This week we take a look at the very first Space Shuttle mission which took place on April 12th 1981. To do this we’re joined by the wonderful author David Hitt who wrote the book ‘Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years’.
Author Archives: David Hitt
AIAA LA LV STS-1 40th Anniversary Celebration
Early on the morning of April 12, 1981, two astronauts sat strapped into their seats on the flight deck of Columbia, a radically new spacecraft known as the space shuttle.
Please join the authors of the Outward Odyssey Spaceflight series and AIAA / LA-LV for a delightful and exciting Anniversary Celebration for this historic and ground breaking event!
Searching for Skylab SL-4 Anniversary Panel
David joins a panel including Skylab astronauts Joe Kerwin and Ed Gibson, the filmmakers behind the “Searching for Skylab” documentary and others in this online event marking the anniversary of the launch of the third Skylab crew.
Space Boffins: America’s First Space Station
Skylab’s perilous and dramatic mission, life on Venus, the religion of Cosmism and Brexit all get discussed this month. Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson are joined by astronomer and writer Dr Stuart Clark to chat about our relationship with the night sky. The Space Boffins also talk to David Hitt, the author of Homesteading Space – the Skylab Story, and Arfan Chaudhry from the UK Space Agency about new UK space programmes…
STC & HAL5: The Write Stuff
“The Write Stuff: The Authors who Chronicle Humanity’s Outward Odyssey” is a Panel Discussion by Nebraska Press Authors of Space Related Books for the Society for Technical Communication Huntsville/North Alabama Chapter (stc-na.org), the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (hal5.org), and University of Alabama at Huntsville English with Business and Technical Writing Track (www.uah.edu).
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In this post, I want to explain exactly how to write a book based on what I’ve learned.
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Spacefest Virtual: Outward Odyssey
At 19 books and counting, the University of Nebraska Press’ Outward Odyssey series may well be the most comprehensive collection of spaceflight history ever written.
Spanning from the earliest experiments with rocketry to the future of private spaceflight to robotic probes hurling through the dark void of the solar system, the series captures the human experience of space exploration – the “what was it like”.
In this virtual conversation, authors behind those books, with series editor Colin Burgess, share the “what was it like” of Outward Odyssey – how the series came together and the unique experiences that went into chronicling humankind’s greatest adventure.
Hubbell PowerPods: Beyond Saving Skylab
In this episode, Charles Lewis, retired NASA man-systems engineer, and David Hitt, co-author of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, interview the filmmakers behind Saving Skylab: America’s First Space Station documentary, Matt Alsup and Wes Pellerin The documentary is available to view at http://www.savingskylab.com.
Crew Dragon DM-2 and First Flights: A Historical Perspective
As NASA and SpaceX prepare for the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil since the last flight of the shuttle nine years ago, the AIAA Los Angeles Section hosts authors from the Outward Odyssey series of spaceflight history books for a panel discussion of the preparation, risk and excitement that go into first flights of new vehicles. From the daring test pilots who risk their lives in cutting-edge planes to pave the way to space, to the first launches of new vehicles from Apollo to the Shuttle, to the dawning of the new era of commercial spaceflight, panelists will share stories from history on the eve of a new chapter of history beginning.
USSRC Pass the Torch: Stories Behind the Exhibits (Part 1)
Part 1 of a 2-part virtual Pass the Torch series with authors from the Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight:
Chris Petty (Rocket Planes), Francis French (Apollo), Amy Shira Teitel (Apollo), John Youskauskas (Shuttle & Extravehicular Activity), David Hitt (Skylab & Shuttle).
Hubbell PowerPods: Beyond Saving Skylab
In this episode, Matt Alsup, digital marketing manager and co-director of Saving Skylab: America’s First Space Station, talks with David Hitt, co-author of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, about the documentary. Hitt also talks about the astronauts and other insightful stories related to the Skylab missions. The documentary is available to view at http://www.savingskylab.com.