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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:06 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 24, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)

Pre-recorded discussion with Dr. Paul Hardersen of UND Space Studies regarding their new observatory program. As this is a recorded program, when you see it on the blog and the website archives, it is ready for play and podcasting.
Dr. Paul Hardersen is an Associate Professor in the Space Studies Department at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Hardersen is also the manager of the UND Observatory, although this is not a formally defined position at UND. Dr. Hardersen is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and operation of the observatory’s astronomical equipment, which includes four Internet controllable‐telescopes – three optical (one 10‐ and two 16‐inch aperture) and one radio (2.1‐meter‐diameter).



The optical telescopes can conduct astrometric, photometric, and visible‐wavelength spectroscopic research; the radio telescope conducts H I (i.e., neutral hydrogen) observations. All of the UND telescopes are a part of the Space Grant Internet Telescope Network (SGITN), which is a nascent national network of small, Internet‐controllable observatories that are available for research and education for college students. Please visit these web sites for more information: http://sgitn.space.edu, http://observatory.space.edu. Renovation and construction at the UND Observatory has been underway since 2005with the investment of ~$200,000 from university departmental, college, alumnus, and private donations. Dr. Hardersen has almost single‐handedly built this facility, located~10 miles west of Grand Forks on university property, from a non‐functioning site to a site that is now offering a multi‐wavelength, multi‐telescope research capability that can support faculty and student research projects from anywhere in the world via their remote operation. The UND Observatory boasts a capability available at few universities – most notably among those that do not have an astronomy department (like UND) or a long record of research in the astronomical sciences. It should also be noted that this entire effort is beyond Dr. Hardersen’s required job description of teaching, research, and service. The UND Observatory will be fully operational by August 2010. Since 2005, the UND Observatory has been used by students enrolled in SpSt 425: Observational Astronomy. The facilities have also been used to partially support one M.S. thesis research project and three M.S. independent study research projects. Hardersen, P.S., 2008. North Dakota Space Grant Consortium: The latest and greatest in 2008. Western Regional Space Grant meeting, Jackson, Wyoming, September 25‐27, 2008. Hardersen, P.S., 2008. Annual meeting of the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Fargo, North Dakota, September 5, 2008. Hardersen, P.S., 2007. Annual meeting of the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Fargo, North Dakota, August 23, 2008.

2. Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 26, 3-4:30 GMT)
Declan O’Donnell
of United Societies In Space returns for updates. As this program is being broadcast from Grand Forks while I am at UND teaching, there will be no toll free line access.
Declan O’Donnell is an expert on issues relating to space governance and the founder of United Societies in Space (USIS), in addition to his being a tax and securities attorney. Mr. O’Donnell is on the Mars Society Steering Committee, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Space Development Authority as well as the Lunar Economic Development Authority. He is a member and past president of the Lunar Solar Power Coalition and a member of the National Space Society. He received the Indira Gandhi Award of India for International Space Law for publishing the Space Governance Journal. Mr. O’Donnell has a superb understanding of the issues concerning the expansion of space commerce and the importance of establishing a system of space governance that will facilitate commercial space growth.

3. Friday, January 28, 2011, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Todd Neff
comes to the show to discuss his book “From Jars To The Stars: How Ball Came To Build A Comet-Hunting Machine.” His book is available on the One Giant Leap Foundation Amazon partners page at www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/books.
Todd Neff is an award-winning science and environment writer based in Denver. He covered Ball Aerospace and its Deep Impact mission while science and the environment reporter for the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, Colorado. He serves on the advisory board of the University of Colorado’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and has a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

4. Sunday, January 30, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
From Germany, Dwight Steven-Boniecki, author of the new Apogee book, “Live TV From The Moon.”
Dwight Steven-Boniecki was born in Sydney, Australia in 1969 a few months before man walked on the moon. He spent much of his childhood fascinated with space exploration – growing up in the shadow of Apollo and under the direct influence of science fiction films such as Star Wars. The latter shaping his desire to work in the film/television industry. After studying television theory at North Sydney Technical College he moved to San Diego, USA and interned at Daniels Cablevision. He returned to Australia and worked at TCN-9 before heading back to university where he majored in Psychology. Following his studies he decided that television was where he truly wanted to be and returned to the industry working for Foxtel, Australia. From there he heard about the expansion on satellite TV in Eastern Europe and jumped on a plane to work in Europe: first in Great Britain for Wizja TV, and then in Germany for CBC / RTL – where he still works today as a transmission controller. All the while, his interest in space exploration never left him. The advance of DVDs and the internet saw him revisiting the missions he recalled watching as a young child. While watching the missions again, he began to wonder about the technology behind the images he was watching, and so he began researching the television systems developed by NASA mainly to satisfy his own curiosity. To his dismay he discovered that while the information was available, it was not easy to access, and had never been comprehensively written about. He set about to change that, and ended up writing his first book, “Live TV From the Moon”. Along the way he befriended many of the people who were directly involved in building the TV cameras which transmitted arguably the most important television signals ever received on planet earth -and is proud to have been able to tell their story.

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