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‘Rocket Boys’ Author Homer Hickam Talks Writing, History, NASA, and More

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Homer Hickam, beloved author of Torpedo Junction, Rocket Boys, and more, recently shared all in his interview with our very own Andrew Masi from BookTrib. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star Medals and eventually left service with the rank of Captain. Over the years, Hickam’s experience helped him craft some of the most thrilling and accurate novels that we could have ever imagined, earning him awards and fame as a novelist. You don’t want to miss this one-on-one interview loaded with history, memoirs, and more. BookTrib: October 4th was the 60th anniversary of the historic launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik. It was…

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The Martian: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Fact

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On Friday, Matt Damon’s long-awaited sci-fi suspense film The Martian hits the big screen. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Andy Weir, it tells the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who is stranded on the Red Planet during an expedition, and the furious efforts of his fellow astronauts and NASA to rescue him. The movie promises to be a thrill-inducing jaunt for movie audiences. On Monday, however, NASA announced that it has “the strongest evidence yet” that salty water may be flowing on Mars. That announcement affirms the possibility that life may exist on another planet—and its implications may be a thrill greater than any movie can provide. It also may push the space agency, U.S. policy…

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