Dr. Paul Davies, Monday, 9-16-13 September 16, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, Alcubierre Drive, black holes, cancer, Dr. Paul Davies, event horizon., extra-terrestrial life, faster than light travel, Fermi Paradox, fundamental science, Gil Levin, interstellar travel, life in the solar system, microbes in LEO, microbiology, microgravity, One way to Mars, Return to the Moon, skepticism, speculation, speed of light, theoretical physics, Viking, vision, worm holes
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Dr. Paul Davies, Monday, 9-16-13
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Guest: Dr. Paul Davies. Topics: Interstellar travel, microbiology, cosmology, Mars, and much 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
We welcomed Dr. Paul Davies to this 65 minute discussion about his contribution to the excellent book, “Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon.” Other topics included interstellar travel, microbiology, human spaceflight, Mars, ET and much more. We started our discussion with his Afterword in the “Starship Century” book and I asked him about his comments regarding microbes. One quickly learns from reading his Afterword that it is not the propulsion and engineering that presents the greatest challenge to interstellar travel but what happens to essential microbes needed for life in microgravity and the space environment. We learned that even in LEO such microbes can transform and become toxic to life. This is a fascinating microbiology discussion regarding deep space missions to Mars, the Moon, and long interstellar travel. Don’t miss what Dr. Davies said about microbes as it opens up an entirely new study in human factors for human spaceflight. Other issues we talked about included planetary contamination, microbial ecosystems, figuring out the minimal needed for sustainability regarding the good microbial environment. Also, what microbes are crucial and those that might be irrelevant for the spaceflight passengers as well as for animals and plants needed for sustaining the mission. Dr. Davies was asked that given microbiology being a bigger challenge than propulsion and engineering, were we close to having propulsion and engineering for interstellar travel. You will appreciate his very “witty” answer to this listener’s question. Faster than light travel came up and so did the work being done around the Alcubierre Drive. Dr. Davies had much to say about faster than light travel, the speed of light, physics, and related disciplines. In this discussion, we also talked about both black holes and worm holes. Later, we talked about the possibility of life in the solar system other than on Earth. You might be surprised by some of what Dr. Davies said, including the probabilities that Earth might have been visited over 100 million years ago. Don’t jump to conclusions, listen to the discussion first. Helen of Atlanta asked why bother with interstellar travel when we can’t even return to the Moon. Again, another terrific response by our guest. More came up on the Fermi Paradox, the need to stay grounded in fundamental science but to have a vision and healthy skepticism. Viking and Gil Levin came up regarding the possibility of life on Mars and the reluctance of NASA to do biological experiments regarding the possibility of life on Mars. A listener asked our guest about ET conspiracy theories and government cover-ups. In closing, Dr. Davies reminded us to have and conduct healthy speculation which means always staying in tune with fundamental science. That is what separates speculation from fantasy, Kool Aid, and La La thinking. As the program was ending, we talked some about his work in cancer research. Make sure you visit his website, http://cosmos.asu.edu.
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Dr. Paul Abel, Tuesday, 7-2-13 July 3, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " mapping the night sky, "go to telescopes, Apollo 11, astronomy, BBC The Sky At Night, black holes, Comets, Dr. Paul Abel, ETs, Europa, Hawking radiation, human spaceflight, Kepler Space Telescope, Mars one, science fiction, SETI, Sir Patrick Moore, Skylon, space science., Star Trek, Stonehenge, UK dark skies, UK Space Agency, Voyager 1
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Dr. Paul Abel, Tuesday, 7-2-13
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Guest: Dr. Paul Abel. Topics: We discussed the BBC Sky At Night Program, astronomy & telescopes, UK observing 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight. Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).
We welcomed Dr. Paul Abel to the program to discuss the BBC television show, The Sky At Night (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk7h). During the first segment of our 1 hour 31 minute program, Dr. Abel introduced us to the Sky At Night show which was started by Sir Patrick Moore in April 1957. Dr. Abel described the focus and objectives of the program and we talked about some of their projects including the “Battle of the Forces” tug of war video which is on their website, plus their just completed Summer Solstice program which was filmed at Stonehenge. We came back to talking about Stonehenge, mythology, rituals, and customs many times throughout the discussion. I asked Dr. Abel about British commercial space companies such as Surrey Satellite but since they are publicly funded, their focus and goals are different as they address mostly space and science topics. Dr. Abel talked about the many British astronomical societies plus the overall interest in astronomy and these societies within the UK. We talked some about human spaceflight, including the Mars One venture. Listeners asked about astronomy and telescopes and we learned that our guest is not in favor of what he called “go to telescopes.” Instead, he suggested we should learn how to map the night sky and navigate our way around it with an equatorial telescope. Listeners also wanted to know about observing and dark skies in the UK. I asked questions about the relationship of astronomy and theoretical physics. Another listener asked for a definition of Hawking Radiation. Comets came up along with their mythology, plus the Kepler Space Telescope and Voyager 1.
In our second segment, Ben asked about SETI in the UK. This started a rather involved and fun discussion about ET and the search for life using radio telescopes as well as by other means. Also mentioned in this segment was amateur astronomy as compared to professional astronomy, Star Trek & its devices such as the transporter. Paul received questions about his home observatory and telescopes. A possible Europa mission was mentioned and we were both excited about that potential. I asked our guest about STEM issues in the UK & observing in London’s Regis Park. Sine we had spent some time talking about the search for life and ET, we talked about some ET sci-fi movies including Contact, Alien, & Star Trek. As we were about to end, Tim called wanting to ask more about Skylon, a possible UK launch site near the equator, and the emerging UK Space Agency.
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Dr. Chris Impey, Sunday, 4-15-12 April 15, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " outward in space, " Saturn V, "How It Began: A time-Traveler's Guide To The Universe, Andromeda, Apollo forgotten memories, backward in time, black holes, Chinese Space Program, conspiracy theory, Cosmological Principle, dark energy, dark matter, Dr. Chris Impey, Earth-Based telescopes, electromagnetism, event horizon., Exomoons, Exoplanets, First Light, Hubble Space Telescope, interstellar probes, James Webb Space Telescope, Kepler Space Telescope, Mars, Mars meteorites, Milky Way, Moon, Moon rocks, multiverse, nanobots, NEO human spaceflight mission, neutrinos, robotic science missions, string theory, super novas, Supernova 1987A, the Big Bang, time travel
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Dr. Chris Impey, Sunday, 4-15-12
Guest: Dr. Chris Impey. Topics: We discuss Dr. Impey’s new book, “How It Began: A time-Traveler’s Guide To The Universe” along with astronomy, physics, and cosmology topics. We also discussed space policy and the future of human spaceflight plus science missions. 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. Chris Impey back to the program to discuss his new book. Remember, if you buy the book from Amazon using the following URL, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF: www.amazon.com/How-It-Began-Time-Travelers-Universe/dp/0393080021/ref=onegiantlea20. For the Kindle version, use www.amazon.com/How-It-Began-Time-Travelers-ebook/dp/B005LW5J30/ref=onegiantlea20. During the first half of the program, Dr. Impey talked about the book’s structure which is a bit different from other books addressing similar topics. For example, the further outward in the universe you go via reading the book, the more backward in time you go which is why the book is a time-traveler’s guidebook to the universe. Dr. Impey explains this to us and the going back in time is with us for the entire Space Show discussion. Our first stop was our Moon and our guest had much to say about it, including its origins, why and how it orbits Earth at about 240,000 miles, and more. We also learned what Earth would probably be like without the Moon. As we went into deeper space after leaving the Moon, we talked about the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and finding exoplanets plus searching for exomoons. A listener asked about the delay encountered with supernova 1987A and our guest explained this to us. I also asked our guest about his statement on page 19 at the bottom about time and Apollo becoming a “distant cultural memory.” This turned into a lively discussion you don’t want to miss. We then talked about human spaceflight (HSF) with Dr. Impey suggesting that due to the high cost of HSF and the constant improvements with robotics, we might very well see advanced robotic missions over the coming years rather than human missions which may prove unaffordable. Don’t miss this conversation, it may very well be an accurate forecast for the future for HSF and robotic missions.
In the second half of our program, we moved out into the universe and talked about the Big Bang, First Light, and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). We also talked about large Earth-based telescopes, Hubble, and looking back close to 13 billion years with JWST while the universe is about 13.7 billions years old. We talked about why one cannot see the origins of the Big Bang with optical telescopes, but what we can “see” with microwaves. A listener asked about the Cosmological Principle and another asked about human time travel. This brought up the topic of black holes. Questions came up about string theory and the Multiverse, and then John called in to discuss both dark energy and dark matter which turned out to be another fascinating discussion led by Dr. Impey. Later, we went back to discussing HSF and we learned about the potential for nanobot probes for interstellar missions. Fleets of such probes acting in a sort of relay fashion might just be real someday. Near the end of the program, Dr. Impey discussed geopolitics as a driver for space exploration and said more about the early time after the Big Bang for the first 100 million years or so.
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