Chris Carberry, Sunday, 4-7-13 April 8, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Chris Carberry, Explore Mars, George Washington University, HSF Life Support, Humans 2 Mars Summit, Inspiration Mars, international cooperation, Mars Generation Opinion Poll, Mars one, nuclear rocket, public/private partnerships, risk taking, STEM education
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Chris Carberry, Sunday, 4-7-13
Guest: Chris Carberry. Topics: Exploremars.org and their upcoming Humans2Mars Summit, the Mars Generation Opinion Poll. 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 the first segment of this 1 hour 46 minute program, we welcomed back Chris Carberry, Executive Director of Explore Mars (www.exploremars.org) to discuss their upcoming Humans 2 Mars Summit (H2M) from May 6-8 at GWU in Washington, DC (see http://h2m.exploremars.org). Chris talked about the purpose of this conference, the logistics, registration, and the speakers. We also went into some detail regarding the panels, their topics, and panel members, all of which are detailed on the H2M website. We specifically talked about Inspiration Mars in both segments, risk taking, government regulation, and the level of the public’s interest in human spaceflight missions to Mars. Financing HSF missions to Mars was another topic near the end of the first segment.
In the second segment, we focused on the Mars Generation Opinion Poll which can be found at www.exploremars.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Mars-Generation-Survey-full-report-March-7-2013.pdf. Here, we went over several of the survey questions and the results, including questions pertaining to human spaceflight and Mars in light of our current budget constraints, why go to Mars in the first place, should we increase NASA’s budget to at least 1% of the federal budget, what are the biggest barriers to sending crews to Mars, the value of returning to the Moon as compared to going to Mars, and more. I urge all of you to check out the opinion poll as it had some interesting and surprising results, at least from my perspective. Later in this segment, a listener asked Chris about both the Mars One mission and the Inspiration Mars flyby mission. Don’t miss what Chris had to say about both proposed missions. Another listener asked if Explore Mars thought human spaceflight to Mars was near term, hence the H2M Summit. Don’t miss what Chris said in response to this question and his idea of a time line for a human mission to Mars. We also talked about the public’s view that any HSF Mars Mission would involve the public sector, preferably with the private sector. We concluded our discussion by again referencing the upcoming Humans 2 Mars Summit.
If you have any questions or comments, please post them on The Space Show blog. You can contact Chris Carberry or get more information about the upcoming conference by visiting the Explore Mars website.
Josh Hopkins, Friday, 11-2-12 November 3, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Aitken Crater Impact Basin, asteroids, Earth-Moon L2, human spaceflight, inner solar system, INSITU Resource Development, international cooperation, ISS telerobotic demos., Josh Hopkins, latency issues, Lockheed Martin, lunar far side radio telescope, Lunar farside, lunar sample return, lunar tourism, NASA budget, NASA science mission competition, orbiting radio telescope, Orion, outer solar system, SLS, space exploration architect, Stepping Stones, telerobotic rover
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Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 6-24-12 June 24, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " space politics, American space leadership, Chinese Space Program, Cislunar space, Commercial Crew, commercial space, critical mass, developing space capabilities, DOD space, Dr. Paul Spudis, Earth-Moon L2, international cooperation, lunar ice, lunar lava tubes, lunar water, NASA, NASA budget, NewSpace, orbital fuel depots, Orion, PR-Stunt space missions, Return to the Moon, risk averseness., rocket equation, Shackleton crater, SLS, space media, space policy, space property rights, space race, Space Shuttle, space tourism
Dr. Paul Spudis, Sunday, 6-24-12
Guest: Dr. Paul Spudis. Topics: Return to the Moon, lunar ice & water, space policy, NASA space program. 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. Paul Spudis back to the program. Visit his website and blog for additional information, www.spudislunarresources.com & http://globs.airspacemag.com/moon. We started out by discussing a new report claiming that there is a low amount of water ice at Shackleton crater on the Moon. Dr. Spudis explained this study/report and introduced other data points indicating the low amount of water theory is not a valid conclusion. This discussion led to questions about science & media reporting and how best for the public to follow up on a story to not be mislead. I asked Paul about the influence of such articles on policy makers and congressional staffers as well as those outside the U.S., citing the Chinese space program as an example. I also asked our guest if we were in a space race with China. Dr. Spudis had much to say about this issue. We talked about why American space leadership on the space frontier is important. See if you agree with what our guest had to say on this important subject. Dr. Spudis then talked about the difference with a PR stunt type of mission as compared to a mission which developed & enabled capabilities to move us forward in space development, exploration, and economics. This brought up a June 20, 2012 Space News op-ed (http://spacenews.com/commentaries/120618-administration-legacy-nasa.html) by Frank Van Rensselaer, What Will Be This Administration’s Legacy for NASA? This then led to a discussion about our not having a space vision direction or strategy for our civil space policy. Much was said about this with callers and email questions during the balance of the first segment and throughout the second segment. Our guest made a point of saying we need to ask what the purpose of the mission is, what are the goals, and what is the value of the mission? These are important questions to always ask about what we are doing with our civil space missions. This is an important discussion so do listen closely to what Dr. Spudis had to say. NASA budget issues were part of this discussion with Dr. Spudis making the case that money was and is not really the issue. Instead, its the politics of how we choose to spend tax payer money.
In the second segment, Marshall called to ask about lunar lava tubes and water, along with the need for lunar rovers. Don’t miss what Paul had to say about these topics. Paul was asked about his cislunar economic plans and he talked about NewSpace given the question he received from Wayne in Las Vegas asking him if he was in conflict with NewSpace. Later, Crystal from Tulsa emailed Paul with a question about space property rights. Paul said this was extremely important so do listen to the complete discussion on this topic. More was said about NASA budget issues & making sure taxpayers get something back for what they spend on space. Andrew sent in an email addressing the technology development problems going back decades with military airplanes & large engineering projects. Near the end of our two hour program, Dr. Spudis mentioned the tyranny of the rocket equation and what this means for space access and costs. We also talked about on orbit fuel depots. Reaching a critical mass for making a difference in space policy was our last discussion topic.
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