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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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