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Rand Simberg, Bill Simon, Monday, 7-20-15 July 21, 2015

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Rand Simberg, Bill Simon, Monday, 7-20-15

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Guests: Rand Simberg, Bill Simon. Topics: July 20th celebration, Evoloterra.com, U.S. space policy. 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 Rand Simberg and Bill Simon to the show to discuss the importance of July 20, 1969, our having landed on the Moon leaving Earth behind, and their ceremony, Evoloterra (www.evoloterra.com). During the first segment of our 1 hour 26 minute program, Bill and Rand talked about the creation of the Evoloterra ceremony, what it signifies and what it honors. They talked about the importance of storytelling and why they modeled Evoloterra on the Passover Seder. Both guests talked about the importance of leaving Earth’s gravity well for the first time for another planet though later Rand offered a correction to that statement since the Moon orbits Earth and the Apollo crew was always in the sphere of influence of Earth. Rand said going to Mars would be the first time humans will have left the influence of our home planet. This discussion covered a large part of the first segment. Next, we got into space policy and theoretical discussions such as what the world would be like, including US space policy, had the Soviets beat us to the Moon and established a permanent lunar base there. Both our guests offered speculative views of alternative time lines & realities had something like that actually happened. Getting into the Evoloterra relevance today, Rand took the lead and had much to say about our current space policy, how we should be doing things and why we should not be trying to recreate Apollo. In addition, our guests talked about going to Mars and at one point it was said that there was probably no path to Mars without going through the Moon. We talked about the press conference today announcing the new Return to the Moon plan. You can download and read the plan at www.scribd.com/doc/272096719/NexGen-report-on-leveraging-commercial-rockets-to-return-to-the-moon. Rand had interesting comments about it though given it had just come out a few hours before our show today, none of us had yet read the 100 page plus report. However, It will be the subject of our next Open Lines show. Rand made several points that doing great things in space did not have to come about due to a policy based on war, referring to Apollo and the Cold War. Skipping over to the second segment, we talked about previous reports regarding space policy and Rand noted that these earlier reports did not advocate a national policy for space settlement. We then discussed space settlement for a good part of this segment, with our guests explaining why it should be our national policy. For future missions, Rand kept saying they did not have to be based on battles and wars. Bill said we needed the challenges & to win. Several catalyst type events were mentioned including asteroid threats. Rand talked about addressing many issues including space mining, property rights and affordability. Both guests offered excellent closing comments, don’t miss them. Post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Rand and Bill through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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Adam Johnson, Monday, 11-11-13 November 12, 2013

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Adam Johnson, Monday, 11-11-13

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Guest:  Adam K. Johnson.  Topics:  The lost science behind the making of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, photos & science discussed in detail.  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 Adam Johnson to the program for a fascinating discussion regarding the lost science, photography, and people behind the famous 2001: A Space Odyssey movie.  In the first segment of this 1 hour 33 minute discussion, we talked about Adam’s book, 2001: The Lost Science; The science and technology of the most influential film ever made.  The book, published by Apogee Prime, is a large format, high resolution picture and fact book documenting the making of the 2001 movie.  The people behind the movie and the science are both fact and photographed detailed, the models used and developed for the film are in the book, and little or unknown facts behind the making of this film are revealed, maybe for the first time.  Adam talked at length about the science advisors including Fred Ordway, Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Lange, and others.  He had much to say about Kubrick and his making of the film, plus his visit to the archives at the space center in Huntsville and getting those archives in order for research and for historical purposes.  Adam found blueprints related to the film and so much more. He was asked about the movie sets and props and we learned that Kubrick ordered them destroyed after the film was made to keep them from being used in a B rated sci fi movie.  Listeners asked about the science fiction in the movie largely becoming reality today.  Mr. Johnson had much to say about the utopian viewpoint expressed in the movie, the fact that Russians actually visited the set and one was a spy.  We even discussed the still photography, the two photographers, and black and white as compared to color photography.  Doug asked about the large scale props in the moving having influence on our use of large scale space hardware for real such as in heavy lift the and the shuttle.  At the end of the segment, we learned that Adam is working on Volume 2 to be released next year.  Also, he mentioned the Kubrick and other view that only scientists and educated people, test pilots, and the like would ever be able to go to space.

In the second segment, Dave Hook emailed in to ask if our guest could reference modern sci fi movies that would be icons like 2001.  He mentioned two movies.  Billy wanted to talk about Apollo 13 and the later film, Apollo 18.  When Adam was asked what was most impactful to him, he mentioned the Russian story and the contributions by Fred.  I asked about the theme song and Kubrick having taken it from the famous Strauss symphony.  Adam gave us the fascinating history behind the use of this music.  Hint: God , asking unanswerable questions about ourselves and our place in the universe.  Near the end, we talked about modern day space having a legacy from this film.  We also talked about the nuclear rocket and how the movie changed the lives of countless people that saw it.

Please post comments/questions on TSS blog.  Information about the book is at www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837192.html.

Robert (Rob) Godwin, Sunday, 8-11-13 August 12, 2013

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Robert (Rob) Godwin, Sunday, 8-11-13

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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Godwin.  Topics: Sir Arthur Clarke, science fiction, & “Arthur C. Clarke: A Life Remembered.”  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 back Rob Godwin to discuss the new Apogee Prime book, “Arthur C. Clarke: A Life Remembered” written by Arthur’s brother Fred Clarke plus Rob Godwin and others.  More information about the book and ordering details can be found at http://www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837260.html.  During the first segment of the hour 1 hour 47 minute discussion, Rob talked about Arthur’s brother Fred Clarke, the book, the co-authors, and the contributions to the book by noted people in the space industry that knew Arthur Clarke.  Other space Apogee Prime books were mentioned along with their authors, including the book by Anatoly Zak, “Russia In Space.”  Mr. Zak will be a guest on The Space Show regarding his book on Sept. 3.  Rob talked about the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and noted that sales of the Clarke book help support the BIS.  We talked about early Clarke history plus his science and science fiction. We also spent lots of time talking about the science fiction genre and the contributions by many of the early sci-fi writers.  For sure you will want to listen with pen in hand to jot down authors and books discussed & recommended.  As the first segment ended, pay attention to the Clarke-Asimov treaty discussion! 

In the second segment, we talked more about science fiction and noted authors such as Hugo Gernsback & Olaf Stapledon.   Rob was asked about Sir Arthur and Von Braun of which our guest had much to say.  Listeners via the phone and email talked about hard science fiction, fantasy sci-fi, differences with sci-fi today from years ago and much more.  George Lucas and Star Wars came up as did Arthur’s love of scuba diving and the path he followed that led him to Sri Lanka.  Toward the end, in discussing the evangelism of many of the early sci-fi authors and space enthusiasts such as Clarke, a listener asked for a comparison of then with today’s space cadet “evangelists.”  A listener also brought up Clarke’s view re spiritualism, religion, God, etc. 

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  Rob Godwin can reached through the Apogee website.