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CNN's Miles O'Brien was oh-so-close to being the first U.S. newsmanin space.
Jim Oberg wrote:
CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA was close to naming CNN correspondent Miles O'Brien
as the first American journalist in space when the Columbia accident
occurred in 2003.
O'Brien broke two years of public silence this week to discuss the potential
mission, which was confirmed by former NASA officials. Talks also were under
way to use his flight to launch a program where reporters, artists and
writers would travel on the space shuttle to describe the experience of
living and working in orbit for audiences back on Earth.
so the original journalist-in-space thing was shelved after
Challenger...and it took another LOCV incident for NASA to finally get a
"Suddenly, after nearly 30 years of scorn, Prog is cool again".
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