Category: Interviews

Riding an Old Man's Rocket: Apollo 13 Astronaut Jim Lovell Describes Launching on a Saturn V

Riding an Old Man's Rocket: Apollo 13 Astronaut Jim Lovell Describes Launching on a Saturn V
“It’s actually an old man’s rocket to tell you the truth!” This week marks the 50th anniversary of the dramatic Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, the second launch aboard a Saturn V and the final time Jim Lovell would liftoff to space. Lovell flew to space with NASA for a total of four launches, Gemini... Read more »

PHOTOS: Expedition 60/61 Crew Members Discuss Upcoming Mission to Space Station

On Friday, April 19 a briefing was held at NASA's Johnson Space Center to allow the Astronauts of Expedition 60/61 to talk about their mission and answer questions. Seen in the photo (L to R) Aleksandr Skvortsov, Cosmonaut, Luca Parmitano, ESA Astronaut, Andrew R. Morgan, NASA Astronaut, and Brandi Dean, NASA PAO. Photo: Michael Galindo/Cosmic Chicago
Photos of the NASA crew briefing for the Expedition 60/61 mission to the International Space Station. NASA Astronaut, Andrew Morgan, ESA Astronaut, Luca Parmitano, and Russian Cosmonaut, Alexander Skvortsov discussed their training, past spaceflight experience, the upcoming mission, and what they look forward to during their time living and working on the Space Station. 

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague 100% Confident in Russian Soyuz

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague 100% Confident in Russian Soyuz
NASA Astronaut Nick Hague’s first mission earned him a place in the spotlight as one of a handful of astronauts to survive a spaceflight anomaly. That position and experience, makes Hague a source of knowledge to fellow astronauts, NASA, Roscosmos, other space agencies, and commercial space companies.   On October 11, 2018, just minutes after... Read more »
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A Different Apollo Story

I didn’t think my family had an Apollo era story to share, at least not one I ever heard, but I was wrong. Every time a big Apollo mission anniversary rolls around, everyone begins to share stories and memories about the day men landed on the Moon. For years I’ve clung to the same story: there... Read more »

First commercial crew astronauts named for SpaceX and Boeing flights

First commercial crew astronauts named for SpaceX and Boeing flights
On Friday, NASA, along with commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, named the first commercial crew astronauts selected to fly aboard commercial spacecraft. These nine American astronauts will launch on the first missions from American soil in American spacecraft since the Shuttle program ended in 2011. Astronauts Sunita Williams, Eric Boe, Robert Behnken, and Doug Hurley were previously... Read more »

Meet the NASA astronaut class of 2017

Meet the NASA astronaut class of 2017
NASA named 12 new astronaut candidates in a ceremony at Johnson Space Center attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and fellow astronauts. The twelve were chosen from a record number of over 18,000 applicants, more than twice the standing record set in 1978. The new astronauts represent a broad range of... Read more »
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Ellen Ochoa: "We Are Moving Forward"

Ellen Ochoa: "We Are Moving Forward"
A week after Trump won the presidential election, the biggest names in the aerospace industry gathered in Houston, Texas to discuss new space applications and forge business partnerships. On everyone’s lip though, was what the new Trump administration would mean for NASA and space. In the middle of it all, Cosmic Chicago sat down with... Read more »

An interview with Pamela Melroy, a retired astronaut dedicated to space exploration

An interview with Pamela Melroy, a retired astronaut dedicated to space exploration
In the bowels of retired aircraft carrier Intrepid, Pamela Melroy wrapped up her discussion by asking the multi-generational audience who wanted to be an astronaut. Arms shot up throughout the packed theater, and as expected, the majority of those hands were young ones. What I was surprised to see, and was an entirely different response... Read more »