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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 Space Show Annual Year In Review, Sunday, 12-27-15 (65.01MB; download) -- Guest: Open Lines with Dr. David Livingston; Topics: Annual review for space for year 2015. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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. Welcome to our annual Open Lines Annual Year In Review program for 2015. As it turned out, we did the 2 hour 10 minute program without a break as calls kept coming and we kept going with the program. Before taking listener calls, I updated everyone on the new website's development. We started with listener calls with Jerry's call about seeing the Falcon 9 land the first stage from his porch in Merit Island, not far from the SpaceX launch and landing sites. He described both the launch and the landing for us from his perspective of being there, plus he talked about potential and future SpaceX rockets and launches. As it turned out, the overwhelming winner for the best 2015 space event was the SpaceX landing of its first stage back at the Cape. While there was lots of discussion about the future economics of the project, reusable economics and more, including the specifics of this flight that made it perfect for the landing demonstration, there was overwhelming support for SpaceX and reusability. Several listeners even called to talk about reusability with the Falcon Heavy, they described what they thought was the customer profile for reusability, we talked about risk vs. reward ratios, payload mass and possible pricing strategies for the "used" rocket launch and what the competition may do as a result of this excellent SpaceX success. As for planetary missions for 2015, hands down for New Horizons and Dawn going to Ceres. We had a few votes for Comet 67P and some mention of Kepler. Doug, during his call, mentioned that for 2016 there might not be much happening in planetary science but he did refer to the JUNO mission which makes it to Jupiter on July 4, 2016. John Hunt called and in addition to talking about reusability and SpaceX, we talked about the new movie Star Wars. That too was a popular topic for the show. John and I pointed out lots of similarities to the earlier Star Wars and what seemed to be technology that had not advanced much since the initial Star Wars movie. Another listener emailed in with the technological advances in the fighters and other systems in the new Star Wars movie so there was tech advancement though I don't think it was easy to spot. However, we did talk in general about reaching technology plateaus and a few callers brought that up. I cited a current article from an Australian financial publication suggesting Apple Computer had "run out of ideas" which supported what some of the listeners were asking about re space technology. Michael Listner called to talk about the RD180 engine and the Defense Authorization Act. We also talked about ULA CEO Tory Bruno being on The Space Show for Tuesday, Jan. 5th. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:29:52 UTC
Add this to another station John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-23-15 (5.27MB; download) -- Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: 2015 year in review. 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). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. 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 did a quick 2015 year in review. We both agreed that the latest Falcon 9 launch by SpaceX was a potential game changer with the success of their flyback booster landing upright at the Cape. We also talked about the rest of this particular SpaceX mission which was just as impressive. For planetary science, we selected several mission for our 2015 best including New Horizons, Dawn, Akatsuki which started orbiting Venus after being lost for five years, and the Japanese Hayabusa 1 and 2 missions,. We commented that we were disappointed in the suborbital industry progress other than for Blue Origin and their recent successful test flight with their rocket return to the pad. John liked the European Rosetta Mission for Comet 67P and specifically the Philae lander. We summarized our short discussion by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, plus we look forward to 2016 being another exciting year for space.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:45:51 UTC
Add this to another station Ken Murphy, Tuesday, 12-22-15 (61.55MB; download) -- Guest: Ken Murphy. Topics: Cislunar development, returning to the Moon, Mars, Moon Day, NASA and much more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 back Ken Murphy to discuss space current events, his coming articles and stories, and reasons for returning to the Moon and developing cislunar space. During the first segment of our 2 hour 2 minute discussion, Ken started out by telling us about his upcoming Jan. 4, 2016 Space Review article regarding the July 2016 Moon Day celebration in Dallas. He provided the logistical details for the event throughout our discussion, plus he described the event, the Lunar Sample Bags, the educational outreach, and their ham radio connection to the ISS via the ARISS Program. This discussion was followed by our talking about the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and first stage recovery. Ken then talked about making significant changes in NASA to advance space development, especially getting younger employees at NASA with an average age in the 30's by getting rid of the older NASA employees. This comment caused John from Ft. Worth to call to remind Ken of anti-age discrimination laws, wondering just how Ken would get rid of the older people at NASA. We shifted our discussion to cislunar development and international lunar development efforts. We talked about the need for public private programs to do cislunar and lunar development. Betty emailed Ken to ask him if he thought all the lunar advocacy made a difference and helped the cause of our getting back to the Moon. Ken's response to Betty might surprise you so don't miss it. Before the break, we talked about education and the public's space educational level. You definitely want to hear what Ken said about the average person's space knowledge and teachers in our K-high school grades. Tell us what you think about Ken's education and teacher analysis and comments by posting your thoughts on TSS blog. In the second segment, we talked about going back to the Moon, then Ken brought up lunar dust issues, then in response to the typical Moon or Mars question, he said the Moon was our sand box made to order to train us for solar system exploration and even settlement. He also said while he is interested in Mars and space settlement, his near term focus was on cislunar development and returning to the Moon. During our program, he often referred to talks he has given to the general public so he talked at length about both space and STEM being a hook for getting young people interested in space and the STEM topics. He again mentioned that on Moon Day, they would be talking with the ISS crew via the ARISS program,. Preston from Chicago asked him if he had seen The Martian or the latest Star Wars movie. His response and what he said about the movies will have to be a surprise for you. Read the balance of the summary at www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:47:35 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Julie Robinson, Monday, 12-21-15 (45.35MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Julie Robinson. Topics: The ISS and how it benefits humanity. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 back to the program Dr. Julie Robinson, Chief Scientist for the ISS. During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, I started the interview by asking our guest how research on the ISS benefits humanity. Dr. Robinson told us about a special NASA website on this subject, www.nasa.gov/stationbenefits.com. You can freely download the NASA report on these benefits and contributions, "The International Space Station Benefits For Humanity, 2nd edition," at https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/jsc_benefits_for_humanity_tagged_6-30-15.pdf. This website has terrific station information on it so I urge you to become familiar with it. Our guest said that since 2011, there have been significant R&D benefits. Dr. Robinson listed a few examples including the development and refining of ultra sound, drug work, mitigation strategies for Duchesne Muscular Dystrophy, protein crystal growth, the new discoveries regarding latent virus shredding, plus having tested the new drug, Prolia, for bone strengthening. Listener Jackie wanted to know more about expansion plans. Our guest mentioned the BEAM inflatable module experiment for the ISS in 2016 as one way to expand the ISS. Our guest was asked about the priority of experiments given ISS participants are international and governed by a multi-nation ISS agreement. Don't miss how projects are selected and financed. Helen sent in a note wanting to know how the ISS contributed to cleaning up global water supplies. Dr. Robinson replied by talking about the powerful ISS observational role and close coordination with UN agencies that do help to clean up water supplies. Environmental monitoring mentioned as well. Julie was asked about the possibility of ISS post 2024, the planned shut down date for the station. She said the station was designed to last 30 years with good safety margins built into the design. The actual shut down of the station will be made on a political and budgetary basis along with the station partners. I asked her about the possibility of privatizing the station as many Space Show guests and listeners have advocated or even said would happen down the road. Our guest said the station was not designed to operate cheaply. When it was designed and built, it was pushing the edge of technology, design, engineering, and life support. She suggested a private company would do much better developing a new station built upon what we have learned from many disciplines since the station was designed and built. Dr. Robinson had more to say on this subject so don't miss it. Todd asked her about the use of robots on the station taking over most of the duties now performed by astronauts. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:05:18 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Dragos Bratasanu, Sunday, 12-20-15 (45.17MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Dragos Bratasanu. Topics: "The Amazing You" film, inspiring entrepreneurism and STEM risk taking, NASA & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 Dr. Drago Bratasanu back to the show to talk about his global inspirational program, "The Pursuit Of Dreams" and his award winning and inspiring film, "The Amazing You." for more information and to download the film per our discussion, visit his website, www.drdragosb.com. During the first segment of our 1 hour 25 minute program, Dragos described his program and his target age groups. He explained why he left his aerospace job to undertake this program because he saw the need for inspiring young people to pursue their dreams and take risks to start their own business. Given his background in aerospace, using NASA and space professionals in his film to inspire and motivate was a natural for him. Since Dragos presents his program in various countries and the film is available in many languages, we talked about cultural differences, similarities, universal likes and dislikes. During this segment, he talked about some of the tools he used in his film and his presentation such as virtual reality. He took listener questions including one from a listener starting up a special type of cubesat company. Here, we talked about the usual business concerns including market timing, marketing, financial issues, government regulation, and management. Notice how Dragos integrated these issues into his presentation so that they become relevant in his program & to his film. In the second segment, Dragos talked more about his actual program, "The Pursuit of Dreams." We talked about his online course which you can access through his website. John from Ft. Worth called to discuss risk taking, motivation, inspiration and the population in general given what he referred to as challenges that are actually lowering the standard of living for people using the U.S. as an example. He suggested this makes it harder for people to start their own business. Don't miss how Dragos responded to John's comments. Dragos later pointed out that the path talked about in his film and his program involves hard work. Both Dragos and I used the music industry as an example given that so many famous artists spent years learning and being trained in classical music despite what they do in music today. Later, Dragos was asked if he had many opportunities to directly talk & work with teen agers. You might be surprised by what he said in response to this question. He was also asked if he had favorite countries or found cultural differences in response to his film and program or the use of NASA. One of the surprising things he said was that the US was probably the country with the least favorable response to NASA. Don't miss his concluding comments. Please post your questions/comments on TSS blog above. You can reach Drago through his website or me.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:12:10 UTC
Add this to another station TSS-SWF RF Interference Webinar, Friday, 12-18-15 (48.87MB; download) -- Guests (Webinar): Victoria Samson, Beau Backus, David Hartshorn. Topics: Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), satellite operators, users, wireless, & much more. This is a webinar which you can see here: https://vimeo.com/channels/thespaceshow. You can listen to the audio only as you would any Space Show program. Also, yu will hear some audio issues as all guests were using cell phones. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 Victoria Samson, Beau Backus and David Hartshorn to this Secure World Foundation-Space Show webinar to address radio frequency interference issues facing the satellite user and operators, plus much more. In addition, both Beau and David have reference material relevant to our webinar and the issues we discussed uploaded on The Space Show blog for this program date. Make sure you see these uploads and make use of the information in the documents: (https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/swf-space-show-webinar-friday-12-18-15). In the first 60 minute segment, each of our guests provided us with a short introductory statement regarding radio frequency (RF) issues plus their background & experience in the RF industry and policy fields. This was followed by Ms. Samson offering us a comprehensive assessment of RFI issues as of the close of 2015 given the increasing democratization of access to space. Do not miss her analysis as to why the RF spectrum is a critical component of space activities. Our guests talked about the traditional players in this industry, then they explained how the "player" filed has been expanding as space access expands. We also talked about intentional and unintentional interference with our guests providing us with a good working definition for each interference category. Several examples of intentional and unintentional interference were given. One of the biggest intentional (jamming) interference events was rooted in the Arab Spring movement. This came up several times during our webinar. We also learned that the overwhelming percentage of interference events were unintentional by at least 90% of all interference events. We talked about what causes an unintentional event, the need for better equipment and training, plus both the U.S. and international regulatory environment for spectrum regulation, enforcement and consequence for violations. Examples were provided including the recent Bolivia World Cup television event. As for intentional interference, we talked about & defined jamming. We talked about possible solutions though nation's pursue their interests and as was evidenced in the Arab Spring movement, it was in the interest of some countries to jam radio signals from reaching desired groups of people and markets. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:48:14 UTC
Add this to another station The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars," Wednesday, 12-16-15 (4.69MB; download) -- Guests: Francis Rose (Guest Host), Dr. Jeff Foust, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Return to flight for Orbital ATK and SpaceX. 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). For those of you listening to archives on live365.com & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating. This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. 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. Francis Rose, guest hosting for John Batchelor, and I welcomed back Dr. Jeff Foust to discuss the return to flight for Orbital ATK and SpaceX. In our discussion, we talked about the Russian rocket engines and their use in the U.S, specifically the RC180 and the RD181. Jeff elaborated on Orbital ATK using the Atlas 5 for two launches before bringing the Antares back on line in the late spring 2016. Regarding SpaceX, Jeff said everyone was waiting for the scheduled static firing test which had not happened by air time, followed by the Falcon 9 launch on Saturday providing everything went well with the test. Francis also asked Jeff about what seemed to be very heavy ISS space traffic coming and going. You can email Mr. Rose or Jeff Foust through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:22:32 UTC
Add this to another station Robert (Bob) Zimmerman, Tuesda, 12-15-15 (108.90MB; download) -- Guest: Robert (Bob) Zimmerman; Topics: Apollo 8, heavy lift, Moon-Mars, commercial space, and much more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 Bob back to the show for the last time in 2015. During the first segment of the 2 hour program, Bob started our by remembering Apollo 8's flight around the Moon on Christmas Eve, plus he talked about his new edition Kindle version of his classic book, "Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8." Bob spent some time retelling the full Apollo 8 story, how it came about that Frank Borman and crew decided to read the first twelve chapters of Genesis for the huge broadcast that was heard around the world, then he contrasted the astronaut's freedom to choose their own words to what he expected would prevail today. What do you think? Post your comments about this on the blog. After the Apollo 8 story, we discussed the return to flight by both Orbital ATK and SpaceX. Bob shared his perspectives about this plus his rational for NASA wanting to work with possibly four companies for commercial spaceflight for cargo to the ISS. Caller Richard Easton was next to talk about Apollo 8, then he wanted to know Bob's thoughts on the need to first go to the Moon before going to Mars. This turned into a mini-discussion that included reference to the NASA Roadmap to Mars, the Elon Musk plans to go to Mars and why, along with giant rockets, with Bob commenting on why giant rockets would be inefficient and not necessary. His call consumed the balance of the first segment. In the second segment, I read an email from Doug asking about ISS plans and the possible impact on a Bigelow space station. Jody emailed in a question asking about the space positions for the presidential candidates for both parties. Bob limited his comments to Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump, Sen. Rubio, and Senator Cruz. In the process of talking about their positions, he went after big government programs such as SLS and Orion. Jack sent in a question asking about recent XCOR changes in management. Bob had much to say about this, though it was more about the company in general and the industry. He did take the opportunity to applaud Blue Origin. Doug called the show and his call consumed almost all of the balance of the second segment. Bob and Doug had a grand old time planning missions without heavy lift rockets using multiple launches of the F9, ion & solar propulsion. I refrained from entering their discussion and let the two continue until we needed to move on near the end of the show. Bob was again critical of SpaceX wanting to build giant heavy rockets for going to Mars saying FH was large enough and efficient. The assumptions the two made were in my opinion very generous but at least we know where Doug and Bob stand on these issues. If you have comments about their discussion make sure you post your comments on the blog. Read the rest of the summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:34:54 UTC
Add this to another station Dr. Chris Impey, Friday, Monday, 12-14-15 (59.78MB; download) -- Guest: Dr. Chris Impey. Topics: We talked about Dr. Impey's latest books on planetary missions & commercial + HSF in addition to astronomy & cosmology. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 back Dr. Chris Impey for a one hour one segment discussion about his two recent books, "Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration," and his newer book "Beyond: Our Future in Space." We started our discussion with Dr. Impey describing "Dreams of Other Worlds" which describes 11 unmanned space missions that have made a difference in our understanding of distant worlds. We focused on a few of the 11 missions including Viking, Cassini, Voyager, & the WMAP mission. I asked Dr. Impey what would have been included had the book been written later. The Dawn Mission would have made it, so would the Kepler Space Telescope, New Horizons, Curiosity, and probably others. We then switched to the use of ground based telescopes and here Dr. Impey talked about how many of the telescopes are being repurposed for a new life doing different types of observation astronomy. Dr. Impey was asked about his favorite missions. He mentioned Viking and the WMAP microwave telescope mission and this led to his talking about The Big Bang, dark matter, and dark energy. I asked Chris about the recent article in The Economist about the two Chicago area scientists proposing a new theory on dark matter. Chris had read the article and had some interesting commentary on it and the proposed theory. Robert sent in an email asking our guest why there have been no life detection experiments on the NASA and other planetary missions. This sparked a good conversation on the subject which you do not want to miss. Chris proposed a very plausible reason why no suck experiments have been carried out but let us know what you think by posting on the blog. Another topic discussed was planetary protection. Linda from Austin asked our guest about the UofA astronomy and cosmology programs and students, then Bill asked our guest if he had read "The Martian" or seen the movie. Chris had both read the book and seen the movie which we discussed for several minutes. Don't miss this discussion as Dr. Impey made some interesting points about both the book and the movie and the plausibility of the story line including the initial dust storm which caused the problems for The Martian. Before the end of the program, Chris fielded some questions about future missions. We addressed the Europa Clipper mission but he said many may be disappointed for what was not being included on the mission so again listen to what he had to say. He suggested a Titan mission would be interesting. In his book "Beyond" Our Future In Space," Dr. Impey addressed the new commercial missions & human spaceflight. Chris guided us through all sorts of possibilities for future human spaceflight. Read the rest of this summary @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:30:22 UTC
Add this to another station Michael Listner, Sunday, 12-13-15 (110.40MB; download) -- Guest: Michael Listner. Topics: Commercial Space Law, asteroid bill, treaties, 2015 space legal issues and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://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 Michael Listner back to the show for the last time in 2015. During the first segment of our two hour discussion, Michael started the 2015 annual space law review by jumping right in to discussing the new Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act recently signed into law by President Obama. In this segment, he hit on key issues including legal jurisdiction on issues would now be federal law issues, the solidification behind SLS making it harder to cancel the rocket project, and the controversial "property rights" section in the asteroid part of the legislation. There were many questions for Michael regarding the significance and meaning of issues now falling under federal law. During this discussion, Michael used legal definitions and terminology and we discussed hypothetical situations to try to understand the impact of federal over state law on issues likely to make it to court. Michael again talked about the asteroid mining part of the legislation (he did so as well on his last show a few weeks ago) which he believes contradicts the Outer Space Treaty. Michael carefully went through the legal issues including the incorrect comparison of the Outer Space Treaty to the oceans and the Law of the Sea Treaty rather than a more appropriate comparison to legal regimes regarding Antarctica. Michael posted a good article on this discussion his blog, Space Thoughts, which you can read at https://spacethoughtsblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/section-51303-the-oceans-are-not-the-equal-to-outer-space/. Later in the segment, listeners asked about domestic vs. international legal enforcement of the asteroid mining issues per the legislation, plus many questions came in about The Outer Space Treaty and even The Moon Treaty came up for discussion. In the second segment, Michael started out by saying that SLS got a big boost which was supportive of commercial space policy. Jack asked about commercial crew in the legislation, but our focus moved to the RD180 engine because that is a big deal right now. Michael said it was akin to open warfare between Senator McCain and ULA. Michael offered us a detailed explanation of the RD180 issue and how it can impact ULA, SpaceX, and actually impact the nation. Another topic was the return to flight using the Atlas 5 and the RD181 engine for the Cygnus by Orbital ATK. BJohn and later Freemont John inquired about nuclear propulsion and some of the things discussed in the recent program with Dr. Dewar. Another topic discussed was planetary protection which he said gets its authority from Article 9 of The Outer Space Treaty. Before the program ended, Michael gave us a status report on The Code of Conduct, the suborbital industry, and the Moon Treaty. Read the rest of the review @ www.thespaceshow.com.
Selected by: David Livingston [ stations ], Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:23:24 UTC
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