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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-29-15 November 30, 2015

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Open Lines, Sunday, 11-29-15

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Guest Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: Dark Matter, advanced propulsion, nuclear, Vasimir, CO2 emissions, lunar habitats.  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.  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.

Welcome to our Open Lines program.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 56 minute discussion, I mentioned the Dark Matter article from The Economist as my friend sent me the actual article.  You can download or read it here:  www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21678126-powerful-gamma-rays-centre-milky-way-look-signs-elusive.  John from Fremont called and mentioned the article, then he talked about advanced propulsion, nuclear propulsion, and Vasimir. He wondered if NASA was serious about nuclear propulsion despite a slight increase in the R&D budget for it. He also wanted Dr. Judy Curry to return to the show in light of the Paris Global Warming Conf. going on this week.  I brought up our recent show on NASA’s OCO-2 satellite with guest Dr. David Crisp.  John from Ft. Worth called to talk advanced propulsion and much about Vasimir.  He also brought up global warming and unfortunately I let that topic take up way too much time on the show today.  We also talked about Dr. Jim Dewar coming back to the show on Sunday, Dec. 6 to talk about nuclear propulsion and his book giveaway which I will announce on the show next week.

In the second segment, I described Dr. Dewar’s book which will be the subject of the fundraiser for OGLF.  Dr. Doug from S. California called in to tell us he was considering a Kickstarter project to build a large inflatable simulated lunar hab, probably in Arizona.  Doug described his project, his lunar hab simulation model, his expectations, his cough estimates, plus he wanted Space Show listener feedback on the idea.  Post your feedback on the blog or send it directly to his email address which he gave out on air, or better yet, do both as listeners would like to know the feedback given Doug on this project.  Don’t miss his call and the opportunity to learn about this potential crowdfunding project.  Rick then emailed us to remind us that PISCES in Hawaii was a lunar simulation program.  Before the show ended, Doug emailed in about advanced propulsion, suggesting we start on programs using existing rockets and of course the Falcon Heavy.  I read his note on air, seems to me he is making sense though to really have an efficient and growing space program I believe we need to implement some form of nuclear propulsion, hopefully sooner rather than later.  Adrian emailed us about Vasimir, CO2 atmospheric emissions, and the use of solar power to offset high electrical costs in places such as California.  John from Freemont had the last word with a shout out for Blue Origin and an article on the www.theverge.com with Charles Miller explaining the differences in what Blue Origin did as compared to SpaceX recovering the first stage of the Falcon 9.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show Blog.

Indiegogo Campaign Perk Update, Sunday, 11-29-15 November 29, 2015

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Indiegogo Campaign Perk Update, Sunday, 11-29-15

 

 

Lapel Pin Perks:

All lapel pin orders were processed earlier this month and you should have received your pin by now.  If you have not received it, let me know so I can check on the delivery status, confirm your mailing address and replace the order if necessary. 

T-Shirt and Mug Perks:

 As of today, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, all t-shirt and mug orders have been placed through Spreadshirt.com.  I have been advised that Spreadshirt will be shipping your perk to you which you should have within two weeks.  If you do not received your t-shirt or mug perk within two weeks, let me know so I can check with Spreadshirt on the order and their shipping.  I do hope you like the mug and/or t-shirt.  The logo on your item is only available as a result of this Indiegogo campaign so you have a one of a kind item.  The new logo minus my signature will soon be on the Café  Pres items on TSS website. Again, without my autograph. There are a few of you who have not yet told me what size t-shirt you want so your order is pending my receiving your size information.  I have already sent multiple requests for this information so please send it to me so you can receive your perk.

When the new website goes live, the host, be your own guest, business consulting, co-host and other perks become active.  However, all December 2015 Space Show dates are taken so for those of you wanting to co-host shows, be a guest, or host your own program, it will have to be in 2016.  I have TSS dates and times available for the first quarter 2016. If you would like me to send you this list for your planning, let me know by email and I will do so but keep in mind Space Show dates fill up very fast and if you want to co-host an already planned Space Show program, the intended guest needs to approve of your being a co-host. 

External hard drives of all Space Show programs to date plus the webinars will be available by early to mid January.  I will be in touch with those recipients when the drives are ready for shipping. 

I again want to thank you for having supported our Indiegogo new website campaign project. 

I wish all of you a very happy holiday season.  Don’t forget, we are now in our annual end of the year fund raising campaign for The Space Show.  You can find out more about this campaign right here on the blog at  https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/oglf-2015-annual-fund-raising-campaign.   

Sincerely,

DrSpace

OGLF 2015 Annual Fund Raising Campaign November 27, 2015

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OGLF 2015 Annual Fund Raising Campaign

November 27, 20

Dear Space Show Listeners:

Re: 2015 Annual Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation Fundraising Drive

My best wishes to all of you for an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the upcoming Christmas season, and New Years.  The Space Show and I personally wish for you, your family, and your friends a terrific 2016 full of health, happiness, prosperity, and of course, a peaceful world.  Like all of you, I hope for a New Year of significant and productive space development including commercial space expansion.

I want to thank all of you who have so generously supported The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation (OGLF) during this and previous years, as well as those of you who supported our Indiegogo campaign earlier this year to build the new website.  The new design is in the hands of beta testers and I am carefully going through it as well.  I’m also working on t-shirt and mug perk fulfillment so those of you who wanted these items, you should be getting them soon from our supplier, Spreadshirt.com.

Despite continued economic pressures, The Space Show has maintained our four programs per week schedule plus we have continued with our short Hotel Mars segment hosted by The John Batchelor Show.  We did fewer webinars in 2015 than in previous years, primarily because of back injury and surgery which took me out of commission for nearly three months.  I am optimistic that for 2016 we will be back up to four or more webinars during the year.

The Space Show relies entirely upon your support for its continued operation and programming.  Your support also enables us to distribute our copyrighted content freely to everyone on the internet. Also, we never take fees from guests to be on the program.  Given our policy, we do continue to need your help in maintaining our broadcasting schedule, improving our programming, and to continue to produce a quality space message.  We also want to continue providing a credible forum for your creative, scientific and opinion work, projects, theories, ideas, and views.  We now have substantially higher website hosting and management services given the new hosting company, the new website, and an actual webmaster taking care of our site on a regular basis.  You can help us do all of these things and more and become even stronger in 2016 by supporting us through donations to One Giant Leap Foundation (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org).  We understand that you have choices in making your tax deductible contributions and we certainly appreciate your including us in your gifting priorities.

The year 2015 is quickly coming to a close.  Now is the time to support The Space Show/OGLF by making a contribution to help maintain and further develop our programming and access.  If you pay U.S. federal taxes, you get a tax deduction and the same is true for those of you paying California taxes as we are a federal 501C3 and a California Public Benefit Corporation.  Please check with your tax adviser regarding any and all tax questions that you might have regarding any OGLF tax deductions and advantages.  You are also encouraged to contact me with your questions and comments about the show or anything else.  Above all, please  remember that we do need and appreciate your support.

You can make your donation online using Pay Pal at either www.thespaceshow.com/donate.asp   or www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/individuals.htm.  Simply click on the Pay Pal logo.  If you prefer mailing a check, please make your check payable to One Giant Leap Foundation, Inc. and mail it in care of me to P.O. Box 95, Tiburon, CA 94920 USA.  It is your gift that makes possible The Space Show programming and all of the services we provide as mentioned above, including a revised blog that will enable you to comment during a live show.  Your generosity makes it possible to bring to all of you, on a global level, a wide diversity of topics, issue discussions, factual information, and innovative guests from around the world.  Your gift also makes possible the ability to provide you the listener with live interaction with our guests via email and our toll free phone line.

Again, thank you for your support. I look forward to sharing the New Year with you through The Space Show and the One Giant Leap Foundation, Inc.  Please contact me at drspace@thespaceshow.com if you have any questions.  Let’s all work to make 2016 a banner year for space, prosperity, health, and peace around the world.

Sincerely, yours,

Dr. David Livingston

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-25-15 November 26, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-25-15

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Charles Lurio, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Suborbital industry and Blue Origin. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. 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. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

 

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. Charles Lurio to discuss the suborbital space industry and in particular, Blue Origin. Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin is building the New Shepard suborbital spacecraft which recently flew to 100 km, returned to the pad & landed vertically demonstrating reusability for the first time for a launch vehicle returning from space. Dr. Lurio, John and I discussed the flight, its significance and then John wanted to compare this success to the efforts of SpaceX to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a barge in the Atlantic. Both Dr. Lurio and I explained the differences and the challenges faced by SpaceX as they were very different than the challenges faced by Blue Origin. John wanted to know if NASA or other national space agencies were working on reusability. Charles said no with specific comments about NASA. We also talked about the animated part of the Blue Origin video which can be seen at www.blueorigin.com. I also asked Charles about the vehicle plan to go to and from space with passengers on an automatic basis without a pilot or crew.

 

You can email Mr. Batchelor or D r. Charles Lurio through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. You can get more information about Dr. Lurio at www.thelurioreport.com.

 

 

Sarah Scoles, Tuesday, 11-24-15 November 25, 2015

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Sarah Scoles, Tuesday, 11-24-15

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Guest:  Sarah Scoles.  Topics: Science and space writing, space news stories, NewSpace, Mojave, commercial space, space science missions & more.  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.  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 Sarah Scoles to the show.  Check out her website, www.sarahscoles.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 54 minute discussion, I first asked Sarah why and how she transitioned from astronomy work to being a science and fiction writer.  She took us through her path which I found to be very interesting.  Next, I asked her about her interest and reporting on various segments of the space industry, starting with NewSpace.  In asking her this, I referenced a recent Popular Science article she wrote (www.popsci.com/what-happens-when-space-industry-collides-with-tiny-town) and the comment made by Mr. Witt  about Interorbital Space Systems “engines that burn up so they can use themselves as fuel.”  We had an interesting discussion about this plus her visit to Mojave which included visits to Virgin Galactic, Stratolauncher, then down the road to Palmdale to see and learn about the NASA SOFIA project.  Sarah shared her interesting experience getting to fly in the SOFIA modified 747.  Don’t miss her telling us about this experience and being in the modified 747 with the SOFIA telescope plus other changes to the jumbo jet.  Sarah also told us about flying in experimental aircraft with test pilots at Mojave.  Sounds like great fun to me!  Later, I asked our guest for her top 2015 stories.  Mojave was a favorite as was the SOFIA reporting and her article re Brian Shiro and Astronauts4Hire. Later, she also mentioned a hard science stories re B-modes.  The scientific work on this project later turned out to be wrong so the paper on it had to be withdrawn.  We talked about the possibility of some kind of life on Mars now or in the past, the same for the possibility of life perhaps elsewhere in our solar system.  Sarah also liked the Dawn Mission which we discussed.  Jack emailed her about one way to Mars trips and Mars One.  We learned that Sarah would consider going to Mars on a one way trip though she did not have much to say about Mars One.

 

In the second segment, we talked about the potential for at least microbial life elsewhere in the universe.  This led us to talking about exoplanets and I mentioned the previous day’s interview with Dr. Crisp regarding climate change on Venus and Mars.  I told Sarah and the listeners that according to Dr. Crisp, even with an advanced scientific and technical population on those planets, they would have been unable to stop or mitigate the processes that allowed both planets to become what they are today.  Sarah spoke about one of her articles in aeon magazine, “Does Earth have a shadow biosphere?”  or “Earth’s aliens.”  You can read this article at https://aeon.co/essays/does-earth-have-a-shadow-biosphere.  Later in this segment, Rhonda asked Sarah if she received pushback on being a science writer from family and friends.  You might be surprised by her reply.  Our guest received several questions asking how to get published in science magazines such as Sky and Telescope among others.  I asked Sarah if she was familiar several science and technology space projects such as the work by Jim Woodward on Mach Thrusters.  Near the end of the program, Doug emailed her and then called in wanting to know if public support for space was essential.  If so, what percentage of the population was needed for this essential support.  10% was suggested and then I suggested it would have be an activist 10% because there would be a strong need for citizen lobbying for the projects.  Just saying that 10% of the population likes space and would support a larger NASA budget is not enough in my opinion.  I believe such a goal would need to be aggressively pursued so if 10% of the population was what was needed, it better be an active and capable 10%.  Another listener asked her for her favorite destination.  She said it was Mars.  Next, Doug called to mention that at the last Mars Society Conference, he computed that only 18% of those present were women.  He asked Sarah how to get more women involved in space.  The two of them had interesting things to say on this topic.  Sarah offered us a good closing with excellent Pearls of Wisdom thoughts.  Be sure you hear them.

 

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. Sarah can be reached through her website.

 

David Crisp, Monday, 11-23-15 November 24, 2015

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David Crisp, Monday, 11-23-15

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Guest: Dr. David Crisp. Topics: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2), Earth’s CO2 environment and more. 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. 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. David Crisp to the show to discuss the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2(OCO-2) satellite. During the first segment of our 94 minute program, Dr. Crisp started out by presenting a short overview of the OCO satellites, the first two of which did not make it to orbit due to fairing failure after their Vandenberg launch. For the third attempt, NASA switched rockets to the Delta 2 and the satellite made it to orbit without a problem. Dr. Crisp then explained how OCO-2 works, how it detects and measures CO2 in the atmosphere from the ground up. He explained the color intensity and why the information is so accurate. I asked him to compare OCO-2 data with climate models. Here, Dr. Crisp stressed the fact that he was not a climate scientist or policy maker. That said, he did compare and contrast OCO-2 data with climate models to the degree reasonable comparisons can be made. We talked about natural sources of CO2 on earth, both land and water (ocean, rivers, and lakes), as compared to manmade sources of CO2. Dr. Crisp explained the emitting and absorption capabilities from the natural CO2 sources, photosynthesis with plants, and the fact that manmade CO2 is only emitted, not absorbed. This CO2 can stay in the atmosphere for a thousand years or so. He talked about the total parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, how it has gone down and now is going up over the years and the amount of human created CO2 in the atmosphere and how that has increased over the years. Listeners asked about methane but OCO-2 was not designed to detect methane. He was also asked about water vapor. Dr. Crisp explained that water vapor in the atmosphere was detected and measured by other satellites, particularly weather satellites so it was not part of this genre of satellites. Jack emailed in a question to point out that a pause was going on for the past 19 years or so and the planet was not cooling despite human CO2 increases. Dr. Crisp offered an explanation for the pause so don’t miss it.   Jane from Seattle brought up the fact that warming and cooling on Earth has been going on since the beginning of time, without human produced C02. She asked how this could be given the conclusions many make regarding the increase in human produced CO2 levels for today causing global warming. Don’t miss how Dr. Crisp responded to Jane. Dr. Crisp also talked about solar warming and cooling cycles and said we are currently in a solar cooling cycle. Randy emailed in a question about the draught in California and its relationship to CO2 increases.

In the second segment, Becky in Las Vegas sent in a note asking about the climate and atmosphere on Venus and Mars given our guest has studied both planets. She was looking for a common link with Earth or maybe a common trend. Dr. Crisp had much to say about both Venus and Mars. Later in the discussion, I asked if humans were on Venus with advanced technology, could they have intervened in the global warming process and mitigated the impact of it. He said he doubted it, explained why and then the same question was asked about Mars though the situation on Mars was and is different than on Venus. For the most part, Venus was too close to the sun to do anything about it and Mars was too far to do anything about the Martian problems. This is why Earth is in the Goldilocks zone and why we search for exoplanets in this zone. Later, Dr. Crisp talked about today having the highest CO2 levels ever and the growing Earth population which is around 7.2 billion people having nearly doubled over the last 45-50 years. This led us to a discussion about energy, including coal, natural gas & nuclear power. He had some surprising comments about China and coal, don’t miss them. We also talked about India and its use of coal, then Dr. Crisp talk about the need to be able to store power, use solar and wind power, and to enlarge the grid to take wind or solar from areas where it was strong to be able to ship to areas that needed it. He also talked about the need to improve energy storage. Near the end of the program, I asked about any surprises discovered from the OCO-2 data. We then talked about how long OCO-2 would last and here, we talked about the design as a demo satellite without redundant or backup systems. A listener asked if cubesats could do such an OCO-2 type mission. Don’t miss his answer but the simple one was no because the technology for doing this requires hardware that is considerably larger than could be used by a cubesat. Before the show ended, we talked about the NASA Earth Science Budget, the cost per taxpayer, and our ability to freely download OCO-2 data off their website. He then identified the largest user and downloader of the data. I bet you will be surprised by what he said. NASA was the second largest downloader of the data.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Dr. Crisp through me or through a JPL search for his name and information.

David Love, Sunday, 11-22-15 November 21, 2015

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David Love, Sunday, 11-22-15

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KeplerSpaceShow PPT by David Love

Guest:  David Love.  Topics:  The life and work of Johannes Kepler & other early astronomers.  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.  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 David Love from the U.K. to our program.  Mr. Love has written a terrific book on the life and work of Johannes Kepler and early astronomy history.  The book, Kepler And The Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy, is available through Amazon.  If you purchase it, please use the One Giant Leap/Space Show portal.  Instructions are on TSS website and all archived program summaries on the website and our blog.  Please note that while Mr. Love was originally going to do the hour format show, he remained for the full 90 minute discussion without a break. We started our discussion by my asking David about why he chose to write a book on Kepler and I wondered if the success of the Kepler Space Telescope (KST) had anything to do with his choice.  As you will hear, Kepler was always a hero to him and he was not influenced by the KST.  Don’t miss what he said about his connection to Kepler. David then began discussing Kepler starting with his early life as a student with plans to become a Lutheran minister.  His path was changed for him by the Church and others and he eventually became a math teacher as he studied math and astronomy.  You will appreciate learning about the events that changed the course of his life from being a minister to one of the key people that revolutionized astronomy with his classic three laws on planetary motion that are still applicable today.  Mr. Love took us through several of the Power Point slides that are uploaded to TSS blog so be sure to open the PPT and refer to the slides mentioned during our discussion.  I won’t summarize what Mr. Love said about each of the slides but the slides are a key part of our discussion so again, I urge you to follow along with his Power Point.  We discussed the problems with planetary motion as was known by the early Greek astronomers through the time of Kepler and what Kepler came up with to change our understanding of planetary motion through his Three Laws of Planetary Motion.  Linda in Seattle emailed asking if Kepler was well studied in the work of the ancient Greek astronomers.  The simple answer was yes.  BJohn asked about his classic work, “The New Astronomy.”  Here, David had much to say about the work and also about his contemporary, Galileo.  Carl asked why the Lutheran church resisted science and the work of Kepler. Don’t miss what our guest said about this.  We talked about the influence of Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Tycho Brahe and others on Kepler.  Later, BJohn asked about Kepler being an astrologer which was true. David had lots to say about the “mystical” side of Kepler who never distanced himself from astrology.  At one point, our guest said this was an embarrassment!  In talking about Kepler and early science discrimination by the Church, David talked about bible references saying the Earth was a fixed body and more.  Don’t miss this discussion.  I asked David if there were relatives of Kepler around today that could actually trace their family tree back to him.  David talked about his two marriages and his 12 children.  Most of the children died very young, a common problem of the time.  He said there were no known relatives of Kepler today.  David talked about Kepler’s work and family life in Prague, then later in Linz.  Paul asked if Kepler used a telescope in his work.  Here, our guest talked about the development of the telescope, Galileo’s refinement of the telescope, the eventual use of it in Kepler’s work but his laws were established using some other crude tools and the naked eye.  Near the end of the show, we talked about Kepler’s contributions to the design of the modern refracting telescope and optics, especially in glasses that we wear to enhance our vision.  I asked David how Kepler and other astronomer’s in other parts of Europe communicated with one another.  The Latin language was the answer.  Kepler worked late in life to 1627.  He died in 1630.  Near the end of the program, we talked about Kepler’s “lucky guesses” about Mars & Jupiter, the Moon and tides, why we see a red lunar eclipse, & his having written the first science fiction book, “The Dream.”  Our interview with David Love on the life and work of Kepler plus other early astronomers was superb and I am quite sure you will think the same when you hear this MUST HEAR interview.  David Love will return to The Space Show for more early astronomy history.  When you listen to this program, you will totally understand and agree with his return to the program.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach David Love through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Dr. Jim Logan, Dan Adamo, Dr. John Jurist, Friday, 11-20-15 November 19, 2015

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Dr. Jim Logan, Dan Adamo, Dr. John Jurist, Friday, 11-20-15

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Guests:  Dr. Jim Logan, Dan Adamo, Dr. John Jurist; Topics:  Humans to Mars, exploring vs. pioneering & more.  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.  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 Dr. Jim Logan, Dr. John Jurist, and Dan Adamo for a 1 hour 45 minute discussion about humans to Mars and a critique of the  “NASA’s Journey to Marts: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration (Oct. 2015).”  Please note that our program completed in one long segment without a break.  We started off by asking Dr. Logan to summarize the recent New World Space Conference he attended in Austin, Texas.  Jim pointed out that there were lots of young students there and they seemed eager to hear his message and did not consider him a Debbie Downer.  Jim is an evidence based guy when it comes to space policy and programs, he is also well grounded in the sciences and engineering so he does not typically hang out in the usual space cadet la la land of make believe.  We noted that older, more seasoned space cadets often dismiss those with similar messages based on evidence and fact,  but Jim was impressed by the willingness of the younger group to consider evidence and facts. The other guests plus myself had much to say about this particular issue, then we moved on to Dan who wanted to talk about the paper he has uploaded on TSS blog containing his analysis and comments re the NASA Journey to Mars Document. If you have not yet read it, please do so at this time.  For Dan and our guests, there were issues about a poorly defined definition for exploration vs. pioneering, confusing the two in the Journey to Mars document, the need for congressional action to change the mandate to pioneering, then asking for the rational for pioneering or Martian settlement. Much was said about there being no business case or rational case at all for humans to be on the surface of Mars.  This was an overriding theme for the entire discussion.  Our guests kept asking the question, “why are we doing it.?  This referred to humans on the surface of Mars for pioneering purposes.  Note the definitions Dan used for exploration and pioneering earlier in the show.  Note also the differences Dan suggested for exploration.  Our guests talked about the challenges that make Martian settlement or pioneering beyond our reach at this time.  Dr. Jurist brought up radiation and microgravity issues along with other human factor issues.  Dr. Logan supported what John was saying and called for the need to know the gravity prescription.  Without knowing it, we cannot possibly be serious about sending humans to mars.  Our guests talked about nuclear thermal propulsion and several times they referenced the Aquarius Concept (www.spaceenterpriseinstitute.org/tag/aquarius-concept).  Cognitive decline was also discussed as a leading challenge.  The matter of the Twin Study on the ISS with astronaut Scott Kelly came up.  Jim said a sample size of one does not help as it would only lead to insufficient information.  Our guests talked about radiation shielding, its cost, and added mass.  Dan mentioned a recent Aviation Week article from a September issues saying that nuclear propulsion may have a timeline for development around 2022-24.  John had much to say about this.  John also brought up the economy, potential interest rate rises and the impact on space and NASA. Jim said we needed a 10% growth rate for our interplanetary work.  We addressed the economic issues for several minutes as it was an important part of our discussion.  Later, I mentioned the recent interest I was seeing from Space Show listeners regarding the pioneering of Venus with some sort of settlement in the upper atmosphere. Our guests pointed out the pros and cons for this & we contrasted it with pioneering on the surface of Mars.  Joe sent in an email asking for the action plan or steps to be taken to pioneer Mars.  Don’t miss how our guests responded to Joe’s question.  This provided the opening for more discussion about cislunar development.  Here, our guests had much to say, including rescue opportunities, the lack of a redundant vehicle in contrast to even Apollo 8. Dan talked about this issue in technical terms so don’t miss it.  Near the end of the program, SLS came up but in the context of problems with it regarding mass, the stages, Orion, abort and rescue, black zones and more.  Don’t miss what Dan had to say about SLS and technical problems and issues.  The issues Dan raised are not the typical issues one hears discussed when talking SLS.

Please post your comments on TSS blog.  You can reach either of the three guests through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

 

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Space Show Indiegogo Perk Update 11-19-15 November 19, 2015

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Space Show Indiegogo Perk Update 11-19-15

Dear Listeners and Indiegogo participants.  I would like to provide this Indiegogo Perk Update for you.

First, all the lapel pins have been mailed and you should have received yours by now, even those of you outside the United States.  Please advise if you have not yet received your lapel pin

Next, I am working on the t-shirt and mug requests.  I am trying to give the companying doing this a master list of who gets what, size when applicable, and mailing address.  This is still being negotiated with the company because they want me to place each order online individually which requires a massive amount of time on my part.  I don’t see why they can’t operate off a master list that I supply them for mugs and t-shirts but I hope to get this resolved one way or the other before Thanksgiving so these orders can be promptly processed as soon as possible once the procedure has been confirmed

Regarding the other perks, they become effective when the new site is up and running.  Spencer ran into some problems using the existing subdomains so we are changing some of the archive and future upload methods, plus recoding so that the old shows can be found and played from the subdomain.  We are waiting for a few more banners from sponsors.  The Listener Voices program on the home page is up and ready so when the site is ready to go live, Spencer will contact each of you who have that perk and instruct you how to upload your message.  Hosting and co-host participants note that when the site goes live, that is when we are ready for you to create your own program or co-host a program.  The remaining perks will be fulfilled when applicable for the respective perk.

Please let me know if you have any perk questions

Thanks again for your support.

David Livingston, Hos

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-18-15 November 19, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-18-15

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Special Guest:  Michael Listner

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Guests: John Batchelor, Michael Listner, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Commercial Space Law Act 2015 & asteroid property rights. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. 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. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

 

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Michael Listner, space attorney, to discuss the recently passed Commercial Space Law by Congress. This law included a section on asteroid mining that may be an effort to convey to US citizens space property rights. Property rights are not permitted by the UN treaties and Michael said that the new law was sufficiently vague between conveying a property right as opposed to a use right which is allowed in the treaty. Michael and others believe it conflicts with the treaty but many within the industry and space enthusiasts believe this is important as it sets a baseline to improve upon in terms of property rights for the future. Michael also suggested it might be good for the asteroid mining companies as they can show their investors that there is now a basis in law which might help with getting new investment. I asked Michael if international space players would care about this or if it the provisions were enforceable outside the US. Michael suggested they would care because it granted these “rights” only to US citizens and they would likely object to it. John made several references to pirates and corporate plunder but I did not agree with those descriptions. What do you think? Let us know on the blog.

 

You can email Mr. Batchelor or Bill Harwood through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.