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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:30 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 22, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Space law attorney George Robinson returns to discuss the biology of space law commercial space management infrastructure.  Dr. George S. Robinson is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, where he majored in biology and chemistry.  He holds an LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and an LL.M. and Doctor of Civil Laws degrees from McGill University’s Graduate Law Faculty, Montreal, Canada.



For twenty-five years, Dr. Robinson served as legal counsel at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed an exceptionally broad law practice relating primarily to domestic and international science research activities, business law, and publications law. Before that, he served as an international relations specialist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he was Desk Officer for developing collaborative research and educational programs with Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, and Pakistan. He also served as legal counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration.  Dr. Robinson has authored over 100 articles and books on a broad range of subjects, including public and private international law relating to space activities, space commerce, and aviation law; science/technology law, maritime law and policies relating to oceanography and limnology research; law relating to conservation of land, critical habitats, and animal and plant species; terrestrial and oceanographic environmental law, and business law. Upon leaving the Smithsonian Institution in 1995, Dr. Robinson established with his sons and daughter-in-law the firm of Robinson & Associates Law Offices, P.C. (now Robinson and Robinson, LLC), a domestic and international law practice with offices in Virginia and Maryland. The practice has addressed, among other issues, matters of law relating to corporations and non-profit organizations, education, employment, intellectual property, collaborative research and attendant agreements, mergers and acquisitions, managed health care, and space commerce.  Dr. Robinson has taught and lectured in law and business relating to space commerce at numerous universities in the United States and abroad, including among others George Mason University, St. Peter’s College/Oxford University, McGill University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. He serves on the boards of directors of various science research facilities, foundations, and hospitals. He also has consulted for the National Research Council, the Smithsonian Institution, the Maritime-Aerospace Liaison Project of the Maine Maritime Academy, the Aerospace Technology Working Group, and NASA, where served over twenty years until recently on the Planetary Protection Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC).

2. Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 24, 1-2:30 GMT)
Jim Funaro
returns to talk about the upcoming Contact Conference at NASA Ames on March 26-28, 2010.  Please see www.contact-conference.com for details. Jim Funaro is the founder of CONTACT, an annual conference which brings together space scientists, science fiction writers and artists to explore humanity’s futures (visit www.contact-conference.com).  Jim is professor emeritus in anthropology at Cabrillo College, which has honored him with its highest award for teaching excellence. Publications demonstrating his research interests are “Anthropologists a Culture Designers for Offworld Colonies” and “On the Cultural Impact of Extraterrestrial Contact.” His career has emphasized the connections between the arts and the sciences. Besides his graduate degrees in Anthropology, he has a BA cum laude in Literature and is a published poet; he won the American Anthropological Association’s 1997 prize for poetry with “The Dancing Stones of Callanish.”

3. Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT (February 25, 2-3:30 GMT)
Jim Muncy
returns to discuss the Administration’s new space policy and budget.  James A. M. (Jim) Muncy is the President  and founder of PoliSpace. Mr. Muncy started PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy, in early 2000 to help space entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs succeed at the nexus of space business, technology, and public affairs.  His clients include several firms in the emerging private human space flight industry and companies offering commercial services to NASA spaceflight programs.  His first client was the U.S. Air Force’s Military Space Plane program.  Immediately prior to establishing this consultancy, Muncy spent over five years working in the U.S. Congress.  From 1997 until 2000 he served on the Professional Staff of the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.  In addition to being Chairman Dana Rohrabacher’s staff designee, Muncy held the lead responsibility on issues and programs such as reusable launch vehicles, human space flight commercialization, military space technology, export control reform, range modernization, and future NASA programs.  Prior to this, Muncy spent over two years on Rep. Rohrabacher’s personal staff as his Legislative Assistant for Space.  Prior to joining congressional staff at the start of 1995, Muncy had spent several years as a space policy and marketing consultant for various clients including NASA, NOAA, private industry, and the not-for-profit space community.  In the mid-1980’s he worked for two and a half years as a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Reagan, where he served as the White House’s Staff Liaison to the National Commission on Space.  Muncy began his work in space policy in 1981 as a staff advisor in the Office of Congressman Newt Gingrich, where he helped Mr. Gingrich co-found the Congressional Space Caucus and promote visionary space policy legislation and initiatives.  A long-time leader in the space advocacy community, Muncy co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board for six years.  Earlier he had served on the Board of Directors of both the National Space Society and the L5 Society.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on space policy issues.  Mr. Muncy holds an MS in Space Studies from the Center for Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

4. Friday, February 26, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PST (15:30-17:30 GMT)
Dr. Pascal Lee
of The Mars Institute returns to the show.  See/www.marsinstitute.info.  We will be discussing Phobos and Mars, exploring Mars using Pressurized Rovers, lunar issues, SETI and the Drake Equation plus more.
Dr Pascal Lee is co-founder and chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA, and the Principal Investigator of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. He holds an Ingénieur degree (ME) in Engineering Geology & Geophysics from the University of Paris (1987), and a MS (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in Astronomy & Space Sciences from Cornell University. Dr. Lee’s research interests focus on Mars, asteroids and impact craters. He is particularly interested in the history of water on Mars and in the geologic and physical conditions allowing life to develop on planets. Dr. Lee often visits the Earth’s polar regions and other extreme environments for planetary analog studies.  In 1997, as a National Research Council postdoctoral Research Associate at NASA Ames, Pascal Lee initiated the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP), an international multidisciplinary field research project centered on the scientific study of the Haughton impact structure and surrounding terrain, Devon Island, High Arctic, viewed as a Mars analog site. The HMP explores possible parallels and differences between the Earth and Mars, and supports field studies of new technologies, strategies, and human factors in preparation for the future exploration of both the Moon and Mars by robots and humans. Dr Lee has led nine HMP expeditions to the Arctic to date, with core support in the US provided by NASA and the United States Marine Corps. Pascal Lee also conducts research in Antarctica. In 1988, he wintered over for 14 months at Dumont d’Urville Station as station chief geophysicist. In 1995-96, he was a field team member in the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) Program. In 1998 and 1999, he was field scientist for the NASA-Carnegie Mellon University Robotic Antarctic Search for Meteorites (RAMS) Project.  Dr. Lee has been a participant in several NASA solar system spacecraft exploration missions. He was graduate student associate on Voyager’s imaging team for the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune and its moon Triton, graduate student associate on Galileo’s imaging team for the flybys of asteroids 951 Gaspra and 243 Ida, graduate student associate on Mars Observer’s camera team, and a collaborator on the Mars Polar Lander’s participating scientist team. In 2002, Dr. Lee was principal investigator of the H2O Mars Exploration Rover (HOMER) Mars Scout mission proposal to NASA, with the SETI Institute, Boeing Company, Firestar Engineering, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Army, and U.S. Geological Survey as key institutional partners.  Pascal Lee is the author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications and the recipient of research grants from NASA, the National Research Council, the Canadian Space Agency, and the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research & Exploration. He is an advocate of human planetary exploration and has lectured widely on planetary science and exploration. He was invited as Logan Club Guest Lecturer at the Geological Survey of Canada (1999) and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee (Fall 2003). He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University (Spring 2004).  Dr. Lee is recipient of the Eleanor Norton York Award from the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University (1994), the Vision to Reality Award from the Space Frontier Foundation (2003), and the United States Antarctic Service Medal.  Pascal Lee enjoys flying and photography. He is an FAA-certified helicopter flight instructor and lives happily in Santa Clara, CA.

5. Sunday, February 28, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (18-19:30 GMT)
.  All space and space related topics are welcome.

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