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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-23-15 September 24, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-23-15

Special Guest:  Dr. Robert Zubrin

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Robert Zubrin, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: NASA’s Road to Mars plans. 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. 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 Dr. Robert (Bob) Zubrin to the program to discuss the NASA Road to Mars per the Evolvable Mars Campaign: Status Update as published Sept. 22, 2015 by NASA Spaceflight.com at www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/09/sls-manifest-phobos-mars-2039. John and I asked Bob about parts of the plan including 41 SLS launches, cislunar development missions, a mission to Phobos and then finally in 2039 a Mars surface landing. Bob was highly critical of all stages of the plan. He also said it was the subject of a big debate at the recent Mars Society Conference. You can see the debate Dr. Zubrin referenced at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo4-ros2yEk&list=PLn0lnGc1SaimPHpRoH0XlwiCih-jYjC7F&index=11. Bob called the NASA plan absurd, was highly critical of plans to go to Phobos saying the science was at Mars, not on Phobos, plus he described orbital challenges and difficulties created by going to Phobos. Several times he said the plan was nothing more than a way to spend money on NASA projects. Near the end of the segment I asked Bob about the plan being sustainable and also leading to the settlement of Mars. You can imagine his response to my questions. In summary, he said a humans to Mars mission needs to be done from start to finish within the two terms of a president, not spread out over 25 years as is the case with the NASA Road to Mars program.

 

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-16-15 September 17, 2015

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-16-15

Guest:  Emily Lakdawalla 

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2554-BWB-2015-09-16.mp3

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Guests: John Batchelor, Emily Lakdawalla Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Pluto and New Horizons. 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 Emily Lakdawalla to Hotel Mars to update us on the New Horizons spacecraft plus the new photos being received back here on earth. Some of the hi-resolution pictures are starting to come in now but there is much more to come over the coming months. Some of the issues we discussed included Pluto’s atmosphere, nitrogen, Pluto’s weather, and Pluto’s orbit around the sun. John asked Emily about an energy or heat source on Pluto driving some of the changes we are seeing in the new photos. Emily mentioned several possibilities so don’t miss the discussion. I asked her about the quality of our ground observations given all the surprises we are getting from the New Horizon photos. I also asked if Pluto’s moons were as surprising as Pluto. Though Hotel Mars is a very short segment, we covered quite a bit with Emily about Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft.

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-9-15 September 10, 2015

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-9-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2549-BWB-2015-09-09.mp3

Featuring Bill Harwood, CBS Space News

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Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The ISS, the Dawn Mission, & the Ceres bright spot. 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 William (Bill) Harwood, CBS Space News Reporter, to update us new happenings with the ISS, the new commander, Scott Kelly, ISS spare parts and overall condition to go to 2028 and more. We also talked about robots and robotic missions, human spaceflight, and then our attention turned to the Dawn Mission and new photos of the Ceres bright spot.

 

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-2-15 September 3, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 9-2-15

Special Guest:  Anatoly Zak

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2544-BWB-2015-09-02.mp3

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John Batchelor and I welcomed Anatoly Zak back to Hotel Mars to update us on the Voschotny spaceport, Soyuz rocket launches, the new Angara rocket and pad development, plus Russian space station plans past 2024. We also talked about the 6,00KM distance from most Russian centers to Voschotny and the constraints and limitations on getting their with large shipments due to old infrastructure that cannot handle large loads. Anatoly was asked about the orbital inclination from launch from Voschotny. I also asked him about the personal involvement of Putin in the spaceport development project. He said Putin does not get involved directly but it is known to be his pet project.

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-26-15 August 27, 2015

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-26-15

Special Guest:  Dr. Curt Niebur

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2542-BWB-2015-08-26.mp3

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Curt Niebur, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The Cassini Saturn mission. 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 Dr. Curt Niebur of NASA HQ to update us on the Cassini mission and to talk about some of the amazing discoveries made so far by the spacecraft. Some of the specifics we talked about included the overall scientific knowledge gained from Cassini, the Saturn moons, the rings, and more. We talked about the Moon Titan, plus shielding the spacecraft when it flies within the rings by using the high gain antenna as a sort of an umbrella to protect the more delicate spacecraft from particle impact. Our guest was asked about the mysterious red arcs recently seen in a close flyby photo of Tethys, then we talked about the final Cassini mission, the Cassini Farewell Tour.

 

You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Curt Niebur through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

 

 

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-19-15 August 20, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-19-15

Special Guest:  Dr. Robert Pappalardo, JPL

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2535-BWB-2015-08-19.mp3

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: NASA JPL Europa Mission. 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 Dr. Robert Pappalardo, the NASA JPL Mission Director for the upcoming Europa Mission. John started out by asking our guest why the need to go to Europa. Dr. Pappalardo explained the significance of going to Europa, the science that will be done as a result of this mission, the search for life which may exist in the subsurface oceans and more. I asked our guest about the mission’s instruments which Dr. Pappalardo then briefly discussed. He also spoke about the need to learn more about the oxygen cycle regarding the possibility of organic molecules. We talked about the Europa mission orbiting around Europa 45 times or so, coming very close to the surface, as it orbits Jupiter since the mission does not have a lander. Bob also spoke to high degree of sensitivity of the sensors and what they can do when they fly very low over the Europa surface. As for travel time to Europa, it depends on the launch vehicle used. Using the new SLS which is under design would take about 3.5 years. Something like an Atlas 5 might take up to 9 years.

 

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-12-15 August 13, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 8-12-15

Special Guest:  Doug Messier

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John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston, Parabolicarc.com, Virgin Galactic, Scale Composites, SpaceShip2, White Knight2, NTSB, FAA AST oversight, Sir Richard Branson, suborbital safety, human factors, Virgin Galactic accident.

 

Guests: John Batchelor, Doug Messier, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: NTSB Virgin Galactic accident report analysis. 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.

 

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Doug Messier of Parabolicarc.com to discuss the NTSB Virgin Galactic accident investigation report. Doug summarized the report for us, addressed key findings mostly directed at Scaled Composites regarding the failure to anticipate pilot and human failure. He also explained the feather mechanism, how its early deployment caused SpaceShip2 to breakup and what the remedy is going to be for SpaceShip2 going forward. John asked Doug about ongoing safety issues with Virgin Galactic, we talked about planned timelines for the renewal of test flights leading to commercial flights, and that many still have doubts regarding the Virgin Galactic operation. Doug was also asked about reports that there was pressure from Branson on AST for experimental permits and cutting oversight corners which many claim allowed an unsafe spaceship to fly.

 

You can email Mr. Batchelor or Doug Messier through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com. Doug can also be reached through his excellent news blog, www.parabolicarc.com.

 

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-29-15 July 30, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-29-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2516-BWB-2015-07-29.mp3

Special Guest:  Dr. Marc Rayman

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Marc Rayman, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Ceres bright spots, topography, Dawn Mission, & more. 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. Marc Rayman to the show to discuss the latest news coming back from the Dawn Mission regarding dwarf planet Ceres. We talked about the Ceres topography including the bright spots, the haze in crater Occator, the three mile high pyramid peak which may be remnants of a volcano, plus the dust layer over Ceres, ice, and oceans under the ice. Dr. Ryman talked about some of the processes that might have created these characteristics and conditions on Ceres but as you will hear, much is still unexplained. Dawn will make a close pass of Ceres at 900 miles from the surface in early August. Its closest pass will be in December 2015 at about 232 miles above the surface. Check out the new Dawn color coded topography map at http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov.

 

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-22-15 July 23, 2015

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John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-22-15

Special Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Alan Stern, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: New Horizons Pluto flyby & pictures. 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. Alan Stern, PI for the New Horizons Pluto flyby mission. We talked about New Horizons, the fact that all 7 instruments worked perfectly during the flyby, that another mountain range has been found on Pluto, and that about 98% of the images were still on the spacecraft including all the high resolution images. We talked about Pluto’s moons, especially Charon, the detected heat source, and the Pluto atmosphere. Pluto’s nitrogen was also a discussion topic.

 

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-1-15 July 2, 2015

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-1-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2501-BWB-2015-07-01.mp3

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Guests: John Batchelor, Michael Listner, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: U.S. National Space Policy & the next administration. 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.

 

John Batchelor and I welcomed back space attorney Michael Listner to the program to discuss the significance of the U.S. National Space Policy. We talked about some of the choices the next administration might have in formulating a new national space policy including the continuation of subsidies to the commercial space industry, to finally take up space debris removal policy for U.S. debris, and even to start formulating policy on space property rights. Michael also discussed the trend toward transparency and confidence building measures which are a product of the Executive Branch as compared to treaties which need approval from the Senate. I asked Michael if he thought we might start seeing policy emerge as to the usage of cubesats plus I asked how human spaceflight might be impacted by a new national space policy.

 

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