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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:46 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, April 25, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Dr. Thomas Jones
, retired astronaut and planetary scientist, returns to discuss the retirement of the Space Shuttle and more.
Dr. Tom Jones, retired astronaut. Thomas D. Jones, Ph.D. is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences, and in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit.



On his last flight in 2001, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He’s been privileged to spend fifty-three days working and living in space. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, Tom piloted B-52D strategic bombers, studied asteroids for NASA, engineered intelligence-gathering systems for the CIA, and as a NASA contractor, developed advanced mission concepts to explore the solar system. Tom writes frequently on space exploration and aviation history in magazines such as Air and Space Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Flight Journal, and World War II History. He is the co-author of two books for young adults, Mission: Earth and The Scholastic Encyclopedia of the United States at War. He co-wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to NASA (Alpha, 2002), and his newest title is Sky Walking: An Astronaut’s Memoir, published in February 2006 by Smithsonian Books – Collins. Dr. Jones’ awards include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, four NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service Award, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He is active in the current debate over the future direction of America’s space exploration program. Dr. Jones consults, writes, and speaks from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

2. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 27, 2-3:30 GMT)
Former NASA Administrator Dr. Michael Griffin. Listeners wanting to call with a question must be civil, respectful and succinct. One short question/comment please so everyone will have an opportunity to talk with Dr. Griffin. Email questions are welcome but they too must be civil, respectful, and succinct. One tightly worded short question/comment per email. I will not have time to read long emails on air or to edit what you write.
NASA Administrator (2005-2009).  Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate, Michael Griffin began his duties as the 11th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on April 14, 2005. As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the U.S. Vision for Space Exploration (VSE).  Prior to being nominated as NASA Administrator, Griffin was serving as Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. He was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of In-Q-Tel, Inc., and also served in several positions within Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va., including Chief Executive Officer of Orbital’s Magellan Systems division and General Manager of the Space Systems Group.  Earlier in his career, Griffin served as chief engineer and as associate administrator for exploration at NASA, and as deputy for technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, where he taught courses in spacecraft design, applied mathematics, guidance and navigation, compressible flow, computational fluid dynamics, spacecraft attitude control, astrodynamics and introductory aerospace engineering. He is the lead author of more than two dozen technical papers, as well as the textbook, “Space Vehicle Design.”  A registered professional engineer in Maryland and California, Griffin is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics, an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the AIAA Space Systems Medal, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given to a non-government employee.   Griffin received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master’s degree in aerospace science from Catholic University of America; a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California; a master’s degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University; a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College; and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University. He is a certified flight instructor with instrument and multiengine ratings.

3. Friday, April 29, 2011, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Rand Simberg
returns to the program. We will be discussing congress and space policy, plus much more.
Rand Simberg is a former project manager with Rockwell International having previously worked at the Aerospace Corporation. At Rockwell, he worked on a number of advanced concepts, including solar power satellites, launch and orbit transfer systems, space tethers, and lunar resource utilization. He has been cited as an expert in space transportation by the (now defunct) Office of Technology Assessment, and has provided key input into a number of space policy reports. He was editor of the Space Activists’ Handbook (a publication of Spacepac) for several years. For the past ten years, he has been the President of Interglobal Space Lines, Inc., a commercial space entrepreneurial company and consultancy, specializing in low-cost space access and tourism. He has dual degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan (concentrating in astronautics) and a masters in technical management from West Coast University, in Los Angeles. He formerly published a weekly column at Fox News on line, and maintains a weblog on space policy and a range of other topics at www.transterrestrial.com.

4. Sunday, May 1, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
OPEN Lines
. Note there will be no email, no chat for this program, only the toll free phone line will be available. We welcome new participants, new ideas, new and fresh comments. Hashing over the same old things does not get us very far nor does it make for an interesting Space Show program. So newcomers and everything fresh and new is welcome from everyone. Remember, callers only for this program.

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