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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 5-21-14 May 22, 2014

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 5-21-14


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Guests: John Batchelor, Anatoly Zak, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: U.S.-Russia space cooperation, NASA, N-33 & RD180 engines & 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.

We welcomed back to Hotel Mars veteran Anatoly Zak to help us understand recent statements made by Russia regarding their breaking off space relations with us by the year 2020 in response to U.S. sanctions against Russia over the Crimea and Ukraine. Anatoly provided us with valuable insights to the rhetoric on both sides, the Russian rocket engine issue, the newly announced Russian space budget, Russian-Chinese space agreements and joint programs, Russia’s new launch site and the ISS orbit, and the likelihood of Russian going it alone with their ISS module plus the unlaunched segments of what might make up a Russian only space station. We also talked more about the RD-180 engine problem. At one point Anatoly said damage had already been done regarding our joint space programs but he was optimistic the situation would stabilize.

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