Robert Zimmerman

Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his website,, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author who has written four books on the history of space exploration, all of which are still in print. This first book, GENESIS: THE STORY OF APOLLO 8, was published in 1998, and is now available as an ebook from either his webpage ( or from (, or any ebook vendor. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built. It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert's previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year's the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

Broadcast 859 (Special Edition)

Guest: Robert Zimmerman. Robert Zimmerman was our guest for this special Christmas Eve Space Show program. Thus, how appropriate for Bob to lead off the discussion with a look back 39 years ago to the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon and the reading from Genesis in the Old Testament by the three crewmen as they went around the Moon on that special Christmas Eve. Bob told us the story of events leading up to selecting and reading from Genesis, and provided us with information from his interviews with those involved at the time.

Broadcast 819 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned to the program for some updates and new information regarding the space program and related issues. We started out talking about the current shuttle mission. Bob brought us up to speed on issues the shuttle mission is facing, future shuttle missions, the upcoming Hubble repair mission and the politics of space around election time. Listeners asked Bob about the Chinese space program, their ASAT efforts, and space tourism. In fact, we discussed space tourism as a driver for the industry.

Broadcast 733 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned for this Space Show program. This time our conversation went across many subjects from NASA culture, to NASA award giving, credibility with the public, Administrator Griffin and his global warming comments, the ISS computer issues, the Shuttle, Direct 2, the Hubble, and much more. Bob went into depth about the importance of returning to the Moon, congressional funding, how the public feels about the VSE program, private sector versus public sector and taxpayer funding of space programs.

Broadcast 698 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned to The Space Show for this program. We discussed many topics from the shuttle schedule and repairs, to spaceports at Wallops and in New Mexico. Regarding the shuttle, Bob explained the importance of engineering delays and the fact that these types of delays are certainly a welcome change from the past when NASA might have compromised engineering for a specific schedule.

Broadcast 632 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned for this Space Show program. With some sarcastic humor and serious commentary, Bob Zimmerman spent much time during this program connecting the dots to a future successful space program to a resolution of many of the global political and economic threats facing the U.S. and the free world. No doubt many listeners will disagree with Mr. Zimmerman's political assessment of issues facing America and how they might impact space development but Mr. Zimmerman is clearly not the first to express these concerns nor he is the first to do so in the context of space policy.

Broadcast 600 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned as guest for this Space Show program. In this program, Robert is sure to delight and offend listeners given his strong statements and passions about issues discussed. Some of these issues concern the NASA science programming, JPL, politics, and more. In addition, he provided us with insights on the Russian space program, the CEV and COTS programs and much more.

Broadcast 527 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned to The Space Show to give us new insights and updates regarding all things happening with space. We started by discussing Bigelow Aerospace and then we discussed the successful launch of the Shuttle Discovery. This took us deeper into NASA and related discussions such as COTS, the Vision, science funding or the lack of it, and more. We also discussed the newly released Space Frontier Foundation White Paper regarding the Vision for Space Exploration.

Broadcast 495 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned to The Space Show for this program. Mr. Zimmerman began the discussion with an update on return to flight efforts regarding The Space Shuttle. During this program, Bob spoke a considerable amount about politics and space policy, current events, and related topics. We discussed changes within NASA which are forcing NASA to adopt stronger commercial space positions and projects.

Broadcast 472 (Special Edition)

Robert Zimmerman returned for this Space Show program. We began the interview with Robert updating us on the latest Falcon I launch plans with SpaceX. We then got into a management issue discussion with SpaceX compared to NASA and other companies. Robert talked about Hubble, mentioned his new book on Hubble, we talked about negative and positive journalism and fear, both with the Iraqi war as well as the space program. Robert updated us on what to watch for re the shuttle returning to flight, the vision program and more.


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