hitt is a communications strategist for NASA’s Space Launch System, helping to share the story of America’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. Hitt began working at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 2002 as a writer for the NASAexplores education website.
Kathryn Crowe is a Systems Engineer on the SLS launch vehicle. She is currently working on such items as evolvability trade studies, near earth mission timelines, and operational requirements for EM2 and beyond. Prior to coming to work at NASA, she spent 4 years in the USAF at the Defense Language Institute, and then proceeded to get her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Astronauts Rhea Seddon and Robert “Hoot” Gibson joined authors David Hitt and Heather R. Smith on May 31, 2014 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s 3D Theater in Huntsville, AL to discuss the authors’ new book, Bold They Rise, covering the early years of the Space Shuttle Program, from inception up through the Challenger accident.