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CAP Saucier, Monday, 4-6-15 April 7, 2015

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CAP Saucier, Monday, 4-6-15

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Gust:  CAP Saucier.  Topics:  CAP’s new book, “Explore The Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson plus biographical information about Dr. Tyson, science education.  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 CAP Saucier to the program to discuss her new book, “Explore The Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson.”  For more information about our guest and her work, visit her website, www.capsaucier.com.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 27 minute program, CAP introduced us to her new book and how she met Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson plus her interviews with him for this book.  Note that this book was a five year project in the making.  I asked her for a few things that she thought stood out with Neil.  One was that he does not have role models. Instead, he has mentors.  We spent some time discussing this and the differences between the two.  Regarding his mentors, Sir Isaac Newton and his parents stood out and were a the top of the list.  During our discussion we went back and forth in talking about Dr. Tyson and the science message in her book which was targeted toward middle school students.  Listeners asked our questions about the level of our scientific knowledge and if Dr. Tyson commented on that.  He did comment and this proved to be a continuing topic throughout our program.  We talked about favorite parts of the book, Neil’s favorite planet and CAP being able to see Andromeda through a telescope at Kitt Peake. This is an interesting story, don’t miss it.  In response to another listener email, CAP said that Neil’s priority was defending against incoming asteroids.

 

In the second segment, we started off talking about science education in the U.S. Our guest said we ranked in the lower half in science education among educated countries. This led us to discussing STEM and the newer form, STEAM.  The “A” is added for Art.  We both talked about the importance of art in addition to the traditional STEM topic.  We talked about where we come from in the cosmos, supernovas, and science fact, all in the context of science fact.  Note the email question from Adrian on this subject.  I asked CAP if we needed to start with better science education in grade school but she said middle school was a good age, around 4th and 5th grade.  CAP introduced the topic of evolution and said it needs to be brought back to science education.  CAP the spoke to her literary style which has been to tell a story through a biography.  In both segments, the subject of the Next Generation Science Standards came up.  Our guest had much to say about them.  Check ou the website,  www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards.  Toward the end of the show, listener Pauline in Fargo wanted to know if Neil wanted to go to space.  Don’t miss her answer.

 

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Richard Easton & Eric Frazier, Sunday, 11-3-13 November 4, 2013

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Richard Easton & Eric Frazier, Sunday, 11-3-13

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Guests:  Richard Easton & Eric Frazier.  Topics:  GPS and their book, “GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones.”   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 our two guests to this 1 hour 35 minute discussion of their new book on GPS, its history, workings, uses, and more.  Remember, if you buy this book through Amazon using the OGLF portal and instructions in our archives, on the blog, and on TSS website as well as OGLF’s website, Amazon will contribute to The Space Show.  If you need further instructions on how to do this, please let me know.  During  our first segment, Richard started out by telling us about the book and why he wrote it, then his meeting up with Eric to be his co-author.  We talked about the early programs that led to GPS including the TRANSIT satellite system (NAVSAT), Naval Research Lab, plus other early tracking systems. We talked about timation and we also talked about the GPS systems in other countries such as Russia, Europe, India, and China.  Eric explained why the book goes as far back as the Sputnik era and at times even earlier.  Doug called in to ask about higher resolution GPS that could for example tell you traffic lane information.  As you will hear, that capability is pretty much available now but the resolution and solutions depend on the GPS product one buys or that is a consumer product.  We also talked about jamming and spoofing regarding the military GPS systems.  Monroe called with questions about GPS Open Source and amateur rocketry, plus signal loss at high speed and 4 g’s or more.  Also in this segment, we talked about the consumer GPS voice wanting to know if it was a real woman’s voice or a computer simulation.

In the second segment, we talked more with Monroe and also about mapping issues as an overlay for the raw GPS data.  Barry called regarding GPS and automatic flight control systems, then we talked some more with our guests regarding the early days leading up to the development of GPS.  Toward the end, our guests mentioned the GPS contribution to our economic GNP! Classified issues were discussed in general but since none of us had a security clearance, classified GPS was just mentioned in passing.  The website for the book is www.gpsdeclassified.com and I urge you to check it out

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