90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
The Astronaut Wives Club

With Jane Clayson in for Tom Ashbrook.

In the days of the Space Race, they became overnight celebrities as their husbands shot for the Moon. The Astronaut Wives Club.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon in 1969. (NASA)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon in 1969. (NASA)

“If you think going to the Moon is hard, try staying at home,” said Barbara Cernan, the wife of astronaut Gene Cernan.

As their husbands shot for the stars, astronaut wives faced their own big challenges. In Life magazine, they were all beehives and lipstick – projecting an image of the perfect family for NASA as they worried privately about risks to their husbands and strains on their marriage.

This hour, On Point: “The Astronaut Wives Club.” Plus, we’ll talk about the Mercury 13, the would-be female astronauts at the dawn of the Space Race.

Guests

Lily Koppel, author of “The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story” (2013) and “The Red Leather Diary” (2008). (@lilykoppel)

Jane Dreyfus, formerly married to Pete Conrad – Commander of the Apollo 12 mission and the third man to walk on the Moon.

Martha Ackmann, author of “The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women And the Dream of Spaceflight” (2004).

 

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jan 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Jan 30, 2015
In the new film "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper plays real-life US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was the deadliest marksman in American history. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“American Sniper.” Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s war film keeps crushing at the box office and stirring more controversy. We’ll go to it.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jan 30, 2015
In the new film "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper plays real-life US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was the deadliest marksman in American history. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

“American Sniper.” Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s war film keeps crushing at the box office and stirring more controversy. We’ll go to it.

 
Jan 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: January 30, 2015
Friday, Jan 30, 2015

Emails, on-air interactions and the dystopic legend of Shia LaBeouf. (We aren’t kidding about that last one, we swear).

More »
1 Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

More »
Comment
 
Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

More »
3 Comments