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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:13 pm
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, September 28, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Noted author, journalist, and space historian, Robert Zimmerman returns. Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author.  He also wrote a weekly UPI column which can be found by doing a Google for “Zimmerman bibliography” and click on “A Zimmerman Bibliography”.   

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Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author.  His new book is now out, “THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT” is published by Princeton University Press. The book tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built. It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe.  Robert’s book “LEAVING EARTH: Space Stations, Rival Superpower, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel” is a must read!  His work is published regularly in such magazines as ASTRONOMY, THE SCIENCES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, INVENTION & TECHNOLOGY, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism.  Before writing his newest book,  LEAVING EARTH, Mr. Zimmerman authored two books, GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8, published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998, describes the family and political tale behind the first human journey to another world and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now Greenword Publishing Group 2000).  This is a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999.  Mr. Zimmerman also won an Emmy Award for the best space history for the general public by the American Astronautical Society awarded on Nov. 16, 2004.

2. Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 30, 2-3:30 GMT)
Brent Sherwood
and Dr. A. Scott Howe of JPL come to the show to discuss their new book, “Out Of This World: The New Field Of Space Architecture.”

Brent Sherwood
is a space architect living in the Pasadena area near Los Angeles.  He has extensively published fields related to the human exploration and development of space. Currently he is Manager of Strategic Planning & Project Formulation for the seven business lines of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Before 2005, he was with the Boeing Company for 17 years, in space station business development, entrepreneurial space initiatives, program development for Sea Launch, space station manufacturing engineering, and human exploration system and mission concept engineering. He has masters degrees in aerospace engineering and in architecture.

A. Scott Howe has a PhD in architecture from University of Michigan, and a second PhD in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, focusing on self-assembling structures and modular robotic construction systems. Dr. Howe is currently located at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the Mission Systems Concepts Section, Exploration Systems Concepts group. He has served as a licensed practicing architect emphasizing modular compact buildings, habitats, and deployable structures, and has 19 years experience engineering robotic construction systems with significant skills in configuration, structures, and hands-on hardware assembly. Dr. Howe has 10 years experience working in Japan on building design, kit-of-parts modular building systems, and automated construction research with Kajima Corporation, Shimizu, and Hazama. He is widely published in journals, conferences, and has contributed to book projects as editor and chapter contributor. Selected projects and publications can be viewed on his webpage: http://www.plugin-creations.com/us/ash/ Before joining JPL, Dr. Howe served as faculty member at University of Oregon for 3 years, and Hong Kong University for 6 years. He has extensive experience creating curriculum and organizing special workshops, in both domestic and overseas programs. He currently serves as Chair for the Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC) in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and has experience organizing and chairing technical conferences, tracks, and sessions. Dr. Howe currently serves on the Constellation Lunar Surface Systems Architecture team, as a member of the All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) robotic mobility system development team, LSS Mobility Team, and LSS Habitation Team. He is co-inventor of the Tri-ATHLETE concept, and serves as element lead, supporting the scenarios for the Lunar Surface Systems outpost. Dr. Howe also currently serves on Team X, a concurrent engineering formulation team. He has experience as mechanical and configuration lead on a variety of formulation projects, and has functioned in both lead and supporting roles for proposal writing and mission planning.  Dr. Howe is committed to the development of advanced robotic machines and infrastructures and their integration with human space exploration objectives. He believes it is the destiny of humankind to learn to live and work in space, and eventually become a space-faring civilization.

3. Friday, October 2, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Erik Seedhouse
comes to the program regarding his new book, “Lunar Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on the Moon.”  Erik Seedhouse is an aerospace scientist whose ambition has always been to work as an astronaut. After completing his first degree in Sports Science at Northumbria University the author joined the legendary 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, the world’s most elite airborne regiment. During his time in the ‘Para’s’ Erik spent six months in Belize, where he was trained in the art of jungle warfare and conducted several border patrols along the Belize-Guatemala border. Later, he spent several months learning the intricacies of desert warfare on the Akamas Range in Cyprus. He made more than thirty jumps from a Hercules C130 aircraft, performed more than two hundred abseils from a helicopter and fired more light anti-tank weapons than he cares to remember!   Upon returning to the comparatively mundane world of academia, the author embarked upon a Master’s degree in Medical Science at Sheffield University. He supported his master’s degree studies by winning prize money in 100km ultradistance running races. Shortly after placing third in the World 100km Championships in 1992 and setting the North American 100km record, the author turned to ultradistance triathlon, winning the World Endurance Triathlon Championships in 1995 and 1996. For good measure, he also won the inaugural World Double Ironman Championships in 1995 and the infamous Decatriathlon, the world’s longest triathlon, an event requiring competitors to swim 38km, cycle 1800km, and run 422km. Non-stop!  Returning to academia once again in 1996, Erik pursued his Ph.D. at the German Space Agency’s Institute for Space Medicine. While conducting his Ph.D studies he still found time to win Ultraman Hawaii and the European Ultraman Championships as well as completing the Race Across America bike race. Due to his success as the world’s leading ultradistance triathlete Erik was featured in dozens of magazines and television interviews. In 1997, GQ magazine nominated him as the ‘Fittest Man in the World’.  In 1999, Erik decided it was time to get a real job. He retired from being a professional triathlete and started his post-doctoral studies at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University’s School of Kinesiology. While living in Vancouver, Erik gained his pilot’s license, started climbing mountains and took up sky-diving to relax in his spare time. In 2005 the author worked as an astronaut training consultant for Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas and wrote ‘Tourists in Space’, a training manual for spaceflight participants. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association. Recently, he was one of the final thirty candidates of the Canadian Space Agency’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. Erik currently works as manned spaceflight consultant and author. He plans to travel into space with one of the private spaceflight companies. As well as being a triathlete, skydiver, pilot and author, Erik is an avid scuba diver and has logged more than two hundred dives in more than twenty countries. His favorite movie is the director’s cut of ‘Blade Runner’, his favorite science fiction authors are Allen Steele and Stanislav Lem and his favorite science fiction series is Red Dwarf. ‘Prepare for Launch’ is his fifth book.

4. Sunday, October 4, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Rick Tumlinson
returns to the program regarding water on the Moon and much more.  Rick Tumlinson has formed new entrepreneurial space businesses, XTreme Space, Orbital Outfitters (www.orbitaloutfitters.com) and Space Medicine Associates.  Mr. Tumlinson is one of the world’s top “Visionaries” and one the top one hundred most influential people in the space field by Space News, Rick Tumlinson is the Co-Founder of the Space Frontier Foundation, which has been called “pound for pound the most effective space organization on Earth.” >From an old Texas family whose pioneering credits include co-founding the Texas Rangers and fighting in the Alamo, Rick has spent his life fighting to open the space frontier. The son of an Air Force Sergeant and his English wife, he was educated primarily in England and Texas.  Mr. Tumlinson worked for noted scientist Gerard K. O’Neill at the Space Studies Institute, founded the New York L-5 Society, and was a key player in starting the Lunar Prospector project which discovered hints of water on the Moon. He also helped pass the Space Settlement Act of 1988, testified before President Reagan’s National Commission on Space, and was a founding trustee of the X-Prize. Over the years he has been a lead witness in six congressional hearings on the future of NASA, the US space program and space tourism, most recently in early 2004, testifying before Senator John McCain and the Senate Space and Technology Committee on the Moon, Mars and Beyond program.  Not satisfied to just talk, write about and help get funding for projects, Mr. Tumlinson has put his time and money where his mouth is. He co-founded the firm LunaCorp which produced the first ever TV commercial shot on the International Space Station for Radio Shack. He led the team which turned the Mir Space Station into the world’s first commercial space facility, and was a co-founder of the space firm MirCorp. Along the way he personally signed up Dennis Tito, the world’s first “citizen explorer,” and has assisted in numerous other such projects.  Rick was also Executive Director and co-Founder of the Foundation for the International Non-Governmental Development of Space (FINDS), a foundation which funds breakthrough projects and activities such as Helium 3 research, laser launch studies, and asteroid processing projects. The organization provided the first $100k in seed money for the founding of the Mars Society, operated the Cheap Access to Space Prize and supported such projects as The WATCH asteroid search program. FINDS also underwrote and co-sponsored a very successful series of Senate Roundtables on space issues in conjunction with the Foundation and the lobby Pro-Space over the last few years. In the realm of education and inspiration, Rick Founded the “Permission to Dream” project, which has over the years placed dozens of telescopes in the hands of schools and educational groups around the world, from Sri Lanka to Iran and Russia.  To support his activism in his early years, Tumlinson produced the animated videos used to gain funding for the Air Force’s DC-X rocket project, the International Space University, the X-33 rocket program, the Air Force’s Space Command and created the first ever paid political announcement for space, which was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. A regular contributor to the space industry paper Space News Tumlinson’s writings and quotes have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Reader’s Digest and dozens of other publications around the world. He has appeared on such television programs as ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Morning Show, and Politically Incorrect. Internationally he has appeared on TV sets from Russia to China’s CCTV and the BBC and been quoted in a wide range of journals, from The Economist to China’s People’s Daily. Recently, Rick has appeared on the front page of the New York Times, has been featured in two issues of Popular Science, and appeared as an expert guest on the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,” CNBC’s “Open Exchange” and was quoted in papers such as the Washington Post, LA Times, and the Orlando Sentinel, regarding the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. He also appears often as a space commentator on CNN.  In 2004 Rick was one of only 20 guests invited by the White House to hear President Bush announce his plans to return to the Moon and explore Mars. This year he joined NASA’s prestigious Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, which will be laying out the framework for the first human outpost on the Moon and steps towards putting humans on Mars. He has also been a consultant to the Heinlein Prize Organization, and is working on a book which will be out this fall entitled, “Return to the Moon,” and is starting his own space firm “XTreme Space.”  Mr. Tumlinson is known as one of the best speakers in the field of space. His stirring and freewheeling talks range from critiques and discussions of current national space policy, to the presentation of a “Frontier” ideology for opening space, to the how and why of returning to the Moon, to a deeply spiritual discussion of our place in the universe, the search for other life and the reasons we are reaching for the stars.

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