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Brice Russ, Tuesday, 6-18-13 June 19, 2013

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Brice Russ, Tuesday, 6-18-13

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Guest:  Brice Russ.  Topics:  Yuri’s Night 2013 and suggestions for the 2014 global space party. 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.

We welcomed Brice Russ to the program for a one hour Yuri’s Night 2013 wrap up discussion.  For more information, visit their main website, http://yurisnight.net.  During our hour long discussion with Brice, we talked about Yuri’s Night, its history, goals, and we compared the 2013 year which just ended to earlier years.  For 2013, we learned that there were over 350 parties worldwide in 57 countries. This was about 100 more than last year.  We learned that there was a Yuri’s Night event from the ISS and also Curiosity on Mars! Some of the parties drew several thousand people, we talked about the big party in Los Angeles at the California Science Center under Space Shuttle Endeavour.  Other specifically mentioned parties included the one at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the party in Reno, and the Washington, DC “Space Burlesque Show” which was part of Yuri’s Night.  Listeners sent in many email questions and suggestions.  They wanted to know about parties for young school age kids, fraternity or sorority parties on college campuses, even parties at military basis or on naval ships at sea.  Brice also took us through the timeline for the 2014 Yuri’s Night parties, website registration, volunteering to help out, and more.  During our discussion, Brice suggested several related Yuri’s Night websites and their new newsletter which you can sign up for if interested.  Most of these additional sites can be accessed through their main website above but if you want to visit one of the other sites & don’t see the link for it, just use the direct URL Brice provided on air.  One listener asked Brice what other space event in addition to Yuri’s Night he would want to celebrate.  Both Brice and I said the Apollo 11 flight and our Moon program.  Brice used the opportunity to talk about how Yuri’s Night supports other space events and programs.  When asked if the Yuri’s Night organization supported any specific space policy, the answer was no other than human spaceflight.  Toward the end of our segment, I asked Brice what seemed to work regarding space education outreach.  You don’t want to miss his response to this question.  After our hour with Brice ended, I came back for a very short period to go over the future Space Show schedule and to make a few announcements including our Amazon announcement.

Please post your comments/questions for Brice Russ on The Space Show blog per the above URL.  You can email Brice Russ at rbruss@yurisnight.net.

Sarah Cruddas, Friday, 5-3-13 May 4, 2013

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Sarah Cruddas, Friday, 5-3-13

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Guest:  Sarah Cruddas.  Topics:  UK space development, interests, commerce, and journalism, space tourism, China, 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.

We welcomed Sarah Cruddas to the program to discuss space development and policy from the British perspective.  Please visit her website, http://sarahcruddas.com for more information.  During the first part of our 90 minute discussion, we talked about space policy, science, and commerce from a British perspective.  Listeners asked many questions about the UK perspective on space mining via Planetary Resources, commercial satellites & Surrey Satellite Technology, plus NASA projects like the Kepler Space Telescope and the search for exoplanets.  We talked with Sarah about commercial space travel/space tourism with Virgin Galactic, especially since Sir Richard Branson is British.  Sarah was asked about UK entrepreneurial space ventures and the Isle of Man.  Sarah also covered the last space shuttle flight at KSC. She told us it was a very emotional experience.  We also talked about the British perspective on both the ISS & the Hubble Space Telescope.  Listeners asked our guest about space programs, interests, and policies in Germany, France, and ESA.  She told us that the UK participation in ESA was smaller than that of other countries so their space programs are less ESA-centric.  Sarah was asked about HSF to Mars including Mars One and the Inspiration Mars flyby mission.  Doug called in to ask about Skylon & I talked about the early space history with the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and space planes.  Returning to the topic of space tourism, she said it was too expensive for most people in the UK but there were some who have signed up and are interested in the adventure.  We talked about STEM education in the UK & and compared STEM issues there to here in the States.

In our second segment, we talked about space debris or space junk.  We then talked economics and UK, European, and global budget issues.  Sarah made the case for the importance of continuing to invest in space and science despite these problems.  Don’t miss what she had to say about space, our future, and economics.  We also talked about space media and journalism in the UK & the need for the West to be in the lead in commercial space development.  We spent a good part of this segment talking about the Chinese space program, plus India’s program.  Other topics included N. Korean rocket launches, the Google Lunar XPrize, Yuri’s Night in the UK, and even ET’s!  I asked about the popularity of astronomy& telescope clubs in her area, and the popularity of the ISS.  Toward the end of our discussion, I asked our guest for a ten year perspective on space.  Don’t miss Sarah’s future vision which included mining, space tourism, space junk resolution, and the growth of the Chinese space program.  She talked about returning humans to the Moon – with China.  She also said that people see space leadership and progress being made but that it was more likely to come from the Chinese than with we Americans.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact Sarah through her website or me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Elizabeth Kennick, Teachers In Space, Thursday, 4-4-13 April 5, 2013

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Elizabeth Kennick, Teachers In Space, Thursday, 4-4-13

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Guest:  Elizabeth (Gallager) Kennick.  Topics:  Teachers In Space and Yuri’s Night Celebration.  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.

We welcomed back Liz Kennick to discuss the Teachers in Space program which is part of the Space Frontier Foundation and the upcoming New York City Yuri’s Night party.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 31 minute program, Ms. Kennick summarized her first year as the Program Director of the Teachers in Space Program (http://tis.spacefrontier.org).  Liz talked about the summer 2012 workshops and the upcoming Space Medicine and Human Factors workshop to be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, plus the Flight Experiments workshop at the AeroInstitute in Palmdale, CA.  If these workshops interest you and you are eligible, get more information about them.  We talked about expansion plans for Teachers In Space, their five year program, astronaut training experiences at NASTAR (www.nastarcenter.com/aerospace-training/space) and using other training means.  Listeners asked lots of questions about Teachers In Space qualifications, when they would fly and on what suborbital vehicle, as well as how to apply to the program.  Liz talked about building up the organization, the need for volunteer help, and the importance of getting teachers excited about space to spread the excitement to their students. One of the projects our guest discussed in this first segment was that of the TIS flight experiments regarding the 2012 Balloon launch program.  For more information on this experiment, see http://tis.spacefrontier.org/up-up-and-away.

In the second segment, our guest led off by discussing the upcoming New York City Yuri’s Night Celebration which for New Yorkers will be on Tuesday, April 16.  For details about the event, see http://yurisnightny.net.  Other topics talked about in this segment in addition to Yuri’s Night included suborbital space companies and flights, the Enterprise Space Shuttle at the Intrepid Museum, and the possibility of a Students In Space Program.  A listener asked our guest for a comparison of her Wall St. days with Morgan Stanley to her TIS work with the SFF.  Liz had some very interesting things to say about comparing her Wall St. career to her space career today so don’t miss this discussion.  Liz promoted the TIS Facebook page throughout the entire discussion so for Facebook members, check it out.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can email Liz through me or using liz.kennick@spacefrontier.org.

Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Yuri’s Night, Friday, 3-8-13 March 8, 2013

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Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Yuri’s Night, Friday, 3-8-13

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Guest:  Dr. Ryan Kobrick.  Topics:  Yuri’s Night World Space Party 2013.  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.

We welcomed back Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Executive Director of Yuri’s Night World Space Party to tell us about Yuri’s Night 2013 parties and celebrations. You can learn more by visiting the Yuri’s Night website at www.yurisnight.net.  Ryan started our 60 minute discussion with the history and a brief overview of the Yuri’s Night parties which started on April 12, 2001.  We talked about honoring Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space who flew on the Soviet Union’s Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961.  Each year there is a world space party on April 12th to honor Gagarin’s trip to space.  Yuri’s Night has grown to having a presence in 30 countries with more than 100 parties/events connected to one another by various means.  Ryan told us how to register a party and we spent time discussing the various kinds of parties and events as well as events for specific age groups, schools, and organizations.  Essentially people can create events and parties of any and all types, from academic lectures to rave-like parties.  Registration for events is free of charge and cities or locations can have more than one event.  We also talked about the event planned for Los Angeles which will take place under Space Shuttle Endeavour now at the California Science Center.  Other topics and subjects included the ability to upload event and party pictures at http://live.yurisnight.net.  As you will hear, The Space Show will make the next Open Lines show scheduled for Sunday, April 21 available to hear about Yuri’s Night party/event experiences so if you attend an event, call us during our Open Lines show.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  You can also email Dr. Ryan Kobrick at ryan@yurisnight.net.

Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Monday, 3-12-12 March 13, 2012

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Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Monday, 3-12-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1733-BWB-2012-03-12.mp3

Guest:  Dr. Ryan Kobrick.  Topic:  Yuri’s Night Celebration 2012.  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. Ryan Kobrick to the program to discuss Yuri’s Night 2012 with us.  According to the Yuri’s Night website (www.yurisnight.net), “Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.”  Please note that today’s program review will not be by segments given our discussion was ongoing throughout the show and the subjects and topics discussed did not change that much per segment.  Dr. Kobrick started us out with a brief history of Yuri’s Night but we soon got into the global parties and events, how to find a party or event near you, and how to host an event.  As you will hear, if you contact Yuri’s Night through their website, many people are willing to help you organize an event and there are lots of supporting materials for you to use.  We also talked about Yuri’s Night educational outreach for students of all grades.  Previous Yuri’s Night celebrations were discussed, we took a look at the different countries where events are held, and our guest fielded several listener questions on these issues.  One question Ryan received from Chuck asked why a Yuri’s Night and not a similar celebration for Apollo 11.  Don’t miss what both Ryan and I had to say about this in our response to Chuck.  This particular question brought up the subject of NASA support for Yuri’s Night and our guest had much to say about this as well.  Another program Ryan talked about was Yuri’s Night Live (http://live.yurisnight.net).  Listeners also wanted to know if Yuri’s Night was supported by other national space agencies and why there were no events in China.  Later in the program near the end, we asked Dr. Kobrick about his own background in space, how he got his space interest, and what he hoped to be doing in the future. Visit his personal website, www.ryinspace.com.  As you will hear, he has been involved in some interesting projects, spacesuit engineering and design projects, lunar dust studies, and he wants to go on to be a university professor when he finishes his Postdoctoral Associate program at MIT.  After talking with him on The Space Show and having met and talked with him in person at conferences, I can honestly say that there are going to be some very lucky college students out there who end up in one or more of his classes.  Before our program ended, we returned to discussing Yuri’s Night and Ryan urged us all to register to attend an event or host one.  With one month to go before Yuri’s Night 2012 is here, the time is now to either plan and host an event or make arrangements to attend an event and participate.

If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog URL above.  To contact the Yuri’s Night 2012 team, use http://yurisnight.net/contact.

Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11 December 28, 2011

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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1679-BWB-2011-12-27.mp3

Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  The year 2011 in review regarding all space issues.  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.  The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign.  We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his annual yearly summary of space events.  We had much to cover in this 105 minute program.  Tom started out reminding us that 2011 was the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight.  He told us about the banner year for Yuri’s Night parties around the globe celebrating this important milestone and specifically about the even he attended in New Your City.  Next, he pointed out the recent National Press Club talk given by Elon Musk on going to Mars and building the rockets to take us there, plus his recent New Scientist interview which you can read in full on the Mars Society website.  Tom commented that the sky was actually falling in 2011 with two large junk satellites coming back to Earth.  We also talked about the return of Phobos Grunt to earth probably in early to mid-January 2012.  One of the big events we discussed for 2011 was the retirement of the shuttle.  This led us to discussing the recent Chinese space rendezvous and the fact that China is now the number two launching country behind Russia having overtaken the U.S. this year.  Planetary missions were part of our year in review with Vesta and Dawn, the Kepler Space Telescope, MSL with Curiosity.  New Horizons continued its journey to Pluto and Explorer 1 continued beyond our solar system.  Tom talked about SLS and the ORION MPC Vehicle, plus the James Webb Space Telescope and its cost issues in the context of its impact on the NASA budget.  Soyuz rocket problems along with all the Russian rocket failures this year were fair game for our discussion.  I asked Tom what he thought of the idea of SLS as a place holder for skill sets and technology until our space program improves.  Don’t miss his answer.  He brought up Virgin Galactic’s drop tests this year, especially the last one where trouble showed up.  Making news for 2011 were NASA and space industry workforce layoffs and the successful Falcon 9 and Dragon launch.  At the end of the first segment, Bigelow Aerospace was in our spotlight.  In segment two, Tom led off with XCOR news, Terry called wondering about CCDEV3 and Tom suggested program winners!  Don’t miss his prediction.  He also was asked to predict the cancellation year for SLS.  Don’t miss this prediction as well.  We talked about the upcoming New Space Business Plan Competition for 2012, the prizes which are the largest ever, and the timing.  If this interests you, make sure to stay tuned for more information.  Later in the segment we began a summary of our discussion and 2011.  Tom was asked about the space elevator and the Lunar Space Elevator.  We wrapped up our discussion talking about growth in the space conferences even in the tough economic year of 2011.  Post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above.