HOTLINE

WHO'S WHO IN HOTLINE

Here's some of our research on the amazing people you met in the show.

ED DWIGHT

FULL NAME:EDWARD JOSEPH DWIGHT JR.

KNOWN AS: ED DWIGHT

IN HOTLINE: THE ALMOST FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN ALMOST ASTRONAUT

BORN: 9TH SEPTEMBER 1933

KANSAS CITY, UNITED STATES

 

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Airforce Pilot 

 United States of America’s First Black Astronaut Candidate 

United States Airforce 1953 

Selected by the John F. Kennedy administration to be the First African American Astronaut Candidate 1961

Was not selected by Nasa 

After John F. Kennedy’s assassination was no longer considered a Candidate any longer 

Resigned from Airforce in 1966 due to the racism within NASA 

 

NOW 

Artist / Sculptor making Memorials & Public Art with renowned series exhibitions such as  “Black Frontier Spirit Series” & “Jazz: An American Artform” 

129 Memorial sculptures and over 18000 gallery pieces
 

ED DWIGHT STUDIOS IN COLORADO

 

MADE HONORARY SPACE FORCE MEMBER IN 2020 

 

“I always wanted to be an Artist” 

 

“I make Memorials. Memorials are based on real life. Monuments are based on ideals.”

 

“What people don't know is art was my deal and engineering was my sidebar.”

 

“The basic thing you have to understand is everything that happens on that spaceship, from the time you crawl into that seat to the time it touches down, is controlled from the ground. There's no one thing that makes a good astronaut. I don't know any person with determination and will that can't go to space.”

 

"This is insane. I didn't even know they let black pilots get anywhere near airplanes. ... Where did he get trained? How did he get in the military? How did all this stuff happen right before my nose?”

 

“There's always a fine line that divides hostility from neutrality, and I don't want to pass that line.”

KATHERINE JOHNSON

FULL NAME: CREOLA KATHERINE JOHNSON (nee. COLEMAN)

IN HOTLINE:  KATHERINE JOHNSON 

BORN: 26TH AUGUST 1918, WEST VIRGINIA, U.S.A 

DIED: 24TH FEBRUARY 2020 (AGED 101!), VIRGINIA, U.S.A. 

 

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Graduated high school at 14 

Enrolled at West Virginia State- took every maths class available

New mathematics courses were added JUST FOR HER 

Graduated with degrees in Maths and French AT JUST 18 YEARS OLD

First African-American woman to attend graduate school 

Wanted to become a research mathematician - due to prejudices at the time, she found this difficult, and moved to teaching 

UNTIL 1952 - a relative told Katherine that the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics were hiring mathematicians ! 

From 1953 to 1958 she worked as a computer 

Katherine and the other African-American women in the computing pool were required to work, eat, and use bathrooms separate from those of their white colleagues 

In 1958 Katherine became an aerospace technologist 

She calculated the first trajectory for the first American man in space.

When NASA used electronic computers for the first time, Katherine Johnson was called on to verify the computer’s calculations! 

Then in 1969, she calculated the trajectory for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon 
 

“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.”

 

“Take all the courses in your curriculum. Do the research. Ask questions. Find someone doing what you are interested in! Be curious!”

 

“Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I'll do it backwards and tell you when to take off.”

SALLY RIDE

FULL NAME: SALLY KRISTEN RIDE

IN HOTLINE: RIIIIIIIDE SALLLY RIIIIIIIIDE

BORN: 26TH MAY 1951, LOS ANGELES

DIED: 23RD JULY 2012, CALIFORNIA

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Joined NASA in 1978

First american woman in space 1983

Third woman in space overall 

Still youngest American astronaut to have travelled to space

Flew twice on the Orbit Challenger

Left NASA in 1987

First lesbian astronaut (that we know of)

First lesbian in space (that we know of)

 

Questions Sally Ride was actually asked:

“Will the flight affect your reproductive organs?"

 "Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?"

Partner of 27 years - Tam O’Shaughnessy, met when they were both aspiring tennis players.

Wrote 6 acclaimed children’s science books together .

"The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter."

"All adventures—especially into new territory—are scary."

"Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely cause is the elephant on her chest. For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the elephant."

"The view of earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling. It's a totally different perspective, and it makes you appreciate, actually, how fragile our existence is."

JERRIE COBB

FULL NAME: GERALDYN M. COBB 

KNOWN AS: JERRIE COBB 

IN HOTLINE: THE LEAST CONSULTED CONSULTANT 

BORN: 5TH MARCH 1931, OKLAHOMA 

DIED: 18TH MARCH 2019, FLORIDA

 

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Private Pilot’s license at age 17 

Commercial pilot’s license on 18th birthday 

 

She set 3 aviation records in her 20s:
1. The 1959 world record for nonstop long-distance flight

2. The 1959 world light-plane speed record

3. The 1960 world altitude record for lightweight aircraft of 37,010 feet 

 

1961 appointed to NASA as a consultant 
 

I would give my life to fly in space. It's hard for me to talk about it but I would. I would then, and I will now.

 

“I have this feeling that life is a spiritual adventure, and I want to make mine in the sky.”

 

“Even before we . . . had reached 300 feet, I recognized that the sky would be my home.”

MERCURY 13 

  • 3 stages of physical and psychological training completed 

  • “First Lady Astronaut Trainees”

The thirteen American women who were not part of NASA’s astronaut programme, who never flew in space, and who never met as a group but who passed the same tests as the Mercury 7.

 

Myrtle Cagle

Jerrie Cobb

Janet Dietrich

Marion Dietrich

Wally Funk

Sarah Gorelick (later Ratley)

Jane "Janey" Briggs Hart

Jean Hixson

Rhea Woltman

Gene Nora Stumbough (later Jessen)

Irene Leverton

Jerri Sloan (later Truhill)

Bernice Steadman

 

Some of the tests included: 

  • Having to swallow a rubber tube to test their stomach acids

  • Electric shocks 

  • Ice water was shot into their ears, freezing them

  • Pushed to exhaustion on riding specifically weighted bicycles 

 

Cobb, Woltman, and Funk underwent isolation tanks and psychological testing. 

MATHA MWAMBWA & THE ZAMBIA SPACE ACADEMY

NAME: MATHA MWAMBWA 

IN HOTLINE:  MATHA MWAMBWA

AGE IN 1969: 22 years old

               

Zambian Space Academy 

 Initially destined for MARS! 

 2 cats 

Training: makeshift facility by Nkoloso on an abandoned farm 7 miles from Lusaka 

Rolled down a rough hill in a 200-litre oil drum 

Taught to walk on her hands 

Tire swing simulated weightlessness

Rocket: D-Kalu 1 - 3m X 2m drum shaped vessel 

Planned launch date: 24th October 1964 - denied permission 

Matha became pregnant and returned to her parents 

 

Matha’s story inspired the Afronauts short film directed by Nuotama Bodomo. Film link: https://vimeo.com/348304224

 

Interview with Nuotama Bodomo: 

https://hyperallergic.com/515006/afronauts-nuotama-frances-bodomo-interview/

MICHAEL COLLINS

KNOWN AS: THE LONELIEST LONELY MAN IN THE WHOLE LONELY UNIVERSE 

IN HOTLINE: MICHAEL COLLINS ASTROMAN

BORN: 31ST OCTOBER 1930 (spooky!) ROME, ITALY 

 

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Michael was one of the Apollo 11 astronauts. 

He was a test pilot and major general in the U.S. Air Force 

Flew in space TWICE! 

His first spaceflight was on Gemini 10 in 1966 

  • He lost grip of the very expensive camera which is still floating in our atmosphere to this day. 

  • Apollo 11 - he flew the command module COLUMBIA round the moon solo while Buzz and Neil walked on the moon’s surface.

“I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of, let’s say 100,000 miles, their outlook would be fundamentally changed. The all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument suddenly silenced.”

 

“I think a future flight should include a poet, a priest and a philosopher… we might get a much better idea of what we saw.”

 

“I’d like to enter Aldrin in the oatmeal eating contest next time.”

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Glasgow - London

 

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