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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:43 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 15, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Peter Smith
, the PI of the Phoenix Lander and part of the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Dr. Peter Smith, Professor, Mars photography; Planetary atmospheres at the Lunar and Planetary Lab, University of Arizona,Tucson AZ 85721. Dr. Smith is the principal investigator for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, as well as project manager and a co-investigator for the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.



This important instrument will scan prospective landing sites able to see objects beach ball sized and larger. In addition, as the principal investigator for the successful Imager for Mars Pathfinder in 1997, he is continuing the scientific analysis of the 16,600 images collected during the 83-day mission.
He is a co-investigator on the DISR descent imager that parachuted into the dense atmosphere of Titan in January, 2005. These projects have evolved from his long term interest in optical sciences and radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres.
In his spare time, he has been using the Hubble Space Telescope’s camera both to image Titan in the near-IR resolving surface features for the first time and to obtain multi-spectral images of Mars in support of the Pathfinder mission.

2. Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7-9 PM PST (November 17, 3-5 GMT)
Open Lines
. Listener Andy in the UK suggests the topic of air launch. I also think the latest blog article by Wayne Hale should be a discussion topic. See http://waynehale.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/the-coming-train-wreck-for-commercial-human-spaceflight/#comment-289. Other topics are also welcome.

3. Wednesday, November 16, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Harley Thronson
comes to the program. Dr. Thronson is at NASA Goddard. We will talk about work one of his teams is doing on near-future space habitation beyond LEO using existing launch vehicles and habitation technologies, as well as use of the ISS as a test bed for major future space science technologies.

Dr. Thronson’s responsibilities include identification, assessment, and advocacy for advanced human/robotic programs at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in coordination with other NASA Centers, industry, and the scientific community. Recently, he has led in proposing multiple technology experiments on ISS, using the ISS as a test bed for future large optical systems in space, and concepts for future long-duration habitats in free space. He has served as the program scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Spitzer Space Telescope (SIRTF), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), among other missions.  Dr. Thronson received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1978 from the University of Chicago and has been a faculty member and on the senior staff of the Universities of Arizona and Wyoming, and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.  He has published more than 100 research papers and co-edited 12 books.

3. Friday, November 19, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Laura Delgado
who will be talking about her recent AIAA paper on science fiction, commercial space and corporate America.
Laura M. Delgado is pursuing an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute (SPI). She is also a 2009 Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Northrop Grumman Fellow at SPI.  Ms. Delgado recently completed an internship at the Space Initiatives division of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has been a correspondent for SpacePolicyOnline.com since September 2009. In 2009, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), where she worked as a research assistant on a project analyzing corruption at the municipal level. In May 2008, Ms. Delgado became the first Puerto Rican to obtain the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship at the Space Studies Board of the National Academies. Previously, she worked as an Intern for Development at the NAIC-Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and also interned at the Office of then-Congressman Luis Fortuño (now governor of Puerto Rico).

5. Sunday, November 21, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. June Scobee Rodgers
and Dr. Scott Parazynski come to the show to discuss the Challenger Centers and the Star Challenger series of teen books.

Dr. June Scobee Rodgers
, originally from Alabama, is the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee. June serves as the Founding Chairman of the Board and as a Founding Director for Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Holding a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and a Master’s from Chapman College, both in Curriculum and Instruction, she is personally proud of the fact that she has taught in every grade-level classroom from Kindergarten through college. June is married to retired Army Lieutenant General Don Rodgers. They live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Rodgers have three grown children.

Dr. Scott Parazynski has lived and traveled all over the world, spending many of his grade school and high school years in places such as Dakar, Senegal; Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; and Athens, Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. Dr. Parazynski is also physiologist with expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments. In 1992 he was selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 Space Shuttle Missions and conducted 7 spacewalks (EVAs). In his 17 years as an Astronaut, he served in numerous senior leadership roles, including EVA Branch Chief and the Lead Astronaut for Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System Inspection & Repair (in the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy). Mission highlights include a global ozone mapping mission on STS-66; leading the first joint US-Russian spacewalk during STS-86 while docked to the Russian space station Mir; serving as Senator John Glenn’s crewmate and “personal physician” during STS-95; and conducting EVA assembly of the Canadian-built space station arm during STS-100. In October 2007, Dr. Parazynski led the EVA team on STS-120, a highly complex space station assembly flight, during which he performed 4 EVAs. The fourth and final EVA is regarded by many as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. During the EVA he was positioned by a 90-foot robotic boom farther than any orbiting astronaut had ever ventured from the safety of their airlock. During this EVA he had to repair a fully energized solar array wing. The tremendous coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control and other engineering experts has been likened to the Space Shuttle and Space Station era’s “Apollo 13 moment.” All told, Dr. Parazynski has spent over 8 weeks in space with more than 47 hours outside on spacewalks. While he has traveled over 23 million miles in orbit he has yet to earn a single frequent flyer mile!
In addition to being a life-long SCUBA diver and accomplished mountaineer, Scott is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine and seaplane-rated pilot with over 2,500 flight hours. He began climbing in his teens, and has climbed in the Alaska Range, the Cascades, the Rockies, the Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas. On his second attempt to scale Mt. Everest, on May 20, 2009, he became the first astronaut to stand on top of the world. Scott’s most recent events can be found his [BLOG] and [NEWS] pages. He currently serves as a Director of Business Development at Wyle Integrated Science & Engineering in Houston, Texas. He serves on the Boards of Directors of several organizations and companies, as well as on the visiting or adjunct faculty at several universities around the world. See the [ACTIVITIES] tab for further details. Dr. Parazynski has numerous publications in the field of space physiology, and has a particular expertise ihuman adaptation to stressful environments. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including: five NASA Spaceflight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, two Vladimir Komarov Diplomas from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, two Flight Achievement Awards from the American Astronomical Association, the Aviation Week Laureate Award, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award, Gold Medal from the American Institute of Polish Culture, and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club. Additionally, he a member of the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. He has given keynotes and lectures all over the world, to audiences young and old.

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