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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15 December 2, 2015

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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15

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Guest:  Timothy Sandefur;  Topics:  “The Politics of Star Trek,” Kirk & Spock, science fiction, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica & 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 Timothy (Tim) Sandefur, principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss his article at Claremont.org, “The Politics of Star Trek.”  You can download this article at www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-politics-of-star-trek.  During the first segment of our 81 minute program, Mr. Sandefur introduced us to the Star Trek universe, explained the focus of his article, his long standing interest in Star Trek, and why he wrote about this subject. He discussed Star Trek in the context of what was happening with liberalism in the country at the time as the New Left was just starting to develop.  All the writers were liberal, the Vietnam war was a crucial turning point with liberalism as was the Chicago Democratic Convention with its riots.  The New Left, which he described, was challenging the traditional left, a challenge that Star Trek picked up upon in the various series.  Our guest was asked if political correctness was part of Star Trek since the original series which aired from 1966-69.  As you will hear mentioned several times in our discussion, Star Trek aired during turbulent times in the country and political correctness was at its earliest stage of development.  He cited some examples of how the writers were going off in this direction.  In addition, he talked at length about the differences represented by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, again citing various episodes by name as examples of what he was describing.  He backed up his description of tension between Spock and Kirk with episode facts.  Later, I asked him if the basic Star Trek themes, especially for the original series, were also themes represented in literature as well as other movies such as The Matrix.  Mr. Sandefur talked at length about the Matrix and said Kirk always chose reality no matter how harsh it would turn out to be.  Kirk always chose the red pill.  Mr. Sandefur talked about the background of Roddenberry and others coming out of WW2, NAZI hunting which was going on even as the show was being produced, all of which helped to solidify their view of humanity which they worked into Star Trek series.  Again, our guest cited several episodes by name, describing why that particular show reference supported what Mr. Sandefur was describing.  A listener asked him about the Klingons.  Our guest explained how the Klingons were cast as unmitigated evil as Rodenberry and the writers equated them to the former Soviet Union in the Cold War.  The Klingon discussion was most interesting.  We talked about the development of Warf in the later series &the Klingon warrior culture obtaining almost celebrity status.  Before the segment ended, the Romulans were quickly mentioned. Here, our guest said they were mainly about race but more was said about them in the second segment.

In the second segment, we started with a call from John in Ft. Worth.  John talked about the Romulans being an offshoot of the Vulcans, their perhaps being an example of the Chinese or the N. Koreans at the time.  Our guest said that some of the battles with Romulan spacecraft were actually submarine warfare battles using spaceships instead of submarines.  Listeners asked about the economics of the Star Trek society.  Our guest had much to say about this, especially in light of the transporter which in theory would render useless an economic system, supply and demand, scarcity, money and more.  We then talked about constraints imposed on the series by both the replicator and the transporter.  The recent J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek was mentioned but our guest did not like what Abrams had done with the franchise.  Next up, we talked about the Prime Directive which he said was designed to be broken.  Kirk broke the Prime Directive all the time because he firmly believed the people had to be free.  The Lincoln Douglas debates were referenced as were other examples of Kirk’s views which contrasted with Spock who did not want to interfere in other societies, even when the people were enslaved. by a computer like Vol or by a brutal dictator.  In Next Generation, Capt. Picard was the opposite of Kirk and followed the Prime Directive.  In essence, Mr. Sandefur said the Prime Directive was created to be broken.  Our guest received a question about NASA and space exploration, then we talked about Seven of Nine and the Borg.  He said the Borg were extremely evil because the took away individualism which Kirk would have never allowed.  Eventually, the Borg were destroyed by reprogramming the captured Borg Hugh to allow for individualism to be spread back into the collective computer much like a computer virus.  Don’t miss what Tim had to say about the Borg.  Several times during the discussion, Tim referred to the Battlestar Galactica series in contrast to Star Trek.  We also talked about Star Wars in contrast to Star Trek.  Tim said the differences were stark because Star Trek did not do magic and Star Wars was based on magic.  He pointed out parts of Star Wars which were very offensive, racial, and discriminating.  Again, he cited examples in support of his comments.  Near the end of the discussion after talking about the Borg, we talked about the character Q. Q was always putting humanity on trial and in fact in the final episode, humanity finally wins out.  Saving humanity & individualism was an overriding theme of the Star Trek franchise.  Our guest offered us a closing comment to hold close in that Roddenberry viewed humanity as a special gift needing constant nourishment.  It reflected our courage to never let go of this perspective on humanity.

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Charles Chafer, Monday, 10-26-15 October 27, 2015

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Charles Chafer, Monday, 10-26-15

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Guest: Charles Chafer. Topics: Commercial space history & overview, space burial and memorial services. 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 Charlie Chafer back to the program to discuss commercial space, the Celestis space memorial services and flights, plus much more. During the first segment of our 88 minute program, Charlie started out by providing an overview of the commercial space history since he played a huge role in its start decades ago. For example, he talked about the fist ever commercial launch that was done by his company, the regulatory and permit process back then, and how the industry has evolved since those early days. It’s a most interesting discussion with one of the major founders of the commercial space industry. We then changed topic to talk about the space memorial services and how this industry has changed since 1994 when Charlie co-founded Celestis. As for today, Celestis has a global customer space offering several categories of space memorial services, all of which are described on the Celestis website, www.celestis.com. There launches are far more routine today with more launch vehicle availability. Regarding the lunar service, he talked about sending Eugene Shoemaker’s remains to the Moon, then later in the second segment, he talked about the commercial space significance of having done this. Celestis offers four services including Earth Rise which is suborbital, an orbital service known as Earth Orbit or Earth view, the Lunar Service, and the Voyager Service which is a deep space mission. He described each service but also he talked at length as to how Celestis carries out a memorial spaceflight starting with advance work before the launch, tours of the launch pad, a special Celestial memorial service, and the launch. Listeners asked Charlie several questions about the service including listener Judy who had seen rocket launches before and wondered how those attending a memorial service launch viewed watching a rocket launch. Before the segment ended, Charlie was asked about pet memorial services. Celestis offers the Celestis Pets Memorial service. Check out www.celestispets.com for more information on this service.

In the second segment, we focused on commercial space, customers, markets, commercial waves and more. Our guest pointed out some thoughts that might suggest a possible commercial space “bubble” ahead. He also talked about & described the three waves of commercial space history. Charlie talked about his interest in opening up commercial markets in the space weather field and we talked about the value of data as a product. Regarding SSP which he mentioned, he said it has not developed but may do so down the road in the future. The same for pharmaceuticals and other energy related possibilities. We talked about the many commercial applications, customers, and uses for GPS, truly a successful commercial space field and product. A listener asked Charlie how he thought the commercial markets might change if we had low cost commercial launches available to go to private, commercial space stations instead of the ISS. Jake wanted to know Charlie’s thoughts on SLS and Orion. I asked Charlie if he saw any possibilities for human spaceflight commercial products or services in the near to intermediate term. Other points of interest included space tourism and adventure travel, especially for orbital flight which might be 15-17 years in the future. A listener then asked Charlie about the lunar memorial service and if you had to be a special person to get permission to be have remains sent to the Moon. Charlie described the process they went through with Gene Shoemaker and why they did it the way they did it because they wanted to set a commercial space precedent for the future. Among his closing comments, he said space is hard and take action to follow your dreams.

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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-24-14 August 25, 2014

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Dr. Alan Stern, Sunday, 8-24-14

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Guest:  Dr. Alan Stern.  Topics:  New Horizons to Pluto, Uwingu Mars programs.  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 Dr. Alan Stern back to the program to discuss New Horizons which is on target for its summer rendezvous with Pluto and new Uwingu projects relating to Mars (www.uwingu.com).  During our hour long program, Dr. Stern started with New Horizons and he mentioned the 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT NASA press conference today regarding New Horizons passing Neptune’s orbit plus it being the 25th anniversary of Voyager passing the Neptune system.  The press conference is at http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html but if you miss it, I’m confident it will be archived.  Alan reported that New Horizons was in good health, we talked about the course corrections it has made along its trip to Pluto, plus special events planned for its arrival in the Pluto system.  Other topics included the Kuiper Belt and Ort Cloud, dwarf planets and just how many planets are in our solar system per a question asked by a listener regarding his son’s science class.  BJohn asked questions about the Gaia telescope and comparisons of New Horizons to Dawn and the Rosetta mission.  Another listener asked about the New Horizons team and its costs so far.  We talked about the need for advanced propulsion and what missions would be most suited for it.  Doug sent in an email regarding Pluto, Ceres, and the start of a new era of exploration.  Lots of comments and questions about Pluto being a planet as Alan referred to Pluto as a planet.  Dr. Stern did go over the differences and similarities with Rosetta, New Horizons and the Dawn Mission and he said the Gaia telescope could not do the imaging Bjorn asked about but that Earth-based telescopes could do a good job in some circumstances s could Hubble.  At the halfway point, we switched over to talking about Uwingu and their latest Mars project (see http://uwingu.com/beam-me-to-mars).  I mentioned on air about a Space Show contest which would award the winner a message to Mars so if you have ideas for such a contest, email them to me please.  I plan on sending a Space Show message to Mars and will post it on the blog.  Alan also talked about the program naming Mars craters which will appear on their Mars map which is planned to go to Mars on the Mars One robotic mission in a few years.  Before the show ended, a listener asked Alan about the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.

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Dr. James (Jim) Benford, Friday, 9-27-13 September 28, 2013

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Dr. James (Jim) Benford, Friday, 9-27-13

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Guest:  Dr. James (Jim) Benford.  Topics:  Sailships, “Starship Century,” interstellar travel, Fermi Paradox & 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.

We welcomed Dr. James (Jim) Benford to the program to discuss his book (he was the co-editor) “Starship Century,” and his chapter, Sailships, plus his editing of the book.  During our first segment of this 1 hour 26 minute discussion, Dr. Benford introduced us to Microwave Power Beaming, sailships, solar sails, terrestrial beamed power, in-space beamed power and more.  We talked about microwave beaming as a possible space weapon, the storage of beamed energy, and the use of the millimeter band width for beamed power.  Also in our first segment, we talked about possible time lines for development for interstellar travel.  In this discussion, our guest used Alpha Centauri B as a reference point.  Propulsion in general was discussed with a thumbs down for chemical rockets for doing anything like what we were talking about in this segment.  Listeners asked questions as to why interstellar travel was important at this time given it is so far into the future.

In our second segment, we talked about his goals in editing the book and the fact that if it is bought through the book’s website, www.starshipcentury.com, the proceeds are donated to legitimate interstellar organizations and research.   Jim listed several of the organizations being considered for receiving such proceeds and interestingly, most if not all have been guests on The Space Show over the years.  Dr. Benford mentioned conferences and the Arthur C. Clarke Center at UCSD.  We then talked about the Fermi Paradox and factor L as to the probabilities of finding intelligent life someplace other than Earth.  Faster Than Light Travel was a discussion topic, Jim was asked what his non-space friends thought of his microwave beam power work and interstellar travel.  A listener asked about students in these subject, particularly in the UK and the US.

If you have comments or questions, post them on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Dr. Benford through his website, www.jamesbenford.com.