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Michael Mackowski, Tuesday, 7-28-15 July 29, 2015

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Michael Mackowski, Tuesday, 7-28-15

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Guest: Michael Mackowski. Topics: Space Advocacy past, present, and in the future. 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 Michael Mackowski to The Space Show to discuss his book “Adventures in Space Advocacy,” space advocacy in history through to the future, spacecraft model building and much more. During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Michael talked about growing up as a “child of Apollo” and being inspired by our early space program. He went on to get an EE degree and to work in the industry. He said it was an exacting time, especially when the Galileo Jupiter mission finally happened. He talked about the start of organizations such as L5, The Planetary Society, AIAA, and his own early ventures into space advocacy which are detailed in his book, available at Amazon at www.amazon.com/Adventures-Space-Advocacy-Personal-Activism/dp/1511564911/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1438189701&sr=8-1. He talked about moving, heading to Phoenix and engaging in space advocacy once again after a brief pause when he was in Washington, DC. This led us to a discussion about individual advocacy efforts as compared to group or organizational efforts. Michael was asked how he has sold human spaceflight to a general audience, his most receptive audience, and lobbying congress. Our guest spent some time discussing the challenges in advocating human spaceflight to the general public so don’t miss this discussion. Space tourism came up as a probable kick starter once the industry starts commercial operations. Michael thought that space tourism could provide a crucial boost for industry support even outside the space community.

 

In the second segment, we talked about Michael’s interest in spaceflight models. If you visit his website, www.space-city-mike.net, you can click on scale models on the right side menu bar (http://space-city-mike.net/modeling). Michael described the industry, licensing challenges, specialty model builders and more. He also talked about using models in the form of make and take kits when talking to young students about space. Model building through 3D printing was discussed, then I switched the topic to inquire about his success in outreach with adults and children. He said 5-7th grade was the best group to talk with as high school was probably too late. As for speaking to adult groups, he said it was usually about entertainment but that it seldom produced advocacy action on the part of the adults hearing the talk. I seconded that experience given my talks with adults on space this and that. Near the end, we talked trends, the increasing influence of social media, passion, and connecting pace to our future.

 

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Rand Simberg, Bill Simon, Monday, 7-20-15 July 21, 2015

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Rand Simberg, Bill Simon, Monday, 7-20-15

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Guests: Rand Simberg, Bill Simon. Topics: July 20th celebration, Evoloterra.com, U.S. space policy. 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 back Rand Simberg and Bill Simon to the show to discuss the importance of July 20, 1969, our having landed on the Moon leaving Earth behind, and their ceremony, Evoloterra (www.evoloterra.com). During the first segment of our 1 hour 26 minute program, Bill and Rand talked about the creation of the Evoloterra ceremony, what it signifies and what it honors. They talked about the importance of storytelling and why they modeled Evoloterra on the Passover Seder. Both guests talked about the importance of leaving Earth’s gravity well for the first time for another planet though later Rand offered a correction to that statement since the Moon orbits Earth and the Apollo crew was always in the sphere of influence of Earth. Rand said going to Mars would be the first time humans will have left the influence of our home planet. This discussion covered a large part of the first segment. Next, we got into space policy and theoretical discussions such as what the world would be like, including US space policy, had the Soviets beat us to the Moon and established a permanent lunar base there. Both our guests offered speculative views of alternative time lines & realities had something like that actually happened. Getting into the Evoloterra relevance today, Rand took the lead and had much to say about our current space policy, how we should be doing things and why we should not be trying to recreate Apollo. In addition, our guests talked about going to Mars and at one point it was said that there was probably no path to Mars without going through the Moon. We talked about the press conference today announcing the new Return to the Moon plan. You can download and read the plan at www.scribd.com/doc/272096719/NexGen-report-on-leveraging-commercial-rockets-to-return-to-the-moon. Rand had interesting comments about it though given it had just come out a few hours before our show today, none of us had yet read the 100 page plus report. However, It will be the subject of our next Open Lines show. Rand made several points that doing great things in space did not have to come about due to a policy based on war, referring to Apollo and the Cold War. Skipping over to the second segment, we talked about previous reports regarding space policy and Rand noted that these earlier reports did not advocate a national policy for space settlement. We then discussed space settlement for a good part of this segment, with our guests explaining why it should be our national policy. For future missions, Rand kept saying they did not have to be based on battles and wars. Bill said we needed the challenges & to win. Several catalyst type events were mentioned including asteroid threats. Rand talked about addressing many issues including space mining, property rights and affordability. Both guests offered excellent closing comments, don’t miss them. Post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Rand and Bill through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron, Monday, 6-8-15 June 9, 2015

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Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron, Monday, 6-8-15

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Guests:  Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron.  Topics: Our guests discussed their new book “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech,” 3D printing, aerospace & more.  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 Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron to the show to discuss their new book, “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech,” the importance of modern shop class training in our school systems, plus modern technology as a learning tool for students.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 42 minute program, Joan explained why they wrote this book, the problem caused by the absence of shop class in schools around the country and the void their book attempts to fill.  The book is targeted to both parents and teachers to assist them in being comfortable with the “new” shop class as the technology, the instruments & tools, and possibilities are totally different from the stereotype of a shop class from previous years.  Joan talked about their pilot project with the Windward School in Los Angeles (see www.windwardschool.org) including the upcoming two day seminar August 14-15,  Design and Maker Class Colloquium: Hands-on with Arduinos, 3D printing, Wearable tech (for details see www.windwardschool.org/design2015?rc=0).  The book is also appropriate for students starting around the 7th or 8th grade but the Foreword to the book was written by a 13 year old student, Coco, who called the show.  Coco was a most impressive caller who works this technology, has a keen interest in it, and I urge you to pay attention to her phone call.  Coco was with us for most of the first segment.  Additional topics discussed in the first segment included the use of Arduinos, STEM and STEAM, portable 3D printers, program funding, teacher and classroom issues. The portable Bukito 3D printer was discussed in some detail and even Coco told us how relatively easy it was to learn to use it.  A few listeners sent in notes asking about how to get a new type shop class started in the schools their kids attend.  Joan and Rich suggested starting small, work with kits, and use the open source world.  It was also suggested that people attend a local MakerFaire or visit a hacker space though the latter may be challenging for students under 18.  Jackie sent in a note asking about both wearable tech and implanted tech.  Rich had some interesting comments on this topic, don’t miss them.

In the second segment, Joan and Rich talked about actionable things by both parents and teachers.  Joan also talked about how students learn and the problems caused for some students when there is no shop class.  She also said there was some parental push back so don’t miss what she had to say about this.  Randy from Tucson emailed in a question about traditional vocational training including the subjects Joan and Rich were discussing.  Joan made a distinction with trade and vocational tech training and teaching young students in a modern school shop class.  Several questions came up for our guests about teacher acceptability of this type of program. Joan said that for teachers, time is a problem as they have to carve out more time to both learn and teach these subjects.  Also, if the teacher and the class are focused on teaching to the test, its an even bigger problem.  Near the end of our discussion, a listener asked about the software used in 3D printing. Our guests mentioned several programs, including freeware, that an interested listener might want to explore.  Prior to the show ending, our guests talked about their upcoming August colloquium per above and fielded one final question from BJohn regarding limitations.  Our guests suggested that in terms of limitations to the use, application, and results of working with this new technology, one’s imagination would likely be the biggest limiting factor.

Please post your comments on TSS blog above.  Our guests can be reached through the websites www.nonscriptum.com and www.apress.com/9781484209059. Coco’s website is  www.veryhappyrobot.com.

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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Brett Hoffstadt, Friday, 2-20-15 February 21, 2015

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Brett Hoffstadt, Friday, 2-20-15

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Guest:  Brett Hoffstadt; Topics:  We discussed his book, “Ho to Be a Rocket Scientist: 10 powerful tips to enter the aerospace field and launch the career of your dreams.”  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 Brett Hoffstadt to the program for this 62 minute discussion regarding his book and his suggestions for how to become an aerospace engineer.  Visit his websites for me information, http://howtobearocketscientist.com & http://www.engineeryourinnovation.com.  Please note that later in the segment we had to pause the program to restart one of our streaming servers.  I apologize for this inconvenience.  During our program, Brett, in discussing his book which he said was mainly targeted to high school students but also some middle school students, took us through the ten tips and discussed each of them.  The ten tips in the book are 1)Reflect On Your Passions; 2) Expand Your Concept of Rocket Science’ 3) Associate with People In The Field; 4) Read A Book On Rocket Science; 5) Watch A Movie About Rocket Science; 6) Make a Short Take-Off (STO) Into The Workplace; 7) Use Free And Informal Education Resources; 8) Know How To Apply For a Job; 9) Find A Mentor; 10) Appreciate And Work On The Soft Skills.  Listeners asked him to create a chat room for something like “office hours” with students who might be interested in talking with him.  In addition, it was suggested he create a companion workbook for students who wanted to go further than just reading the book.  During our discussion of the first few tips, Brett suggested a book on his reading list, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck. Do It Yourself Space and the Maker Faire movement came up & Brett was supportive of both efforts.  Listeners had several questions about some of the specific tips Brett discussed.  He was also asked for additional tips not included in the book.  As the program was ending, Brett told us about his blog, the success stories on the blog and subscribing to his blog. His blog can be found at http://howtobearocketscientist.com/blog.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Brett Hoffstadt through the address he gave out on air, his websites, or through me.

 

Michael Annis, Friday, 10-10-14 October 11, 2014

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Michael Annis, Friday, 10-10-14

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Guest:  Michael Annis.  Topics:  We discussed is podcasts re http://spacerockethistory.com on the history of space & rocketry.  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 Michael Annis to the program to discuss his series of space & rocket history podcasts at http://spacerockethistory.com.  During the first segment, Mike told us about his background, being inspired by Apollo, and being a strong space enthusiasts going forward.  He strives for one podcast weekly.  Visit http://spacerockethistory.com/?page_id=344 for his timeline for existing podcasts with the newest on top.  Note that he started his series with his first podcast covering “Ancient Rocketry:  Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”  As you will hear, he is still covering the Gemini program as his podcasts represent a detailed oral history in chronological order of events & missions that happened.  He does cover Soviet events plus events & rockets from other nations as applicable.  His sources are referenced in the podcasts but he does have a Source page, http://spacerockethistory.com/?page_id=27.  For this segment, we started at the beginning, talked about the history of rocketry and our space program.  One thing that I liked was his mention of the Flying Steam Powered Pigeon by Archtytas about 428 BC (see http://kotsanas.com/gb/exh.php?exhibit=2001001).  Listeners asked Mike questions about NewSpace, the Saturn V rocket, and for his favorite missions.  In this segment, Mike talked about the space interest of his students & their knowledge level of space history which was not good.

In the second segment, Mike mentioned Newton’s laws, especially his Third Law of Motion, especially action-reaction as he said rockets were based on this.  Our guest was asked about Mars as the focus and goal of human spaceflight and if he thought the US would likely lead a humans to Mars mission.  Another listener asked him about failures and he mentioned what he called a Flopnic, the Vanguard TV3 launch and the Soviet R7 rocket.  When asked about challenges to our space program, he cited budget problems.  We talked about the U.S. private sector which he supports.  Mike told us how to get his podcasts as they are available on iTunes and Stitcher.  Near the end of our program, Mike was asked about the Moon-Mars debate and his thoughts on the overall condition of our human spaceflight program.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can reach Mike Annis using the Contact tab on his website.

Leland Melvin, Friday, 10-3-14 October 4, 2014

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Leland Melvin, Friday, 10-3-14

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Guest:  Leland Melvin.  Topics:  Spaceship Earth Grant contest, The Overview Effect, space exploration, STEM.  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 former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin to the program to discuss Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG) (www.spaceshipearthgrants.com) as Leland is the president of the organization.  This program was a one hour show so there was no break as we had just one segment.  Mr. Melvin started out by telling us about SEG which he said was formed to do good in the world.  He talked about their contest for raising money to send people to space so that they will experience an orbital shift in perception (The Overview Effect) and upon return, do work and good with this new perspective of Earth.  They want this new perspective shared with others for the benefit of all.  He talked about the application for the contest and the fee structure which you will find fully explained on their website so see the above URL.  Leland explained that this was a crowd funding program though not like others that use specific crowd funding program such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo.  We also learned from a listener question that the contest winners will choose their own carrier for going to space and will need to comply with the rules & conditions set by that particular carrier.  Later, he mentioned that they would have a spaceflight training academy but details would not be announced until later in October.  The contest involves paying a fee which is on a sliding scale, submitting a video and writing an essay on why you want to go space.  I asked our guest why the average person needs to go to space.  Leland spent some time responding to this question so don’t miss this crucial discussion.  Leland was asked if students on a global bases seemed interested & inspired by space when he spoke to them.  He said yes & told us a great story about what happened with a Brooklyn student who slept through his talk.  We talked about international space cooperation, specifically with the Russians even when our non-space relationship with Russia was at a low point.  Regarding their contest, Leland talked about some of the benefits early adopters get by filling out an application, submitting the video, essay, and fee.  A listener asked if they would market their space flights for adventure as do the space tourism companies or are they only going after the change in perspective & Overview Effect benefits.  I asked Leland if he had experienced the Overview Effect on his two Atlantis flights. The same question was asked about his astronaut peers.  Leland had much to say in response to this question because when he went to space, he was not familiar with the Overview Effect but told us that what he experienced was the Overview Effect without putting a name to it.  Later in the program, we discussed SEG being founded on the principles of Muhammad Yunis, then Leland was asked by Kristin if SEG would focus on space settlement as well as tourism.  We learned that the organization was accepting applications from 156 countries.  In his summary, our guest talked about civilizations coming together through space, the orbital shift in perspective by just being in space, and the need to fund STEM programs/students.

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Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 7-15-14 July 16, 2014

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Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 7-15-14

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Guest:  Ken Murphy.  Topics:  Cislunar sci-fi movies, space commerce & economics, due diligence, Boy Scouts & more.  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 Ken Murphy for a wide ranging discussion on multiple space topics including cislunar films, space economics & due diligence, capital acquisition, Boy Scouts & more.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 29 minute program, Ken talked about Cislunar Cinema which he also wrote for The Space Review (see http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2518/1.  We went through several of the films in his article but also others. We talked about foreign films, Hollywood focusing on special effects, and movie trends.  He suggested several films for us to find and view.  Next, we talked about the Boy Scouts Space Exploration Merit Badge (see http://thespacereview.com/article/2552/1.  Later, we talked about commercial space.  Ken pointed out there is still a serious lack of adequate capital for the emerging industry.  He mentioned the need for something like crowd source equity funding and he talked about supportive legislation such as the Jobs Act though the rules are not yet in place.  We talked about recent successes such as Skybox, Google, etc.  Our guest had interesting comments about these events.  He then told us stories where people told him NASA and HSF was being disassembled.  Listen to what he had to say about general population views.

In the second segment, we talked about the Dallas Moon Day which takes place at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field this Saturday, 10-5 PM.  He talked about STEM outreach, the kids getting space gift bags, the events, lectures, etc.  Ken got a listener question about the Google Lunar XPrize on which he had much to say.  Ken was then asked about various lunar commercial projects.  We talked due diligence for space projects including financial and market analysis plus assumption making..  This brought our guest to talk about general economic trends in the country and he said we were “still in a looting mode.”  After an interesting economic discussion, we turned our attention to the Moon Society (www.themoonsociety.org).  I asked Ken about the NRC Pathways HSF study with the goal of Mars.  Ken explained the Moon first position and said the real goal should be to explore the solar system, not just go to Mars.  Before closing, Ken told us about EML1, the Earth-Moon Lagrange 1.  For more information here, visit http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2033/1.  As we were closing, Ken had important comments to say about STEM and told us about his work on the Solar System Cinema.

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Greg Cecil, Friday, 6-27-14 June 28, 2014

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Greg Cecil, Friday, 6-27-14

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Guest:  Greg Cecil.  Topics: STEM for Middle School students, human spaceflight, Mars & more.  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 Greg Cecil back to the program for this 1 hour 37 minute discussion.  During our first segment, Greg summarized his space shuttle experience when working on the thermal protection system at KSC, talked about keeping in touch with former shuttle employees and letting us know that in his opinion, shuttle was retired too early.  After the shuttle program was closed down, Greg began consulting and teaching science to middle school students.  He talked about the difference in a public inner city school as compared to teaching in a private school.  His observations are important, especially about parent involvement  & support in the student’s education.  Greg devised space related projects for the students & created scientific experiments to fly with the J.P. Aerospace high altitude balloon flights.  Greg described some of the experiments and the benefits in working with John Powell of J.P. Aerospace.  We talked about the impact of the flights and making the payloads.  I asked if the impact will remain with them as they go through school, possibly in selecting a space or science education and career.  Greg also attended the recent Explore Mars Humans2Mars Conference and here he offered us many valuable observations.  Listen to what he had to say about NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s talk, then later the talk given by NewSpace advocate and co-founder of the Space Frontier Foundation, Rick Tumlinson.  The differences between the two talks and approaches led to Greg’s conversion to being a NewSpace proponent.  Greg talked about SpaceX and suggested it was risky for any one company to be the face of NewSpace, either intentionally or by chance.

In the second segment, Greg talked about the movie, “I want To Be An Astronaut.”  Doug emailed in a comment based on our first segment discussion given Greg’s comment about NASA budgets being tight & being a show stopper for grandiose HSF missions such as those to Mars & as reported in the NRC Pathways HSF study.  Greg responded to Doug, then I let got with one of my infamous rants directed not just at Doug but we space enthusiasts in general for having lousy communication skills.  In this instance, my rant was about Doug focusing on technology and never ever making the case for the WHY or the need to do what he suggested in his question.  Greg then spoke to the importance of knowing your customer, congressman, market, and effectively communicating the WHY & the NEED.  Later, after the rant and aftermath of the volcanic eruption, Greg spoke to how best to approach members of congress and state legislatures.  We then talked about the RD-180 engine, SLS, & HSF spaceships.  As our discussion was ending, Greg pointed out the risks associated with putting all our HSF eggs in one basket and one company.  He closed by saying never give up plus he provided his email address at the end of the show.

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Kevin Sloan, Friday, 6-6-14 June 7, 2014

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Kevin Sloan, Friday, 6-6-14

Mars Society University Rover Challenge

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Guest: Kevin Sloan.  Topics: 2014 Mars Society University Rover Challenge.  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 Kevin Sloan back to the program to discuss the 8th year of competition for the Mars Society University Rover Challenge.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Kevin said that the 2014 completion was the biggest ever with 31 teams of which 23 made it to Hanksville, UT for the competition.  He noted that the competition takes place in the Utah desert near MDRS and Hanksville, Utah.  Kevin went over the rules and guidelines during this segment, the financial limits on the rover teams, the tasks the rovers had to do, especially in comparison to last year’s competition, the way the rovers have to be driven by their team driver, and what happens if a team has to physically intervene to resolve a rover problem once the rover has started its mission.  We did talk about the international makeup of the teams, including this year having a team from Bangladesh and Cairo.  Also, the same team from Poland as last year, Hyperion, won first place this year as well.  You can see the list of winners by visiting http://urc.marssociety.org/home and looking at the congratulations box on the home page.  Kevin talked about the global interest in robotics and the way the competition has grown over its 8 year history.  Doug called in asking lots of questions but he also wanted to know about the prizes and if the prizes served as the incentive to enter the contest.  In this discussion we talked about the importance of STEM & Kevin described in details the tasks the rovers had to complete and how they were scored.

In the second segment, we talked more about what happens with a breakdown and I asked if any teams complete the tasks without a breakdown. We also talked about the availability of spare parts out in the desert, then Sally asked about the team demographics and diversity.  More questions came in about repairs, then Kevin was asked about the desert terrain. He said it differs each year depending on rain and weather. This year the desert sand was very course and rough on the rovers, probably because of the large amounts of rain in the area during the year.  A question came in asking if the rovers had to be Mars compatible, what kind of wheels or tires they used, and if there was common frame or other technology among all the rovers.

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