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Meet an Astronaut

This is Episode 91 of The Pragati Podcast hosted by Pavan Srinath.


Do astronauts grow up dreaming of going to space? What makes human spaceflight special? Listen to astronaut and former head of NASA Charlie Bolden on Episode 91 of The Pragati Podcast.

The Pragati Podcast is a weekly show on public policy, economics and international relations hosted by Pavan Srinath.

Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr. grew up in South Carolina during the era of segregation, and went on to become a US Marine, a pilot and then a NASA astronaut. Clocking over 680 hours in orbit around the earth, Gen Bolden piloted two Space Shuttle missions and commanded two more between 1986 and 1994. After retiring from his military career, he was tapped by Barack Obama to serve as the NASA Administrator for eight years. He is currently the US State Department Envoy for Space, and visited Bangalore in this capacity. He is on Twitter at @cboldenjr.

This short episode was made possible thanks to Provoke Lifestyle, South India’s premier lifestyle and social magazine and its Editor-in-Chief Romal Laisram, as well as the US Consulate in Chennai. 

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