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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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ISU Space & Media Panel, KSC VIP Tour Report, Friday, 7-6-12 July 6, 2012

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ISU Space & Media Panel, KSC VIP Tour Report, Friday, 7-6-12

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Guests:  Dr. David Livingston; Jim Lewis & Bill Allen in the second segment.  Topics: ISU Space & Media Panel, KSC special VIP tour report.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. 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.  During the first segment of this program, I talked about my recent experience as moderator of the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Space and Media Panel.  I would also like to refer you to an article on the panel with pictures at www.americaspace.org?p=22002.  Panel members were Irene Klotz, Bill Harwood, Leonard David, & Jim Lewis.  We talked about various journalistic, media, alternative and new media issues, science and space reporting issues for 90 minutes, then took questions from the ISU students &visitors for half an hour.  I highlighted many of the questions asked of the panel, some of the discussion topics, & student questions.

In the second segment, I was joined by Jim Lewis & Bill Allen.  Jim commented on the earlier media panel discussion, but we focused on the KSC tour.  We described what we saw on Pad 39 A, the shuttle control room, and in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) with the crawler, the mobile launcher, & the shuttle bays.  We went inside Endeavour where astronaut Nicole Stott kindly showed us around, answered our questions, explained the crew cabin & taught us Space Shuttle 101. We commented on just how tight the living conditions were in the shuttle & how hard it was to sit in the command & pilot seats.  Doing so in a space suit & with the shuttle in the vertical position for launch seemed an impossible task.  Much of the equipment had been removed on both decks, especially the seats (other than the command & pilot seats) plus the galley was gone, so we actually saw Endeavour with room to spare than when outfitted for flight & seven crew members.  We walked around Endeavour, inspected the tiles, the payload bay, the SMEs (they had been removed) & I must say that despite seeing shuttle launches in person & on television, seeing it in person as we did gave us all a different perspective on current HSF policy issues.  Jim, Bill & I talked about the human cost because winding down this program did & still does have a human cost & face to it.  We also talked about the capacity shuttle gave us that we have given up since none of the new space vehicles can compare to what shuttle was able to do.  I commented on the engineering marvel of much of the HSF infrastructure I saw & stood on, in the VAB, Pad 39A, the escape chutes to the Rubber Room & more. We saw the brand new Constellation control room which was finished, & is now in stand down mode pending possible modifications for commercial opportunities.  We saw the shuttle & Apollo control rooms of which the latter is being remodeled for the changing program. An amazing NASA workforce team showed us around.  We were all very impressed by this space workforce, making it even more difficult to think about so many exceptional people who have lost their jobs & more. While I know many of you will disagree with some of my shuttle & space workforce comments, seeing it in person & talking to the people involved, well, its very different from hearing about it on TV, reading an article, an op-ed, or hearing people talk about it at a space conference.

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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12 April 11, 2012

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Jim Lewis, Tuesday, 4-10-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1749-BWB-2012-04-10.mp3

Guest:  Jim Lewis.  Topics:  Satellite Communication Conference 2012, FloridaSpaceCoasthappenings, Space Brothers-The Movie.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. 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 welcomed Jim Lewis back to The Space Show to discuss what is happening on the Space Coast in Florida, the recently held Satellite Communications 2012 conference, and many other relevant and interesting space topics.  We started with the satellite conference.  Check it out at www.satellitetoday.com/satellite2012.  As you will hear, this conference addresses far more than just satellites.  Jim then told us about the work his company did on filming the KSC part of the Japanese film Space Brothers (www.spacebrothers-movie.com). There are lots of news stories about the filming of this movie at KSC but here is one from Space.com:  www.space.com/11635-nasa-space-brothers-japanese-science-fiction-film.html.  While the film is in Japanese, you will still enjoy the trailer and the story Jim told us about Buzz Aldrin being in the movie.  We then talked about Space X and their upcoming flight at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base launch pad.  Jim updated us on some additional commercial space news along the Space Coast and he mentioned the recent 60 Minutes follow up segment by Scott Pelly.  He said the segment focused on the negatives going on in the area and while it was accurate, it ignored some of the positive developments happening along the coast. Jim spent some time going over the positives that are taking place in the area so when you watch the 60 Minutes segment, keep in mind that the news is not all bleak. For those of you who missed the 60 Minutes segment, you can watch the 12 minute feature which aired earlier this month at www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403938n.  Listeners asked if the suborbital research market and opportunities were part of the satellite conference and we also talked about bandwidth issues that were discussed at the conference.  Jim did not know about suborbital at the conference but he did have lots to say about bandwidth issues which his own business deals with all the time.  Other listeners asked about cubesats at the conference and Jim surprised us by letting us know that in the booth area, there was a significant display by the NRO!

In our second segment, Jim mentioned that Florida tourism was still strong, that his sense was that Space X was expanding in the area and then we talked about docking and birthing at the ISS.  Jim mentioned some of the documentaries his firm has recently worked on and then he told us a short story about Aaron Robertson suggesting that better engineering from the space industry makes better cars, etc.  Don’t miss what Jim had to say about this because it true in a much broader sense than just for cars.   A listener asked Jim about the Republican presidential primary and Newt’s comments. Terry called in and we talked about the potential for Space X to have a Texas spaceport.  We also talked about the end of the shuttle program and the prep and delivery of the shuttles to their new museum homes.  At the end, we talked about the Deep Space Communications program run by Jim’s company.  You can learn more about CCI at www.cciflorida.com. If you are interested in the Deep Space Communication project, contact me or visit http://deepspacecom.net.

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