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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 8, 2010 2:04 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, March 8, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Replay from Thursday, March 4 with Erik Seedhouse

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. When not writing, he spends as much time as possible in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and at his real home in Sandefjord, Norway. Erik lives with his wife and two cats on the Niagara Escarpment in Canada.

2. Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (March 10, 1-2:30 GMT)
Live at the Responsive Space Conference at the Westin Hotel, Los Angeles.

3. Friday, March 12, 2010
Taped interviews from The Responsive Space Conference.

4. Sunday, March 14, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Bruno Stanek
from Switzerland about a different view of U.S. space policy and related matters.
Dr. Bruno Stanek studied Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Ph.D. 1971. Instructor at ETH (Institute for Applied Mathematics, Celestial Mechanics). Between 1966 and 1972, with interruptions, scientific programmer for the Chemical Industry at Basel and for Swissair. Ever since Bruno Stanek mostly was a freelance mathematician, software and book author and later his own publisher, only interrupted between 1976 and 1979 while teaching mathematics, physics and informatics at the engineering college Brugg (Switzerland). Between 1980 and about 1996 he invested a great effort to create his „Medical Software Dr. Stanek“. Hundreds of Thousands of lines of program code built a comprehensive medical administration program for small and medium practices and the emergency planning in several Swiss regions. After 1995 he found back to his main occupation and programmed his space encyclopedias interactively from scratch. This brought the vast content of his former book encyclopedias into a form never dreamed before, volume „Space Encyclopedia“ and volume „Planet encyclopedia“. A vastly expanded text, an enormous video archive as well as more than 200 astrodynamical animations and simulations, all designed and programmed by himself, appeared in four completely sold CD editions and two DVD editions each between 1995 and 2006 under the Label „Astrosoftware Dr. B.L. Stanek“.  The Swiss and neighboring German and Austrian public, however, got to know Bruno Stanek by his commentaries for Swiss National TV for all live broadcasts about space from Apollo 7 in 1968 up to the Shuttle missions. In 1975/76 he had his own 16-part TV series „News from Space“ – at prime time 7-7:30 p.m. – an oddity all over Europe! There was no year until 2006 without minor or major TV programs on some channel. For nostalgic reasons he occasionally shows a 20 minute video containing highlights from 38 TV years. This only documents about 1/1000 of his TV contributions! He visited the USA almost 50 times since 1965 and met close to 90 astronauts and cosmonauts, many as guests on TV or conferences.  He witnessed moon mission Apollo 16 and 17 from the Kennedy Space Center as live moderator for Swiss National TV. On private trips he seldom missed a rocket launch at the Cape and none of Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier’s flights from launch to landing – a lucky instance that maybe no Swiss citizen short of the astronaut himself shares with him. Stanek visited most NASA field centers, privately or as a reporter and published more than a dozen books and countless newspaper articles about spaceflight, astronomy, Space Art and the personal use of computers – the latter mainly during the pioneering days. His latest „humorous non fiction book“ became another bestseller. Bruno Stanek’s lecturing trail in Switzerland and neighboring countries is legendary. With his German language homepage www.Stanek.ch he keeps many friends informed about his activities. There one also can find short videos about current events – and his personal opinions.  In addition, he has passed the 40 year mark working for Swiss National TV when doing around 40 interviews in all kinds of media for “40 years Apollo 11″ last July. Since June 2009 I started showing my cinema versions of video films about Space & Astronomy. It all was inspired by “something”, when I had to be ready with an alternative program during rainy stargazers nights… I am glad I had the courage to enter movie making after having acquired the needed experience over four decades: it surpassed all my expectations at an age, when I just had passed my retirement age…

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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