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Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14 September 13, 2014

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Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14

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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Godwin.  Topics:  We discussed the new ApogeePrime book “2001: The Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey” & 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 http://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 to our program Rob Godwin to discuss his new book, “2001: the Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey.”  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Rob began by paying tribute to the late Fred Ordway, co-author of the book as Fred recently passed away.  Fred was also the technical advisor on the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” so Rob spent some time discussing his role, the contacts he had in the global aerospace industry to help make the film accurate, even in the future.  Rob explained the structure of the book with the first two parts coming from Fred and the third part contributed by Rob.  Early in the segment, I asked Rob why this movie still had such a large following and appeal.  Listen to Rob’s explanation.  Why do you think this movie remains so popular today?  Rob talked at length throughout our discussion about Fred’s contacts and he even told stories about Fred getting the latest lunar photos from the Soviet Union and a leading French observatory to help assure the film would not be out of date at release time.  Our guest also talked about Sir Arthur Clarke, his role in the early days of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and his work with the director, Stanley Kubrick.  Rob went back in time when discussing the first two segments of the book to talk about classic space themed science fiction movies and books.  If this interests you, listen to the program with pen and paper so you can jot them down to find them online at a later date.  In talking about these old classics, Rob showed us how 2001 and later movies were built upon the themes, story lines, and even the special effects of many of these old classics.  Listeners had lots of questions.  Todd wanted to know about the movies impact on our actual space program.  Another asked Rob about the movie’s impact on the NewSpace community. Ben wanted to know about the “hidden & deep meaning” of 2001 movie.  As the segment was ending, we talked about Star Wars, Star Trek & other movies in context with 2001.  Rob hit on  Clarke’s “The Lost Worlds of 2001” as to how he explained the meaning of the movie.

In the second segment, we talked about buying the book at http://www.apogeeprime.com. Rob also told us about an upcoming special event at the IAC in Toronto to honor Fred Ordway and a possible US touring exhibit related to the book and film.  Listeners asked about modern space sci fi films including Gravity & Prometheus, then the discussion returned to Star Trek and the introduction of the idea of suspended animation in film.  Listeners kept bringing up other sci fi films for discussion and Rob stressed the importance of the early& classic work by Voltaire, “Micromegas.” This is a free download at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30123.  The final part of our discussion focused on classic space TV and movie serials.

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Sir Martin Rees, Monday, 9-2-13 September 3, 2013

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Sir Martin Rees, Monday, 9-2-13

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Guest:  Sir Martin Rees.  Topics: Interstellar travel, the future of space &science, quasars, life extension, Mars 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.

We welcomed back Sir Martin Rees to discuss his chapter in the new book Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, edited by James & Gregory Benford.  Sir Martin’s chapter, titled “To the Ends of the Universe,” looks forward through time and centuries to address human spaceflight, eventual interstellar travel, life extension & more.  In looking forward, he levies criticism on the past. We talked about several of his comments regarding our past & current space program. Dr. Rees mentioned the need for life extension though for Mars he said we could do that without life extension but we should not fool ourselves as it will prove far less comfortable than Mt. Everest or the South Pole.  We talked about finding planets & the possibilities for life, then we switched to the discovery of quasars soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Listeners asked our guest about his comments that the political impetus for current & future space work seems to have been lost, especially in contrast to the Apollo era.  In his response, our guest suggested we need low cost and reusable launch vehicles given how costly everything is today.  He commented that mining asteroids did not make sense other than for ISRU purposes. Before going to break, he was asked about the UK government investment in Skylon which he supported.

In the second segment, we spoke about changes in the UK space activity over the past decade.  Sir Martin made comparisons with the UK, ESA & NASA, especially regarding long term planning & our very short one year budgets.  He suggested our budget process makes us unreliable partners in many respects.  Quasars were again a discussion topic, plus Sir Martin fielded a question from a high school student wanting to know how we know the laws of physics are the same throughout the universe.  Another listener wanted to know about science fiction as a leading indicator for science.  Dr. Rees suggested some excellent books for those interested in reading specific science fiction works. James Benford, editor Starship Century called to point out the excellent reading list in the back of the book, plus he offered us important comments about the book & authors. Near the end, Sir Martin was asked to look forward 10-15 years & tell us his thoughts.  His response focused on finding even more planets around the stars, identifying more threatening NEOs, & even more attention given to life extension issues.  The last two questions asked our guest dealt with the ISS living beyond 2020 asking if that was valuable and also the recent podcast by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson that SpaceX would not be able to go to Mars.  Throughout the discussion, he mentioned the private sector doing things government could not, especially due to less risk averseness.

Please post your comments/questions for Sir Martin Rees on The Space Show blog.  You can reach him through me or his Cambridge website, www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~mjr.

 

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.

Sarah Cruddas, Friday, 5-3-13 May 4, 2013

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Sarah Cruddas, Friday, 5-3-13

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Guest:  Sarah Cruddas.  Topics:  UK space development, interests, commerce, and journalism, space tourism, China, 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.

We welcomed Sarah Cruddas to the program to discuss space development and policy from the British perspective.  Please visit her website, http://sarahcruddas.com for more information.  During the first part of our 90 minute discussion, we talked about space policy, science, and commerce from a British perspective.  Listeners asked many questions about the UK perspective on space mining via Planetary Resources, commercial satellites & Surrey Satellite Technology, plus NASA projects like the Kepler Space Telescope and the search for exoplanets.  We talked with Sarah about commercial space travel/space tourism with Virgin Galactic, especially since Sir Richard Branson is British.  Sarah was asked about UK entrepreneurial space ventures and the Isle of Man.  Sarah also covered the last space shuttle flight at KSC. She told us it was a very emotional experience.  We also talked about the British perspective on both the ISS & the Hubble Space Telescope.  Listeners asked our guest about space programs, interests, and policies in Germany, France, and ESA.  She told us that the UK participation in ESA was smaller than that of other countries so their space programs are less ESA-centric.  Sarah was asked about HSF to Mars including Mars One and the Inspiration Mars flyby mission.  Doug called in to ask about Skylon & I talked about the early space history with the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and space planes.  Returning to the topic of space tourism, she said it was too expensive for most people in the UK but there were some who have signed up and are interested in the adventure.  We talked about STEM education in the UK & and compared STEM issues there to here in the States.

In our second segment, we talked about space debris or space junk.  We then talked economics and UK, European, and global budget issues.  Sarah made the case for the importance of continuing to invest in space and science despite these problems.  Don’t miss what she had to say about space, our future, and economics.  We also talked about space media and journalism in the UK & the need for the West to be in the lead in commercial space development.  We spent a good part of this segment talking about the Chinese space program, plus India’s program.  Other topics included N. Korean rocket launches, the Google Lunar XPrize, Yuri’s Night in the UK, and even ET’s!  I asked about the popularity of astronomy& telescope clubs in her area, and the popularity of the ISS.  Toward the end of our discussion, I asked our guest for a ten year perspective on space.  Don’t miss Sarah’s future vision which included mining, space tourism, space junk resolution, and the growth of the Chinese space program.  She talked about returning humans to the Moon – with China.  She also said that people see space leadership and progress being made but that it was more likely to come from the Chinese than with we Americans.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact Sarah through her website or me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.