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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:57 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 22, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. Steven Moore
and Dr. Valentina Dilda come regarding their research with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute on tricking the brain to simulate realistic space experiences.

Mt. Sinai Associate Professor Dr. Steven Moore has been deeply involved with the human spaceflight program for 15 years, including five as a researcher for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Moore is currently developing a Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) system that safely induces the sensory and mobility disturbances commonly experienced by astronauts after returning to Earth’s gravity. The system could be used as an operational training tool for future long-duration missions.



In addition to his NSBRI work, Moore has worked with NASA and the European Space Agency on in- and post-flight assessment of astronaut sensorimotor function. A critical aspect of Dr. Moore’s space research has been translation of technologies developed by the Human Aerospace Laboratory to clinical Earth-based applications. Ambulatory motion capture technology has been used to improve assessment and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and laptop-based eye tracking systems have been used to assess patients with Chagas disease and diabetes in remote areas of Bolivia and Peru.

Mt. Sinai postdoctoral researcher Dr. Valentina Dilda has been involved in research examining the relationship between the motor system of the brain and cognitive abilities, as well as motor- related anatomical and functional brain circuits in human visual perception and action. Her research involves the interdisciplinary synthesis of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, physiology and computational vision. Dr. Dilda is currently testing cognitive and motor deficits induced by Galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS). The GVS system, developed as a means to replicate the effects of spaceflight on sensorimotor function, has been shown through her research to not only induce motor imbalance, but also to affect egocentric perceptual ability and memory tasks. Dr. Dilda is also assessing the relationship between GVS and motion sickness by developing optimal parameters of exposure.

2. Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 24, 3-4:30 GMT)
Chris Stott
returns to the show.
Christopher (Chris) Stott is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ManSat, an orbital frequencies and regulatory services company with clients throughout North America headquartered on the Isle of Man with offices in London and Houston. Chris also serves on the Main Board of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the International Institute of Space Commerce (IISC), and is a Co-Chair of the School of Business and Management of the International Space University (ISU) where he also serves as both faculty and as a Main Board Trustee of the University.  He is also presently the Chairman of the Manna Energy Foundation and a Vice Chairman of the United Space School Foundation in Houston, Texas. In November 2010, Chris was named Isle of Man Business Person of the Year in the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence. In September 2003, Chris Stott was appointed Honorary Representative of the Isle of Man Government to the Space Community by the Island’s Chief Minister and Council of Ministers.  He continues to serve in this position today. Chris left his position as Director of International Commercialization & Sales with Lockheed Martin Space Operations’ $3.4 billion Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC) in Houston to found ManSat Limited in July 2000.  Chris came to Lockheed Martin from the Boeing Space & Communications Company in Huntington Beach, California, where he worked International Business Development for the Delta Launch Vehicle program. Chris has also worked extensively in British and American politics as an Office Manager, Staff Aide, and Speech Writer in the British House of Commons and House of Lords, and as an Intern in the US Senate and as a political Aide on two US Presidential Campaigns. Prior to his work in space, Chris was Special Projects Director with Life Education International, a children’s health education and drug prevention program and United Nations Non Governmental Organization (N.G.O.). Educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England, Chris attended the University of Kent, Canterbury where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honours, in American Studies Politics and Government. While at Canterbury, Chris also received a Diploma from the University of California, San Diego where he studied International Relations at the University of California and Marine Policy and at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Chris also holds his Masters Degree in Space Studies (MSC) from the International Space University (ISU), having graduated from the first class of ISU’s MSS program in Strasbourg in July 1996.  In addition to his work with the International Institute of Space Commerce and the International Space University, Chris is also an Adjunct Professor of Space Law at the University of Houston Clear Lake in Clear Lake, Texas, a visiting lecturer at the Bates School of Law at the University of Houston, and is also a lecturer in Space Law for the United Space School Foundation of Houston, Texas. A published Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the International Institute of Space Commerce, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Chris was the co-author of Europe’s first work on space privatization and commercialization, “A Space For Enterprise; the aerospace industries after government monopoly”, Stott & Watson, Adam Smith Institute, London, 1994. Chris has also contributed to a number of other publications, most recently “Space Commerce”, Morris & Cox, 2010. Chris was a founder member of the British Space Education Council and remains active in supporting space education initiatives.  He is also an avid shot (rifle, pistol, skeet & trap), SCUBA diver, and is presently working towards his Rotorcraft Pilots’ license. He is also a Member of the Reform Club.

3. Friday, November 26, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Frank Stratford
from Melbourne, Australia returns to the show to discuss his Oct. 4, 2010 Space Review article on Mars. Please see “The Relevance of Mars”,www.thespacereview.com/article/1705/1. It is strongly recommended that you read the article before listening to this discussion.

Frank Stratford was born during the closing days of the Apollo era in Australia, a nation without a space program. His interests and skills were focused on the subjects of space exploration since the age of 8 when the space shuttle first started operating. Frank started work at an early age and following 15 years running his own business in landscaping and horticulture, he went onto gain senior level management experience within the automotive parts industry with his own company Dynamic Fuel Solutions before moving into the IT sector as Financial Services Compliance Officer at United Electrical Engineering today. Parallel to this, he had been active within the non-profit sector leading teams of social workers and acting as a volunteer counselor and adviser. His intense interest in space and Mars lead him to leadership roles at ‘Red Colony’ and the ‘Mars Society’ where, in 2005, he founded ‘MarsDrive’ and has been working diligently at overcoming the issues that hold humanity back from a potential future in space. Along with organizing for such events as ISDC 2006 and 2007 or lecturing at Mars Society conferences, he has also contributed many thought-provoking articles on Mars and space exploration, some of which can be found in publications like “Australian Sky and Telescope”, “Metro UK”, “The Space Review” and “Red Colony.” On the subject of what we can do to get into space, Frank has stated, “The future of our expansion into space and onto Mars is really up to each of us as individuals. If there remains no generation to step up to make the decision to go, who will?” As CEO of MarsDrive, his vision is to see people everywhere enjoy the wonder of their own space adventures, including such programs as orbital space tourism, a Moon base and a crewed Mars mission and colony within the next two decades.

4. Sunday, November 28, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Chris McKay
, astrobiologist at NASA Ames returns to discuss Mars and much more.

Dr. Christopher P. McKay is a Planetary Scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames. Chris received his Ph.D. in Astro Geophysics from the University of Colorado in 1982 and has been a research scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center since that time. His current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human settlements. Chris been involved in research in Mars-like environments on Earth, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys, Siberian, the Canadian Arctic, and the Atacama desert in Chile to study life in these Mars-like environments. Dr. McKay be updating us on his new work in the Atacama desert as well as a variety of issues dealing with Mars, the rovers, and planetary science.

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