Open Lines, Tuesday, 1-15-13 January 16, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Neil Armstrong, A123 battery sale to China, Apollo 11, congressional appropriations, Falcon Heavy, Falcon Heavy Pad changes at the Cape, Icarus Interstellar, ITAR, Microlaunchers, NASA budget issues, Open Lines, Pegasus launches, PETA, quantum vacuum, Robert H. Johnson Planetarium, Rocky Flats., sequestration, SLS, Tea Party In Space, Vandenberg AFB launches, vegetarian food for Mars, Warp Drive
Open Lines, Tuesday, 1-15-13
Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: This was a wide ranging discussion on many space topics & related issues. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We talked about many topics and issues on this 2 hour 40 minute program. In the first segment, ITAR reform was discussed and Andrew of the Tea Party In Space in his discussion also advocated for the resumption of manufacturing Plutonium 238. We got caught off but he called back in the second segment. Charles called to advocate for small markets & an incremental approach. He continues working on Microlaunchers. John from Atlanta called to talk about strange lights over Detroit. We had a good time talking about the mysterious Detroit sightings which you can easily see pictures of & find out more if interested with a very simple Google search. John also wanted to talk about our recent advanced propulsion program about warp drive and interstellar physics. If you have not heard that program from Jan. 4, 2013, I strongly recommend you do listen to it. Space budget, economic and sequestration issues came up in this segment as well. We also talked about the bankruptcy sale of special battery company A123 to China and the fact that this includes sensitive military technology. Listeners expressed a variety of opinions about this matter. Perri provided us with this Forbes story on the matter: www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2012/12/12/china-wins-u-s-loses-in-a123-bankruptcy. I also read a PR statement from a group opposing the sale to China.
In our longer second segment, Andrew called back and we talked about economic issues in congress, SLS, Golden Spike, and building relationships with staffers in congress to better advocate for space. Tim called from Huntsville to tell us about the absurd PETA, Elon Musk and vegetarian issue arising about the food people will eat on Mars. You can read about it at these locations: http://rt.com/usa/news/space-mars-musk-people-595 and http://betabeat.com/2013/01/elon-musk-would-like-you-to-know-i-am-not-the-kale-eating-overlord-of-mars. Based on this story, we got several listener comments on PETA, Martian food, and space nutrition. In fact Doug called to say that he thought early Mars missions would likely be vegetarian just for mass and technical reasons. Our last caller was Perri who wanted to talk about the need to refurbish and bring back to life the excellent Colorado teaching planetarium, the Robert H. Johnson Planetarium in Jefferson County. Perri provided us with lots of good information on this planetarium and its refurbishment needs. She also talked about food consolidation problems in the U.S. and globally, plus a host of other matters, including the plutonium issue which was mentioned in the first segment. Here, she told us about the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum based on The Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant. The museum is also in Jefferson County, CO. For more information, visit www.rockyflatscoldwarmuseum.org. If you want to connect with Perri about the planetarium or any of the other issues she mentioned, you can email her through me.
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Andrew Chaikin, Sunday, 1-13-13 January 14, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " "From the Earth To the Moon, " BBC.. Chris Riley, " Neil Armstrong, " SpaceX, "A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, "What if thinking, Andrew Chaikin, Apollo 11, cost plus contracting., Falcon Heavy, Golden Spike, JFK, LBJ, lessons learned over NASA history, lower launch costs, news media, on orbital satellite repair, public outreach for planetary exploration, space policy, Star Trek, sustainable space commerce
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Andrew Chaikin, Sunday, 1-13-13
Guest: Andrew Chaikin. Topics: Neil Armstrong & his One small step for man lunar comment, space policy, space media, and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. We welcomed Andy Chaikin back to the program. Please visit his website for more information, www.andrewchaikin.com. We started our discussion with Andy telling us about the BBC documentary with Neil Armstrong’s brother’s comments about Neil’s famous Apollo 11 landing statement, then the Guardian’s (a UK paper) calling Neil a liar. Much of our first segment was devoted to this story and incident. We then moved on and talked about Golden Spike as Andy is part of the Golden Spike team. He had some very interesting nontechnical and general observations about the effort, the timing, and the Golden Spike team. Also in this segment, we talked about the need for low cost space access, then listener Paul in Houston asked Andy about the impact on the new space business given the US and global economy. This started an interesting conversation assessing where we are as a nation and culture today and the options we have for moving forward or not. Both Andy and I talked about solutions going through space but neither of us could say which way we might end up going. We also talked about the media and its problems, a discussions that was carried forward to the next segment.
In the next segment, we started with a call from Doug who had additional comments on the Armstrong story. We also talked about the need for sustainable commercial space, again focusing in on the need to lower the cost to space. Andy then talked extensively about lessons learned at NASA over the years and the book he is writing for NASA on the subject which addresses the principles of success in spaceflight and management. Our policy and historical overview and current assessment continued to the end of this nearly two hour program.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog below. You can reach Mr. Chaikin through his website or through me.
Tags: " Neil Armstrong, " Rand Simberg, " Saturn V, Apollo, Apollo 11, Big Bang, Bill Simon, Buzz Aldrin, Columbia, DNA, Dr. Margaret Jordan, Evoloterra, Explorer 1, LEM, Michael Collins, NASA, Passover Seder, President John F. Kennedy, Project Gemini, Project Mercury, Rituals, science, Sea of Tranquility, Soviet Union, Sputnik, The Eagle, Tranquility Base, U.S.S. Hornet.
Rand Simberg, Dr. Margaret Jordan, Bill Simon, “Evoloterra,” Friday, 7-20-12
Guests: Rand Simberg, Dr. Margaret Jordan, Bill Simon. Topics: Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of our moon landing per Evoloterra. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back Rand Simberg & Bill Simon and for the first time, Dr. Margaret Jordan, to present Evoloterra to The Space Show audience to commemorate and honor the 43rd anniversary our Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. You can download or print the Evoloterra Ceremony at www.evoloterra.com. During our first segment, the three authors of Evoloterra provided us with an overview and history of how Evoloterra came to be written, then the four of us read the ceremony on air. Rand took the part of the ceremony leader, then Bill, Margaret & I alternated with one another reading the paragraphs following the leader questions. This segment, our reading of Evoloterra, told the story of how humans evolved and were able to develop the knowledge, skills, and technology to go to the Moon in 1969. On the completion of the ceremony we then went to our break.
In our second segment, we started off with “dinner conversation” about Evoloterra, our Moon landing, what it meant then, and what it means for today. We fielded listener calls & emails about the ceremony. We talked about educational outreach, our public schools, and doing the ceremony tonight (July 20), this weekend, or in the near future to remember and understand this important accomplishment with family and friends. Another of our topics was focused on making sure that those 500 years in the future will know what we did 43 years ago today and just how we did it. This remembrance gets more & more complicated as our Moon landing fades into our past history. One listener asked if Evoloterra had impact on policy makers. Rand said he did not think so. Rand told us about a website, www.wherewereyou.com. Here, you can upload your story as to where you were when we landed on the Moon, what you were doing, & what it meant to you. As our program was ending, we finished the ceremony by reading the Evoloterra Epilogue. Our guests then closed out the program with their concluding thoughts and comments.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email the three co-authors through me at DrSpace@thespaceshow.com.
Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Monday, 3-12-12 March 13, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Apollo 11, Dr. Ryan Kobrick, educational outreach, international parties, ISU, MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory, NASA, spacesuits., Yuri's Nigh Kids, Yuri's Night, Yuri's Night Live
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Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Monday, 3-12-12
Guest: Dr. Ryan Kobrick. Topic: Yuri’s Night Celebration 2012. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr. Ryan Kobrick to the program to discuss Yuri’s Night 2012 with us. According to the Yuri’s Night website (www.yurisnight.net), “Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.” Please note that today’s program review will not be by segments given our discussion was ongoing throughout the show and the subjects and topics discussed did not change that much per segment. Dr. Kobrick started us out with a brief history of Yuri’s Night but we soon got into the global parties and events, how to find a party or event near you, and how to host an event. As you will hear, if you contact Yuri’s Night through their website, many people are willing to help you organize an event and there are lots of supporting materials for you to use. We also talked about Yuri’s Night educational outreach for students of all grades. Previous Yuri’s Night celebrations were discussed, we took a look at the different countries where events are held, and our guest fielded several listener questions on these issues. One question Ryan received from Chuck asked why a Yuri’s Night and not a similar celebration for Apollo 11. Don’t miss what both Ryan and I had to say about this in our response to Chuck. This particular question brought up the subject of NASA support for Yuri’s Night and our guest had much to say about this as well. Another program Ryan talked about was Yuri’s Night Live (http://live.yurisnight.net). Listeners also wanted to know if Yuri’s Night was supported by other national space agencies and why there were no events in China. Later in the program near the end, we asked Dr. Kobrick about his own background in space, how he got his space interest, and what he hoped to be doing in the future. Visit his personal website, www.ryinspace.com. As you will hear, he has been involved in some interesting projects, spacesuit engineering and design projects, lunar dust studies, and he wants to go on to be a university professor when he finishes his Postdoctoral Associate program at MIT. After talking with him on The Space Show and having met and talked with him in person at conferences, I can honestly say that there are going to be some very lucky college students out there who end up in one or more of his classes. Before our program ended, we returned to discussing Yuri’s Night and Ryan urged us all to register to attend an event or host one. With one month to go before Yuri’s Night 2012 is here, the time is now to either plan and host an event or make arrangements to attend an event and participate.
If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above. To contact the Yuri’s Night 2012 team, use http://yurisnight.net/contact.
Dave Reneke, Tuesday, 11-29-11 November 30, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Apollo 11, Australian Science, Australian space industry, Buzz Aldrin, Carl Sagan, commercial space, David Reneke, deep space, Gliese 581g, heliosheath., NASA, New Horizons Mission, Perth, Phobos-Grunt., Pioneer 10, Pluto, science fiction movies, SETI, solar system, southern hemisphere sky, space advocacy in Australia, space awareness in Australia, space tourism, the speed of light, The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Telescope, U.S. space policy
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Dave Reneke, Tuesday, 11-29-11
Guest: Dave Reneke. Topics: Space in Australia, a different view of U.S. space policy, astronomy, SETI. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at
http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. We welcomed Dave Reneke to the program to discuss all space issues from the Australian perspective. Find out more about Dave, his space and astronomy work, plus sign up for his free newsletter at www.davidreneke.com. Starting out, I asked our guest about the Perth radio telescope used by ESA that seems to be the only location making some contact with the Russian Phobos-Grunt mission. After talking about Perth and its geography, our guest mentioned the competition for the Square Kilometer Array Telescope (SKA) competition which has been narrowed down to the Australian location or a location in S. Africa. Dave mentioned the SKA telescope and its capabilities throughout our discussion. As we learned, the Perth area is actually quite quiet regarding radio noise and a good location for the radio telescope array. Dave received email questions about the space awareness level of the average Australian as well as for his students. Having been to the U.S. several times, our guest said that there was not much difference between Australians and Americans when it comes to space awareness and knowledge. We also talked about commercial space, space tourism, and our current American space policy. Josh asked about the difference in the night sky from the southern hemisphere view as compared to what most of us see here in the northern hemisphere. Dave gave us some good comparison notes which I think you will find interesting, especially about the Southern Cross, some of the planets, the Big Dipper, Orion (the Swordsman in Australia), and even the Milky Way. We talked about national television coverage in Australia of the recent MSL launch, and then some more about issues facing the U.S. space policy of today. In our second segment, Dave got a listener question about Australian concern and coverage for space debris falling to Earth and he reminded us about Skylab coming down in Australia and told us some interesting stories about it. I asked him about the Air Force UFO article on his website. He had much to say about it and his previous work as a UFO investigator. We then switched to talking about deep space, Pioneer 10, and SETI searches. We mentioned the potential water planet discovery, Gliese 586g, and much more. Dave was asked when the effects of our sun cease and a deep space mission starts having effects from a different solar system or from being in deep space. Dave talked about a region of turbulence hitting Pioneer 10 and suggested deep space really starts when our solar system effects end. He referenced the heliosheath. We also talked about the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Dave told us a few stories about Apollo 11 that he learned from his day long meeting with Buzz. He concluded with a long term hundred year vision suggesting that eventually there will be travel beyond the speed of light with routine space travel. Post your comments/questions on the blog URL above. Dave can be contacted through the Contacts page on his website.