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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-18-2007 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Alan Boyle's MSNBC blog, the Cosmic Log:
The right-brained astronaut
As a Navy test pilot and an astronaut, Alan Bean had plenty of the Right Stuff. But sometimes he sounds as if he wishes he had a little more of the Left Stuff. "A lot of things I think about come from the right side of my brain. And for most of the other guys, most of the things they think about come from the left side," the 75-year-old artist and one-time moonwalker told me. "And it got me in trouble at NASA at first."

Bean retired from NASA long ago - but that other-side-of-the-brain perspective still comes through loud and clear, whether he's talking about the sullied image of the astronaut corps or his fears about the future of exploration. He may sound like an aw-shucks kind of guy, but he doesn't pull any punches. "I just say it how I think it, even though other people will say, 'That's weird,' because it's from the other side of the brain," he said.

The above story includes a link to download the 30-minute audio interview with Bean, plus a 30-minute chat with Buzz Aldrin. Boyle also promotes an upcoming conversation with Harrison Schmitt.


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posted 01-07-2008 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I downloaded the interviews with both Buzz Aldrin and Alan Bean, but so far I have never been able to find the interview with Schmitt. Has anyone been more lucky than me?


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