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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:13 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 29, 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Rt. Reverend James Heiser
comes to the program to discuss his new book, “Civilization and the New Frontier:  Reflections on Virtue and the Settlement of The New World.” Rev. Heiser is a frequent speaker at Mars Society conferences. This book will be available at www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books.



The Rt. Rev. James Heiser has served as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America since 2006. He was ordained in 1995 and has served congregations in Illinois and Texas. He also serves as Dean of Missions of The Augustana Ministerium and as member of the Board of Directors and Steering Committee of The Mars Society.  Heiser holds degrees in Political Science (BA-George Washington University) and Theology (M.Div. and S.T.M.-Concordia Theological Seminary). His published works include three books (”The Office of the Ministry in N. Hunnius’ Epitome Credendorum” [1996], and “A Shining City on a Higher Hill: Christianity and the Next New World” [2006] and “Civilization and the New Frontier” [2010]).

2. Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST (December 1, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. J. Richard Gott
of Princeton University comes to the show. Among the many topics to discuss with Dr. Gott will be his new book, “Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective” and his Copernican argument for space colonization, his time travel work, plus discussions about cosmology and more.  His book will be available at www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books.

J. Richard Gott is noted for his contributions to cosmology and general relativity. He has received the Robert J. Trumpler Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Astronomical League Award, and Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was for many years Chair of the Judges for the Westinghouse and Intel Science Talent Search. His paper “On the Infall of Matter into Clusters of Galaxies and Some Effects on Their Evolution” co-authored with Jim Gunn has received over 1500 citations. He proposed that the clustering pattern of galaxies in the universe should be spongelike–a prediction now confirmed by numerous surveys. He discovered exact solutions to Einstein’s field equations for the gravitational field around one cosmic string (in 1985) and two moving cosmic strings (in 1991). This second solution has been of particular interest because, if the strings move fast enough, at nearly the speed of light, time travel to the past can occur. His paper with Li-Xin Li, “Can the Universe Create Itself?” explores the idea of how the laws of physics may permit the universe to be its own mother. His book Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe was selected by Booklist as one of four “Editors’ Choice” science books for 2001. He has published papers on map projections in Cartographica. His picture has appeared Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. He wrote an article on time travel for Time magazine as part of its cover story on the future (April 10, 2000). His and Mario Juric’s Map of the Universe appeared in the New York Times (January 13, 2004), New Scientist, and Astronomy. Gott and Juric are in Guinness World Records 2006 for finding the largest structure in the universe: the Sloan Great Wall of Galaxies (1.37 billion light years long). Gott’s Copernican argument for space colonization was the subject of an article in the New York Times (July 17, 2007).

3. Friday, December 3, 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Constance Adams
returns for space architecture updates including work on closed loop life support systems for long duration spaceflight.

Constance Adams is a NASA consultant and space architect. Constance Adams is one of a growing number of architects who have worked at NASA in recent years on human systems, that is, the usable design of spacecraft and space missions. Having studied sociology at Harvard and received a Masters of Architecture from Yale, she spent two years apprenticing with Kenzo Tange Associates in Tokyo and an additional four years working on commercial and master planning projects in Berlin before landing at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In the seven years that she has been practicing space architecture, she has developed designs for a wide array of projects, including a Crew Return Vehicle, two Mars surface habitats, a transit spacecraft [TransHab] for planetary exploration, and the Orbital Space Plane. Most recently, she supported the NASA Mission Science console and the Mission Control Center for the Columbia flight STS-107 and is currently designing crew station hardware for the International Space Station Medical System. Ms. Adams is currently working on a concept for architectural energy displacement and organic systems integration that includes sustainable buildings as well as a new approach to heat shielding for reusable spacecraft, and is also writing a book on NASA and the culture of Great Projects. She has recently initiated an effort called “Water for Two Worlds” to coordinate transfer of advanced life support technologies from the space program to the United Nations for support of sustainable sanitation in developing countries, and is a founding editor of MotherShip, the Journal of Sustainability and Aerospace Architecture.

4. Sunday, December 5, 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
. What’s on your space mind? Share it with us on this program using the toll free number, 1-866-687-7223. New callers, listeners, and participants are most welcome to join in.

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