2010 Season Opens with A Conversation With...Thomas Stafford

Coming Soon on A Conversation With

Premiering Tuesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. on OETA (Main)

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He wasn't the first Oklahoman in space, but General Thomas P. Stafford of Weatherford is a trailblazer – one of the world's great explorers. His first three spaceflights were critical to America's goal "of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth" by the end of the 1960's.

Stafford flew to about nine miles from the moon's surface in the Apollo 10 dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing. Later, he served as U.S. commander for the historic Apollo Soyuz Test Project that brought space race rivals the United States and Soviet Union together for a monumental joint mission.

This month, General Stafford discusses his career, the U.S. space program and the importance of spaceflight with Dick Pryor in the season premier of the acclaimed "A Conversation With..." series. As a youth, Stafford gazed at the western Oklahoma sky and dreamed of being a pilot. What he became was a space pioneer and one of Oklahoma's most celebrated native sons.

"A Conversation With...Thomas Stafford" debuts on Tuesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. on OETA.