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Rand Simberg, Dr. Margaret Jordan, Bill Simon, “Evoloterra,” Friday, 7-20-12 July 20, 2012

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Rand Simberg, Dr. Margaret Jordan, Bill Simon, “Evoloterra,” Friday, 7-20-12


Guests:  Rand Simberg, Dr. Margaret Jordan, Bill Simon.  Topics:  Celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of our moon landing per Evoloterra.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://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 Rand Simberg & Bill Simon and for the first time, Dr. Margaret Jordan, to present Evoloterra to The Space Show audience to commemorate and honor the 43rd anniversary our Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.  You can download or print the Evoloterra Ceremony at www.evoloterra.com.  During our first segment, the three authors of Evoloterra provided us with an overview and history of how Evoloterra came to be written, then the four of us read the ceremony on air.  Rand took the part of the ceremony leader, then Bill, Margaret & I alternated with one another reading the paragraphs following the leader questions.  This segment, our reading of Evoloterra, told the story of how humans evolved and were able to develop the knowledge, skills, and technology to go to the Moon in 1969.  On the completion of the ceremony we then went to our break.

In our second segment, we started off with “dinner conversation” about Evoloterra, our Moon landing, what it meant then, and what it means for today.  We fielded listener calls & emails about the ceremony.  We talked about educational outreach, our public schools, and doing the ceremony tonight (July 20), this weekend, or in the near future to remember and understand this important accomplishment with family and friends.  Another of our topics was focused on making sure that those 500 years in the future will know what we did 43 years ago today and just how we did it.  This remembrance gets more & more complicated as our Moon landing fades into our past history.  One listener asked if Evoloterra had impact on policy makers. Rand said he did not think so.  Rand told us about a website, www.wherewereyou.com.  Here, you can upload your story as to where you were when we landed on the Moon, what you were doing, & what it meant to you.  As our program was ending, we finished the ceremony by reading the Evoloterra Epilogue. Our guests then closed out the program with their concluding thoughts and comments.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email the three co-authors through me at DrSpace@thespaceshow.com.


1. Jim Davis - July 27, 2012

Three comments:

1. It’s interesting that Simberg, Simon, and Jordan chose the passover seder as a model because it commemorates an event which never took place. Their chagrin over Apollo deniers makes this particularly ironic.

2. The religious overtones of the ceremony, particularly the epilogue, might have undesired consequences. The open admission that manned space is a matter of faith and personal conviction might lead some to take it less seriously than might otherwise be the case.

3. This is a mere technical nitpick but where does the 200 million horsepower figure come from? The Saturn V first stage horsepower varied from 55 million at liftoff to 80 million at center engine shutdown.

2. The Space Show - July 21, 2012

I’m posting the below note on the part of the listener who contacted me after hearing this program as he posted his Apollo 11 experiences on the website Rand mentioned, http://www.wherewereyou.com.



On July 20, 1969 as a 1st. Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Vietnam, I flew from Vietnam to Sidney, Australia on a 7 day leave. I arrived in Sidney and the city was in an incredible celebration mood because of the moon landing. Everywhere there were American and Australian flags hanging together with pictures in all the stores, bars and restaurants of the moon landing from the newspapers. Signs all over town said “Australia and America, Partners in Space”.

I can’t begin to tell you how many people during the next few days came up to me and and said great things about America and Australia as a team. This was such a surprise to me as a soldier because this was at a time when there were so many protest about America and the Vietnam War. I believe the event of the first moon landing brought many people together regardless of their cultural differences, political views and opinions.


3. Kelly Starks - July 20, 2012

Theres just got to be something better the show could run on the anniversary of the Moon landing.

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