James R. Hansen

James R. Hansen is professor emeritus of history at Auburn University in Alabama. An expert in aerospace history and the history of science and technology, Hansen has published a dozen books and numerous articles covering a wide variety of topics, including the early days of aviation, the history of aerospace engineering, NASA, the Moon landings, the Space Shuttle program, and China’s role in space. In 1995 NASA nominated his book Spaceflight Revolution for a Pulitzer Prize. His book First Man, which is the only authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, spent three weeks as a New York Times Best Seller in 2005 and 2018 and garnered a number of major book awards. Translations of First Man have been published in more than twenty languages. A Universal Studios film adaptation of the book hit the silver screen in October 2018, with Academy Award winner (La La Land) Damien Chazelle directing the film and actor Ryan Gosling starring as Armstrong. Hansen served as coproducer for the film.

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