EP 39: He Was An Astronaut On The Space Shuttle Columbia Larry DeLucas

In this podcast episode, I interviewed a former astronaut and a Biochemist, Larry DeLucas. 

Larry was part of the crew for NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-50. Despite his health risks, he joined the mission to do his research for nano-crystalization machines. When he was in space, he listens to his recorded poems to help him calm down.

This mission allowed him to conduct research and won many patents that greatly contributed to science.


  • 00:00 – Videogram
  • 00:45 – Larry Deluca’s definition of Art
  • 01:49 – What art forms he is exposed to
  • 05:35 – His former colleague that teaches students to be creative
  • 06:17 – Art helped him overcome the intensive training as an astronaut
  • 08:40 – How he uses art and creativity in his science experiments
  • 10:54 – Listening to poems in space
  • 11:38 – How his creativity is a part of a winning patent
  • 12:30 – How the pee created an artistic pattern in space
  • 14:28 – How art helped him through a difficult situation
  • 15:12 – His favorite poem
  • 17:48 – The art form that attracted him
  • 18:25 – How he gives back to the community
  • 19:43 – Contacting Larry
  • 20:20 – Conclusion

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