Episode 33: Iconic Space Innovations with author Charles Pappas


Charles Pappas shares with Beth details from the stories within his new book, including;

  • What kind of sandwich was snuck on board an early Gemini mission!!
  • How Charles always wanted to be an astronomer, and got to meet astronaut Gus Grissom as a young boy
  • What one historic item Charles would select from all the possible spaceflight memorabilia

“On Apollo 11, [Neil] Armstrong took along pieces of the Wright Brother’s flyer. Just think of the journey that thing made!”

Charles Pappas

About Charles Pappas:

Charles Pappas is a senior writer at Exhibitor magazine, where for the last 15 years he has researched and written the Archive column, which explores the unique history of exhibiting. His new book, “Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords,” shows how, when the world wants to see what the future will bring, it looks to world’s fairs and trade shows. Pappas is also the author of “It’s a Bitter Little World,” a collection of the most go-for-the-jugular quotes from film noir. If you want to know the meaning of life, don’t study Shakespeare, don’t peruse Plato. Everything you need to know in life you can learn from film noir.

About One Giant Leap: On July 20, 1969, Americans had their eyes and ears glued to their TVs and radios. This moment inspired inventors and engineers across the nation. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, we share with you 20 patents that were inspired by the space race and how they reshaped the world. Featuring the original patent schematics from the US Patent and Trademark Office, blast off with inventions inspired by the moon landing including: Memory foam, freeze-dried food, firefighting equipment, cordless tools, protective paint, cochlear implants, image sensors, carbon nanotubes, pocket calculators and more!


Where to find Charles Pappas:

Where to find One Giant Leap: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-giant-leap-charles-pappas/1130879993#/