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Space Show Audition Program, Sunday, 10-20-13 October 21, 2013

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Space Show Audition Program, Sunday, 10-20-13


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Guests:  Dr. David Livingston with callers; Topics:  Cislunar, lunar return, Mars, dogs in space, lunar nitrogen.  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

Welcome to our second Space Show guest audition program.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, we fielded no calls from potential new Space Show guests but Doug called in from S. California for a lengthy discussion regarding the reasons for returning to the Moon and what may in his opinion be the best reason for the public to get excited about returning to the Moon with a settlement appeal.  Doug was talking about couples & their possible flight schedules to the Moon,  we talked about Mars One and that researchers have proposed all women crews as many believe they will do much better than men in long duration spaceflight.  Doug then asked about how many people could identify the Moon walking astronauts as to how many could identify the cast of the old TV show, Gilligan’s Island.  Everyone thought that more people would know the Gilligan’s cast than the Apollo astronauts.  John Hunt then emailed in a comment that Gilligan’s Island had a theme song, suggesting the song made the difference. In honor of John’s “discovery,” I  played the Gilligan theme song on air and challenged Doug and John to collaborate with one another on a Return to the Moon theme song.  Doug also thought taking a dog as a pet (and a research subject) to the Moon would really interest the public.  We had some fun talking about this topic but in the end, I expressed my skepticism and cynical nature regarding Doug’s five points with the general public and policy makers, and even the dog in space possibility though I am in support for traveling with my dog as listeners know since I have brought this up on many Space Show programs. 

In the second segment, Marshall called in to talk about wanting to return as a guest to The Space Show regarding his ideas of lunar settlement.  He talked about artificial gravity and possible nitrogen problems on the Moon.  Marshall connected the possible nitrogen problems, even with ammonia on the Moon, to some of the issues Doug talked about during his call. 

This audition program did not turn up as many potential new guests as the first audition show did but do keep in mind we are always interested in new guests, your suggestions, and recommendations.  Self-invited guests need to call an Open Lines show to tell us what is on their mind and why they think they should be a Space Show guest.  Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog.



1. jimjxr - October 28, 2013

Just listened to this podcast (yeah I’m a little behind), but I absolutely do not agree with the complains about entitlement, the lack of public support for the government space program, or the jibe against consumer electronics. I work in software development, so I consider myself a tech person, and also interested in space exploration and colonization, however I don’t think we should take money from the entitlement programs to fund space exploration. Science and technology is supposed to help people, give them a better life, no? If people today have to live like people in the 1950s and 1960s, then all the progress we have made in terms of science and technology has been for nothing. It’s very selfish to take money away from people’s health care to fund space exploration, that’s not what a democratic government should be doing, the US is not supposed to be like China or the Soviet Union.

I think the currently NASA budget (about .5% of the federal budget) is about right in term of priority, and we can do a lot with it if we spend it wisely on commercial backed projects instead of wasteful projects like SLS. The problem with US government sponsored human space program is not lack of funding, but how to use the funds they have correctly. The space cadets need to realize that the days of big government spending on space is gone forever (unless China went mad and start a race to Mars, which is not likely), and plan accordingly. I think private industry and commercialization of space is the right next step, and the only way to take us to Mars and beyond, the sooner everyone is onboard with the new vision the faster we can get there.

Finally, about the advanced we have made in consumer electronics, these are what space industry should be doing, i.e. providing a service to the consumers so that they part their money willingly, instead of asking people to donate money for a cause. And the advances we made here has wide spread implications, much wider than just a toy for consumers. I doubt SpaceX can get grasshopper running so quickly if they don’t have access to the latest electronics, sensors and computers. Their software runs on Linux, an open source OS which would not be possible without cheap computers for everyone. There are a lot more examples (my favorite is GPUs, they are originally designed so that consumers can play better 3D games, but now are used to speed up parallel processing in scientific computing). The point is people do not need to know all these, we don’t put labels on 3D graphics card to say your money is helping scientists to do faster protein folding, thank you very much. It’s all unnecessary, the invisible hand of market takes care of it. This is what the space industry should aspire to do.

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