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Wayne White, Tuesday, 10-21-14 October 22, 2014

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Wayne White, Tuesday, 10-21-14


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Guest:  Wayne White.  Topics:  Space property rights and Wayne’s proposed Space Pioneering Act.  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 Wayne White back to the show to discuss space property rights, the proposed Asteroid Act, and his proposed Space Pioneering Act.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute discussion, Wayne opened up with the Asteroids Act which was a bipartisan proposal in Congress this past summer (www.spacepolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AsteroidsActHR5063.pdf).  During this segment, Wayne explained why he believes this to be an important ACT and needed in order to have a more broad reaching space property rights law such as what he has been proposing with his Space Pioneering Act.  Listeners and I asked Wayne if he thought the Asteroids Act would pass &be sent to the White House for approval.  He said he thought it would be passed.  He continually pointed out both the bipartisan sponsors of the bill & the fact that it would not cost taxpayers any money.  Our guest fielded listener questions about the international impact & compliance of the Asteroids Act as it would be a U.S. law.  Wayne also explained the role of reciprocity with the Act.  Next, Wayne explained why the Act was necessary for the comprehensive solution to space property rights as proposed in his broad reaching Space Pioneering Act. (SPA).  The SPA is for now only a draft concept which he will start refining once he sees what happens to the Asteroids Act.  We talked about his plans to approach congress and staffers as well as entrepreneurial and commercial space companies, especially those that have an interest in establishing space property rights.  Wayne was asked about dispute resolution for property rights, especially if it involved international parties.  Near the end of this segment, he referenced the Homestead Act, the Law of the Sea Treaty, civil laws versus common law, and the benefits derived from national law and the arbitration process.

In the second segment, Wayne started with a discussion about salvage law and why it was an important part of his SPA.  Here, he talked about the Law of Finds, space debris issues, and both contract salvage and emergency salvage.  Later he talked about the need to establish control zones are a commercial installation much in the way that there is a control zone around the ISS.  He cited examples of problems that helped to make his points.  As we neared the end of our discussion, Wayne introduced us to the need for mining law.  He talked about similarities with the Mining Act of 1872 as his SPA, which includes mining law, has a similar approach to the Mining Act.  Note his concluding comments & the case he makes for property rights, the Asteroids Act, and his Space Pioneering Act.

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Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Friday, 8-24-12 August 24, 2012

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Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Friday, 8-24-12


Guest:  Dr. Farouk El-Baz.  Topics:  Apollo lunar landing site selection, lunar geology, Mars-desert analogs and more.  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 Dr. Farouk El-Baz to The Space Show.  Please visit his website for lots more information on the topics we discussed, lots of great pictures, plus many additional important topics, www.faroudelbaz.com. We started our discussion with Dr. El-Baz having a Star Trek shuttle craft named in his honor. Its a great story you will enjoy hearing. From Star Trek, we got down to business and wanted to know about the Apollo lunar landing site selection process. Dr. El-Baz told us how they did it, especially given the absence of any real information about the lunar geology and surface.  Three of the concerns he mentioned included the site being free of rocks, absolutely flat, and making sure the Lunar Lander would not sink in the lunar dust.  What’s more, Dr. El-Baz was 29 years old when he was in charge of doing this.  As you will hear, age is an important part of this discussion in the second segment near the end of the program.  I did ask Dr. El-Baz about selecting sites using Egyptian mythology as conspiracy theories suggest, plus his response to those who do not believe we ever went to the Moon. With the latter point, he had much to say about Moon rocks as proof of our lunar visits.  His comments on Orion and mythology were very interesting.  Another question asked him dealt with the shutting down of the program.  NASA risk averseness was the top reason.  Nels asked many questions about a possible Apollo polar orbit and lunar ice.  Our guest had much to say about this, the sun angles needed for landing, lighting, and more.  As we moved to lunar commerce, our guest talked about mining titanium and HE3 but not at this time.  I asked Dr. El-Baz about the Apollo-Soyuz Test Flight (ASTF) and working with the Soviets, then we returned to the plausibility of lunar commerce at this time.

As we started the second segment, we talked about commercial ROI opportunities for cargo to the ISS by the private companies but he suggested everything else was more distant and would probably need testing & seeding by the government.  I then asked him about his work studying deserts and using Earth deserts as analogs for studying Mars.  Dr. El-Baz had much to say about deserts, Mars, about their formation by rivers that had dried up & were buried under sand and how they know that.  We talked about Earth movement, especially the SaharaDesert, and the impact of natural geological events on climate change.  Imaging satellites were discussed & I asked our guest if we would have been able to have today’s knowledge were it not for the space program.  Don’t miss his fascinating answer.  At another point in our discussion, Dr. El-Baz mentioned 126 separate university research projects during Apollo.  The last listener question asked our guest about the extremely young age of the Apollo scientific & work force.  Dr. El-Baz had much to say about this, said that the work could only have been done by people in their 20’s and 30’s.  He said the older folks need to step aside and let the young people go forward, make the mistakes & solve the problems.  In the end, age made a huge difference for the good of the Apollo program.  Our guest also commented on our present day aging space & technology workforce.

Please post your comments/questions on the blog.  If you want to email Dr. El-Baz, send your note to me & I will forward it to him.