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John Bachelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-17-14 September 18, 2014

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John Bachelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-17-14

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Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics:  Russian space program, Russian ISS plans, Vostochny spaceport.  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.

 

We welcomed back Anatoly Zak to discuss many topics including dogs in space (see his website, www.russianspaceweb.com).  We also talked about issues surrounding their new spaceport, Vostochny and possible Russian plans for their part of the ISS for 2020 and beyond.  Another issued discussed by Anatoly was the RD180 rocket motor.  He outlined the probable Russian perspective on this issue.  The possibility of a thaw in US-Russian relations was also discussed.

 

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Dr. Rick Linnehan, Friday, 8-22-14 August 23, 2014

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Dr. Rick Linnehan, Friday, 8-22-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2301-BWB-2014-08-22.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Rick Linnehan, NASA Astronaut; Topics:  Animals in space, human long duration 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 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 NASA Astronaut Dr. Rick Linnehan to the program to discuss animals and their place in space in history, the present, and the future, plus human concerns for long duration spaceflight.  During this one hour program, we stared off by asking Dr. Linnehan for an overview of the role played by animals in space, including looking to the future for animals for agriculture, research pathology work, comfort, & other purposes.  We talked about microgravity issues and countermeasures, then I asked specifically about taking chickens to Mars for feed purposes.  Our guest talked about the effect of microgravity on chickens and the egg laying process.  He said a few times that while we might likely evolve over many years, decades or even longer to having a larger role for animals in space, most of the ideas and concepts today are pie in the sky.  We talked about some of the animals that had been and are in space including lab rodents, fruit flies, some small fish and others.  Our guest talked about the space acclimation process for animals, including the small fish, and we learned that in many instances the animals acclimate to microgravity faster than humans.  Our guest mentioned the need for advanced propulsion for long duration human spaceflight and suggested that Mars was on the edge of the possible using chemical rockets.  Rick mentioned some of the other human factors issues such as radiation and psychological challenges.  We also discussed astronaut exercise routines and the countermeasure exercise equipment currently being used with efforts underway to redesign the equipment to be more effective and lighter.  Several questions came up about private sector humans to Mars missions and crew health.  When asked if we could do a humans to Mars mission now or by the early 2020s, our guest said yes but listen to the details of this discussion.  Also, with regards to the private astronaut missions to Mars or elsewhere, several questions arose about the conditioning of the private astronaut crew, what microgravity countermeasures and exercise equipment they would have on board, what routines they would strictly follow and more.  Our guest was mostly referring to space agency astronauts in terms of our readiness to do human spaceflight to Mars now or the very near future.  He was unable to address private astronaut missions or their details because they are unknown.  We did talk about gravity and the absence of it in spaceflight, both for humans and animals.  Advanced propulsion questions and comments kept coming up during the entire show. At one point, I asked how essential advanced propulsion was for long duration human spaceflight and he said there would be no long duration spaceflight without.  Listen for the details regarding his opinion on this issue. Doug called to ask about bacteria, DNA, cat implants and more.  Artificial insemination came up with regards to surrogate species.  Doug also raised questions about the size for a minimum viable population.  After Doug’s call, I asked what our guest thought the priorities should be for Mars human spaceflight.  He listed advanced propulsion technology as first followed by human quality of life issues which he described for us.  I also asked questions about crew compatibility for psychological reasons as well as the probable command structure for the crew on a long duration human spaceflight.  One listener asked Dr. Linnehan about the differences in a zoo vet as compared to the typical vet we use for our dogs and cats.  Larry emailed in to ask if an animal had ever been on a space walk.  Rick said not his knowledge, talked about the need for an animal EVA suit of which there are none, and when I asked about taking an animal with an astronaut on an EVA for research purposes, he explained why that was impractical.  The microgravity simulation work in the NASA neutral buoyancy pool came up and our guest said that for about every hour he spends on an EVA, he would have spend about 12 hours in the pool.  Near the end of our hour long discussion, Jack emailed in for the best goals for human space flight.  Our guest suggested evolving stage by stage with cislunar, La Grange points, lunar settlement and out further and further to other destinations as our capabilities and technology improved.  B John had emailed in a few questions about microbes and the sea plankton announced by the Russians as existing on the outside of the ISS.  While we discussed these questions earlier in the show, near the end I asked our guest his question about microbes traveling greater distances in space than humans have and if our missions that have entered interstellar space carry microbes with them.  In his summary, Dr. Linnehan stressed the importance of continuing to explore space, to leave our planet, set up settlements, and to do what we can to keep pressure on the policy makers as we know the importance of space development and exploration.  He supports the private/commercial efforts and missions and even suggested he would do a one way Mars trip to help open up a Martial settlement.

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Jim Lewis, Friday, 7-11-14 July 12, 2014

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Jim Lewis, Friday, 7-11-14

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Guest:  Jim Lewis.  Topics:  We discussed the new documentary, “America’s Animal Astronaut Heroes.”  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 Jim Lewis to discuss his new documentary DVD, “America’s Animal Astronaut Heroes.”  During the first segment of our 1 hour 36 minute program, Jim introduced us to the animals in space topic starting with V2 rocket experiments and the fruit flies who rode the V2 to space in early 1947 from White Sands, NM.  Jim also said fruit flies were used on shuttle experiments.  I asked why fruit flies so don’t miss his explanation.  We talked about other animals going to space including frogs, jellyfish, toadfish, butterflies, Russian dogs, monkeys, chimps & others.  Jim also mentioned that the Russians had had an animal lab in space which only came down recently.  A listener asked about American dogs in space and we learned that only Russia had put dogs in space.  I asked about the early days of animal experiments and the review and approval process back then for doing animal experiments.  Jim was asked about the target age for kids for the documentary.  He said it was definitely a family program and suitable for pre-teens.  He also talked about their process to develop an app for the documentary with many special features.  Jim got questions about food animals going to space as well as pets.  I brought up service dogs/animals and said I would not be surprised if people will claim they need their service animal with them even on a suborbital flight.  If they are refused, we might actually see some pretty stupid discrimination law suits on the topic in years to come.  We had some good fun with discussion as well Marshal’s call about food stock animals and other issues.

We started the second segment with a call from Doug in Southern California. Doug wanted to know the most popular animal that consumers and tourists would want to take to space. I voted for our pets, primarily dogs, maybe cats.  The question was asked if a cat had ever gone to space. I did a quick search and saw that Iran was planning to send a Persian cat to space but I could not find confirmation of it.  In the remainder of the final segment, Jim talked about the media star animals that had been to space and what happened to them after their space trip.  As the program was closing, Jim went over the order process for the DVD which is $19.99 and can be ordered from http://www.cciflorida.com/shop. It will soon be on Amazon and remember, if you buy it that way, use the OGLF portal so Amazon will contribute to TSS.  Before the show ended, we talked about major media and their waning interest at this time in space topics and materials. Our final topics included Jay Barbree’ s new book on Neil Armstrong, Buzz and his where were you when Apollo landed program plus a few surprise topics.

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Jim Lewis, Sunday, 12-8-13 December 9, 2013

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Jim Lewis, Sunday, 12-8-13

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Guest:  Jim Lewis.  Topic:  Animals in space based on his documentary film, “America’s Animal Astronaut Heroes.” 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 Jim Lewis to this 90 minute discussion on the documentary film project his company is completing, “America’s Animal Astronaut Heroes.”  For those of you on Facebook, search for the title and LIKE the page for additional information.  In our first segment, Jim told us how this project came to be as well as why it was targeted it for kids.  We talked about various animals that had been to space, including the Soviet dog Laika which Jim said was a one of the Soviet wild dogs taken off the street.  I think you will find interesting the reason why the Soviets chose wild dogs off the street for space experiments.  We also talked about a project, Rats with Hats and fruit fly experiments.  Jim got several questions asking about taking pets to space on space settlement missions as well as taking animals for feedstock.  Later in the segment, we got into talking about the chimps that NASA sent to space and here, Jim had many chimp stories. In addition, Jim talked about fish in space and getting seasick in their aquariums.  Marshall called in to talk about taking chickens and goats to space (the latter for goat’s milk).  Another question dealt with wondering if the animals liked being in space.  Don’t miss his answer to this question.  Then we went back to mice and rat stories and the chimps.  Jim also mentioned the frog-tadpole and toadfish experiments.  Listeners wanted to know about small animal commercial experiments on the ISS.  Before the segment ended, listeners asked about a future time when service dogs might be welcome on board to help a blind or deaf spaceflight participant, settler, or crew member.

In the second segment, Jim said the most favorite animals were the space monkeys Abel and Baker.  At one time, Baker was getting 200-300 letters from fans a day!  In talking about our future in space,  Jim said that animals were still pioneering for humans in the future.  We talked about animals having gone to space from ESA, India, Russia, etc.  We also talked about NASA rules as compared to potentially different rules on a private launch to a private space station.  Near the end of the program, Jim updated us on space activities in Florida and along the space coast.  SpaceX was a huge positive sign, plus many aviation companies have moved in to take advantage of the skilled workforce no longer involved in space work.

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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.