Amy Shira Teitel is an American-Canadian author, popular science writer, spaceflight historian, YouTuber, and podcaster, best known for writing Breaking the Chains of Gravity and her YouTube channel, Vintage Space.
Amy Shira Teitel talks about Apollo and the community of people who are deeply attached to space history. Teitel is a spaceflight historian and the creator of the YouTube Channel, Vintage Space. She is also the author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Apollo Pilot: The Memory of Astronaut Don Eisele (University of Nebraska Press, 2017).NASA's history is a familiar story, culminating with the agency successfully landing men on the moon in 1969, but its prehistory is an important and rarely told tale. Breaking the Chains of Gravity looks at the evolving roots of America's space program--the scientific advances, the personalities, and the rivalries between the various arms of the United States military.America's space agency drew together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and the U.S. Air Force, meanwhile, brought rocket technology into the world of manned flight.The road to NASA and successful spaceflight was paved by fascinating stories and characters. At the end of World War II, Wernher von Braun escaped Nazi Germany and came to America where he began developing missiles for the United States Army. Ten years after he created the V-2 missile, his Jupiter rocket was the only one capable of launching a satellite into orbit. NACA test pilots like Neil Armstrong flew cutting-edge aircraft in the thin upper atmosphere while Air Force pilots rode to the fringes of space in balloons to see how humans handled radiation at high altitude. After the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, getting a man in space suddenly became a national imperative, leading President Dwight D. Eisenhower to pull various pieces together to create the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Michael F. Robinson is professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. He's the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and The Lost White Tribe: Scientists, Explorers, and the Theory that Changed a Continent (Oxford University Press, 2016). He's also the host of the podcast Time to Eat the Dogs, a weekly podcast about science, history, and exploration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with this episode about FIRST MAN! We've got Mark Hadley and Amy Shira Teitel (Author and Space Historian) discussing everything from Gemini 8 to Apollo 11 to whether or not they pooped on the moon! Be sure to check out Discovery’s Confessions from Apollo on Discovery Go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On episode 97 of SOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES, Ryan speaks with author, pop-science writer, and space flight historian, Amy Shira Teitel. Amy tells us how her interest in space history first began, what it's like competing in a male-dominated field, her thoughts on private space exploration, and she even runs us through some strange UFO-related events she came across in her vast array of research. We round things out talking about her latest book, Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASAGuest Bio: Amy Shira Teitel is an expert in the history of science, with a lifelong passion for spaceflight. She has written for a number of online and print publications including Discovery News Space, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, and Universe Today. She runs a thriving YouTube channel and blog (both called Vintage Space) and has appeared on the Discovery Channel, the Military channel, SyFy, and the Science channel, and she is a host on DNews, Discovery Channel's online daily news show. Amy was also an embedded journalist on the New Horizons team, bringing the excitement of humanity's first mission to Pluto to the space-loving public. She lives in Pasadena, California. Follow her on Twitter @AmyShiraTeitelPatreon: ROSWELL: MYSTERIES DECODED for free! Available now at www.cwseed.comWebsite: www.somewhereintheskies.comYouTube Channel: CLICK HEREOfficial Store: CLICK HEREOrder Ryan's Book by CLICKING HERETwitter: @SomewhereSkiesInstagram: @SomewhereSkiesPodOpening Theme Song, "Ephemeral Reign" by Per KiilstofteSOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES is part of the eOne podcast network. To learn more, CLICK HERESOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES is sponsored by HelloFresh. To receive 50% off your first order, use promo code: SOMEWHERE50 at checkout by visiting Support this show  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Vintage Space’s Amy Shira Teitel brings her astounding knowledge of space travel history, her extremely chic style, and much more to this episode of The JV Club, where body casts, beer, and yes, Anne of Green Gables make appearances.
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Mar 7th, 1986
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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3 hours, 36 minutes
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