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

Rich 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 […]

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Rich 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 Secret, by 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)

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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