Author David W. Brown talks “The Mission”

Welcome David W. Brown

We’re joined on the Starline by a writer from New Orleans. You’ve seen his work at the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic among other places. His book “The Mission” is available now we welcome David W. Brown

David, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Your book has a long subtitle: How a Disciple of Carl Sagan, an Ex-Motocross Racer, a Texas Tea Party Congressman, the World’s Worst Typewriter Saleswoman, California Mountain People, and an Anonymous NASA Functionary Went to War with Mars, Survived an Insurgency at Saturn, Traded Blows with Washington, and Stole a Ride on an Alabama Moon Rocket to Send a Space Robot to Jupiter in Search of the Second Garden of Eden at the Bottom of an Alien Ocean Inside of an Ice World Called Europa (A True Story). Whose idea was this?

Seven years to write this book. 57 pages of just reference notes at the end of the book. How much data did you have to throw out because it had become obsolete by the time the book was going to release?

You are invested in this project, how excited will you be when the Clipper flies?

Why do you love science?

As you unpack this absolutely complex story, how do the multitude of characters from administrators to scientists come together when they have their own motivations?

How can NASA survive in an era where privatization of space work is booming?

The Rockin’ 8:

Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

There is no Pressure.

1. Favorite Skyrim character to play?

2. Best thing about Antarctica?

3. Favorite Rover?

4. Best musical in your opinion?

5. What is the biggest lesson you ever learned from your time in the army?

6. One lesson you want your daughter to learn?

7. Favorite ride at Disneyworld

8. Best wine you’ve ever had?

The Wrap:

His favorite rover is Curiosity, enjoys the Carousel of Progress at Disneyworld. His book is “The Mission” and we thank author David W. Brown for his service in the army and for his time today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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