Dr. Joan Vernikos, Friday, 4-5-13 April 5, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: closed loop life support system, CME, Dr. Joan Vernikos, evidenced based medicine, exercise routines, Galactic Cosmic Radiation, human factors, Inspiration Mars, launch license, life support, long duration spaceflight psychological issues, Mars, microgravity, radiation counter measures, radiation mitigation, regulatory approval., shielding, spacecraft air quality, yoga
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Dr. Joan Vernikos, Friday, 4-5-13
Guest: Dr. Joan Vernikos. Topics: Inspiration Mars flyby mission, human factors, counter measures, mitigation strategies. 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 Dr. Joan Vernikos back to the program, this time to discuss the proposed Inspiration Mars flyby mission. In the first half of our two hour program, Dr. Vernikos said it was a doable mission but that new ideas and solutions needed to be developed for the human factors. When asked about the biggest problem, our guest said it would be the ability of the two person crew to get along and work together for the full mission. This issue came up several more times during the program so you will hear more about it over the two hour discussion. We took an early question from Dwayne about the overall air quality in the spacecraft and issues with bacteria and the air filtration. Dr. Joan had much to say about this as it could be a problem depending on lots of factors including the ability to repair a damaged system during the mission. Dr. Joan talked about life support and psychological issues along with the human factors. Microgravity and radiation issues came up but again, there was a focus on the risk of destructive & irritating behavior with the crew members. One of the recurrent themes was to look for alternative ways to develop tools and counter measures rather than doing much the same year after year which has been our history in developing human spaceflight protocols. Dr. Rowe called in to strongly suggest that such a flyby mission should be delayed until 2032, putting forth his best arguments for the delay and why it should not be attempted in 2018. Bill listed lots of medical events that could happen and which we cannot treat in space, all in support of delaying the flight until human spaceflight is better developed & we know more about it.
In the second segment, Doug called & talked about regulators possibly saying the crew was intentionally attempting to commit suicide. He talked about the medical code 5150 regarding intentional suicide. We also talked about possible regulatory issues around the issuance of a launch license. Doug also talked about radiation, both within the Van Allen Belts and on the way to deep space. Next, Dr. Dilip Sarkar from Norfolk called in to discuss alternative human factor countermeasures such as yoga. Check our Dr. Sarkar’s website, https://sites.google.com/site/dilipsarkar/home. The discussion of yoga for pre-flight training and to help with countermeasures was most interesting. Dr. Rowe called in several more times to challenge Dr. Joan and Dr. Sarkar on their yoga theories regarding spaceflight. I believe you will find the discussions and calls very informative. As the program was ending, Dr. Joan was again asked about the biggest challenge and she said it would be the human interaction with the crew. We also talked about the mental issue of withdrawal from Earth which will be pronounced on a Mars flight.
If you have comments/questions, post them on the blog. You can email Dr. Joan through her website, www.joanvernikos.com. I also recommend you sign up for her newsletter.
John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-6-13 March 6, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: : John Batchelor, Athena Project, cosmic radiation, Dr. Robert Zubrin, Inspiration Mars, John Batchelor Hotel Mars, microgravity, thermal protection system
John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-6-13
Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Robert Zubrin, Dr. David Livingston: Topics: Inspiration Mars, human spaceflight to Mars. 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. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.
During our 11 minute plus discussion with Dr. Zubrin, we talked about the Inspiration Mars proposed human spaceflight mission and the previous Athena Project Bob proposed in the mid-1990′s. Bob talked about the orbital dynamics, cosmic radiation, microgravity, possible NASA mission support, and more. Bob also spoke about the availability of hardware for the Inspiration Mars mission but the need for a new thermal protection system.
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Heather Archuletta, Tuesday, 1-8-13 January 9, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: bed rest study recruitment, bone density, Heather Archuletta, HSF to Mars, ISS, JSC, MARS 500, microgravity, NASA bed rest studies, NASA simulation studies, pet therapy, smart pills, Space Shuttle, water immersion.
Heather Archuletta, Tuesday, 1-8-13
Guest: Heather Archuletta. Topics: NASA bed rest and simulation studies. 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 Heather Archuletta to the program to discuss her first hand experiences with three NASA bed rest studies plus her recruitment work for new NASA study applicants. Heather is known as the Pillow Astronaut. Check out her website at www.pillownaut.com and her blog at http://pillownaut.blogspot.com. Our discussion was divided into two segments but this summary will not reflect segments since many of the same themes and topics overlapped the two segments. I believe this to be a very informative and a very entertaining Space Show program offering a comprehensive and insiders view of a subject we have not covered in any detail on any of our programs in our broadcasting history. We started out with Heather explaining the bed rest simulation studies, the different kinds of studies, and the basic qualifications to participate in a study. We talked about studies ranging from 24 days to 100 days. Heather was terrific about explaining the protocols to us, what each day was like, what the food was like, the ongoing medical testing, the helpers that did practically everything for the participants, plus the type of recreation they had given they all had to remain in their beds in the position required by the specific study. We talked extensively about the recreation from reading to movies, to being able to get fresh air outdoors, to using computers, webcams, and phones. Heather also explained the personal and privacy issues all the participants had to comply with and experience. If you embarrass easy, these studies are likely not for you. Diet was a big part of the study and our guest explained how tightly controlled the diet was and how it was made to order for each participant. In response to questions about the application and process, we learned about the medical and psychological screening, bone scans, etc. There was also outreach to family, friends, and significant others as there were strict rules about visiting and of course applicants did not need opposition by those in their lives. The goal of these studies, as you will hear, was to work toward developing counter measures for the effects of microgravity on bones. Physical intervention techniques such as exercise were tested as well as chemical mitigation techniques depending on the nature of any given study. Several listeners asked why the participants chose to do this. One listener asked how Heather talked with the general public to get them to see that spaceflight was worthwhile. Don’t miss this discussion, it’s a good one. Making a difference and helping to pave the way for long duration human spaceflight were important reasons given by the participants for enduring the study constraints and protocols. Heather went over the basic medical and physical requirements for being a participant and she talked about her getting others interested in the studies given her own experience with three studies. She uses social media for outreach and also various conferences and speaking engagements. Heather also told us about the pictures on her blog, including pictures of her doing the studies in her bed. Scroll down on her blog for more information and the pictures. Also, there are journals on the blog regarding the day to day activity in the study. We learned that reading was a favorite activity as was working on laptops. When Heather was asked about pets coming to visit them with family members when visiting was possible, we learned that some of the participants kept fish with them in their rooms but no dogs, cats, or birds. Later in the discussion, she talked about the use of smart pills in some of the studies. She mentioned the founder of the bed rest studies, Dr. Duane Graveline and she told us how the bed rest and water immersion studies came about. Heather also said that the term “sleep study” was incorrect as the participants were not there to sleep! We learned that when the study ended, there was about a two week rehab period for the person to be able to function again. Sometimes the participants could not drive for up to three weeks after the study ended. Listeners asked Heather how accurate the simulations were compared to what the astronauts experienced on the ISS and the space shuttle. As you will hear, these studies appear to be excellent analog studies to actual spaceflight.
One additional point and that is we talked about the Whitehouse.gov petition on nuclear propulsion. For those of you interested in this petition, you can get information about it at http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/08/16385852-nuclear-power-in-space-petition-asks-white-house-to-rekindle-project.
Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Heather through me or through her website and blog.
Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, NSS, Sunday, 1-6-13 January 7, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: AIAA, CASIS, commercial space, ISDC, ISS, ITAR Reform, Kickstarter., microgravity, NASA, National Space Society, New space enthusiasts., NSS Leadership Team, NSS Legislative Blitz, NSS Space Roadmap, Paul Damphousse, space advocacy, Space Ambassador, Space Exploration Alliance, space inspiration, space settlement policy
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Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, NSS, Sunday, 1-6-13
Guest: Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse. Topics: National Space Society and the upcoming ISDC Conference. 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 to the program Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse, Executive Director for the National Space Society (NSS). You can follow along with us by visiting the NSS website, www.nss.org and the ISDC website, http://isdc.nss.org/2013. We started our discussion with Lt. Col. Damphousse providing us with a brief overview of NSS followed by a short summary of ISDC 2012 highlights leading into this year’s ISDC which will be in May in San Diego, CA. In talking about this year’s ISDC, he mentioned special tours including the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Mt. Palomar Observatory. For dates, registration, hotel information, visit the ISDC website above. We talked about NSS goals, objectives, and purposes. This included a focus on space settlement, inspirational space programs, and STEM educational outreach. Listeners asked Paul about the 2013 Legislative Blitz, the Space Exploration Alliance, the NSS Leadership Team, and becoming a Space Ambassador. Several times during our discussion, Paul suggested listeners with questions send them to NSS at email@example.com. Reference this Space Show program and you will be directed to the person or department that can best respond to your needs. Another question for Paul asked about the space advocacy community being too diverse and ineffective. Paul had much to say about this as did several listeners who commented on these two issues.
In the second part of the program, Doug called in to talk about the NSS Roadmap which is on their website. The Roadmap is just that, a set of pathways to developing and opening up space segments, industries, and niches. I strongly suggest you check out the NSS Roadmap on their website. Paul also told us about an upcoming NSS Kickstarter program to finance a short, inspirational movie on the benefits of both exploring and settling space. Watch their website for announcements about the program going live. Toward the end, Paul talked about ITAR reform, the renewal for one year of the launch indemnification for the commercial sector, and the Space Exploration Sustainability Act, all as examples of effective space advocacy organization work. We then briefly talked about LEO no longer being a frontier and ready for commercial exploitation while BLEO was the frontier for NASA and its focus. Finally, during our discussion Paul mentioned how the Space Finance Group was helping NSS with the NSS Kickstarter campaign. You can find out more about this organization at www.SpaceFinanceGroup.com.
Please post questions/comments on The Space Show blog above. You can email Paul Damphousse through me or the NSS email address listed above.
Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12 October 22, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Astronauts4Hire.org, " SpaceX, "Astronauts For Hire: The Emergence of a Commercial Astronaut Corps, centrifuge training, citizen science, Dr. Erik Seedhouse, human spaceflight, ISS, microgravity, NASTAR Training, orbital flights, space radiation, space sickness, space tourism, suborbital flights, Virgin Galactic, XCOR
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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, Sunday, 10-21-12
Dr. Scott Hubbard, Sunday, 9-2-12 September 3, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " EDL, " Mars Czar, " SpaceX, "Exploring Mars, "Faster, airbags, Better, Cheaper, Congress, cosmic ray radiation, Curiosity, Deimos., Dr. Scott Hubbard, Elon Musk, human spaceflight, JPL, Mars advocacy, Mars ascent stage, Mars Polar Lander (MPL), Mars Program Director, Mars robotic missions, Mars sample return mission, Mars science missions, Mars water, MarsClimate Orbiter (MCO), microgravity, NASA, NASA planetary science budget, OMB, Phobos, private sector Mars missions
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Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 8-31-12 August 31, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " SpaceX, : Bas Lansdorp, Curiosity, descent), Dr. John Jurist, Dragon, EDL (entry, entertainment rights, Falcon Heavy, landing, life support on Mars, long duration spaceflight, Mars Missions, Mars one, Martian families, Martian gravity., Martian settlement, Martian space suits, Martian sponsorship, Martian sub-surface ice, Martian water, media rights, microgravity, NASA, Olympics, outsourcing, Pay For View, payload integration, pregnancy on Mars, radiation, robotic Martian missions, scientific research, spaceflight human factors
Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 8-31-12
Guest: Bas Lansdorp. Topics: The Mars One program from a business, financial, engineering, technical, & human factors perspective for Martian settlement. 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 Bas Lansdorp, founder of Mars One to the program to tell us about the program and respond to a wide array of questions pertaining to the Mars One plan. For more information, visit their website at www.mars-one.com. Also, check out their FAQ at http://mars-one.com/en/faq-en. If you want to ask Bas & his team questions, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. John Jurist joined us as co-host regarding many of the human factors, technical, and media financing discussion topics. Since our topic addressed many of the same issues with crossover for both segments, I have summarized the program without regard to segments. We started by asking Bas about the Curiosity landing per the European media and the interest in Holland which is his home. It was clear that Curiosity fever was strong and exciting across the pond just as it was here. I then asked Bas to tell us about Mars One. For the next half hour, Bas talked with us about why he started Mars One, plus he went over in some detail the Mars One plan, including financing, technical, engineering, human factors, and research issues. After our introduction to Mars One, Dr. Jurist and I began asking questions about the Mars One media financing plan, human factors, micro and partial gravity issues, life support issues, and more. We covered a broad range of issues including launches, launch state liability, family settlement on Mars, children on Mars, pregnancy, before the launch medical procedures, astronaut selection, etc. We received several listener emails which we discussed with Bas throughout our 90 minute discussion. After our initial introduction to the Mars One program, our discussion revolved around Bas responding to our questions and those asked by our listeners. Some other issues discussed included time line, mission delays, the loss of a resupply mission & its impact on the overall Mars One timeline, RX medications on Mars, solar power as compared to nuclear power for Mars One missions, Mars EDL plans for both cargo and humans, outsourcing components for Mars One and payload integration services & needs, plus settlement sustainability issues with possible timelines.
Please tell us what you think by posting comments and questions on The Space Show blog. For specific questions for Bas or his team, use the Mars One email address but also do post on the blog for the benefit of all listeners.
Sir Martin Rees, Sunday, 6-17-12 June 18, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " BBC Radio Lecture Series, " SpaceX, "From Here To Infinity: A Vision For The Future Of Science, conflict, consciousness, education, extraterrestrial life, fundamental physics, genetic modification, human spaceflight, interstellar travel, ISS, ISS science, Kepler Space Telescope, lunar commerce, microgravity, Neal Stephenson, political leadership, religion, risk averseness., robotic space missions, Roger Penrose, Royal Society, science, science fiction, science media, science teachers, Sir Martin Rees, space & astronomy for kids, space & long term planning, space & spiritualism, space settlement
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Sir Martin Rees, Sunday, 6-17-12
Guest: Sir Martin Rees. Topics: Science in our society, space development, political leadership, education & more. 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 Sir Martin Rees to discuss his new book, “From Here To Infinity: A Vision For The Future Of Science.” Please remember that if you order this book from Amazon using www.amazon.com/Here-Infinity-Vision-Future-Science/dp/0393063070/ref=onegiantlea20, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation. Lord Rees started our discussion by talking about the amazing things we have learned about the cosmos in a very short period of time. He also explained that this new book is based on a series of lectures he did with BBC Radio. We also talked about science reporting in the media but we focused on teacher issues, both in the UK and the U.S. Another topic covered in his book was religion and science conflicts. An example cited was creationism. We also talked about space as a spiritual experience. We then talked about commercial space development with companies such as SpaceX, the high risk averseness of NASA, and the fact that private companies can take on more risks. Lord Rees expressed the view that for human spaceflight for sure, we will see more and more of it being done by the private sector. Our guest was asked about science on the ISS & he said it was hard to justify the ISS on the grounds of science. Jack called in to ask talk about the outstanding history programs on the Royal Society website, http://royalsociety.org/Podcasts-of-Library-events. He also mentioned famous sci-fi author Neal Stephenson, www.amazon.com/Quicksilver-The-Baroque-Cycle-Vol/dp/0380977427. Jack’s call was followed by John in Atlanta who talked about spirituality, consciousness, religion and the work of Roger Penrose. This led to an interesting discussion about the search for the unified theory and the difference in perspective with cosmology and fundamental physics. Our next topic was in response to a note from Fred about political leadership and space/science issues. Out last topic of the segment dealt with the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) and the search for extraterrestrial life. We asked questions about the impact on cultures were life off Earth discovered. Sir Martin had much to say about this subject.
In our second segment, we started out talking about science fiction. Sir Martin is fascinated by the ideas in science fiction so don’t miss his comments on this subject. Harold in Los Angeles asked if we might be slowing down in our rate of discovery of new science & space information. This is another terrific discussion. We then talked about the Earth’s population growth and the intellectual shift to Asia away from the west. Lord Rees talked about the need to balance out science and development in the under developed regions, focusing on Africa for example Later in the segment, we talked about bringing space resources back to Earth & our guest said the economics of doing this are still up in the air. Space settlement and returning to the Moon came up as did private missions to Mars and the asteroids. Our guest suggested that one way Mars missions might be possible in the future, but the probability of doing it near term & funding such a mission remains somewhat low at this time. Our guest also mentioned genetic modification for those that do settle off Earth but thought the ethics of doing it on Earth would make it unlikely to happen here.
If you have comments/questions for Sir Martin Rees, please post them on The Space Show blog.