S.C. Hall of Fame AstronautsPublished July 6, 2011
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Grits in Space!
Ever since I was a child I’ve been a fan NASA’s journey to the Moon and the Space Shuttle program. It was a pleasure and honor to be given the opportunity to make a documentary about South Carolina’s three astronauts: Charles Duke, Jr. of Apollo 16; Ronald McNair of the Space Shuttle Challenger; and Shuttle Astronaut and current NASA Chief Administrator, Charles Bolden, Jr.
We interviewed Mr. Bolden in Lake City, SC following his return from the Dedication of the Ronald McNair Life History Center. From there, Craig Ness and I traveled to Houston, Texas, where we were able to spend the day filming at the Johnson Space Center. While at the Shuttle Mission Control Center, we interviewed JSC Historian, Jennifer Ross-Nazzal and were permitted to film the original Apollo Mission Control Center and the fully restored Saturn V rocket.
Traveling to San Antonio, Texas, we interviewed Charles Duke, the youngest man ever to walk on the Moon and one of only twelve people to do so. He told us some wonderful stories of his flight on Apollo 16, including the little known fact that he was the first astronaut ever to eat grits in space.
What follows is a preview of what I had shot so far on my documentary about these South Carolina Hall of Fame Astronauts, including additional mission footage provided by NASA. I hope this gives a hint of what the final program will be while conveying the sense of awe and wonder I have in these heroes of spaceflight.
Blog by Mark Adams
Photo Credit: ETV Producers Mark Adams and Craig Ness at NASA Mission Control in Houston
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