Marc Fusco, Sunday, 4-28-13 April 28, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Saturn V, " University of North Dakota Space Studies, "Presidents, 1960 election, And Policy: How The Apollo And Shuttle Decisions Shaped NASA, Apollo, Bay of Pigs, Cold War, JFK Rice University Speech, Marc Fusco, NASA, NASA Administrators, Politics, President Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson, President Richard Nixon, risk taking, Skylab, Soviet Union Space Program, Space Shuttle, Space Task Group 1970, The Great Society., Vietnam War, Walter McDougall, Werner Von Braun, Yuri Gagarin flight
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Marc Fusco, Sunday, 4-28-13
Guest: Marc Fusco. Topics: Space history and presidential politics with JFK, Presidents Johnson & Nixon. 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 Marc Fusco to the program to discuss his masters thesis analysis of space history and presidential politics with JFK and Presidents Johnson and Nixon. His analysis for his masters thesis earned him his MS degree at UND Space Studies. In the name of full disclosure, Marc was one of my students and I served on his thesis advisory committee. You can email Marc to get a .pdf of his thesis, “Presidents, Politics, And Policy: How The Apollo And Shuttle Decisions Shaped NASA.” Please use email@example.com. During the first part of our 1 hour 50 minute discussion, Marc talked about the early years of our space program, President Kennedy, the Cold War, NASA Administrator James Webb, risk taking, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Soviet’s space program. We moved around a bit in history, also talking about LBJ and President Nixon, but the first half of our discussion centered on President Kennedy and the Moon program, as well as the early days of NASA. Listeners asked Marc about different historical perspectives about Apollo and he talked about the period, letting us know the perspectives from the best known of the space and policy historians. Marc also started comparing the policy and the appreciation of space by JFK, Johnson, and Nixon. We also talked about the early days of the Space Shuttle program and OMB compromises in its design, plus the early expectation of up to 50 flights per year.
In our second segment, we talked about the waning public support for the Moon program, JFK and Nixon dynamics, and the fact that nobody wanted to be the one to pull the plug on the Moon program or human spaceflight though the costs were hard to absorb as there was competitive economic pressure from other priorities in the nation and government. Marc spoke about the impact of both Vietnam and The Great Society on the space program in this segment. Marc had much to say about Nixon’s main advisors and space as well as the NASA Administrators of the time. He talked about the famous Earthrise photo taken on Apollo 8 and the start of the ecology movement which became the environmental movement. This picture also helped frame the new way of selling the space program which was to go to space to make a difference and improve things here on Earth. The Space Shuttle program was a significant part of our second segment. Mr. Fusco led a very interesting discussion on The Space Show today. His thesis is excellent and I suggest you contact him for a .pdf copy of it.
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Tags: " Saturn V, Cold War, Congress, Decadal Survey, Dennis Tito, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Loren Acton, fusion, Helium 3, human spaceflight, innovation, live TV from space, Mars, Moon, NASA HSF, NASA Science Mission, Neo, President Eisenhower, risk averseness., Rocky Mountain College, Saturn 1B, scientifically valuable solar system locations, space emergency jumps, Space Shuttle, space tourism, telescopes, Walter Cunningham
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Rocky Mtn. College Astronaut Panel 2, Friday Afternoon, 3-22-13
https://vimeo.com/62994324 Panel 2 Video
Guests: Astronaut Panel 2: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Walter Cunningham, Dr. Loren Acton. Topics: Astronaut Panel 2 focused on spaceflight issues, policy, and in asking our panel members to share their space experiences with everyone. 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. The Copyright for this program belongs to Dr. John Jurist and Rocky Mountain College. The Space Show has permission from the copyright holders to archive both video and audio formats on Space Show websites, video channels, blogs, and podcasting sites. In addition to the audio format on The Space Show, blog, and podcasting websites, you can instead view the panel video at https://vimeo.com/62994324 which is on our Vimeo private Space Show channel.
We welcomed our panel members and the live Rocky Mountain College student, professor, and community audience to our afternoon 1 hour 34 minute panel in which we focused on human spaceflight, the Saturn V, the Saturn 1B, and the Space Shuttle, along with space science, risk taking, and what each panel member thought was most valuable for scientific reasons in the solar system. We took many audience questions on a wide ranging group of topics including why spend money on space, especially in this difficult economy, solar cells, Boy Scouts and space, and what it was like to walk on the Moon.
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Futron Space Competitive Index 2012, Monday, 12-3-12 December 4, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, civil space., Cold War, commercial space, Constellation, cubesats, David Vaccaro, DOD space, Futron Corporation, Futron's 2012 Space Competitiveness Index, ITAR, Jonathan Beland, NASA, sequestration, space exploration, Space Shuttle, STEM educational programs.
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Futron Space Competitive Index 2012, Monday, 12-3-12
Guests: David Vaccaro, Jonathan Beland
Guests: David Vaccaro, Jonathan Beland. Topics: The Futron 2012 Space Competitive Index (SCI). 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 back David Vaccaro and Jonathan Beland to discuss the Futron 2012 Space Competitive Index (SCI). You can freely download the SCI Executive Summary at www.futron.com/SCI_2012.xml. The SCI provides annual statistical benchmarks, analysis, and business intelligence for both commercial and national space activities for fifteen countries, examining markers in the Government, Human Capital and sectors. Five new countries were added for the 2011 data which is used for the 2012 report. The list of countries analyzed includes the U.S, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe (all of Europe, not the individual European countries), India, Israel, Japan, Russia, S. Korea, Argentina, Australia, Iran, South Africa and the Ukraine. The five new countries added include Australia, Argentina, Iran, S. Africa, and the Ukraine. While this program was conducted using two segments, this summary is written without regard to the segments as our discussion points crossed segments throughout the program. As we started out, our guests provided us with a brief history regarding the SCI and clearly stated its purpose. Note that it is self-financed by Futron and remains completely independent of any & all pressures. Also, note that again, the U.S. remains the only country of those examined that consistently declines year by year but because our government spending is so huge and our economy, despite our problems is so huge, the U.S. remains in first place as the space industry leader of all those countries studied. Our guests told us about the benchmarks and how the SCI was constructed. They responded to lots of listener questions, including questions about why the report is not used by candidates in political campaigns, its potential influence among those in Congress and other policy makers, and the same in other countries. We talked about the impact of space industry workforce layoffs, the termination of Constellation and the shuttle showing up in the analysis and how such events might impact the U.S. score. As you will hear, our team expects the 2012 data in the 2013 report to reflect these changes in our space program. A listener asked if the SCI tracked the growth of space advocacy in the U.S., wondering why it is growing but not that much in policy impact. Other listeners asked about the growth of cubesats, especially in the U.S. and how that was reported. Also, if ITAR was a limiting factor for the U.S. Yet another asked our guests if the SCI viewed SpaceX as commercial or government subsidized in the context of the report and its analysis. When asked about a future country watch list, we talked about Viet Nam, S. Korea, South America and Mexico. In addition to lots of questions about the U.S., we talked about space in many of the other countries, why they kept investing while the U.S. seemed to be retreating. Another issue talked about was global positive view of space, embracing more and more countries, views not always held here at home.
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Dr. Bruce Cordell, Sunday, 9-16-12 September 17, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 21CenturyWaves.com, : Dr. Bruce Cordell, Animal Spirits by John Maynard Keynes, Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, cultural differences, Deimos., economic panics, education, Fractal Maslow Window, human spaceflight risk assessment, ISS, Keynesian economics, Mars, Middle East Conflict, NASA, NASA budgets, Panama Canal, Phobos, political realignment, President Kennedy, prosperity, space exploration, split Mars mission, The Bering Straights rail freight tunnel
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Tuesday, 3-6-12 March 6, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " humor, "Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier, "The Case For Space: Why We Should Keep Reaching for the Stars, American Museum of Natural History, Apollo Program, asteroids, Cold War, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, economic value, Futron Competitive Index, Hayden Planetarium, innovation, NASA budget, NASA pork, NewSpace, Private Sector space program, space enthusiasm delusion, space race, space science., STEM education
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Tuesday, 3-6-12
Guest: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Subject: Dr. Tyson talks space policy along with his new book, “Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier” and his article in the current edition of Foreign Affairs, , “The Case For Space: Why We Should Keep Reaching for the Stars.” 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. Neil deGrasse Tyson back to the show for a comprehensive hour long discussion on space policy, the NASA budget, investment in our future, the space race, and many more issues as pointed out in both his Foreign Affairs article and in his new book. Remember, if you order his book using the following Amazon link, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation: www.amazon.com/Space-Chronicles-Facing-Ultimate-Frontier/dp/0393082105/ref=onegiantleap20. You can read his Foreign Affairs article at www.scribd.com/doc/82592118/The-Case-for-Space. During our hour with Neil, we discussed the NASA budget and why it should be increased. Dr. Tyson also pointed out why humor was so important and what it really means as I asked him about the joking and kidding around regarding space when he visits programs such as The Daily Show. Neil also made the case for more space activity and talked about spinoffs but additionally he talked about the economic growth that comes from innovation and inspiration, along with unplanned and fortunate discoveries. Here, he cited the Hubble Space Telescope and mammograms as an example. He also suggested that with a space program that is innovative and doing what it should be doing, the STEM education problems are solved in the process. We talked about NASA not being one of the key scientific government agencies anymore and he was upset that this was and is not being corrected. Dr. Tyson had much to say about the role of the private sector in space development in that government typically puts down the infrastructure and opens the industry door with the privates coming after, expanding the industry, operating more efficiently, and developing markets. A listener asked about planetary defense and asteroids, another listener inquired about space enthusiasts running for political office, and Jon suggested that giving NASA a bigger budget would just be a waste as NASA is all about pork. Neil addressed all of these questions and more. I urge listeners to read his book and if possible, read the Foreign Affairs article before you listen to the interview. During our discussion, Dr. Tyson said some very powerful things. For example, note our discussion on the NASA budget as an investment, not an expense. Neil described himself as an educator so listen to what he had to say about how to influence people and create change through education by teaching real science and facts so people can make truly informed choices. Pay attention to what he said about a country that does not invest in its future and why space should be the future getting the investment benefit. Throughout this interview, Neil powerfully reminded us all that even in tough economic times like today, NASA has been instrumental in shaping our national identity, inspiring us, driving our economy, driving careers in the STEM disciplines, and bringing us landmark, groundbreaking new technologies. I personally believe that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a very good case for space. Please post any comments/questions you might have for Dr. Tyson on The Space Show blog URL above.
Blue Sky Metropolis Walking Tour with Peter Westwick, Tuesday, 12-20-11 December 20, 2011Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " The Aerospace History Project, "Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California, Amelia Earhart, Ben Rich, California aerospace workforce, California early airplane builders, Cold War, Cowboy Joe Walker, Hughes Syncon Satellite, JPL Explorer 1, Lockheed Vega, Peter Westwick, Skunk Works, SR-71 Blackbird, The Huntington Library, The Los Angeles Air Meet of 1910, Wiley Post, wing stress tests, women in the early California aviation industry, World War II
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Blue Sky Metropolis Walking Tour, Tuesday, 12-20-11
The Huntington Library Exhibit Guided by Peter Westwick
Guest: Peter Westwick. Topics: This was a walking tour through the Huntington Library’s “Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California” exhibit. 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 and act upon our appeal at
http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign. Joining Mr. Westwick and me for this tour was Space Show friend Reda Anderson. To find out more about the exhibit, the Huntington hours of operation and more, visit www.huntington.org. To learn more about the Blue Sky exhibit, visit http://huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9892. Note that the exhibit runs through January 9, 2012. If you are inSouthern California or will be there, this is a must see exhibit. We started our walking tour with Peter Westwick by discussing the large photograph welcoming visitors to the Blue Sky Metropolis exhibit. You can see this photo on the Blue Sky home page at the above link. Turning around in the entry hall, we saw an actual lunar R-18 rocket motor. As we entered the gallery, we quickly grasped the organization of the exhibit from Taking Flight: 1900-1920; The Golden Age of Aviation: 1920-1940; World War II; The Big Chill: The Early Cold War; From Aero to Space: The Space Race; Secrecy and Stealth: The Deep Cold War; and Coming Back to Earth: Post Cold War. Peter took us through each section in order and highlighted many of the photographs and documents during this one hour plus guided tour. Reda and I asked lots of questions, we pointed out items that caught our attention, and asked Peter to elaborate on them. At the end of the exhibit, there is information on launching the Falcon 9 from theCape. They also have a model from JPL of the Explore 1, our first satellite. Additionally, there is a model of the original Hughes Syncon geo satellite. As we ended our tour with Peter, we inquired about the educational outreach efforts with students and others to learn about this important history. We talked about theCalifornia aerospace industry of today and my experience doing California Space Day with the former California Space Authority. I asked if anyCalifornia elected representatives or their staff have visited the exhibit. I also made my usual plea for the need to educate our elected officials so they know the history and its relevance to our future. Again, I urge you to visit this exhibit if you can. Remember, it closes on January on 9th. Please post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above. If you want to email Peter Westwick or Reda Anderson, send your note to me and I will forward it the person of your choice.