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Interview with Marianne Dyson: Early NASA Space Shuttle Flight Controller

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“Interview with Marianne Dyson: Early NASA Space Shuttle Flight Controller,” Interview by Emily Carney
Published in Quest Volume: 31 #2 (2024)

Abstract

Inspired by Star Trek and Apollo in the 1960s, Marianne Dyson dreamed of working for NASA. School counselors advised her to learn how to type. She did, on her way to a degree in physics and a job as one of the first female flight controllers, working the first Space Shuttle flights. After leaving NASA, she took to writing about space for adults and kids, winning several awards, and serves as the volunteer historian for Mission Control.

In this oral history, Marianne Dyson recounts her early life and how she went from a dreamer of space to someone in a vital role in making it happen, tells stories about the early Space Shuttle flights while working as a flight controller, recollects the impact of the Challenger disaster, and addresses some of the personal issues that women faced entering into what was seen as a man’s profession at the time.


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Dyson, Marianne. “Interview with Marianne Dyson: Early NASA Space Shuttle Flight Controller.” Interview by Emily Carney. Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly 31, no. 2 (2024): 30-48.

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  • Archive ID # G301345
  • Format: Document (PDF)
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  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Publisher: Quest
  • Copyright Status: Copyrighted
  • Copyright Holder: SPACE 3.0
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 19
  • Type: Oral History/Interview
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  • Collection: Quest
  • Availability: Digital Download

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