When catastrophe strikes Skylab, life on earth is threatened by a space station cratering toward earth, and NASA experts use cutting-edge technology to reveal what went wrong and if disaster can be averted. David Hitt is among the experts recounting the story.
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.
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!
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.