Andrew Chaikin

Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than 25 years. He is active as a lecturer in public and private venues, and frequently visits schools of all grade levels to talk about space-related topics. Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, first published in 1994. This acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks' HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including hundreds of hours of personal interviews with each of the 23 surviving lunar astronauts. Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan said of the book, "I've been there. Chaikin took me back." A new edition of the book, with an after word entitled, “A People Without Limits,” was being published in the fall of 2007. Chaikin co-edited The New Solar System, a compendium of writings by planetary scientists, now in its fourth edition. He is also the author of Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight, published in 1997 by Bulfinch Press. He collaborated with moonwalker-turned-artist Alan Bean to write Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, published in 1998 by the Greenwich Workshop Press. Chaikin co-authored the text for the highly successful collection of Apollo photography, Full Moon, which was published by Knopf in 1999. His most recent book, Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs, was published in 2002 by Carlton. He is currently writing a narrative of Mars exploration entitled, A Passion for Mars, to be published by Abrams in the fall of 2008. From 1999 to 2001 Chaikin served as Executive Editor for Space and Science at SPACE.com, the definitive website for all things space. He was also the editor of SPACE.com's print magazine, Space Illustrated. Chaikin is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and is a frequent guest on CNN. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Charlie Rose, and the NPR programs Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. He has been an advisor to NASA on space policy and public communications. A former editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, Chaikin has also been a contributing editor of Popular Science and has written for Newsweek, Air&Space/Smithsonian,World Book Encyclopedia, Scientific American, and other publications. A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served on the Viking missions to Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a researcher at the Smithsonian's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies before becoming a science journalist in 1980. He is an amateur musician and songwriter; he has also been an occasional space artist, and is one of the founders of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

Broadcast 1929 (Special Edition)

Guest: Andrew Chaikin. Topics: Neil Armstrong & his One small step for man lunar comment, space policy, space media, and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1186 (Special Edition)

Guest: Andrew Chaikin. Topics: 40th anniversary of Apollo, return to the Moon, lunar astronaut comments and interviews. Andy Chaikin returned to The Space Show to discuss his two new books and the 40th anniversary of Apollo. His books that we discussed on the show were "Mission Control, This is Apollo" which is a children's book but the pictures and drawings are unbelievable. Much of the book's artwork consists of paintings by lunar astronaut and artist Alan Bean and they are incredible. When you see these paintings in the book, you will know that this is a must have book.

Broadcast 1039 (Special Edition)

Guest: Andrew Chaikin was the guest for this Space Show program. We talked about his new book, "A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet," discussing inspiration, the pioneers that have explored Mars, and why exploration is so important for today and our future. We mentioned some of the fabulous pictures in the book including art from Carter Emmart and Chesley Bonestell and images from NASA which were sent to the White House to make the case to go to Mars decades ago.

Broadcast 207 (Special Edition)

Andrew Chaikin, the author of "A Man on The Moon" was the guest for this edition of The Space Show. We started the discussion today with a look at the differences from the Apollo era to today within NASA, within our society, within the public and private sectors, and with the policy and law makers of both times. Mr. Chaikin explained why he believes the Apollo model is unique to when it happened given what was going on in the nation and the world at the time. He believes it is a mistake to think we can return to that type of model in 2004. Mr.

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