Rusty Schweickart

Tips for Existence
‘Of course, every day in space is a brilliant day, right?!’

Rusty Schweickart
Tips for Existence Episode 19
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Rusty Schweickart is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut, most notably as a member of Apollo 9. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on the 1969 Apollo 9 mission, the first crewed flight test of the lunar module, and he performed the first in-space test of the portable life support system used Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon. He also served as backup Commander of the first crewed Skylab mission in 1973, and was in charge of developing the hardware and procedures used by the crew who had to perform in-flight repairs of the station. Since leaving NASA he has remained active in space serving as a California government science advisor and co-founding the B612 Foundation which is dedicated to defending Earth from potential asteroid impacts. He is decorated with numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and even an Emmy in 1969 for transmitting the first ever live TV pictures from space.


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: Various NASA archive audio, Space Shambles, No Frames, No Boundaries: The Lindisfarne Speech, The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC, Suzanne Sinard: How Trees Talk To Each Other, James Lovelock on the Gaia HypothesisNostalgia: For the Light trailer, Physicists Announce the Detection of Gravitational Waves, An Infinite Monkey’s Guide to General Relativity

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