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Mike Simmons, Friday, 8-29-14 August 30, 2014

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Mike Simmons, Friday, 8-29-14

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Guest:  Mike Simmons.   Topics:  Astronomers Without Borders, telescopes and astronomy as part of our culture and in international relations.  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 addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

 

We welcomed Mike Simmons to the program, Founder and president of Astronomers Without Borders (http://astronomerswithoutborders.org).  During our 61 minute discussion, Mr. Simmons started out by introducing us to Astronomers Without Borders and visits to Iran and Iraq.  He talked about astronomy as a cultural connection among nations and peoples, especially with young and well educated people around the world.  We discussed the organization and total eclipse tours, trips, and other astro tourism projects.  He mentioned the organization’s Monthly Hangout which is a Google Plus monthly meeting with guests which you can find on YouTube.  Our guest talked about the Mt. Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles and several listeners asked him about visiting the famous observatory.  The same for Mt. Palomar which is still in use and also in S. California.  Joe asked about the best age to introduce children to astronomy.  Mike then told us about telescopes and pointed us to basic telescopes his organization sells for those interested.  See http://store.astronomerswithoutborders.org.  Listeners asked Mike about their participation in Uwingu programs, specifically the Beam Me to Mars program.  We learned that the organization has been a beneficiary of Uwingu grants.  Listeners asked about night viewing, light pollution and dark skies programs.  Paul sent in a question inquiring about astronomy and the connection to space exploration & development which are major themes for The Space Show. This provoked an interesting discussion with our guest.  Near the end of our discussion, Mike talked about astronomy in the arts including astro crafts, astro poetry, space artists, and more.

 

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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-24-14 August 25, 2014

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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-24-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2302-BWB-2014-08-24.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern.  Topics:  New Horizons to Pluto, Uwingu Mars programs.  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 addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Dr. Alan Stern back to the program to discuss New Horizons which is on target for its summer rendezvous with Pluto and new Uwingu projects relating to Mars (www.uwingu.com).  During our hour long program, Dr. Stern started with New Horizons and he mentioned the 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT NASA press conference today regarding New Horizons passing Neptune’s orbit plus it being the 25th anniversary of Voyager passing the Neptune system.  The press conference is at http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html but if you miss it, I’m confident it will be archived.  Alan reported that New Horizons was in good health, we talked about the course corrections it has made along its trip to Pluto, plus special events planned for its arrival in the Pluto system.  Other topics included the Kuiper Belt and Ort Cloud, dwarf planets and just how many planets are in our solar system per a question asked by a listener regarding his son’s science class.  BJohn asked questions about the Gaia telescope and comparisons of New Horizons to Dawn and the Rosetta mission.  Another listener asked about the New Horizons team and its costs so far.  We talked about the need for advanced propulsion and what missions would be most suited for it.  Doug sent in an email regarding Pluto, Ceres, and the start of a new era of exploration.  Lots of comments and questions about Pluto being a planet as Alan referred to Pluto as a planet.  Dr. Stern did go over the differences and similarities with Rosetta, New Horizons and the Dawn Mission and he said the Gaia telescope could not do the imaging Bjorn asked about but that Earth-based telescopes could do a good job in some circumstances s could Hubble.  At the halfway point, we switched over to talking about Uwingu and their latest Mars project (see http://uwingu.com/beam-me-to-mars).  I mentioned on air about a Space Show contest which would award the winner a message to Mars so if you have ideas for such a contest, email them to me please.  I plan on sending a Space Show message to Mars and will post it on the blog.  Alan also talked about the program naming Mars craters which will appear on their Mars map which is planned to go to Mars on the Mars One robotic mission in a few years.  Before the show ended, a listener asked Alan about the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-26-14 March 27, 2014

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-26-14

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Alan Stern, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: New Horizons, Pluto, Uwingu, naming Martian craters. 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. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you.

We welcomed Dr. Alan Stern to the program to discuss the New Horizons mission to Pluto. Dr. Stern talked to us about the instrument capability aboard New Horizons, dwarf planets, the Kuiper Belt and other Pluto-like planets. We also talked about Pluto’s moons. Our discussion then moved to Uwingu (www.uwingu.com) and the opportunity for anyone to name Martian craters. John told listeners how the website worked by moving the cursor over Mars to see available craters, their pricing, and location.

Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Dr. Alan Stern & Bas Lansdorp, Sunday, 3-2-14 March 3, 2014

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Dr. Alan Stern & Bas Lansdorp, Sunday, 3-2-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2196-BWB-2014-03-02.mp3

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Guests:  Dr. Alan Stern & Bas Lansdorp.  Topics:  Uwingu’s Mars crater naming opportunities & Mars One partnership.  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 addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.   For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.  We welcomed back to The Space Show both Dr. Alan Stern and Bas Lansdorp to talk about the Mars One & Uwingu Mars crater naming project partnership.  Dr. Stern began the discussion in  this 1 hour 33 minute program.  Please note that both guests used cell phones and Bas was in Holland so we do have phone line noise and static throughout the discussion.  Alan provided us with a brief history of Uwingu and then talked about having acquired the Mars crater database which forms the basis for the Uwingu Mars crater naming project.  Our guest explained the project and how each of us can participate, as well as why we should name a crater. Dr. Stern then introduce our mystery guest, Bas Lansdorp, CEO of Mars One, as both Uwingu & Mars One are partnering in the crater naming project.  Briefly, Uwingu will make a digital map of all the Martian named craters and Mars One will carry that map with them on their 2018 Phoenix like robotic mission which is an important mission leading up to their human missions.  Bas did explain why the 2018 mission is so important to the overall Mars One plan.  After this discussion, we fielded lots of listener email questions asking Bas about all aspects of the human mission from spaceflight safety to human factors, to launch vehicles, radiation, microgravity, all of the above and more.  Alan also received numerous email questions seeking to clarify parts of the Uwingu project.  There were lots of fun topics but this was really taken to the extreme when Bas mentioned the probability of crews eating insects.  This set off a “bug storm” with listeners wanting to know the types of insects to be eaten, why, and lots of other things.  Many around the world do eat insects but this seemed to strike some nerves among listeners.

In the second segment, Alan and Bas talked about the joint press release to be issued Monday morning, March 3, 2014 describing the partnership & the project.  You can see the press release on the two websites, www.uwingu.com and www.mars-one.com.  We inquired about Mars One communications back to Earth, asked about the DSN and learned that Mars One might build their own ground stations for their own communications network.  We talked about the profile of the ideal crew member, the command structure for the crews, radiation, microgravity, regulation, and more.  Other topics discussed during this show included Mars One extracting water from the Martian soil, equipment/hab backup and redundancy, the possibility of Earth-return, possible impact on HSF & Mars with a mission failure or death, Mars spacecraft simulation, and much more.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can contact Dr. Stern and Bas Lansdorp through their websites or me.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-21-12 November 22, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-21-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1898-BWB-2012-11-21.mp3

Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Alan Stern, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  Uwingu and naming planets.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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 discussion, Dr. Alan Stern talked about the process of naming planets and the first “product” offered by Uwingu (www.uwingu.com).  Dr. Stern said there were over 160 billion planets in the universe so his naming opportunities to involve as many people as possible seems like a winner.

If you have questions or comments about this segment, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can contact Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Stern through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Dr. Alan Stern, Uwingu, Friday, 11-9-12 November 10, 2012

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Dr. Alan Stern, Uwingu, Friday, 11-9-12

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Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern.  Topics:  Uwingu, the Uwingu Fund, planet naming and voting opportunities.  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. Alan Stern back to the program to further discuss Uwingu and their first product which is focused on planet naming and voting opportunities.  Please see the Uwingu website for more details, www.uwingu.com. During this one hour program, Dr. Stern explained the Uwingu concept and the first product, the opportunity to suggest names for planets and to vote on them.  The goal is to build a data base of names that might be used as new planets are discovered.  It costs 99 cents to suggest a name or vote for one name, but there is discount pricing if you plan on nominating or voting for more than just one name.  See http://betaclone.uwingu.com/faq/pricing for discounted pricing details for larger orders.  We heard from many listeners with great ideas on how to promote planet naming because the goal for Uwingu is to put half the proceeds into the Uwingu Fund to support space development projects.  Suggestions ranged from school and classroom activities to birthday parties, holiday stocking stuffers, gifts, and more.  As you will hear, you can certainly nominate more than one name and you can vote for more than one name and you can vote as often as possible. Alan explained the rules governing a name nomination plus plans for versions of this concept to be in different languages on the Uwingu site. There are time parameters to this planet naming opportunity which Alan discussed during our program.  The subject of payment came up and Uwingu accepts all major credit cards as well as Pay Pal.  This is applicable for those outside the United States as well as here in the States.  Alan explained the use of the Citation for your nomination. Here, you get to make a brief statement as to why you are nominating a specific name.

If you have questions or comments about Uwingu, the planet naming & voting opportunities, or anything related, please post them on The Space Show blog and I will call them to Dr. Stern’s attention.  When you nominate a name, also post it on our blog so we can follow along with Space Show listener suggestions. Lastly, you will hear some “rough” edit cuts near the end of the program.  Unfortunately, workers on the premises triggered a central station fire alarm and I had to excuse myself from the discussion with Alan for a few minutes to silence the alarm.  This interference was edited out for our archives and podcasting recordings.

 

The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-29-12 August 30, 2012

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The John Batchelor Show “Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-29-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1844-BWB-2012-08-29.mp3

Guests:  John Batchelor, Dr. Alan Stern, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics: The new space venture financing program, UWINGU (www.uwingu.com).   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. 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 11.5 minute discussion, Dr. Stern explained Uwingu (www.uwingu.com) which is a new way of financing space programs, projects, education, and more.  Dr. Stern pointed out the current Uwingu campaign which you can read about and participate in via their website.

If you want to email John Batchelor or Dr. Alan Stern, please send your note to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.  Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog.

Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-26-12 August 27, 2012

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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-26-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1840-BWB-2012-08-26.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern.   Topics:  Uwingu space venture, updates for New Horizons, Pluto and 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 Dr. Alan Stern to discuss a new kind of business venture, Uwingu (see www.uwingu.com).  During our first segment, Dr. Stern fully explained this new venture and showed why it was like no other.  We also talked about the start-up funding campaign on Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com/projects/180221?c=home).  For the record, I became a supporter of Uwingu after our program.  I found the Indiegogo process to be especially simple, clear, easy, and quick.  I do recommend you support Uwingu because it does represent a completely different funding model for space ventures, college education, programs such as The Space Show, research proposals, and more.  As you will hear, Uwingu will sell space related products off their website (to be announced later), and the proceeds go to the Uwingu Fund to be used to give out awards based on review, due diligence, and in some cases, peer review.  Alan explained this process in our first segment and in parts of our second segment.

In our second segment, we asked Alan for updates to the New Horizons Mission on its way to Pluto. We learned about important New Horizon events coming up in 2013, including a full rehearsal of the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto.  I asked Alan about the Pluto postage stamp campaign and learned that it is now before the U.S. Post Office for consideration.  Alan talked about other projects he is working on, including the suborbital research flight projects with the Southwest Research Institute.  These projects include his being the PI of the LAMP instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, which launched in 2009, and the PI for ALICE on ESA’s ROSETTA Mission.  Going back to Uwingu, Dr. Stern was asked about ITAR issues, the social media contacts for Uwingu, and then he was asked about other questions pertaining to the Kuiper Belt objects, .  As the program ended, Alan talked about the upcoming Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference, June 3-5, 2012 in Broomfield, Colorado.  For full information about this conference, visit http://nsrc.swri.org.

Please post your comments/questions on our blog.  If you want to contact Dr. Stern, send your note to me and I will forward it to him.

 

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