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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 1, 2010 10:27 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, November 1, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
. All topics welcome. We will open the lines after announcements and discussion topics are put forth in the opening segment.

2. Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT (November 4, 2-3:30 GMT)
Replaces the Tuesday show for this week due to election return night on Tuesday. Our guest for this program is
Gregory Cecil, retired NASA shuttle worker. You can visit his website for more information at http://www.rv-103.com.



Gregory Cecil has been a space enthusiast since he first watched Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon when he was nearly six years old. After a 22 year medical career, Greg returned to school at the young age of 40 and obtained his A.S. degree in Aerospace Technology from Brevard Community College. Three months after graduation, Greg was hired by United Space Alliance to work on the thermal protection system for the Space Shuttle Fleet. During his 5 ½ years at Kennedy Space Center, Greg obtained three more degrees, including his Masters in Aeronautical Science: Space Operations Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
During his time at Kennedy Space Center, Greg has:
• Partnered with the NASA Biomed division and conducted a study on the feasibility of using the Crew Physiology Observation Device (a high tech monitoring system developed for the astronauts) for other tasks and personnel at Kennedy Space Center.
• Was one of the first 100 people to obtain the National Certified Aerospace Technician offered through SpaceTec. (www.spacetec.org)
• Was one of 75 scientists, engineers, and technicians selected to participate in a month long class on Microgravity culminating in a flight on ZeroG.
• Wrote an article for The Space Review detailing his experiences on ZeroG.
• Has been interviewed by Ad Astra, Career World, and most recently Smithsonian Air & Space magazine.
• Has assisted in conducting VIP tours and doing presentations to those VIPs on the thermal protection system.
In October of 2009, Greg elected to take early retirement/layoff during the first round of layoffs at Kennedy Space Center. Since then, Greg and his wife, Linda, along Commander Merlin the cat have traveled the nation in their RV called RV-103. “Space Shuttle Discovery was my first ship I worked on and it has always had a special place in my heart. The official NASA designation for Discovery is Orbiter Vehicle 103 or OV-103, hence the name of RV-103 when I came time to name our RV.”
Greg started a website last December at www.RV-103.com that deals with current Human Space Flight issues and currently has over 150 posts. Greg also does presentations at local schools, colleges, and civic groups where ever RV-103 is at on “What it is Like to Work on the Space Shuttle: The Misadventures of a Space Cadet” as part of the RV-103 lecture series. Greg is also a contract blogger for SpaceTec, a nationwide consortium of colleges that teach aerospace technicians. The blog, Space Update, is found at www.blog.spacetec.org.

3. Friday, November 5, 2010, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Bob Zimmerman
who will discuss the space implications from the recent election.
Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his new website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. The book tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built.
It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8 (published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998), telling the family and political tale behind the first human journey to another world, and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, INVENTION & TECHNOLOGY, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

4. Sunday, November 7, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Leonard David
and Mark Mayfield to discuss the past, the future, a prologue! Or maybe our guests will talk about Last One Out Of Endeavor, Please Turn Out The Lights. Whatever Leonard and Mark bring to our attention, you do not want to miss it.Mark will also tell us about his new book “The Spaceflight Vault:A History of NASA’s Manned Missions.”

Leonard David is a space journalist, reporting on space activities for some 45 years. Currently, he is SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist, as well as a correspondent for Space News newspaper and a contributing writer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace America magazine. Leonard also serves as a consultant to the Coalition for Space Exploration. In the space policy world, Leonard is a Research Associate for the Secure World Foundation, focused on a number of space-related issues, such as the spread of space debris and the environmental protection of space. Leonard David lives in Golden, Colorado with his wife Barbara where the clear, nighttime sky fuels their imagination about space travel to other worlds…as well as lost luggage.

Mark Mayfield
was the editor-in-chief of LAUNCH Magazine, and President of MM Publishing Inc., a New York City-based custom-publishing firm. LAUNCH Magazine is the new company’s only national consumer magazine, and, in its first year, has been called “a great new voice” in the space and rocketry industry. Mayfield brings an enormous amount of editorial and financial experience to MM Publishing, having served as editor-in-chief of four national magazines—including House Beautiful, the nation’s oldest home design magazine. Mayfield also served as editor-in-chief of Traditional Home, Southern Accents and Art & Antiques magazines. In addition, he had a unique role in American media as one of the original founding staff editors of USA Today, the national newspaper. His previous experience also includes positions as a reporter for United Press International, and various newspapers in the South. As a national reporter, Mayfield often covered the space program. His enthusiasm for the subject has never wavered and played a major role in his decision to create LAUNCH Magazine in 2006. The magazine was sold in most Barnes & Noble stores, nearly half of all Borders stores, and is available by subscription. Mayfield is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he was editor of the campus newspaper, the Crimson White, during his senior year. The paper won the American Newspaper Publisher Association’s “Pacemaker” award as the best college newspaper in the nation during Mayfield’s tenure as editor. He was named the university’s most outstanding graduate in journalism in 1978, and later, in 1992, was named the school’s outstanding alumnus in journalism. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the College of Communication and Information Services at the University of Alabama.

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