Caroline''Terry'' MAROTTA est journaliste free-lance.
Elle a sa propre rubrique que l'on peut lire sur le site du journal Daily Register.com. Elle a également son propre site www.terrymarotta.com et son blog.
C'est une journaliste spécialisée dans les sciences et l'éducation.
En 1986, elle est l'une des 40 journalistes américains sélectionnés par la NASA pour le programme Journalist in Space. Mais, après l'accident de Challenger, le programme est remis en question, puis finalement annulé...
Cette interview est également visible sur le site du Daily Register d'Harrisburg (Illinois) http://www.dailyregister.com/opinions/x723441431/Terry-Marotta-Space-questions
Interview réalisée en 2010.
Q : Why have you decide to become candidate for NASA Journalist in Space selection ?
A : When they announced the Teacher in Space Competition all I could think was ‘Oh WHY did I leave teaching after only seven years? If I’d stayed in the classroom I could apply for this!’ Then the next fall, with Christa McAuliffe in flight training at the Johnson Space Center, a new competition was announced for people in my current career. A shiver went down my spine. A second chance?.
Q : I suppose you would like to go in space. But why ?
A : All my life I have struggled for a kind of perspective that has mostly eluded me. But each time I fly in a plane I can suddenly see my life whole; see our lives whole. I feel this sudden sense of exaltation, and want to tell everyone, “There’s so much more than we can see! We don’t HAVE to live like ants!
Q : Did you think it's important for the mankind to have a step in space, to send man in space and why ?
A : I think it’s very important. The human race is in its infancy! We’re babies, still in our playpens! But we’re learning fast now. It’s time to leave the house; to look around some. And this little solar system is just our front yard.
Q : What represent for you Yuri Gagarin ?
A : A Russian the first person up there?! Americans were horrified. And sure, back in ‘61 we kids played endless games of the Commies against the Americans, but we had this young President, and a dawning sense that there just might be room for all of us in his New Frontier.
Q : What represent for you Apollo 11 ? Which memory(ies) have you of this event ?
A : July of ’69. I stayed up all night with my new boyfriend to watch it with his mom on her black-and-white TV. We waited and waited to see that first boot set down on moondust. Little did we know that we would soon be family and 40 years would whiz past fast as any rocket.
Q : What will be your most incredible space dream ?
A : That someday there will be more people like you, fascinated by the prospect of space flight. With only a handful of missions left, I realize NASA won’t be putting me up there but maybe you will go, Stéphane, and how’s that for a dream? And when you get back, maybe I’ll get to interview you!