NAME: ANDY CHAIKIN
Bio: Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for three decades. Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) has called him “our best historian of the space age.” Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, widely regarded as the definitive account of the moon missions. First published in 1994, this acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ 12-part HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including over 150 hours of personal interviews with 23 of the 24 lunar astronauts. Chaikin is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, The Colbert Report, and the NPR programs Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. He has been an advisor to NASA on space policy and public communications, and teaches space history for NASA’s Academy of Program and Project Engineering Leadership (APPEL). A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served on the Viking missions to Mars at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a researcher at the Smithsonian’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies before becoming a science journalist in 1980. He is an amateur musician and songwriter; he has also been an occasional space artist, and is one of the founders of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.
What is your favorite place in the Solar System: The Moon
Favorite space movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey