In July of 1969 U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, declaring in his famous words "this is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
From that day on Americans have had a national fascination with space exploration and the race to be the first. In “Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight” author Margaret Lazarus Dean examines NASA’s history, disasters, and her experiences from Florida's Cape Canaveral where she witnessed NASA’s last three space shuttle launches. Dean joins us to discuss what it means when a spacefaring nation no longer goes to space.
Margaret Lazarus Dean, author of “Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight” (Graywolf Press, 2015) and an associate professor in English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville