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Space Show 2000th Program & 12th Anniversary Tribute, Tuesday, 5-7-13
Guests: Dr. John Jurist and Dr. Doug Plata served as co-hosts. Topics: This program honored The Space Show for its more than 2,000 programs and its upcoming 12th anniversary. 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.
This Space Show program stands out among all Space Show programs as it honors The Space Show for having passed the 2,000 program mark plus the upcoming 12th anniversary of the program later this month. Dr. Plata and Dr. John Jurist organized this program, much of which was a surprise to me. Dr. Plata set up a special tribute email address, email@example.com and they both contacted guests and listeners for their comments on the program and what they believe The Space Show has meant to them, the space world, and to our space development efforts. Our 1 hour 47 minute program was in two segments but this summary will not be divided by segment as topics overlapped one another. Dr. Jurist asked me lots of questions about how the program started, how it has changed over the years, how the audience has changed, and how I’ve changed. After asking one or two questions and getting my long winded responses, Dr. Plata read some great emails sent in by guests and listeners. This was the format for the entire program. Honestly, I was really surprised by the comments, the statements of support and meaning for The Space Show and by those of you that took time from your busy schedules to say a few words about the program. It was a very humbling experience for me and I am glad it was an audio only program rather a webinar as I was really moved by the outpouring of support for the program and me. Doug did not have time to read all the emails that came in but we intend to post them to the blog and will continue posting them to the blog as they come in. Please use the special email address above but for those of you that use the regular program address, I will copy and post them to the blog as well. John asked lots of questions about the economic impact on space, both here and around the world, about private space, NASA, human spaceflight, and such. I spoke about public/private partnerships, the need, in my opinion, for American leadership in science and space, and why. We also took phone calls from listeners wanting to comment on this special Space Show program. As our program was drawing to a close, John asked me about library quality archives for research with a truly searchable, interactive academic data base. We talked about this, what it might take to do it given the number and average length of Space Show programs. If any of you have actual library, research and multimedia academic catalog search experience, we would like to hear from you to find out about creating a truly researchable, academic Space Show catalog/library. If you have that type of specialized experience, please contact me using firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps we will create a funding mechanism to create the library for our archived programs and new programs coming up.
We welcome your comments/questions and more so post them on The Space Show blog. I look forward to many more years with The Space Show, to continuing to provide a civil and credible forum for the discussion of all perspectives and points of view, and to give a voice to many of you that have much to say but are without a microphone. This program was number 2,004 and as I said on the air, the program would not exist without you the listeners and with you the guests who so freely give of your time to help us all learn more about space, science, and all that we talk about and share on The Space Show. Thank you very much and as I said on the show and as many of you said as well, the next 2,000 shows will be even more valuable to us all than the first 2,000! The Space Show only exists because of you the listeners and you the guests. I never lose sight of that. I never will.
Tribute emails are posted here: Space Show Tribute Emails
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Friday, 3-8-13 March 9, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: " Cosmos TV Show, " SpaceX, "Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier, China, collaboration, culture of innovation, deep space, delusional thinking, economic growth, frontier development, fuel depots, government as advance man in space, human spaceflight, innovation nation, inspiration, JFK Rice University Speech, Mars, military threats, NASA budget, NASA space vehicles, Neil deGrasse Tyson, public/private partnerships, space contribution to GDP, space education, space exploration, space goals, space pioneering., space race, space wars, STEM
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Friday, 3-8-13
Guest: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Topics: Dr. Tyson’s book, “Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier,” delusional thinking, space exploration, space economic power. 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 backed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to this 60 minute discussion about the new release of the paperback version of his current book, “Space Chronicles: Facing The Ultimate Frontier.” If you buy the book with this Amazon link, Amazon will make a contribution to The Space Show/OGLF: http://www.amazon.com/Space-Chronicles-Facing-Ultimate-Frontier/dp/0393343626/ref=onegiantlea20. The book is a collection of all of Dr. Tyson’s thoughts about the past, present, and future in space. It consists of essays, tweets, op-eds and more, plus an appendix with important documents such as the original agreement creating NASA in the late 1950s. Neil said that some of the points he made in the book were that space was expensive and that we do things in space for one of two reasons: 1. As a result of military threat or war; 2: In support of economic growth of the country. He then supported his argument with historical facts, making the point that we do not explore for the sake of exploring, that exploration is not in our DNA, that we do not go into space to inspire future generations of kids, and then he even mentioned that the famous JFK Rice University speech which he said was a lie in that weeks before in a speech before Congress, President Kennedy put forth the real reason we were going to the Moon which was to show the world a path of freedom over tyranny. Dr. Tyson documents this on p. 192 of his book by saying that “Kennedy did adopt a military posture in his speech to Congress.” Neil stressed this point during our discussion in support of the above reasons for developing. More about this speech can be found at www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jfk-asks-congress-to-support-the-space-program. The actual text of the speech can be seen at www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/xzw1gaeeTES6khED14P1Iw.aspx. Dr. Tyson also talked about the problem of delusional thinking among space enthusiasts, a theme we went back to several times during our discussion. Another point he made was about the importance of innovation and having a culture of innovation with space goals supporting the economic growth of an innovative nation. Kelly asked a question about the best way to increase NASAs budget in bipartisan support of space for STEM, inspiration, spin-offs, etc. Our guest said all of the reasons cited in Kelly’s question were irrelevant. Don’t miss what he said. We also talked about the need for infrastructure and Neil said that governments have to pave the way for the frontier and the private companies follow and economically develop it. He said the commercial companies do not and will not be able to open the space frontier with the needed infrastructure. I then depicted government as sort of an advance man in space with the privates being able to capitalize that infrastructure development for profit & national wealth. A listener asked about China, a space race, and a possible space war. Dr. Tyson also said that we should have launch vehicles that go everywhere for research and innovative reasons and we needed to shift our culture to seeing space as a long term national investment for creating wealth for the nation, far beyond the term of our elected officials. He talked about SpaceX and the need for a rich and fertile collaboration between government and the commercial companies regarding space. I asked our guest about testifying before Congress. You will want to hear what he had to say about that based on his experiences in do so. We talked about space and grass roots movements. He talked about GDP economic growth during the Apollo period and then what happened each decade after that through the current period. Jim sent in a question pointing out possible contradictions in his comments & suggested fuel depots as a way to minimize the quantity of rockets and launches. Dr Tyson said he was hardware agnostic and that in developing infrastructure and paving the way for the privates in space, fuel depots might very well be part of infrastructure but that government would be doing them, especially early on. Later, Dr. Tyson talked about our system being a political system and that it was not going to change. He used this as one of the examples of delusional thinking given many enthusiasts who don’t accept this reality & believe they can bypass or work around the political nature of our government and systems. Near the end of our discussion, he was asked about the Inspire Mars mission which he said was probably a stunt but that it might serve the purpose of showing the government that lots of people are interested in an HSF to Mars. Another listener wanted to know if the Inspire Mars mission turned out bad, would it derail human spaceflight. He did not think it would do that given other space accidents with the loss of crew.
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Nino Pollizzi, Sunday, 2-3-13 February 4, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: algebra, balance beam. Ohm's Law., DC-X, DC-X 20th reunion, Middle School, Nino Pollizzi, orbits, parabolas, pulleys, Rocket Science Tutors, STEM
Nino Pollizzi, Sunday, 2-3-13
Guest: Nino Pollizzi. Topics: Rocket Science Tutors and the DC-X with the upcoming 20th reunion. 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 Nino Pollizzi back to the program to discuss his STEM outreach educational program, Rocket Science Tutors (www.rocketsciencetutors.com). Rocket Science Tutors is a program for middle school students, currently in the Santa Ana school district in Orange County, CA, to teach STEM subjects to students after school. During the first part of our program, Nino described Rocket Science Tutors in detail, starting with the all volunteer staff from within the industry and the University of California Irvine (UCI) graduate students. He described the after school problem, the need for a teacher advisor, parental approval, and the demographic of the kids enrolled in the program. He said the program has been in place for eight years and they are open to expanding it to other schools and districts around the country. In fact, he received listener questions about expanding it to St. Louis and Los Angeles. Nino said the program was ready to be replicated. He has invited interested parties to contact him about this. We talked about some of the programs and projects taught in their classes including pulleys, basic electrical systems, Ohm’s Law, parabolas, the need for algebra, and more.
In our second segment of this 1 hour 42 minute program, we talked about the DC-X as Nino worked on that program when he was with McDonnell Douglas. DC-X is having their 20th reunion this August in New Mexico, an event which Nino talked about during our discussion. We also talked about the DC-X vehicle, its problems, the plans to scale up the demo to the two more advanced models, and ultimately its cancellation and the NASA selection of the X-33. Nino also took some questions about the possibility of a single stage to orbit vehicle with a useful payload.
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Dr. Martin Schwab, Tuesday, 12-4-12 December 5, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Celestial Leadership, Dr. Bob Krone, Dr. Martin Schwab, Dr. Robert Frantz, Dr. Sherry Bell, History of Global Governance, Kepler critical thinking class, Kepler high school classes, Kepler Space Institute, Kepler Space University, Moodle, online teaching., STEM
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Dr. Martin Schwab, Tuesday, 12-4-12
Guest: Dr. Martin Schwab. Topics: Kepler Space Institute Online Courses designed & taught by Dr. Schwab. 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. Martin Schwab back to the program to discuss three classes he has designed, helped to design, and is teaching at Kepler Space Institute Online. Follow along at these websites for more information: www.keplerspaceuniversity.com, www.keplerspaceinstitute.org =http://3x3globaldrills.com, and http://moodle.com. Please note that due to an error on my part, I cut off my microphone for the last 3.5 minutes of the program. All of the guest comments plus those of caller Tim are available on the recording but I edited out my comments about trying to resolve the problem. You will hear some rough edits as my comments talked over the caller and guest. I did leave in my closing comments though my audio is terrible, but I wanted to properly close the show. I apologize for my error but again, nothing said by the guest or the caller was lost or impacted in any way by my error. Also note that on the blog, I will upload the Celestial Leadership Syllabus. Look for it at the end of the program summary, only on the blog. This summary will not reflect the two segments of the program as our discussion overlapped both segments with common threads and themes. We started with Dr. Schwab providing us with a short overview of Kepler Space University, Kepler Space Institute, and online teaching. After the introduction and hands on approach to showing us how to navigate the Kepler websites, enroll in courses, find available courses, Dr. Schwab talked about his class, “Celestial Leadership: Advancing Humans Beyond Low Earth Orbit.” Martin took us through the course sessions, explained his teaching technique, the essays required for each session, and the course certificate awarded upon completion. Next, Martin talked about the high school/advance placement class, “Critical Thinking: Alternative Energies-Traditional Economics.” This class is a combined effort with Dr. Frantz and Martin and as such is taught differently than the Celestial Learning class. While the differences are not great, do note them in our discussion. In continuing our discussion after the break, we turned to the third class Martin shared with us, “History of Global Governance: Ancient to Modern.” Martin described this course, talked about the U.N. space treaties and other UN space work which is covered during the class. Martin read the class description to us, we talked about the theory of following the student as in the Montessori method, and he said the class was Inquiry Based. A listener wanted to know how to design and teach a Kepler course. During our discussion, Martin talked frequently about using Moodle to help in designing and handling the course. In the last few minutes of the program, Tim called to address educational issues from his perspective saying too many people go to college and that the more student loan money made available, the more likely universities will continue raising their fees and costs to consume the additional money in the system. Martin had much to say on this and his ideas on education as well, don’t miss them.
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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12 September 28, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: "Becoming Spacefarers: Rescuing America's Space Program, Apollo, Augustine Committee, Cislunar space, congressional funding, DARPA, Dr. Jim Vedda, expansion in the solar system, human spaceflight, ISS, LEO, lunar mining, Moon, NASA, NASA as a jobs program, Obama Space, Orion, proximity operations, public/private space partnerships., robotics, science missions, SLS, space destinations, space inspiration, space policy, space settlement, space telescopes, space training ground, STEM
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Dr. James (Jim) Vedda, Friday, 9-28-12
Tags: civil space., commercial space, Dr. Haym Benaroya, Dr. John Jurist, economic growth, government investment, government spending, NASA, NASA budget, space benefits, space community civility, space entrepreneurs, space inspiration, space medicine, space policy, space technology, space vision, STEM, U.S. congress, zero sum game
Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Haym Benaroya, & DrSpace, Monday, 4-9-12
Guests: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Haym Benaroya. Topics: Space policy ideas as presented in our Op-Ed & Open Letter which you can read on The Space Show blog. 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 Drs. Jurist and Benaroya to discuss our two articles to be published regarding U.S. space policy. You can read the drafts of these two articles on The Space Show blog per the URL above for this particular program and date. We are asking for your constructive feedback, comments, and questions as our intention is to refine both letters and submit them for publication. All comments and feedback are welcome but the most useful feedback will offer suggestions for how to make our letters more effective in fostering space policy that supports economic, STEM, and space program growth on the civil side as well as on the private, entrepreneurial, & commercial side. In addition, The Space Show suggests that listeners write their own 1,000 word Op-Ed and submit it to The Space Show. I will put it up on the blog, plus offer you time on The Space Show to articulate your perspective and views. We know that some of you will disagree with what we have said and we do want your contribution to the discussion as you will hear during this program. So do join in on the overall space policy debate. Don’t just sit on the sidelines, get your ideas out there to advance the discussion. During our discussion which was 90 minutes without a break, the three of us explained why we decided to write and publish our thoughts on space policy and our future in space, plus we went into some detail as to the content of leach letter. We fielded several listener questions which offered suggestions as well as critiques of both our approach and our content. Several of the listener comments offered no suggestions for making the letters more effective, opting instead to tell us where we were going wrong. Please post your comments, suggestions, and feedback on the blog. Any emails sent directly to me regarding our letters and this discussion will be posted on the blog in your name without any editing on my part. If you want to send an email to Dr. Jurist or Dr. Benaroya, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly forward it for you.
Dr. David Kipping, Friday, 2-10-12 February 10, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Dr. David Kipping, Earth-like planets, Exomoons, Exoplanets, Goldilocks zone, habitable zone, Hubble Space Telescope, human spaceflight, infrared bands, interstellar travel, James Webb Space Telescope, Kepler public data, Kepler Space Telescope (KST), KST Field of View, nanosatellite swarms, planehunters.org, planet wobble, Pulsars, spectroscopy, STEM, Transit technique for planet finding
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Dr. David Kipping, Friday, 2-10-12
Guest: Dr. David Kipping. Topics: Searching for Exomoons and Exoplanets with Kepler Space Telescope (KST). 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. David Kipping to the program to discuss the search for Exomoons and Exoplanets. The primary tool for these searches is the Kepler Space Telescope (KST). We talked about the methods used to search for the exomoons, mainly planet transits. Later in our discussion we talked about the other methods including detecting wobbles and using pulsars. Another discussion issue was the fixed field of view for the KST (about 10 degrees) and the benefit of having multiple KSTs to look at different and broader fields of view of the sky. Dr. Kipping was asked several questions about finding exomoons in the habitable zone (Goldilocks zone). We also discussed the randomness of targets and the small number that are actually in the field of view from Earth. Charles in an email brought up spectroscopy in the searches.
In the second segment, we started out discussing pulsars and their role in these searches. Dr. Kipping went into some detail to explain to us the radiation pulses and how they can be interpreted in the exoplanet/moon searches. As you will hear, pulsars are not likely to be located in the Goldilocks zone but Dr. Kipping did give us an idea of the best targets for a visit were we to have interstellar space travel. Later we talked about the JWST and infrared searches along with the potential the JWST brings to astronomy. This discussion took into account the NASA budget, competition with the science missions and human spaceflight, and making hard choices for this or that funding. Our guest took some listener questions about nanosatellites and swarms of mini-KSTs. Dr. Kipping had much to say about this idea, including that it was a good one. Another issue covered was the international effort in these searches. I asked our guest about amateurs and planet searches. He told us about an interactive website, www.planethunters.org plus other programs that involved non-professionals in the searches. Near the end of the program, Dr. Kipping discussed the differences with the KST public data and private data.
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Rick Tumlinson, Friday, 1-20-12 January 21, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: asteroids, Chinese Space Program, Congress, Deimos., EarthLight Institute, frontier development, Gerard K. O'Neill, HE3, human spaceflight (HSF), LEO transportation, Mars, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA, New World Conference, NewSpace, Obamaspace, old space, Orion, Phobos, political leadership, Return to the Moon, Rick Tumlinson, Russian space program, Soyuz, Space Frontier Foundation, Space Launch System (SLS)., space leadership, space settlement, space to space transportation, space vision, Space X, SSP, STEM, Texas Space Alliance, traditional aerospace, Why Space?
Rick Tumlinson, Friday, 1-20-12
Guest: Rick Tumlinson. Topics: Why Space, space vision, NewSpace, SLS, opening the space frontier. 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 Rick Tumlinson back to the program for this nearly two hour discussion of space vision, leadership, programming, SLS, advocacy and more. In hour first 70 minute segment, Rick opened by talking about his ongoing op-ed series in the Huffington Post titled “Why Space?” So far he has two issues uploaded to the Huffington Post & I urge you to read them. You can see all of Rick’s articles on the Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-tumlinson. During our discussion, Rick stressed the need for space settlement and talked about this during the entire program. Additionally, Rick focused on the big picture space vision throughout our entire discussion. In the first segment, SLS came up but it was also talked about later in the show. Rick explained why he thought it was the wrong project for this point in time and had much to say about private industry launch & space transportation systems as compared to government programs. When asked if he thought SLS could be appropriate as a placeholder, he said no but listen to what he had to say about this idea. He talked about not picking winners and advocating a common sense space plan. I asked him for his plan and how to implement it. He then outlined a plan in several steps during the balance of the segment. Don’t miss it. Listeners called & asked questions about the Chinese space program and cooperation and the same with the Russians.
In the second segment, Rick started us off with a discussion about the Frontier approach for space development. He also talked about going to the Moon and why, but also about asteroids & Mars. He said we need to develop the skills and the insitu experience for living & working in space. Several times he mentioned that on the Moon and Mars we would be living underground due to the radiation. Rick then talked about space habitats including O’Neil like space stations/habitats. Several listeners asked about the role of HSF in developing our understanding of the universe, specifically for 2012 and beyond. John from Atlanta called in to talk about the lack of civility coming from the NewSpace community toward old space. This produced a spirited give & take with Rick which in a way focused on “guarantees” for the commercial company success as compared to government rocket programs. John suggested it was a bit risky putting all the “eggs” in unproven commercial company baskets when we know the government launch vehicle will work as long as the program is not cancelled. Don’t miss what John and Rick had to say.. Toward the end, Rick talked about the Texas Space Alliance & his new organization, EarthLight Institute. He provided us with substantial detail about the EarthLight Institute plans, their website which is under construction, plus the book on asteroids that he is working on and will be out around the end of the year. He was asked about his continuing role with the Space Frontier Foundation & the activities of SFF.
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Dr. Roger Handberg, Monday, 1-16-12 January 17, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: Apollo, Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO), budget priorities, Chinese Space Program, Congress, Constellation, DOD space, Dr. Roger Handberg, European Code of Conduct for Outer Space, human spaceflight (HSF), Indian space program, ISS, key government space positions, LEO, NASA, National Space Council., OMB, Outer Space Treaty, Presidential Science Advisor, property rights, science missions, SLS, space advocacy, space budgets, space policy, Space Shuttle, space vision, Space X, STEM, U.S. presidents and space policy
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Dr. Roger Handberg, Monday, 1-16-12
Guest: Dr. Roger Handberg. Topics: Space policy, leadership, Asia space, ISS, & 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 Dr. Roger Handberg to the program for a comprehensive space policy discussion. During this program, several of his recent Space Review articles were referenced and I urge you to read them. See Dec. 19, 2011 “ISS Next: chasing humanity’s future in space and the ‘next logical step” (www.thespacereview.com/article/1993/1). Also Nov. 21, 2011, “American human spaceflight and future options, short-and long-term” (www.thespacereview.com/article/1974/1. Our discussion started with a brief overview of U.S. space policy for the new year 2012. Dr. Handberg said our policy was in a state of confusion and described the situation around the Kennedy Space Center as practically in shutdown mode. We talked history and what it was like in 1970 before shuttle. Dr. Handberg then talked about our robust science missions and projects but they don’t get the attention like HSF & it is the HSF missions that are the problem. Dr. Handberg referenced the Augustine report and SLS. He also said the Chinese were moving ahead though they were still several decades behind the U.S. We then talked about the need to think beyond the SLS & beyond the existing ISS which has a limited remaining lifespan. In fact, thinking big and beyond the ISS is a major theme in his Dec. 19, 2011 Space Review article. We spent considerable time discussing what was next for the U.S. after the ISS. Our guest said we were at risk of repeating one of the major failures of Apollo, that is, what to do after the program ends. In this case, what does the U.S. do after the ISS ends? His analysis of the problem pointed to our having no clear vision and a strong need to reorganize the political system because NASA budgets are done yearly so no budget is ever finalized. He confirmed what many others have said and that was that president’s don’t care about space. We addressed commercial and private space, both for space stations and launch vehicles. Anthony in the UK asked him what he thought the single event might be for people to say we’ve now been overtaken. Dr. Handberg suggested that point might come when the ISS ends its life and there is nothing else while the Chinese have their own space station and are still going forward.
In the second segment, I asked our guest for his thoughts on how college students have changed over his long teaching career. Don’t miss this discussion. You might be surprised by what he had to say. Listeners asked him if and when he thought SLS would be cancelled for budgetary reasons. His response was most interesting. Other listeners asked more questions about SLS, the shut down of Constellation, the private HSF effort, and space markets. Near the end of the program, Maria asked him how to get Congress to consider space as an investment, not an expense. He said that today, all government spending is considered an expense and while space is an investment, thinking it will be treated that way by congress is to be in political denial. As the program was ending, I asked our guest how to make space advocacy more effective. He said we needed to get space conscious (not necessarily advocates) in key positions within government & the administration. He named a few positions as examples. Finally, we talked about the Outer Space Treaty, the EU Code of Conduct, & bringing back the National Space Council.
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