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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 5, 2010 10:32 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, July 5, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Clive Neal
, lunar scientist, comes to the program.
Clive R. Neal is a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and chair of NASAs Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG). During his time as LEAG Chair, he has overseen the development of a Lunar Exploration Roadmap that involves three themes: Science of, from and on the Moon, Feed Forward to other destinations, and making the next era of human lunar exploration sustainable.



It is important that NASA not get held up at the Moon as it explores the solar system, so an exit strategy needs to be formulated and implemented now.  However, it is also important that NASA not abandon its infrastructure, built at tax-payer expense, so the Lunar Exploration Roadmap highlights commercial on-ramps as private sector involvement is key to successful solar system exploration.  We believe this starts with the Moon. Although the current administration policy would appear to sideline the Moon, the Moon is still very relevant because of its proximity and hostile environment. The LEAG respectfully disagrees with President Obama – we have NOT been there and done the Moon!!  Professor Neal has been a lunar researcher for almost 25 years, focusing on the analysis of lunar samples. Recently, he has explored the world of lunar geophysics from both a scientific viewpoint as well as that of exploration (hazard mitigation). He has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and co-edited two books. When not focusing on the Moon, he is involved with the scientific ocean drilling program and trying to keep up with his Australian wife, three children and six grand-children.

2. Sunday, July 11, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Space Show Classroom
presents Lesson 11 with Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation discussing space sustainability and environmental and crowding issues across all orbital domains. This is a timely topic as space sustainability was prominently featured in the new National Space Policy which was released last week. Co-hosts Dr. John Jurist and Dr. Jim Logan will be joining Brian for this Classroom program.
Brian Weeden is a technical consultant with the Secure World Foundation on space security issues. His current research focuses on space situational awareness, protection of space assets, and development of the technical architecture for space traffic management. Brian spent nine years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force working in space and ICBM operations. From 2004 through 2007 he was part of US Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center where he directed the orbital analyst training program and developed tactics, techniques and procedures for space situational awareness. As a certified orbital analyst, he was part of a crew of military personnel that track all artificial objects in Earth orbit and produce the satellite catalog. Brian has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota and is a graduate of the International Space University Space Studies Program (2007, Beijing).

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