Scott Parazynski says it is the hardest thing he has ever done. This comes from a guy who has strapped himself five times to a rocket with the explosive force of a small nuclear bomb – and who has ventured … Continue readingTagged Everest Base Camp, Mount Everest, Nepal, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski, Sherpa people, Skype, Space
Here are four videos of Scott Parazynski, astronaut and now champion of Mt. Everest, at the top of the world. On these four short clips, watch Scott reach the summit, begin his descent, and take in a sunrise. (All videos … Continue readingTagged Astronaut, Discovery Channel, Mount Everest, Mountaineering, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski, Space, Video
UPDATE: Videos of Scott’s arrival and descent now available here. Astronaut Scott Parazynski is now back at Camp 4 – “hurting” and resting – after successfully making it to the summit of Mount Everest at 4 am local time on … Continue readingTagged Achille Compagnoni, Everest Base Camp, International Space Station, John Glenn, Lino Lacedelli, Mount Everest, Mountaineering, NASA, Neil Armstrong, Nepal, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski, Skype, Tenzing Norgay
Astronaut Scott Parazynski woke up and shoved off from the last stop before the Summit of Everest – the High Camp – at about 10:45am ET – 8:30pm on Everest. He and his IMG teammates will climb through the night … Continue readingTagged Astronaut, Climbing, Earth, Everest Base Camp, Mount Everest, Mountain, Mountaineering, mountaineers, Nepal, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski
Searching for signs of life on Mount Everest could provide a window into the extreme environments that organisms might inhabit elsewhere in the universe. So, former astronaut Scott Parazynski will set up instruments to hunt down elusive evidence of life … Continue readingTagged astriobiology, Everest, Mount Everest, NASA, Parazynski, Scott Parazynski
Astronaut Scott Parazynski is now back at Everest Base Camp after a few days in lower, thicker air. After some bad weather – and bad luck on the mountain – in general, things are looking up. But on Everest, that … Continue readingTagged Astronaut, Climbing, Everest, Everest Base Camp, Into Thin Air, Marathon, Mount Everest, Mountain, Mountaineering, NASA, Nepal, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski, Sherpa
Just heard from Astronaut Scott Parazynski. After a few days in thicker air – sleeping on a bed in a a hotel, he is back at Everest base Camp. I will have a Skype chat with him tonight at 11pm … Continue readingTagged Everest Base Camp, Mount Everest, Mountaineering, Nepal, Recreation, Scott E. Parazynski, Skype, United States
Astronaut Scott Parazynski and the IMG climbing team are back now at Everest Base Camp after bad weather and some bad luck prompted them to turn back from their first summit bid of this climbing season.They will take some time … Continue readingTagged Astronaut, Avalanche, Climb, Climbing, Everest Base Camp, Mount Everest, Mountaineering, Recreation, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski, Sherpa
[kaltura-widget wid="5pq2bbd17g" width="410" height="364" addpermission="0" editpermission="0" align="center" /] Astronaut Scott Parazynski still making his way to the summit. It was a tragic day at Base Camp however – as a Sherpa guide died in a huge avalanche. I spoke with … Continue readingTagged Everest Base Camp, Kids and Teens, Mount Everest, Nepal, Recreation, Scott E. Parazynski, Scott Parazynski, Sherpa people
Astronaut Scott Parazynski and the IMG climbing team have left Everest Base Camp and are now at Camp 2 – on their way to the summit of the tallest mountain on the planet. If he succeeds in “topping off,” he … Continue readingTagged Astronaut, Climb, Everest Base Camp, List of highest mountains, Mount Everest, mountaineer, Mountaineering, Recreation, Scott E. Parazynski, Sherpa ← Older posts
HINKLEY, Calif. – We all love a neat, tidy Hollywood ending to a David and Goliath story. Sadly, in the real world, they are hard to come by. More often than not, the little guy might win a battle, but Goliath prevails over the long haul — winning the war.
Before I went to Hinkley, I did, of course, watch the movie once again. As it turns out Erin Brockovich is accurate in many respects.
You might remember the woman who gets a big check at the end of the movie after the down-on-her-luck, crusading legal assistant has brought a giant utility to its knees for polluting the groundwater beneath the tiny desert town half way between L.A. and Las Vegas.
In the movie, she was known as Donna Jensen (and played by Marg Helgenberger). There is no real-life Donna Jensen — the details of her story are a composite of several real-life travails.
But Roberta Walker was the main inspiration. Naturally, it was not long after I met her that I asked her what she thought of the movie.
Miles O’Brien is a veteran freelance broadcast and web journalist who focuses on science, technology & aerospace.
He is the Science Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, and a regular correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series.
For nearly seventeen of his thirty years in the news business, he worked for CNN as the Science and Space Correspondent and the anchor of various programs, including American Morning.
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