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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:59 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, January 10, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Dr. George Sowers
of ULA comes to the program.
Dr. George F. Sowers is vice president of Business Development for United Launch Alliance (ULA) headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In this role,Sowers is responsible for strategic planning, advanced technology development, advanced concept development and new business acquisition efforts. Before joining ULA, Dr. Sowers was director of Business Development & Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Space Transportation line of business located in Denver, Colo.Dr Sowers previously served as director of Mission Integration for the Atlas launch vehicle program.



In this role, he was responsible for all activities to integrate and fly satellites on Atlas launch vehicles. This included interface requirements development, mission design, dynamics and systems analysis and flight software development.Prior to this assignment, Dr. Sowers was the Chief Systems Engineer and director of the Systems Engineering and Integration Team (SEIT) for the Atlas V development program. This group was responsible for systems requirements development and verification, systems test, systems integration and systems analysis. Dr. Sowers served on the Atlas V development program from near itsinception through the first flight in 2002. Dr. Sowers began his career in the aerospace industry with Martin Marietta in 1981 on the Titan program as a flight design engineer. He left the company in 1983 to obtain his PhD. Upon his return to Martin Marietta in 1988, Dr. Sowers assumed a number of increasingly responsible positions on the Titan program culminating in the role of Deputy Chief Engineer.Dr. Sowers received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Georgia Tech in 1980, and obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Colorado in 1988..

2. Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 12, 3-4:30 GMT)
Mary Roach
returns to discuss her book “Stiff.”
Mary Roach grew up in a small house in Etna, New Hampshire. My dad was 65 when I was born. My neighbors taught me how to drive a Skidoo and shoot a rifle, though I never made much use of these skills. I graduated from Wesleyan in 1981, and drove out to San Francisco with some friends. I spent a few years working as a freelance copy editor before landing a half-time PR job at the SF Zoo. My office was in a trailer next to Gorilla World. On the days when I wasn’t taking calls about elephant wart removal surgery or denying rumors that the cheetahs had been sucked dry by fleas, I wrote freelance articles for the local newspaper’s Sunday magazine. Eventually, my editors there moved on to bigger things and took me along with them. I mostly write books these days, but I still write the occasional magazine piece. These have run in Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as many others too embarrassing to name. A 1995 article of mine called “How to Win at Germ Warfare” was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and in 1996, my article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award in the general interest magazine category, for which I was, let’s be honest, the only entrant. I often write about science, though I don’t have a science degree and must fake my way through interviews with experts I can’t understand. I also review books for The New York Times. My first book, Stiff, was an offshoot of a column I wrote for Salon.com. It was sort of a reported humor column, wherein I covered things like vaginal weight-lifting and amputee bowling leagues and the question of how much food it takes to burst a human stomach. I have no hobbies. I mostly just work on my books and hang out with my family and friends. I enjoy bird-watching–though the hours don’t agree with me–backpacking, thrift stores, overseas supermarkets, Scrabble, mangoes, and that late-night “Animal Planet” show about horrific animals such as the parasitic worm that attaches itself to fishes’ eyeballs but makes up for it by leading the fish around.

4. Friday, January 14, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
John S. Lewis
is Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona. He was previously a Professor of Planetary Sciences at MIT and Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research interests are related to the application of chemistry to astronomical problems, including the origin of the Solar System, the evolution of planetary atmospheres, the origin of organic matter in planetary environments, the chemical structure and thermal history of icy satellites, the hazards of comet and asteroid bombardment of Earth, and the extraction, processing, and use of the energy and material resources of nearby space. He has chaired several conferences on the economic development and colonization of space. He served on the Board of Directors of American Rocket Company (AmRoc) during the development of hybrid rocket motors for the private launch business, a process that culminated in the use of an AmRoc-designed motor to propel SpaceShipOne to an altitude of over 100 km and win astronaut’s wings for its pilots in 2004. He has served as a member or Chairman of a wide variety of NASA and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) advisory committees and review panels. He has written, edited, or translated 19 books, including graduate and undergraduate planetary science texts and popular science books, and has authored over 150 scientific publications. He has given invited lectures at M.I.T., Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and Brown Universities, Dartmouth College, the University of Maine, Wellesley College, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Williams College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Old Dominion, University of Maryland, Wheeling Jesuit University, Georgia Tech, the College of Wooster, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Colorado, Western Louisiana State University, Maharishi International University, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Northern Idaho State University, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of California campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Berkeley, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego, California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Stanford University, NASA Headquarters, NASA Ames, Goddard, and Johnson Research Centers, the University of Paris, the University of Istanbul, Kyoto University, Peking University (Bei Jing Da Shue), the Centers for Space Science and Applied Research and for Lunar Missions of the Chinese Academy of Science, and Tsinghua University (Qing Hua Da Shue). He is a regular commentator on Chinese civil space missions on China Central Television CCTV9, Including the Shenzhou 6 & 7 manned missions and the Chang’e 1 & 2 lunar missions. Dr. Lewis is the author of the well known, respected and popular book, Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets. He is presently retired and living and writing in Anacortes, Washington.

5. Sunday, January 16, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Spudis
and Anthony (Tony) Lavoie come regarding their recent published paper, “Mission and Implementation of an Affordable Lunar Return.”

Dr. Paul D. Spudis is Principal Investigator in the Planetary Geology Program of the NASA Office of Space Science, Solar System Exploration Division, specializing in research on the processes of impact and volcanism on the planets. Served on NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Sample Team (LAPST), which advises allocations of lunar samples for scientific research, the Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LEXSWG),that devised scientific strategies of lunar exploration, and the Planetary Geology Working Group, which monitors overall directions in the planetary research community. Served on the Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), an advisory committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Synthesis Group, a White House panel that in 1990-1991, analyzed a return to the Moon to establish a base and the first human mission to Mars. Member, Presidential Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, 2004. Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994. Principal Investigator, mini-SAR experiment on Indian Chandrayaan mission to the Moon, 2008. Team member, mini-RF technology demonstration experiment, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to the Moon, 2008.

Please visit http://chandra.nasa.gov/lavoie.html for Tony’s NASA bio. Tony Lavoie has been named director of the newly created Space Systems Programs/Projects Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lavoie will lead the Marshall organization responsible for the execution of Space Systems Programs and Projects supporting NASA’s science and exploration activities. The organization also will provide International Space Station support, including production of eight new racks to house experiments on board the Station, as well as design and production of a life support system to supply clean water and air for the Space Station crew. The Space Systems office — with roughly 180 civil service employees — also is responsible for Nodes 2 and 3 – Space Station connectors for international laboratories in space — and three Multipurpose Logistics Modules, or “moving vans,” that will carry laboratory racks via the Space Shuttle to and from the Station. The organization also is in charge of the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory Program Office, overseeing operations of the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope, as well as pursuing advanced concepts such as space solar power and space elevators. The Space Systems office also manages Gravity Probe B — the current mission testing Einstein’s theory of relativity. “I am very excited about assuming responsibilities to lead a new office of incredibly diverse activities, including a team managing some of the most important NASA missions to explore our Solar System — the Discovery and New Frontiers Program,”said Lavoie. “Our space systems team continues to do great work while at the same time is preparing to make a significant contribution to the Vision for Space Exploration — calling for NASA to return humans to the Moon, then travel to Mars and beyond. Change brings new possibilities, and we will help make those possibilities reality.” Lavoie most recently served as director of the Flight Projects Directorate, responsible for project management, design, development, integration, testing, and operations of ground and flight systems for the International Space Station, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and other programs. He previously held positions, including deputy director of Flight Projects, manager of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, launched in July 1999, as well as chief engineer for the Tethered Satellite System Project and chief of telescope and science instruments for the Chandra Chief Engineer Office. In 2000, Lavoie received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his work with the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He also received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1992 for his performance as lead for the Spacelab Instrument Pointing System on the Astro-1 Mission — the Space Shuttle-borne, astronomical observatory that combined observations from four telescopes to make simultaneous observations of 130 objects in space; and a Marshall Center Director’s Commendation in 1986 for his contribution to the Spacelab 2 Mission — a microgravity science laboratory that carried hundreds of experiments inside the Space Shuttle’s payload bay. Lavoie received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1981 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

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