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This week on The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 2, 2009 6:54 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, November 2, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (20-21:30 GMT)
Miles O’Brien
is an Emmy-award-winning 26-year broadcast news veteran who has successfully melded a talent for telling complex stories in accessible terms with a lifelong passion for aviation, space, technology and the environment.  O’Brien worked for nearly seventeen years as a correspondent, anchor and producer for CNN based in Atlanta and New York. He has focused on the leading edge of research and development – writing and reported the network’s first hour-long documentary on climate change garnering numerous awards. 



Known for his unparalleled coverage of space exploration, O’Brien led CNN’s coverage over the past 17 years including of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia in February of 2003 – reporting live for 16 straight hours. The accident scuttled a deal he had just brokered with NASA to make him the first journalist to fly on the space shuttle.  O’Brien is an experienced instrument-rated pilot and airplane owner – and has leveraged that insight and knowledge into unrivaled television coverage of aviation.   Miles was recently appointed to the very prestigious NASA Advisory Council Exploration Committee.

2. Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PST (Novemner 4, 1-2:30 GMT)
Dr. Jeffrey A. Hoffman
is Professor of the Practice of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Dr. Hoffman received a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Amherst College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Harvard University in 1971. He subsequently received a M.Sc. in Materials Science from Rice University in 1988. He spent one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, after which he worked on the research staff of the Physics Department at Leicester University in the UK (1972-1975) and MIT’s Center for Space Research (1975-1978). He was a NASA astronaut from 1978-1997, making five space flights and becoming the first astronaut to log 1000 hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. Dr. Hoffman was Payload Commander of STS-46, the first flight of the US-Italian Tethered Satellite System. He played a key role in coordinating the scientific and operational teams working on this project. Dr. Hoffman has performed four spacewalks, including the first unplanned, contingency spacewalk in NASA’s history (STS 51D; April, 1985) and the initial repair/rescue mission for the Hubble Space Telescope (STS 61; December, 1993). He worked for several years as the Astronaut Office representative for EVA and helped develop and carry out tests of advanced high-pressure space suit designs and of new tools and procedures needed for the assembly of the International Space Station.
For several years, he was the astronaut office’s representative on the Payload Safety Panel.  Following his astronaut career, Dr. Hoffman spent four years as NASA’s European Representative, based at the US Embassy in Paris, where his principal duties were to keep NASA and NASA’s European partners informed about each other’s activities, try to resolve problems in US-European space projects, search for new areas of US-European space cooperation, and represent NASA in European media. In August 2001, Dr. Hoffman joined the MIT faculty, where he teaches space operations and design., and space policy. Dr. Hoffman is director of the Massachusetts Space Grant Alliance, responsible for statewide space-related educational activities designed to increase public understanding of space and to attract students into aerospace careers. His principal areas of research are advanced EVA systems, management of space science projects, and space systems architecture.

3. Friday, November 6, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PST (15:30-17:30 GMT)

Dr. Robert Zubrin returns to The Space Show.  Among the many topics to discuss with Dr. Zubrin are those pertaining to the Augustine Commission, space policy and eventual human flights to Mars. Dr. Robert Zubrin is a noted author and the Founder of The Mars Society.  The Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Dr. Zubrin is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado.   Dr. Zubrin was formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear  Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 100 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and was a member of Lockheed Martin’s “scenario development team” charged with developing broad new strategies for space exploration. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing the “Mars Direct” mission plan, a strategy which by using Martian resources, allows a human Mars exploration program to be conducted at a cost 1/8th that previously estimated by NASA. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space Smithsonian, Popular Science, Omni, Space News, and many other publications. He is the holder of two US Patents, and has two more pending.  In addition to his technical publications, Dr. Zubrin is the author of “The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must,”  published by Simon and Schuster’s Free Press Division in Oct. 1996, and “Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization,” published by Tarcher Putnam in Aug. 1999, and “Mars on Earth” published by Tarcher Penguin in Sept. 2003.  His book, “The Holy Land,” is a science fiction satire of the current situation in the Middle East.  Dr. Zubrin has also written a play about Benedict Arnold.  His latest book, “How To Live On Mars: A Trusty Guidebook To Surviving And Thriving On The Red Planet,” is a must read.

4. Sunday, November 8, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PST (18-19:30 GMT)
Dr. Jeff Bell
returns to the show to discuss Augustine and other developments in space.   Dr. Jeff Bell has his B.S. (Physics + Astronomy) Univ. of Michigan 1977 M.S. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1979 Ph.D. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1984.  From 1984 2000 he was Professor of Planetary Science, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, Univ. of Hawaii, he conducted research on mineralogical composition of asteroids from visible and IR reflection spectroscopy, he was a Science Team Member, Comet Rendezvous / Asteroid Flyby spacecraft (1984-88), and the Principal Investigator on several space mission proposals.  Since 2003 Dr. Bell has written a semi-regular opinion column on space policy and technology for web site SpaceDaily.com, attempting to bring a more skeptical and realistic perspective to the pro space community.

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