Apollo 11 Anniversary: Hear from the man who was at the launch
To celebrate the Apollo 11 Anniversary launch this week, we have a blog every day highlighting different aspects of our recent book I Was A Teenage Space Reporter by David Chudwin. Today, we hear what David Chudwin has to say about the Apollo 11 launch and our future in space on our recent LID Radio Podcast.
Last week, LID Radio interviewed David Chudwin to find out more about his Apollo 11 experiences. He was the only college journalist with NASA credentials to report on the historic event and our future in space.
“I was very lucky to be born in the right place at the right time… it captured the attention of the world”
“At the time I understood it was historical but I didn’t quiteÂ understand the enormity or implications of it”
About the book
â€śThatâ€™s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,â€ť were the words spoken by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped off the footpad of the Lunar Module Eagle. This was the first and most famous manned mission to land on the Moon. As a 19-year-old college journalist, author David Chudwin covered the launch from Florida in July 1969. Chudwin was the only journalist with official NASA press credentials representing the college press and had extraordinary access to the astronauts, rocket scientists, launch pads, rockets, and control centres.
2019 will be the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 â€” a time to look back to celebrate that mission and forward to our future in space. Divided into three parts, this book provides the authorâ€™s account of covering the first landing on the Moon in 1969; lessons learned from the Apollo program and their relevance to future space activities; and our future in space including new rockets, space stations, and trips back to the Moon and to Mars.
David Chudwin MD decided to go into medicine instead of journalism, but his Apollo 11 experiences led to a lifelong interest in space exploration. Chudwin has written about Apollo 11 in a variety of media outlets and has spoken about Apollo 11 at schools and at space meetings, including Spacefest. Chudwin was the only teenager to be granted a press pass for the 1969 moon landing.
Hear more from David Chudwin
Interview on BBC Today with Mishal Husain
Interview on CNN
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