In writing my new book, The Astronaut Wives Club, I learned that many of the astronauts who walked on the Moon had marriages that fell apart after they came back to Earth. I wondered: how is this possible?
After we waited patiently in line for a couple hours with a jovial crowd of space enthusiasts, Buzz signed his book for us and we asked if he had any advice for my son if he wanted to be an astronaut. Buzz looked slightly puzzled at first, then stared deep into my boy's eyes: "Finish school."
The harvest moon is a time of great celebration in China. The holiday is held during the eighth full moon of the lunar year (Sept. 30 in 2012). Traditional foods are an important part of this major Chinese celebration.
In the history of humankind, only one person has a bio that includes "first on the moon": Neil Armstrong. And was he ever the right person for the job!
Stout and brawny and still looking like a marine drill instructor at 78, Krantz set the record straight for me.
Lucky has been Wendy's muse and close canine companion since the day they met. Her underdog journey wasn't easy at the start, but has certainly been a trail of love and service the entire way.
A visit to Washington, DC in the spring is always exciting, but this season the 'wow" factor in the nation's capital goes up a notch with the 100th Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14.
It was supposed to be a night of celebration and inspiration to showcase the innovators and celebrities from California who inspired the nation. Those in the audience did not expect to hear this from Carlos Santana.
"As I stepped up onto the ladder, I looked back at Earth in all its splendor -- I call it sitting on God's front porch looking home -- then down at my last footprint and realized, 'Hey, I'm not coming this way again.'"
Richard Branson is a real life Willy Wonka and everyone wants to win his golden ticket to space.
In the present uncertainties of the space program, a great transitional opportunity exists. As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger, we must rise to the challenge in the spirit of those who have so bravely shown the way forward.
Neither a person nor a society can be a success without valuing all the component parts of human nature.
Critics have expressed concerns about the President's space plan, and in particular, they express grave reservations about 'the Gap' -- the end of the Space Shuttle Program, and the inability for the US to provide human access to space.
The world of licensing is a fiercely competitive one, with almost every brand you can think of involved in licensing as a method of increasing brand recognition.
At the LA Times Festival of Books, I was thrilled to meet the likes of Buzz Aldrin, Dr. Gary Small, author of iBrain, Sebastian Junger, author of War, among others.
To my mind, the two authors at the festival who best represented where the industry has been and where it could be headed were Herman Wouk and Dave Eggers.