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Lieutenant Colonel Jim Halsell (1994)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana, Houston, Texas

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-11-25

Duration: 00:25:59

Subjects: Halsell, James D., Jr. | Military | NASA | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration | ASTRONAUTS | Space Shuttle Program (U.S.) | International Space Station


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Halsell, Jim Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from November 25, 1994, features an interview with Lieutenant Colonel Jim Halsell conducted by Gus Weill. Halsell, a native of West Monroe, is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA Astronaut. He is the first Louisianan to go into space. He discusses: the probability of life elsewhere in the universe; his early interest in aviation; the years of preparation necessary for a space mission; the changes made to the space program after the Challenger disaster; the benefits of the space program to the average citizen; the experience of entering space and the returning dissent; the future International Space Station; and his next mission.