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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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.
Tags: Apollo, aviation, commercial space, deep space exploration, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Loren Acton, fusion, human spaceflight, ISS, leadership qualities, Mars, mentorship, risk taking, Rocky Mountain College, space exploration, Walter Cunningham
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Rocky Mtn. College Astronaut Panel 1, Friday Morning, 3-22-13
https://vimeo.com/62994325 Panel 1 Video
Guests: Astronaut Panel 1: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Walter Cunningham, Dr. Loren Acton. Topics: Astronaut Panel 1 focused on leadership issues & the importance of spaceflight. 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 and 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/62994325 which is on our Vimeo private Space Show channel.
During our nonstop 1 hour 34 minute panel discussion before a live audience at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT consisting of students, faculty, community leaders, and interested people, as moderator, I asked our panel members about leadership, what it takes to be a leader, leadership qualities, and mentorship. I also asked about human spaceflight, Apollo, going to the Moon, and lots more. Risk taking, regulatory risk, exploration characteristics, and economics were also talked about by our panel members. We took audience questions dealing with the Apollo program, the Moon, the Saturn V rocket, commercial space, private space, NASA management, SLS, NASA’s current mission, and issues pertaining to our congress and NASA funding/policy. Each of our panel members addressed most all of the questions and each brought to the table his unique perspective on the issue or subject at hand. For those of you watching the panel video on our Vimeo channel, you will see students leaving the room around the top of the hour to take exams. Some things never change on campus, do they?
Please post comments and questions on The Space Show blog for this program. For those of you wanting to email our panel members, you can do so through me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your note to the person(s) of your choice.
Open Lines, Tuesday, 6-12-12 June 12, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 1 G radius, Angelfish-Short Film, artificial gravity, cosmic radiation, Dr. John Jurist, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, harmonic drives, human factors for long duration spaceflight, ISS, lunar dust, Lunar Rover, lunar rover wheels, Michael Tyburski, NASA, One way Mars trips, piano wire, Prometheus movie, radiation, risk taking, space communications, Space Literacy Foundation, space regulatory environment, wire mesh wheels
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Open Lines, Tuesday, 6-12-12
Guests: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston. Topics: A short film – Angelfish, human factors for space travel, artificial gravity, space communications, science fiction movies & long term science projects, risk taking. 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. This is about a 2.5 hour Open Lines discussion. We started by talking to Michael Tyburski, an independent film maker who made a short film, Angelfish, and used The Space Show clips in the background. Michael described his film, why he put The Space Show in it, and more. Visit www.michaeltyburski.com for more information. Next, Dr. Jurist talked with us about artificial gravity & the chart he created to show just how big the radius would have to be to spin at 1G & other levels including lunar as well as Martian gravity. This chart is on The Space Show blog so you can follow along with what Dr. Jurist talked about regarding artificial gravity and spin rates. Our last caller for the first hour long segment was Jay who discussed the Space Literacy Foundation (www.spaceliteracy.org). Jay talked about the need for better space communications with the public as a way to facilitate more support for space. He also responded to questions I asked him about myths dealing with our early space program and the general population. If you are interested in what Jay is doing, contact him through his website.
In our second longer segment, Ron called in to talk about the history of the wheels on the Lunar Rover and an ad campaign by Goodyear that incorrectly describes the history of the rover wheels. Ron talked about the use of piano wire, how the original wheels were made, who made them, and more. The paper about this important history that we mentioned on air can be read at www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/lrv_historical_origins.pdf. We talked about the history of the lunar rovers, the cosmic radiation impact on them over time on the Moon, and their design which included harmonic drives and engineering to shield from lunar dust problems. He mentioned a good source of information, a journal edited by Eric Jones & Ken Glover, the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. You can find this journal at www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj. Ron directed listeners to the document section for Apollo 15, 16, and 17. John from Atlanta followed Ron, had much to say about the recent success of the Dragon & Falcon 9, then he talked about human factors, one way Mars missions as being suicidal, the regulatory environment & the possibility of excessive or restrictive regulations. We also talked about the new sci-fi movie, Prometheus. The article I mentioned about the movie can be read at http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html. If you plan on seeing the movie, I suggest you see the movie first, then read the article which is titled Prometheus Unbound: What The Movie Was Actually About. It is written by Cavalorn. Tim was our final caller. He took issues with human factors medicine & Dr. Rowe. Also the risk of over regulation, especially if someone dies going to space. He expressed his thoughts on other things as well. While our discussion was civil, as you will hear, I did not agree with much of what he advocated. I urged him and other space enthusiasts to be more inclusive of other ideas for space exploration and development rather than just believing their way is the best or even the only way.
If you have comments/questions, post them on the blog. If you want to email those that called us, send your note to me & I will forward it for you.