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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:30 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, February 15, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Richard Greenberg
comes to the program to discuss his book, “Unmasking Europa: The Search For Life On Jupiter’s Ocean Moon.”   Richard Greenberg is Professor of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona.  As a celestial mechanician, his research interests span all aspects of planetary motions, especially those that involve nongravitational effects like collisions and tides, including formation of planets, extra-solar planetary systems, evolution of asteroids and meteorites, and the orbits of satellites.



As a member of the imaging team for the Galileo mission to Jupiter, he became especially engaged in interpretation of the processes that have shaped the satellite Europa.  His new book “Unmasking Europa” has been very well received, including favorable reviews in Sky and Telescope, Nature, and NASA’s Astrobiology magazine.

2. Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 17, 1-2:30 GMT)
Program is The Space Show Classroom program Lesson 3 on orbital and flight dynamics.  Our guest panelist is Dan Adamo, a retired NASA Mission Control FDO.  Our co-hosts, Dr. Jim Logan and Dr. John Jurist are with us as well.  Presentation material will be uploaded to the Classroom blog prior to the start of this program.  See http://spaceshowclassroom.wordpress.com/.  Remember, blog protocols for the live show are applicable so check them out on the blog.  Use regular Space Show contact addresses for comments and questions during the live show.

Dan Adamo is a graduate of the University of Rochester (BS Optical Engineering, 1975) and the University of Houston, Clear Lake City (MS Physical Sciences, 1981).  From 1979 to 2008, he was employed as a contractor at Johnson Space Center. Throughout that interval, he was involved with space mission trajectory simulation, design, and operations.  Beginning in 1990, he supported 60 Space Shuttle flights from Mission Control’s Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) Console.  In July 2008, he retired from regular employment to pursue astrodynamics research and consulting tasks full-time.  He regularly participates in educational outreach activities.

Dr. Jim Logan has held numerous positions at NASA’s Johnson Space Center since 1981 including Chief, Flight Medicine; Chief, Medical Operations, Chief, Medical Informatics & Health Care Systems and Group Manager, Human Test Support. Board certified in Aerospace Medicine, he served as Mission Control Surgeon, Deputy Crew Surgeon or Crew Surgeon for twenty-five space shuttle missions and was the only medical representative to serve on the NASA Headquarters-chartered Space Station Operations Task Force. As Project Manager for the Space Station Medical Facility he helped design the first telemedicine-based inflight medical care delivery system for long duration missions. Dr. Logan is a past Provost of International Space University, consultant for The RAND Corporation and a founding board member of the American Telemedicine Association. Recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Speaker Award, his speaking activities have taken him to Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Iceland, Russia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guam, South Korea, New Zealand and the Peoples Republic of China.

Dr. John Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in the precursor of what is now called telemedicine. In the business arena, he created, grew, and ran a very successful biomedical engineering consulting firm, took over a surgical care facility with instructions from the board to prepare it for bankruptcy, and within a year, converted it into a successful operation. He also founded a nonprofit medical research institution and ran it for four years — it now has an eight figure annual research budget. Dr. Jurist is experienced in running a business and evaluating a business plan. Now semi-retired, he is applying his experience to the developing new space industry. He has invested in several alt.space startups, supported research in others by corporate grants, and funded research projects at Montana State University and at Santa Clara University. Dr. Jurist is currently a Life Member of the Aerospace Medical Association, a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society among other professional organizations. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Space Studies at the Odegard School Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota and Adjunct Professor of Biophysics, Rocky Mountain College.

3. Thursday, February 18, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (February 19, 1-2:30 GMT)
Dr. Angie Bukley
returns to discuss her new Apogee book, “The Farthest Shore: A 21st Century Guide to Space.”  The book is co-authored with Dr. Joseph Pelton.  Thanks to Apogee, I have one book to give away to the first caller with a question or comment for Dr. Bukley.  If you are interested in purchasing this book, please do so from the One Giant Leap Foundation Amazon partners book page at www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books.htm as Amazon will contribute to The Space Show/OGLF.
Dr. Angie Bukley is the Associate Dean, Professor and Space Studies Program Director for the International Space University, Strasbourg, France.

4. Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PST (15:30-17:30 GMT)
Dr. Jim Vedda
returns to discuss his new book, “Choice, Not Fate:  Shaping a Sustainable Future in the Space Age.”   If you are interested in purchasing this book, please do so from the One Giant Leap Foundation Amazon partners book page at www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books.htm as Amazon will contribute to The Space Show/OGLF.
Dr. James Vedda has been with the Aerospace Corporation in Arlington, Virginia since March 2004 performing policy research and analyses for various U.S. government customers, including NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Commerce, the Air Force, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and others. Previously, he spent six and a half years at ANSER Inc., also in Arlington, assigned full time to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This included four and a half years in the Space Policy Directorate and two years with the Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense. While at ANSER, Jim received the company’s highest employee award, the Alan S. Boyd Award for Professional Development, in 2002.  Jim received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. His dissertation analyzed the evolution of post-Apollo space policy-making in the executive and legislative branches. He also has a master’s degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been a member of the American Astronautical Society since 1997, serving as its Vice President for Public Policy from July 2002 to November 2004, and as a member of its Board of Directors from November 2004 to November 2007.   From 1987 to 1993, Jim was a professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, where he taught courses on civil, commercial, and military space policy to undergraduate and graduate students. He was one of the founding members of the faculty, helping to create the curriculum for the Master of Science in Space Studies degree. He was associate director of North Dakota’s participation in the NASA Space Grant program, served a term as department chairman, and pioneered the department’s use of multimedia teaching techniques.  Jim’s published writing has appeared in book chapters and in journals such as Space Policy, Space News, Astropolitics, Space Times, Ad Astra, Space Energy and Transportation, Space Business News, The Journal of Space Law, and Quest. He has presented conference papers for the International Astronautical Federation, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, the Midwest Political Science Association, the NASA History Office, and the National Air & Space Museum, and commentary for the Public Members Association of the Foreign Service, CNN, and others.

5. Sunday, February 21, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (18-19:30 GMT)
Matt Allner
returns to discuss space education, his astronaut application process and much more. Matthew Allner received a BS in Biology with a minor in Psychology in 1996 and a BA in Secondary Education in 1997 from Briar Cliff University.  Married his wife (Jessica) in 2000 and they have three wonderful children, Isabelle, Nathan, and Alexandra.  Completed his MS in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota in May 2009.  His thesis development was a compilation of original research studies he has carried out in the area of Human Factors / Social Psychology (Group Dynamic Development in Extreme Environments) for long-duration space flight consideration.  He has been working as a secondary level science teacher for twelve years now, having taught in California, two school districts in Iowa, and now in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He was an active rescue diver and training officer for the Siouxland Dive Rescue Team for three years while in Iowa.  As a young scientist he is studying group dynamics in extreme environments where aspects of research and experience with the dive team he was on, helped him gain experience and insights into the development of suggestions and research in this area.  He has had eight scientific papers and abstracts accepted for presentation where he traveled to present his work at the following scientific conferences:  the 2006 and 2008 COSPAR Assemblies (held in Beijing, China and Montreal, Canada); and the 2006 and 2008 IAC Conferences (held in Valencia, Spain and Glasgow, Scotland).  Presently, he has two research abstracts accepted for oral presentation at the 2009 IAC to be held in Daejeon, Korea.  Upon recent invitation he has also written a chapter on “Search and Rescue” for a book titled Human Performance in Extreme Environments, which will be published in the fall of 2009.  In 2006 he went on research expeditions to the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Mojave Desert (2006 and 2008), and to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah where he furthered his psychology studies of group dynamic development in Isolated and Confined  Extreme (ICE) environments.  Selected by NASA in 2003 as a finalist in the Astronaut Corps, and again in 2009 where he was interviewed in January as one of 110 final candidates being considered.  Certified in CPR and First-Aid, he also speaks Spanish and is learning Russian.  Hobbies include spending time with his family, coaching his daughter’s/son’ soccer and baseball teams, and extreme sports (surfing, snow and rock climbing, caving, SCUBA diving, mountain biking, and snowboarding).

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