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SpaceFlight Interview: Gen. Thomas P. Stafford talks past and future of NASA

Gemini Apollo project program Kennedy Johnson Space Center astronaut Tom Thomas P. Stafford NASA photo posted on SpaceFlight Insider

Thomas P. Stafford. Photo Credit: NASA

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — General Thomas P. Stafford (Ret.) is as sharp today as he was in the 1960s and 70s when he rode Titan and Saturn boosters to low-Earth and lunar orbit. When one sits down with him – one had better have their facts straight – and get ready for an amazing experience.

Stafford, who retired from the U.S. Air Force a Lieutenant General in 1979, was one of the key astronauts working to land men on the Moon. Stafford himself flew four missions into space and served as commander of Apollo 10 – which conducted a dry run for the first lunar landing and, in essence, did everything that the Apollo 11 crew would have to accomplish – except landing on the Moon.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Gen. Stafford in 2012. He spoke about his past experiences in both the Air Force and with NASA – as well as his view on the current state of the space agency.

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Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

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Good interview with astronaut Stafford. We should as a nation go forward with a new manned space program.

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