Fifty years ago this week, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man into space. Richard Garriott can also claim a first of sorts. He was booked to be the first paying passenger on a Russian space flight. In 2008, he spent 12 days in space, and ever since that time he’s been plotting to go back. He’s now part of a team that’s designing a new form of sky-diving. People will ride a rocket into space, and then jump out, for the long fall back to earth.
THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES
Before anyone actually left the bonds of the earth’s atmosphere, we had to imagine what it was like. One writer who did so in great detail was Ray Bradbury, in The Martian Chronicles.
STORY BEHIND THE SONG: ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
Steve Seitz has a song that played a big role in his life. He heard it in a James Bond movie when he was twelve. When he was in his forties, his passion for "movie music" suddenly made sense…and gave him a career.
STORY BEHIND THE SONG: IN BRIGHT MANSIONS ABOVE
Kenneth Jones attended the historically black school Elizabeth City State University. One song he learned there became the soundtrack of his life. It took him halfway around the world to a memorable moonlight performance at the Vatican.