In this episode:
We continue our conversation with former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Duane "Digger" Carey, USAF (Ret.) and current owner of One-Eighty Out, Inc. Among Digger’s accomplishments was piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia on the STS-109 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002.
In this second part of our conversation, Digger discusses the process of being selected by NASA, the supporting tasks that filled his years in NASA leading up to piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia, his memories of working Mission Control when the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy occurred in 2003, and the STEM education efforts he’s dedicated himself to since he retired from NASA.
Discussing his passion for space exploration, Carey says, “I flew in space and I saw the Earth without borders, and it sounds trite, but it’s a life-changing experience to see what the Earth really looks like from low Earth orbit, and you realize that human beings — if we put our minds to it, and we make the hard decisions, and we challenge ourselves — we can make all of these dreams come true.”
To learn more about Digger’s current efforts with One-Eighty Out Inc., visit the website at http://www.astronautbiker.com or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/astronautbiker/
Introductory and closing music: Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged
Danny Jaques — Creator & Chief “Salsanaut,” Danny’s Rocket Ranch™ Space Salsa®
Kevin Rice – Former Director of Business Management for Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works and NASA JPL
Laurie Orth — ‘Rocket Recorder’ Author, Composer, Educator
Steven Hawley — Former NASA Astronaut, Hubble Space Telescope & Chandra X-ray Observatory Missions
Dorit Donoviel — Director, Translational Research Institute for Space Health
Will Henry – Writer & Producer, “The High Frontier: The Untold Story of Gerard K. O‘Neill”
Garrett Harwood – Founder/CEO of Eagle Shield Inc.
Libby Jackson – UK Space Agency Human Exploration Programme Manager & “Space Explorers: 25 Extraordinary Stories of Space Exploration and Adventure” Author
Homer Hickam – Bestselling Author
Dr. Kathryn Thornton — Former NASA Astronaut
Jay Chattaway, longtime Star Trek series music and score composer
Frank Culbertson — former NASA astronaut, “The only US citizen not on Earth when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred”
Sam Mastovich – General Manager, Keystone Compliance
Robert Brumley – Cofounder/Chairman of CommStar Space Communications
Daniel Lockney – NASA Technology Transfer Program
Andrew Matthes & Leyton Torres – SystemsGo Curriculum Program
Trevor Bennett – Cofounder of Starfish Space
Tom Smokov & Craig Fairclough — Water Pure Technologies
Tracy Fanara – NOAA Scientist/Program Manager & ‘Inspector Planet’
Chris Carberry – Cofounder/CEO of Explore Mars, Inc.
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