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The Astronaut’s Secret: Spacewalking with Parkinson’s Disease

The Astronaut’s Secret: Spacewalking with Parkinson’s Disease

Rich Clifford The Astronaut's Secret - Wikipedia CommonsRich Clifford is a former astronaut who’s logged more than 12 hours of spacewalk time over three shuttle missions during the 1990s. And while that’s impressive enough, it might impress you even more to know he conducted one of those spacewalks while carrying a secret he kept from all but one of his crewmates.

His story is chronicled in the documentary The Astronaut’s Secretby filmmaker Zach Jankovic. Michael Hagerty talks with Clifford from his home in North Carolina.

MORE: The Sky’s the Limit: Former Astronaut Rich Clifford Experiences Parkinson’s in Space (Michael J. Fox Foundation, March 4, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →