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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 Dr. Haym Benaroya, Sunday, 3-20-16 (27.54MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Haym Benaroya; Topics: Lunar development, lunar space elevators, lunar structures, the Moon as a demo proving ground. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 back Dr. Haym Benaroya to the program for a two hour discussion regarding humans to the Moon and advanced technology. I started the discussion by following up with a comment our guest made the last time he was on TSS when he mentioned he had an idea for a self-deploying lunar space elevator. I asked him to explain his idea which he did in detail. Thus, a significant part of the first hour discussion was focused on the lunar space elevator subject. Not only did Dr. Benaroya go into details, listeners with their questions did as well. For example, Kim called in suggesting a rotating tether might be a better idea. Other listeners emailed in suggestions for where on the Moon the lunar space elevator would be located. Dr. Benaroya did say his idea for a small, self-deploying lunar space elevator would be a demo model as much has to be learned about doing this prior to building a fully capable and operational lunar elevator. Don't miss this discussion which does address needed technology to make such a device happen. Throughout our discussion questions came in about going to Mars without going to the Moon first. Haym said going to the Moon first was essential to pave the way for being able to go to Mars. He also talked about how much easier it would be to go to the Moon over Mars, suggesting the challenges for taking humans to Mars are too big for us at this time. He mentioned that only 50% of the spacecraft sent to Mars were successful and none carried humans on board. He also said astronauts did not make good construction workers so we to develop 3D printing technologies, inflatable structure and more by first doing so in an "easier" environment on the Moon. Radiation shield came up and this was also a topic Dr. Benaroya addressed in some detail. He questioned why Mars first advocates have their positions and thought some might not really believe what they are proposing. I gave him my impression of the Mars first advocates based on my interviews with them over the years. I think they believe that if Mars is the goal, Mars is where we go. End of story. One of the big topics of the first segment came about due to Joe's email question asking Dr. Benaroya if he was at all optimistic about our doing some of the lunar things he was talking about given the current lack of US policy, leadership, and our economic conditions. Haym provided an answer to Joe's email question but so did others. Dr. Doug sent in a very good email reply but I was unable to read it until the second segment. See what you think of this discussion and let us know with your blog comments. In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth called to discuss the lunar space elevator and the use of autonomous lunar structures. John and Haym also had a discussion about private funding for missions versus public mission funding. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:58:15 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-16-1616 (4.75MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Lyle Whyte, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: ExoMars launch and mission to Mars. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio. John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Lyle Whyte, astrobiologist from McGill University, to discuss the recently launched joint Russian and ESA ExoMars mission to Mars. We discussed the instrument package including the Trace Gas Orbiter and the definitive search for and analysis of methane on Mars. Dr. Whyte described the ExoMars drill which can penetrate up to 2 meters in the Martian surface and they hope to find using this drill. We talked about the Schiaparelli EDM lander, the choice of Oxia Planum for the 2018 ExoMars mission landing site, and the division of responsibility for the mission between the Russians and ESA. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Whyte through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 19 Mar 2016 16:02:09 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Edmund Storms, Tuesday, 3-15-16 (21.28MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Edmund Storms; Topics: Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), cold fusion, hot fusion, new energy sources. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 back to the show Dr. Edmund Storms to discuss updates LENR R&D. During the first segment of our 62 minute discussion, Dr. Storms started us off with a brief historical overview of the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction -cold fusion energy research and development efforts. We discussed the use of the term cold fusion as compared to LENR, the work of Andrea Rossi and his E-Cat LENR generator, and the need for secrecy given the patent laws applicable to LENR designs and products. In addition, Dr. Storms talked at length about the various chemical reactions that were being studied to produce LENR fusion, explaining why the experiments were challenging due to the difficulty in their being repeatable and dependable. He explained the different approaches being used and the "secret" seemingly known only to Rossi regarding his E-Cat device. During this discussion, Dr. Storms talked extensively about nuclear reactions, fuel, hydrogen isotopes, light hydrogen, nickel, and palladium. Later in the segment, Dr. Storms was asked if the research for LENR was organized and centralized or decentralized. Our guest said the research was very dispersed and decentralized. Much of it was actually taking place in small private labs. He talked about research funding needs which could range from about a million dollars for a small lab to tens of millions of dollars for a large scale multi-lab research effort. Since he was making potential "save the world" type claims for this type of energy, I asked him about other energy forms discussed on The Space Show that make the same type of "save the world "claims. Don't miss what Dr. Storm had to say in response to my question. John in Ft. Worth called to talk about the original Pons and Fleishman cold fusion experiments. In responding, Dr. Storms introduced us to the concept of Nanoracks. Dr. Storms believes LENR has something to do with Nanoracks which he explained in detail with John and in the balance of the first segment. BJohn asked about LENR applications for spaceflight. Sandra asked about the size of LENR generators and if they would be individual or industrial in scope. Don't miss the vision Dr. Storm explained to us regarding LENR usage, starting at the industrial scale but working toward individual usage. He talked about the problems & challenges in accomplishing the transition from industrial to personal. In the second segment, Dr. Storms was asked about the methodology and game plan for developing and bringing to commercial operation LENER. Our guest talked at length about the need for a varied multi-discipline set of studies including nuclear physics and chemistry. He explained why this was an unlikely academic mix. Also during this segment, he stressed over and over again that there were no academic classes in LENR anywhere plus there were no text books on the subject. Read the rest of this summary @thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:57:51 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Benny Peiser, Friday, 3-18-16 (16.00MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Benny Peiser; Topics: Science, global warming, the quality of the scientific debate, commercial space, satellites, and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 back Dr. Benny Peiser from the UK for this 69 minute one segment discussion on climate change issues, the use of space assets to study the climate, & the quality of scientific debate and openness in today's environment Near the end of our program, we talked about UK and European commercial space activities plus the potential economic development through space commerce for the northern part of the UK. Dr. Peiser started our discussion with some corrections to his out of date bio that I was using, plus he discussed his organization and its purpose, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) which is in London. Please check out their website and subscribe to their free newsletter. Visit www.thegwpf.org for more information and to subscribe to their newsletter. You can also reach Dr. Peiser through the GWPF website. After the introduction to GWPF, I asked Dr. Peiser about recent Space Show programs addressing new space assets (satellites) to examine human introduction of CO2 in the atmosphere. While Dr. Peiser confirmed the quality of the satellite information, he took issue with the conclusions offered by global warming alarmists. This was both a detailed and extensive discussion so don't miss it as it underscores the position taken by what are typically called "skeptics" as compared to those promoting human caused global warming. Let us know what you think by posting your comments about Dr. Peiser' s comments on TSS blog. Dr. Peiser discussed the concept of an acceleration in the warming trend and why he was not in agreement with conclusions and action plans based on the assumptions being used to promote warming trends. He said much more quality data was needed and repeated several times during the discussion that satellites and space resources provided the highest quality data for studying climate change issues. After spending a good portion of our 69 minute discussion on this subject, Dr. Peiser then focused on the lack of a factual and open scientific debate on the subject. He addressed agendas, extremist intimidation and strategies not based on solid assumptions or realistic economics. When I asked Dr. Peiser what his strategy would be for dealing with warming, he said he would pay attention to economics and until better data was available confirming alarmist warming trend views, he would focus on adaptation rather than carbon mitigation programs and regulation that often caused unnecessary expenses for people around the world in affording electricity and other basics needed for a modern society. Several listeners asked email questions. Larry from Boston wanted Benny's take on reports of manipulated data to help validate alarmist positions. Don't miss Benny's response to Larry. Please read the rest of this summary at www.thespaceshow.com
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:50:25 UTC
Add this to another station Chris Atherton, Art Dula, Monday, 3-14-16 (14.33MB; download) -- Guests: Chris Atherton, Art Dula; Topics: The Northern Space Consortium, UK space industrial development. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 Chris Atherton to the show for this 1 hour 2 minute one segment discussion focusing on The Northern Space Consortium and their coming event on March 1, "A Case For Space As An Economic Driver." You can find out more about the Consortium at http://thensc-uk.com. The upcoming event is detailed at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-case-for-space-as-an-economic-driver-tickets-20785075721. Due to a phone line problem, we were unable to bring on our other two guests, Art Dula and Buckner Hightower and we apologize for the glitch. We were happy that Art was able to call in later to the program using our toll free number. Chris began the discussion by talking about the UK space economy but the lack of it in the North of England including North Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. He said the Consortium's aim was to capture a share of the predicted space economic growth bringing jobs, opportunities and innovation to these areas. He went into some detail describing the size of the global space economy, the UK space economy, and the percentage the Consortium wanted to capture. Chris said that this area was rich in education, a skilled labor force, technology development, manufacturing and computing skills so it was well suited to play a significant role in the overall UK space economy. Chris went into detail about their upcoming event, Friday, March 18, "A Case For Space As An Economic Driver." Please read about it at the link above. He listed many of the keynote speakers, panels and topics planned for the event. This event is an effort to reach the business community to inform them about space economic opportunities and to help develop contacts within the space community to help them capitalize on these opportunities. Later in the discussion we learned about the historic role of the North of England in space development in the UK given the British Interplanetary Society was started in Liverpool in 1933. Chris was also asked about the role of ESA in their plans. Listener Randy asked about a possible launch industry for the Consortium. Art Dula called in on the toll free line. He talked about being a sponsor of the Consortium with Buckner Hightower, the Heinlein Prize Trust, and the continued development of the commercial space industry. Some of the points he made focused on there being no old infrastructure to impede modern technology and manufacturing plus the area was rich in educational infrastructure and opportunity. He said the area was similar to Florida, California, and Seattle. He also talked about the space industry on the Isle of Man and that the UK space industry as a whole was a growth industry with a strong focus on entrepreneurial activities and innovation. It does not seem to have been adversely impacted by global financial happenings. Please read the rest of this summary @ www.theepaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:57:33 UTC
Add this to another station Open Lines, Sunday, 3-13-16 (24.00MB; download) -- Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: Open Lines discussion on the upcoming SAS Conference, reusability, SSP, VASIMIR, fusion & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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. Welcome to our Open Lines program for March 2016. During the first segment of our 1 hour 44 minute discussion, after opening announcements and my offering a few suggested discussion topics, Henry Vanderbilt called in to discuss the upcoming Space Access Society Conference from April 7-9 in Phoenix, AZ. You can find out more about the SAS conference and make reservations by visiting http://space-access.org/updates/sa16info.html. Henry did a partial review of guest speakers and panels, plus he talked about the progress made over the past 30 years on topics promoted by the SAS group. At one point Dr. Doug sent Henry an email question asking for his opinion of the Falcon 9 first stage recovery efforts regarding a GEO launch. Henry said that eventually SpaceX would be successful in the recovery but pointed out that he thought the recovery of upper stages might be more beneficial but also more challenging. Before the segment ended, I asked Henry what he felt was most exciting and rewarding to him given his 30 plus years of working for Space Access lower launch costs and other items now starting to happen. Don't miss his response to my question. In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth called in to talk about public-private partnerships, suggesting one might be a small space solar power (SSP) pilot or demo project. After our SSP discussion, John turned to fusion energy and VASIMIR. I asked if VASIMIR had been designated to receive stimulus money but John did not remember the details nor did I. We both hoped a listener would call in or post the details of stimulus funds for VASIMIR on the blog. I also asked him if he heard the recent show with Eric Lerner and his different fusion fuel producing little or no neutrons. John had not heard the that interview nor did have much to say about the LLP-Focus Fusion fuel of choice and research. Dr. Doug from S. California was the next caller. Doug first wanted to talk about comments from the recent Robert Walker interview dealing with NEO and asteroid impact. Doug promoted his ideas on size issues of concern, number of days needed for a warning, and evacuation. I challenged him on his evacuation ideas and suggested he do some solid research on how to evacuate a population and what it takes because I thought he was over simplifying it. I suggested their might be FEMA or other evacuation models which one could use as a guideline for a potential NEO impact. I also urged he listened to some of the past shows with the B612 group as they addressed early warning, evacuations, costs, and who pays the costs over several Space Show program. Doug next spoke about SSP saying it was not a technology we should invest in at this time. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:23:19 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Catharine (Cassie) Conley, Friday, 3-11-16 (19.11MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Catharine (Cassie) Conley; Topics: Planetary Protection. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 back Dr. Catharine (Cassie) Conley, Director of the NASA Office of Planetary Protection, to explain and discuss planetary protection from both the U.S. and the international perspective. As you will hear, planetary protection is not just a perspective, it is an enforceable set of regulations developed since our early days of the space program and enforced by all members who have signed the Outer Space Treaty. We also learned that the UAE, now interested in space and a country that has not signed the OST, has been in touch with planetary protection offices to follow the planetary protection guidelines for their upcoming missions. The UAE will be complying with planetary protection rules and guidelines. Our 1 hour 23 minute discussion was carried out in one segment, no break. Dr. Conley started out by explaining planetary protection (PP), international participation, COSPAR and more. She went into past human history as to why PP was important citing what happened when Columbus brought Quartan malaria with him to the New World. She said that today, Malaria is a $5 billion a year expense for impacted areas and it can be traced back to the Columbus exploration. Our guest had much to say and many examples to reference in support of PP for Mars based on Earth examples. She said that Mars may not be as safe and friendly as many space enthusiasts think as even today there are many unknown and possible human risks associated with Martian planetary exploration, both in terms of human contamination on Mars and exposure to something on Mars that can hurt or kill humans. Rather than review this very detailed and comprehensive discussion, including excellent listener emails and calls, I urge you to carefully listen to this interview if you are at all interested in humans going to Mars. Contrary to what you might have heard, Article IX of the OST does not prohibit humans to Mars but strict guidelines have been developed and based on current science at the time of the planned human Mars mission, a determination would be made about the mission going forward. All of this was discussed in great detail with lots of listener questions drawing our guest out for even more detail. I will add that both SpaceX and Mars One have been in touch with PP & COSPAR offices and are paying attention to PP guidelines and the need for more and more science regarding human missions. I will also say that there are only three restricted possible human destinations at this time regrading PP, Mars, Europa, and Enceladus. Though I know I am being repetitive, I urge you to listen to this complete discussion with Dr. Conley if you are interested in a Mars human mission. Remember, such missions may in the future be approved to areas designated "safe" or "highly resistant" to human contamination of Mars plus risks to humans. Please read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:21:24 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 3-9-16 (2.51MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Julie Robinson, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: ISS Twin Study, Scott Kelly, HSF & long duration spaceflight. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written 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 do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio. John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Julie Robinson, ISS Chief Scientist, to the program to discuss the preliminary findings based on the Twin Studies and the near year long stay on the ISS by Astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian cosmonaut counterpart. Dr. Robinson discussed the mission, why it fell short of one full year on the ISS, and some of the early findings and tests done on the two long term ISS "residents." For example, upon landing, both were subjected to special tests to help determine if they would be able to function right after landing on Mars. They wanted to know just how effective they might be after the voyage to Mars and if they would be effective or not. We also talked about bone density and scanning, skin sensitivity issues, radiation, and vision issues. Dr. Robinson described the use of "sucking pants" designed to draw fluids back to the legs after their return to Earth and 1 g. Before our segment ended, Dr. Robinson was asked about potential gender differences for long missions. She said there were radiation absorption differences as well as differences with fluid shifts and vision problems. You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Julie Robinson through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:51:16 UTC
Add this to another station Roland Miller, Tuesday, 3-8-16 (21.72MB; download) -- Guest: Roland Miller: Topics: America's abandoned space infrastructure sites documented in Mr. Miller's book "Abandoned in Place." Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 Roland Miller to the program to discuss his work photo-documenting our historical space infrastructure. You can and I believe should obtain his book which is sure to be a superb historical document, especially as many of the old sites are either repurposed or destroyed due to ongoing decay. "Abandoned in Place: Preserving America's Space History" documents this historical yet abandoned and in some instances, already lost, historical space infrastructure. Remember, if you buy the book on Amazon, please do so through the OGLF portal per the Amazon links on our home page as Amazon will contribute part of your purchase price to The Space Show. Visit Roland's website for more information, www.abandonedinplace.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 34 minute discussion, our guest provided us with the background to his project which as you will hear spanned several decades going back to the early 1990s. Roland referenced many of the historical sites including Launch Complex 19 which was the Gemini Complex, various test stands, block houses, and related infrastructures. Some of his favorites included the SpaceX Complex 40, Pad 39A, and Launch Complex 34. Our guest received lots of email questions about historical site preservation and Jack asked if he thought it appropriate to compare some of the abandoned sites to a ghost town. Roland also mentioned the Complex 14 which was the Mercury Atlas pad that launched John Glenn. Roland was asked if his guides or escorts actually knew the history, were part of the history, or just doing a job and not that familiar with our space history. Don't miss what he said in response to this question as his reply might surprise you. Roland also spoke to how to photograph many of the sites. One thing he liked was very early morning with sunup over the Atlantic Ocean. Don't miss this photographic description. Roland mentioned speaking engagements about his work and book. Listeners wanted to know if there was an age difference in his audience as well as an interest level difference. For example, since boomers lived through the space program, were they more informed and interested than younger people, especially those born after the Apollo program ended. Again, don't miss what he had to say in response to these questions. Before the segment ended, a listener asked if he was familiar with the condition of the Soviet-Russian historical space sites. In the second segment, Roland was asked if he could discern any difference in status and upkeep given some sites were Army, Air Force, Navy, and Nasa. Then he was asked if his work included the emerging commercial spaceports and flight centers. Yet another listener wanted to know if he had documented sites at Vandenberg and in Alaska. Regarding Vandenberg, Roland talked about Slick Six, the shuttle pad and the Titan 2 missile silo. Many listeners wanted to know why more effort was not put into saving and ma
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:27:36 UTC
Add this to another station Robert Walker, Monday, 3-7-16 (24.80MB; download) -- Guest: Robert Walker. Topics: Planetary protection and human spaceflight to Mars. Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.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 back to the show Robert Walker from the UK to address questions about human spaceflight to Mars, planetary protection, Article IX of the OST, and human contamination of Mars if life or past life is found on Mars. During the first segment of our 1 hour 48 minute discussion, Robert described the problem and he expressed his opinion that not only should humans not go to Mars if simple life, complex organics, or past life are found to be there as due to the high risk of human contamination and the damage to science. Robert spent most of our first segment going into detail about the problem, explaining why human contamination would be spread around the planet by winds & dust storms so no location would be OK for humans given the Mars life scenario. He also spent time during this segment talking about options for humans including lunar settlement and asteroids. Robert has also written extensively on this topic. You can read his material at www.science20.com/robertinventor. Several listener questions challenged Robert given SpaceX and Elon Musk plans for HSF to Mars, the Mars One venture and even the NASA Roadmap to Mars. In addition, Robert was asked about very bright space aware professionals working for humans to go to Mars and live there including Dr. Zubrin, the Explore Mars organization, and others wanting to change our National Space Policy to focus on settlement, especially settlement on Mars. Robert talked about a disconnect with these plans and their rhetoric from the planetary protection, UN policies, and the Outer Space Treaty. Robert took time during this segment to talk about planetary defense and the risk of an impact on Earth because he wanted to debunk the idea that we had to start a settlement on Mars to save the human species by having a backup on Mars. What do you think of what Robert had to say on this topic? Post your thoughts on TSS comments section for this show on the website as we want to know how you view these issue. In the second segment, I asked Robert if he would approve of humans to the Martian moons, orbiting Mars in a Martian space station like vehicle, and robotic exploration of the Martian surface. Robert thought this was how Mars exploration should be carried out. Listen to what he said for these alternative exploration plans. Do you agree with him? Also in this segment, we talked about the sterilization process and why he thought humans could not be made contamination free with current technology. He addressed the issue of space suit leakage by design as well, including the loss of some atmosphere through the airlock to Mars which might have the potential of transferring contaminants to Mars. Later in this segment, Rhonda asked about rogue nations offering to launch humans to Mars for money despite planetary protection rules and policies. Please read the rest of this summary at www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 08 Mar 2016 03:26:17 UTC
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