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Friday August 8th, 2014

Hardcore Heroes

New TV Series Features Museum Staff Interviews

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - An all-new original television series HARDCORE HEROES began airing this week on the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel). Several episodes feature New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Christopher Orwoll and Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery as guest commentators.

According to a press release from the American Heroes Channel, “HARDCORE HEROES features epic, true stories of real life heroes who are diehard to the max, HARDCORE HEROES tells the tales of ordinary people with incredible loyalty, valor and bravery – those often forgotten about heroes who have risked their lives for others, and laughed in the face of danger. This action-packed series follows these courageous fighters as they battle the elements, save hundreds of lives, and ultimately, change the course of history forever.”

Each episode features two stories interlaced with commentary from the actual heroes, if available, along with eyewitnesses and experts. Series producers interviewed Orwoll and Shinabery this past spring in preparation for stories focusing on Joe Kittinger, John Paul Stapp and Chuck Yeager.

The first season schedule is: Aug. 6 – Ep 1: Taking Flight (Welch & Taylor/Chuck Yeager); Aug. 13 – Ep 2: Soaring to New Heights (Joe Kittinger/John Stapp); Aug. 20– Ep 3: Lone Wolves (Carlos Hathcock/Max Hardberger); Aug. 27 – Ep 4: Warriors and Frontliners (Drew Dix/Viktor Leonov); Sept. 3 – Ep 5: For a Greater Cause (George Rowe/Masin Brothers); Sept. 10 – Ep 6: Battling the Elements (Jack Pritchard/John Keller). The episodes air each Wednesday at 8:00 MST. More information and episode clips can be found on the American Heroes Channel website:

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