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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Friday, 8-23-13 August 24, 2013

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Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA, Friday, 8-23-13


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Guest:  Dr. Sandra Magnus.  Topics:  The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), AIAA conferences, human spaceflight. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://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.

We welcomed Dr. Sandra Magnus, the new AIAA Executive Director, to the show to discuss AIAA with us, their conferences, and much more.  Please visit the AIAA website for more information, www.aiaa.org.  During this one hour program, Dr. Magnus talked about AIAA reorganization using forums for grouping the space conferences and work carried out by the organization.  As we learned, AIAA is revitalizing the development and presentation of AIAA conferences and exhibitions in support of the AIAA mission. You can read about this new focus at www.aiaa.org/Forums/?terms=forums.  Listeners asked about the peer review process for papers being submitted to AIAA conferences, we talked about AIAA educational outreach efforts, especially for STEM matters.  Listeners wanted to know if AIAA backed projects, if the organization lobbied for space policy, and if it was an advocacy organization.  Dr. Magnus took us through the AIAA policy on these issues which did clarify AIAA positions and policy. We also talked about a blurring of the lines with defense and space policy issues and their efforts in helping to accomplish ITAR reform as an educational 501C3 organization.  Dr. Magnus was asked about the planned commercial Mars missions, SLS, commercial space, and more. Don’t miss what she had to say abut all of these projects.  We talked about the upcoming Space 2013 Conference in San Diego (www.aiaa.org/SPACE2013).  Dr. Magnus highlighted keynote speakers, the Pickering Lecture on Curiosity, the NASA asteroid mission, and their Exhibit Hall.  I will be at the conference so if you are there, please look for me as I value meeting Space Show listeners in person.  Another topic of interest included the local AIAA sections and their monthly meetings.  You can find out about the local sections closest to you at www.aiaa.org/RegionSectionMap.aspx?id=14958.  Near the end of our discussion, I asked our guest about her experiences as an astronaut, being on board the ISS for 4.5 months, microgravity bone and muscle loss issues, exercising while on the ISS, and concern about riding the shuttle and the SRBs.  Dr. Magnus also did some real cooking in space and she shared some of her space cooking know how and experiences with us but unfortunately, no recipes.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog.  If you have AIAA conference or other questions, send them to me and I will forward them to someone who can provide you with an answer.  See you in San Diego!



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