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’.
Category Archives: Books
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).
Hab1.com: Searching for Skylab Documentary – Panel – U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Space author David Hitt moderated a panel including astronauts Ed Gibson, Jack Lousma, Jerry Carr and Owen Garriott after a showing of the Skylab documentary Searching for Skylab.
The Space Shot: Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story and My Conversation With Author David Hitt
Podcast conversation between John Mulnix of The Space Shot and David Hitt on “Homesteading Space” Skylab history
SpaceCave: Spaceflight with David Hitt
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.
Searching for Skylab: Trailer 1
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!
Watch the Trailer Here
More about “Searching for Skylab” Here
U.S. Space & Rocket Center: The Importance of Skylab
Hab1.com: Bold They Rise Book Launch
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.