French and Burgess, Into That Silent Sea

Today in Space History (TISH) has been privileged to interview authors Francis French and Colin Burgess, based on their book “Into That Silent Sea,” which TISH highly recommends.

It is a thirteen part series. The questions asked are below with a link provided to their answers.

How did the idea for “Into that Silent Sea ” come about and how does it fill a niche in spaceflight history books or literature? | one

Your book focuses on “trailblazers of the space era, 1961 – 1965″. If you could list and summarize 4-5 key characteristics that many of these trailblazers shared, what would they be? | two

Who is your favorite trailblazer and why? | three

Many people probably do not have an appreciation for the amount of sacrifice astronauts make in terms of being away from their family, especially due to training. The strain on the family must have been great. Can you talk about this? | four

Contrast and compare what it was like being an astronaut (i.e., what was expected, demanded, etc.) in the 1960s and 70s to the 90s and 00s. How has that changed? | five

When you first thought of the book concept, did the chapter subjects come easy at first or did the subjects that made it in to the book evolve over time? How did that part of the process go? | six

What if anything did you have to cut out of the book that you would have liked to have included? | seven

What is one of the biggest misconceptions you think the general public might have of spacefarers now that you’ve written the book? | eight

What was the general response from the spacefarers you interviewed in terms of their personal opinion or perspective on the fact that when the U.S. goes back to the Moon, hopefully no later than 2020, it will have been almost 50 years since we landed a person on the Moon? | Nine

How do you see private industry, especially the so-called space tourism industry, impacting the overall space exploration initiative in the United States from now til 2020? | Ten

If you had a free ticket for a lunar orbit in 2020, would you go and why? | Eleven

The next person to walk on the Moon might be a junior in high school right now. How will the spacefarer of 2020 differ from the spacefarer of 1965? | Twelve

As you worked on this book, what pleasantly surprised you the most and what has been one of the most gratifying aspects of having written this book?  | Thirteen

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