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The Space Show

The Space Show
The Space Show focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce, space tourism,space exploration and space development. The Space Show is committed to facilitating our becoming a space-faring nation and society with a growing and self-sustaining space-faring economy.  The Space Show also focuses on other related subjects of interest to us all.

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Created by: David Livingston
Created on: 12 May 2005
Language: English


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Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-30-16 (2.30MB; download) -- Welcome to Hotel Mars. Tonight, John Batchelor and I focused on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with Dr. Joel Green. This was a double segment Hotel Mars program. Dr. Green had many interesting things to say about the telescope, the mirror, the testing process and much more. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:41:44 UTC
Add this to another station Open Lines, Tuesday, 12-6-16 (15.88MB; download) -- Welcome to our 2 hour 18 minute Open Lines program. During our program, we took three phone calls. The first was from Dave who wanted to talk about nuclear rockets and the nuclear museum in Las Vegas with a Nerva nuclear rocket engine on display. Dave got several listener email questions and comments during his call. In the second segment, Dr. Jurist called in to continue talking about nuclear rockets, large chemical rockets, acoustic rocket signatures, and Mars travel times given Dave talked about the need for a nuclear rocket for going beyond the Moon. He was asked about the Mars travel times put forth by Elon Musk for his big rocket and when John called, I asked him about those travel times as well. John also fielded listener questions via email. Our last caller was Jerry who called in from Florida. He addressed a question that was asked to John regarding the differences in the way Musk and SpaceX see what is possible as compared to others, using the same science and performance information, come up as being skeptical. Don't miss what Jerry said about these differences. Jerry also talked about rocket speeds, the use of a parabolic orbit to Mars and space happenings along the Space Coast in Florida. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:58 UTC
Add this to another station Jim Muncy, Monday, 12-5-16 (11.06MB; download) -- We welcomed Jim Muncy back to the show to discuss the potential space policy in the new Trump administration. During our one segment 96 minute show, Jim talked about the Trump space transition team, statements that some of them have had made during the campaign and more recently, and what this may suggest for a Trump space policy. Jim was quick to point out that it was probable our space policy would be broader than just NASA as he highlighted not only the DOD space activities, but how both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce might play an important role in our new space policy. Jim responded to many questions about the Moon vs. Mars, China, public private partnerships, and much more. Read the full summary for this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:57:55 UTC
Add this to another station Barry Levin, Sunday, 12-4-16 (14.09MB; download) -- We welcomed back Barry Levin for the second part of his series on the 4th Industrial Revolution and advanced manufacturing for the space industry and even broader society oriented benefits. During our two hour three minute discussion, Barry summarized his first program and then started talking about 3D printing. You will note he prepared several documents and two videos which hs posted on Dropbox. You can find this information in the comments section of this archived show. Barry also talked about using desktop and individual like 3D pinters and learning these systems to deal with the displaced employment by labor saving methods related to the 4th Industrial Revolution. This was an major theme that was discussed through both segments of our program. Barry believed that by doing eduction differently, eventually the problem of lost jobs and displaced labor will be resolved. Listen for his ideas on education and let us know what you think since they revolve around 3D printing but much more. We also talked about advanced manufacturing in the aerospace industry, Apollo legacy issues and much more. Listeners called and send Barry emails with their questions and concerns regarding what he was talking about. Please read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:29:50 UTC
Add this to another station Susanne Peters, Friday, 12-2-16 (12.99MB; download) -- We welcomed Ms. Susanne Peters to the show from German. During our 1 hour53 minute program, our guest talked about space debris problems in LEO and other orbits. We talked about policy, debris mitigation ideas and why nothing gets tested or put in place. We also looked at the cost benefit analysis of doing something and discussed the fact that there was little incentive to spend money to mitigate against this risk at this time. Listen to the discussion to understand why. In the second segment, Ms. Peters talked about the German astronaut contest to have a woman astronaut. She explained the contest, told us she was entered and she was still in the running but the competition was closing in on the final rounds. She explained why Germany wanted to have a woman astronaut, why she wanted to go to space and then said she would fly on any vehicle, government or commercial. Real the full summary of this program on our website at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:36:21 UTC
Add this to another station Mark Whittington, Tuesday, 11-29-16 (13.02MB; download) -- We welcomed back Mark Whittington to our 1 hour 40 minute discussion on what the Trump presidency may mean for US space policy and programs. Mark was very bullish that "we will get space back on the right road." We talked about policy, key players, potential NASA administrator choices, ORion, SLS, returning to the Moon, ARM, Mars missions, public private partnerships and cooperation with other national space agencies. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:33:02 UTC
Add this to another station Lt. Col. Pete Garretson, Sunday, 11-27-16 (11.68MB; download) -- We welcomed Lt. Col. Pete Garretson back to the program to discuss the national space policy for the future and the Global Trends document which in his opinion should have a focus on commercial space development and much more. During our 1 hour 40 minute program, Pete spelled out the details behind his ideas and talked about the need for having a very big vision. He then focused on space solar power, explaining why this is something we should pursue. We also talked about both the Chinese and the Japanese pursuing development of funded SSP programs. We talked about the need for US leadership and rules plus the most likely economic growth from pursuing commercial space big vision projects including SSP and space resource mining and development. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:32:57 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 11-23-16 (0.99MB; download) -- John Batchelor and I welcomed back Anatoly Zak (www.russianspaceweb.com) to update us on the possible partnership with Boeing and Roscosmos to build two orbiting lunar space stations when the ISS is shut down. There is also talk of expanding the partnership to all the ISS members. Anatoly said there would not be additional costs, it would likely just continue the same is if the ISS were still functioning. We also talked about the purposes of these two lunar space stations and the hard choices that Russia may have to make due to their own budget concerns regarding having their own LEO space station once the ISS is shut down or this international partnership for the lunar orbiting space stations. Read the full summary at www.thespaceshow.com for this program on this date, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:24:40 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Gil Levin, Tuesday, 11-22-16 (10.35MB; download) -- We welcomed back Dr. Gil Levin for this 90 minute discussion about finding molecular type life on Mars. We talked extensively about Gil's well known Viking lander Labeled Release experiments and the findings from both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 missions. Dr. Levin asserts that signs of molecular life were found but in the 40 years since Viking, no confirming experiments have been done or planned by NASA. We talked about the absence of life detection experiments on the Mars rovers, findings in similar rocks and locations in Earth that suggest life was detected on Mars, plus toward the end of the program, Gil explained exactly what the labeled release experiment was and we found out it was and still is the test used to develop microbes in water. You definitely want to hear Gil's explanation of this toward the end of our discussion. Another topic focused on the speculation as to why NASA and others might not want to confirm life on Mars. Listen and tell us what you think by posting on our blog. Another important topic discussed was the potential for a Mars Sample Return Mission. Gil was strongly opposed to bringing a Mars sample back to Earth. Listen to both his reasons for his oppositions and his suggestions for dealing with a Mars sample. Read the full summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:11:12 UTC
Add this to another station Leonard David, Monday, 11-21-16 (12.87MB; download) -- We welcomed Leonard David back to the program for this 1 hour 52 minute program. During the first part of the program, we focused on Leonard's new book, "Mars: Our Future On The Red Planet." This book is also a companion book to the National Geographic TV mini-series, "Mars." Leonard talked about the book and his project with the National Geographic Mars project, plus we talked about a future human Mars mission. Leonard talked about the challenges, planetary protection and ethics came up, he described the Mars TV series, the possible use of public private partnerships for the upcoming humans to Mars mission and more. Leonard also talked about the Martian rovers plus he was asked about other destinations for humans in the solar system. In the second segment, we talked about possibly reconvening the National Space Council. Leonard told us abut his book tour with Buzz regarding his previous book and he told us a terrific story when Buzz and Leonard got a question at an Arkansas presentation asking about Buzz punching out the guy who called him a liar about going to the Moon. Leonard talked about SpaceX and the Musk plans for Mars, our becoming a multi-planet species, and his book tour for the Mars book and TV show. Near the end of our discussion, Leonard talked about the book being a metaphor so don't miss what he said. He also mentioned The Overview Effect for Mars. We took a call near the end of the discussion asking about nuclear and other advanced propulsion. Be sure to read the fully summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Monday, 11-21-16.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:20:10 UTC
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