Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio, and covers NASA for National Public Radio. He has spent the last twenty years reporting space related news nationally, including the development of NASA’s next generation vehicle to replace the Space Shuttle. Pat’s public radio stories include over one hundred Shuttle missions, beginning with the Challenger accident in 1986. When Columbia was lost in 2003, he provided three hours of “live” coverage on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Pat has spoken about his book “Final Countdown” at Harvard University and on C-Span’s Book TV program. His new book “Trailblazing Mars” comes out in the Fall of 2010.