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Apollo's Legacy is Keeping Us Grounded

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Apollo's Legacy is Keeping Us Grounded

For the full, more eloquently written op-ed that includes a full source list, check out my latest blog at Discover:

**Anticipating a huge backlash, I will probably not be looking at comments on this video. If gets extremely vitriolic, I will likely turn them off. And for everyone telling me it’s tacky to list credentials, try being a woman in science on the Internet, then tell me it’s not necessary...**

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Why I'm not a Shuttle Fan, Part 2: Dyna-Soar [Amy's Soapbox]

This is an old video that was on my short-lived second channel. I think it's about three years old? Maybe more? So if it seems familiar it probably is! But I figured it might not be bad content to have up on The Vintage Space, too.

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I Was Wrong in my TEDx Talk: a Self-Rebuttal

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Three years ago I was playing around with the idea of digging into the story of the so-called Mercury 13 for my second book. It was at this most preliminary research stage that I gave this talk. I've since done a LOT of research and learned a LOT of things about the story. So, dear past Amy, here's what you got wrong... *tugs collar nervously*

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My TEDx talk was done at the University of Rochester in 2017. Here's the link to the full talk:

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Promised the Moon by Stephanie Nolen:
Right Stuff Wrong Sex by Margaret A. Weitekamp:
The Mercury 13 by Martha Ackmann:

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How Apollo Astronauts Passed Time in Quarantine [FIXED AUDIO]

[This is a repost of a video found here: I corrected the audio track]

FIGHTING FOR SPACE is available for download, both ebook and audiobook read by yours truly! And of course hardcover copies are available wherever books are sold. Here's your handy Amazon link: bit.ly/FFSamazon

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Why I Don't Like the Space Shuttle [Amy's Soapbox]

This is an old video that was on my short-lived second channel. I think it's about three years old? Maybe more? So if it seems familiar it probably is! But I figured it might not be bad content to have up on The Vintage Space, too.

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An Apollo Historian's Review of “First Man”

I've got a little more in my companion blog post on Discover:

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Revisionist Much? Apollo Historian's Review of For All Mankind

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Apollo’s Flammable Oxygen Atmosphere Explained

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What Happened to the Lost Soviet Cosmonauts?

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How the Lunar Module Launched from the Moon Without a Flame

Thanks to the Vlogbrothers for helping make this episode possible!

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***There's loads of other olde timey space to dig into on Vintage Space, too!

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Let's Talk About Space Force

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If you want to read a little more of my thoughts on this, there's a companion blog post over on DISCOVER:

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Space Exploration is All Politics

** I feel like I need to make it clear: I'm all for space exploration! I've devoted my career to unpacking it all.

Companion blog for those who like to read things in addition to listening, and it has all sources so you can read more:

Reading list!

By Me
Fighting for Space:
Breaking the Chains of Gravity:

By John M. Logsdon
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon:
After Apollo?
Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier:

Sputnik, Scientists, and Eisenhower by James Killian (It's out of print so hard to find. Might want to hunt on eBay!):


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How the Challenger Disaster Changed NASA

*The full story is over on history.com!*

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For All Womankind: Spaceflight Historian on Apple TV+'s Women Astronauts

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Roger D. Launius Apollo's Legacy

Roger D. Launius, PhD / the former chief historian at NASA, is the associate director of collections and curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum, worked as a civilian historian with the United States Air Force, and author on-the-air on AM Ocala Live! on July 15, 2019 on WOCA The Source speaking about his new Book: “Apollo’s Legacy” (Perspectives On The Moon Landings) Publisher’s Website:
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What Science Was Actually Done on the Moon? | Apollo

Apollo 14 conducted more scientific exploration of the Moon than any mission before it, and discoveries from the trip would eventually shape a new understanding of our celestial neighbor.

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Apollo 14 Demonstrated Spaceflight Challenges Are Solvable

“When Apollo 14 touched down on the moon on Feb. 5, 1971, it was more than a 240,000-mile trip – it was a hard-fought return to flight for NASA's Apollo Program and America's first person in space.”

Apollo 14: 'Rookie' Crew and a Famous Golf Ball

“Today, many people best remember this mission as the one where an astronaut hit golf balls on the moon, but the crew also had several other adventures.”

The 8 weirdest things we've left on the moon

“Humans tend to leave junk wherever we go. The moon is no exception. It's estimated that we've left nearly 400,000 pounds of stuff on the moon over the course of dozens of human and uncrewed missions.”

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Peeking Inside a Messy Lunar Module

REBOOT! The Museum of Flight in Seattle asked to include my old video on this in their new Apollo exhibit, and when I looked at it I decided it was too embarrassing. So I redid the video, and added onboard audio! And am happy with the outcome so decided to take the old one down and put this one up instead. Enjoy! (Also, forgot to add an onscreen edit: I KNOW APOLLO 10'S LM IS IN SOLAR ORBIT AND APOLLO 9 OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T GO TO THE MOON!)

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How Little Vibrations Break Big Rockets

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***There's loads of other olde timey space to dig into on Vintage Space, too!

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The Canadians Who Got America to the Moon

There's more on the Canadians who helped get Apollo to the Moon in my latest blog post over on Discover:

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Apollo's 50th Anniversary: How to land on the moon back then vs now.

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20th 1969. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, made history and inspired humanity. But 50 years later, humans have not been on the moon for the last 47 years. Why is this so? In this video I talk about the 1969 landings and what the prospects we have of doing it again

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NASA/ESA/ROSCOSMOS/CNSA/CAST/Apollo archives

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