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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:18 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, April 12, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto
is Coordinator for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera at Arizona State University, promoting robotic and human space exploration and settlement to students, educators and the general public.  From 2000 to present, she served as the Phoenix, Arizona Chapter President of the National Space Society as well as a Board of Director member of the National Space Society from 2006-2008.  She is currently running for the Board of Directors again but this time as an At Large Director (a four year term as opposed to a two year term).   She has also held the titles of Arizona Coordinator for the Yuri’s Night venue, Phoenix Chapter President of The Mars Society (2000-2006), The Planetary Society Global Volunteer Coordinator for Arizona (2005-2008), and a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Ambassador (2004-present).



Veronica Ann has always been interested in science and the great explorers of history.  Human exploration is crucial for any civilization to thrive and many lessons can be learned by studying history.    This led her to create the Family Living Analysis on Mars Expedition (F.L.A.M.E.) which conducted Martian analogue missions at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) for five consecutive field seasons (2005-2008).  F.L.A.M.E. is hailed as the first analogue mission to incorporate children under the age of 15 to test what life would be like living and working on the planet Mars. Veronica Ann comes back to The Space Show to discuss about the amazing imagery from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, the National Space Society’s Board Director’s elections that last between April-August 2010, the upcoming International Space Development Conference (ISDC) being held in Chicago at the end of May, what she learned at this year’s Space Access Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona from April 8-10, 2010 and her goal of participating in the NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program by the end of the year.  As a senior undergraduate student at Arizona State University within the School of Earth and Space Exploration, very enjoys reading, hiking and camping in the deserts and mountains of Arizona, Utah and California, studying aviation, human adaptation within extreme regimes and giving lectures in classrooms and at conferences.  Veronica Ann’s research interests include lunar and Martian geology, aeolian, fluvial, and volcanic processes (both terrestrial and planetary), the location of space resources on the Moon and asteroids, human factors and the exploitation of today’s technology in order to promote math, science and technology in and out of the classroom.  She has high hopes that The Space Show’s listeners will take a proactive stance in supporting robotic and human space exploration and she is willing to show how easy it really is to get the results you desire when you invest only 5 hours a week to a cause you truly believe in.

2. Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (April 14, 2-3:30 GMT)
Program is in honor of Apollo 13
.  Our guests are Gary Moir and Don Harvey.

Gary Moir went to a local junior college, then to the University of Washington where I earned a BS in Aeronautical & Astronautical engineering.   When I graduated from the UW in June 1966, I accepted a job offer with the Apollo project at North American Aviation, Space Division in Downey, CA.  Unfortunately, the prior side-hatch design took several minutes to install or remove, and this was part of the reason that the three astronauts of Apollo I were killed on the launch pad by a fire in the Command Module in January, 1967.  That tragedy caused extensive re-designs of many components inside the C/M.  I supported the re-design of parts in the Command Module Inner Structures by analyzing for strength at minimized weight.  Systems I worked on included the forward & side crew hatches, the crew couch & its support struts, parachute support structures, the docking probe, and many others.  The Apollo program had the world’s most dramatic and succinct program mission statement that President Kennedy defined: “To land a man on the moon, before this decade is out, and return him safely to the earth.” This group of engineers was the most dedicated team I have ever worked with. To this date, we continue to meet every Christmas for an Apollo reunion dinner.  From 1972 to 1991, I worked for TRW Applied Technology Division. This was the group that developed the Lunar Module Descent Engine (LMDE) and I worked on a number of derivatives of that engine and other propulsion systems. We also developed many space instruments, including: The Viking Lander Biology Instrument (VLBI) and meteorological instrument (VMI) that landed on Mars to look for life and record the weather there in 1976. During this time, I also became a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering and expanded my expertise to structural dynamics and acoustics.  From 1991 to 93, I worked at Allied Signal Aerospace Corporation’s Research Division on aircraft and Space Station air conditioning systems.  In 1993, I started Gary A. Moir & Associates, Inc. I am semi retired now but continue to perform consulting and design engineering jobs and develop products for various commercial and aerospace clients.  In summary, objects I have worked on have gone to the moon and all of the planets (except Mercury and Pluto) and out of the solar system. My career has satisfied my wildest dreams from my youth.

Donald W Harvey grew up in Carman, a small community on the outskirts of Schenectady, NY. At the age of 21 he earned a BS Degree in Civil Engineering at Union College and immediately fled to Southern California where he worked in the Aerospace Industry for 44 years. While working he earned MS in Civil Engineering and Engineer in Mechanical Engineering Degrees at the University of Southern California. He was a licensed Civil Engineer and Mechanical Engineer in the State of California until he let the licenses expire after retirement.  Donald worked at North American Aviation, LA Division for 10 years in various capacities on the F-86H Saberjet, the F-100 Thunderbird, the B-70, X-15 and the Supersonic Transport. The areas of expertise were in fuel and hydraulic systems and components research and development. After leaving NAA, Donald was hired by Space Technology Laboratory, which later became TRW. Major tasks he worked on were the Lunar Module Descent Engine, the Viking Lander Biology Instrument and various High Energy Chemical Laser Projects.  Lunar Module Descent Engine (1963 – 1972): Donald was the lead engineer in charge of the head end assembly including the throttling cavitating venturi valves, the mixture ratio control linkage and the injector. He supported all lunar landings and the Apollo 13 rescue at the propulsion support room at NASA-MSC, Houston, TX.  Viking Lander Biology Instrument (1971 – 1975): Donald was the Engineering Sub-Project Engineer for the VLBI. The entailed directing the engineering design and development efforts for the VLBI, which contained 3 life detection experiments. Two Viking Landers were launched in 1975 and softly landed on Mars in the summer of 1976. Both VLBI’s functioned well beyond their design limits and provided useful data for the scientists. The challenge facing the engineers was miniaturizing the experiments and maintaining thermal control under Martian atmospheric conditions.  High Energy Chemical Lasers (1975 – 1994, 1996 – 1998): Donald was the Engineering Manager at the TRW Capistrano Test Site responsible for the design and construction of all Laser test facilities. This included the control centers, test stands, chemical feed systems, optical benches, altitude simulators (steam jet ejector systems) and space chambers.   Donald lives in Carlsbad, CA with his wife Joyce at the Carlsbad By The Sea Retirement Community. Donald has taken up movie production and volunteers recording in high definition the life stories residents. Joyce helps in preparing and interviewing the resident. He also is the Outdoor Editor of the International Senior Traveler Newsletter, a Division of Journal Publications. His hobbies are reading, writing, mountain biking, skiing and hiking. He is active in the United Methodist Church and has performed mission work in northern Kenya (water supply) and Waveland, Mississippi (home building – Katrina).

3. Friday, April 16, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Philip Harris
returns to the show to talk about our space policy, a possible White House Conference on Space and much more.   PHILIP ROBERT HARRIS, Ph.D., is a management/space psychologist, as well as a prolific author and futurist.  He is president of Harris International, Ltd. in La Jolla, California, founded in 1971 as a global management consultancy for  human resource and organization development.  A former college and corporate vice president, presently in retirement, Dr. Harris is a Visiting Professor in the California School of International Management. He received his Ph.D. and M. S. in psychology from Fordham University, and a B. B. A. in business from St. John’s University.  In 1959, he was licensed as a psychologist by the Education Department  of  the University of the State of New York.  He is also a GS15 Federal Consultant. His biography is listed in many directories (e.g., Who’s Who in America and The Writer’s Directory).  For the past fifty years, this behavioral scientist has been engaged in  HR leadership development, focusing his research and services on change, culture, communication, and management.  Dr. Harris has edited three journals, published over 250 articles,  authored or edited some 45 books.  Currently, he is writing  Space Enterprise – Living and Working Offworld, having just completed Future Possibilities – Toward Human Emergence.  In 2005, Human Resource Development Press published his Managing the Knowledge Culture, and previously his 3 volume, New Work Culture Series.  In 2007, the seventh edition of  his classic, Managing Cultural Differences  was released by Elsevier Science.  Adopted as a text in over 200 universities and colleges worldwide, it is the parent of  some 12 supplementary titles in the MCD Series.  Phil, as he is known to colleagues. also co-authored the fourth edition of  Multicultural Law Enforcement, recently published by Prentice Hall.  In his work as a space psychologist, he has authored a professional book, Living and Working in Space, as well as a science-based novel, Launch Out  (both available from Univelt).  His books are available at Amazon.com.  For the past ten years, Phil had been a member of the editorial advisory board for the European Business Review in England.  In his multifaceted career, this international consultant has served more than 200 systems, including multinational corporation, government agencies, military units,  professional associations, and educational institutions. As an educator, he has been a secondary school guidance director; vice president of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; visiting professor at The Pennsylvania State University and Temple University, as well as lecturer at numerous universities worldwide. The latter  included Michigan State University, University of California-San Diego, Pepperdine University, University of  Strathclyde in Scotland, Sophia University in Japan, and the East-West Center in Hawaii.  Dr. Harris has been recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as from the U. S. Office of Naval Research, Fulbright Professor to India, NASA Faculty Fellow, NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science Fellow, and AIAA Associate Fellow  He has been producer of major media projects (e.g., for NBC/Sunday Today Show; Westinghouse Learning , and the U. S. Marine Corps).

4. Sunday, April 18, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Mark Whittington
returns to the show to discuss a different perspective on U.S. space policy.Mark R. Whittington is a writer residing in Houston, Texas.  He is the author of The Last Moonwalker, Children of Apollo and Nocturne. He has written numerous articles, some for the Washington Post, USA Today, the LA Times, and the Houston Chronicle.

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