My Love Affair with Space

On the eve of the final mis­sion of NASA’s – and the nation’s – 30-year-long space shut­tle pro­gram, I present to you a video love let­ter – my newest piece for Time Magazine’s web­site, where­in Tara and I jour­ney to Flori­da to wit­ness our first launch.  STS-133, in Feb­ru­ary, was the last mis­sion of space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery…

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My Love Affair with Space on Time.com

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Discussion

  • Randy

    11:53 am
    Jul-7-2011
    Reply

    Brain,

    Won­der­ful video! Sad­ly I’ve nev­er seen a shut­tle launch. I was there about 20 years ago on launch day, but it was scrubbed because of a faulty fuel pump with about 35 sec­onds to liftoff. What a bum­mer. May­be you could say I expe­ri­enced a ver­sion of shut­tle ED.

    Con­grat­u­la­tions on your engage­ment. That was beau­ti­ful.

    Blast Off,
    Randy

    • Brian

      2:36 pm
      Jul-7-2011
      Reply

      Thanks, Randy! I like that – Shut­tle ED – espe­cial­ly with the faulty fuel pump being the the issue.

  • Beth

    1:34 pm
    Jul-10-2011
    Reply

    Con­grat­u­la­tions! I was one of your inter­vie­wees on the cause­way — the preg­nant one in the “Michi­gan Rock­et Sci­ence” shirt. Glad I checked back on your site to see this, espe­cial­ly that adorable pro­pos­al. 🙂

    • Brian

      1:38 pm
      Jul-10-2011
      Reply

      Yes, I remem­ber! Thanks! I would’ve loved to have used your inter­view but, in the end, as you see, I went a total­ly dif­fer­ent direc­tion with the piece. But, now that I think about it, may­be I’ll get a chance to edit togeth­er some of the inter­views and throw them up on YouTube. Too bad there won’t be any more launch­es! 🙁

      • Beth

        1:52 pm
        Jul-10-2011
        Reply

        Oh, I high­ly doubt that any­thing I bab­bled could hold a can­dle to the look on your fiancee’s face! I love the idea of hav­ing been an unwit­ting par­ty to an awe­some pro­pos­al ruse, whether you ever intend­ed to use those clips or not. But yeah, it’d be fun to see them if you get around to putting some­thing togeth­er for YouTube!

        • Brian

          1:56 pm
          Jul-10-2011
          Reply

          I did gath­er the inter­views in earnest – and there were sev­er­al oth­ers. But you are right about the pro­pos­al ruse – I need­ed Tara not to sus­pect any­thing, even though I was set­ting up a cam­era to cap­ture us watch­ing the launch. (the zoom­ing in dur­ing the pro­pos­al was actu­al­ly done dur­ing edit­ing – there was no oth­er cam­era­man).

  • Michael

    7:17 am
    Jul-11-2011
    Reply

    Con­grat­u­la­tions, Bri­an!

    I was the oth­er per­son wear­ing the “Michi­gan Rock­et Sci­ence” shirt with Beth. That is an awe­some pro­pos­al.

    • Brian

      1:42 pm
      Jul-11-2011
      Reply

      Hi Michael! Thanks! And thanks for par­tic­i­pat­ing! What a day, huh?

  • Kimberly Lambert

    1:11 pm
    Jul-17-2011
    Reply

    Wow! I nev­er thought of space explo­ration as a desire to go ‘home’. Thank you for your fun, edu­ca­tion­al and thought-provoking work.

  • Winston C. Mathis

    8:44 pm
    Jul-17-2011
    Reply

    You know, I was think­ing how much I would like to be inspired about space explo­ration. I was think­ing about the sense of loss that per­me­ates our soci­ety in the­se dif­fi­cult times. My con­clu­sion is that we need to be inspired to dream about the pos­si­bil­i­ties that space trav­el pro­vides to our world. I would like to see you do a continuation/treatment of the work that was so won­der­ful­ly done in the Cos­mos series. Make a pitch. We need to be able to dream again. I mean as opposed to liv­ing in fear. Good luck. Your book­marked!!

  • Joanne

    6:12 pm
    Dec-21-2011
    Reply

    You know I’m a fan of you and the shut­tle pro­gram! Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you again at @scio12 in Jan­u­ary, Bri­an!

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