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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 7, 2011 10:11 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 7, 2011, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Jim Bennett
of Space Guard comes to the show. Please read his article about Space Guard at www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/proposing-a-coast-guard-for-space.



James C. Bennett has been active in space and other high-tech entrepreneurial ventures since 1978.  He was the co-founder of two private launch ventures, Starstruck and American Rocket Company (AMROC),  which revived the hybrid rocket engine such as those used by SpaceDev and The Spaceship Company.  He currently is involved in consulting on private space, project development, and writing on technology, culture, and society.  His next book, America 3.0 (co-author Michael Lotus) will be published by Encounter Books (New York) next year.”

2. Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 9, 3-4:30 GMT)
Ken Murphy
comes to the show. Ken is the new CEO for The Moon Society and will be talking to us about lunar and other space development plans.
Ken Murphy is the new president of The Moon Society, a commercial space focus organization founded in 2000 as an adjunct to The Artemis Society, an early effort to find a commercial path to the Moon.  The Moon Society (TMS) publishes the acclaimed Moon Miner’s Manifesto, which for over two decades has explored what it will take for humans to one day live and work on the Moon.
Ken comes to the space field from a non-traditional path, having over two decades of professional experience in international banking and finance, from the perspective of both investment and commercial banking.  He was a U.S. delegate to the Space Generation Forum in 1999, and received a Master of Space Studies cum laude from International Space University in 2001.  He worked program support at the NASA Academy at Goddard SFC in 2002, and has been associated with NSS of North Texas since 2003.  In 2007 he co-chaired NSS’s International Space Development Conference, and served on the NSS Board of Directors in 2008 & 2009.  He initiated a number of projects at the chapter level, including a space scholarship awarded at the local Science Fair, and a Santa Space Toy Drive to benefit disadvantaged youth in the community.  For the last three years he has organized a Moon Day event in July that brings together all of the space organizations and activities in the area to show off for the public.  Over 2000 people have taken advantage of the event to date, with many younger attendees receiving Lunar Sample Bags full of space goodies.  He’s also responsible for arranging each year’s Art Show, which continues long after the event.  This year was space-themed comic book covers (ongoing).  Tune into the show for next year’s event.

3. Sunday, November 13, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
David Portree
comes who writes the Beyond Apollo blog and is with the USGS Astrogeology Science Center.
David Portree was born a month before John Glenn became the first American in orbit. I became interested in geology, space exploration, and science fiction by the time Apollo 8 orbited the moon. I added writing, astronomy, and history to my interests by the time the Viking landers sought life on Mars. I earned a Master’s degree in History in 1987, the same year I made my first writing sale. I worked in planetariums in Illinois and Florida from 1987 to 1992. From 1992 to 1995, I served as Senior Technical Writer and Historian at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. After a brief stint as editor of Star Date magazine, I became a full-time freelance science writer in November 1995. In October 2007, I left the full-time freelance writing world to become Manager of the Regional Planetary Information Facility at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona. Astronomy, Air & Space Smithsonian, and other popular-audience magazines have carried my byline, and I have contributed more than 200 spaceflight and planetary science articles to encyclopedias. I also wrote exhibit text for the Astronaut Hall of Fame (1997), the Kansas Cosmosphere (2005), and other museums, and have contributed more than 400 scripts on a wide range of topics to the Earth & Sky, Star Date, and Earth Notes radio series (1992-2007).  I have written several histories for NASA, including Thirty Years Together: A Chronology of U.S./Soviet Space Cooperation (1993), Mir Hardware Heritage (1995), Walking to Olympus: an EVA Chronology (1997), Orbital Debris: A Chronology (1999), and Humans to Mars: Fifty Years of Mission Planning, 1950-2000 (2001). The International Academy of Astronautics gave Walking to Olympus its Napolitano Book Award in 1998. Most of my history writing at present is published on my Beyond Apollo blog. I have participated in astronomy education projects since 1986. I was education coordinator at the John Young Planetarium in Orlando, Florida (1987-89), taught classes in Illinois State University’s College for Youth (1990-1992), “commanded” Young Astronauts chapters (1986-1989), and served as vice-president of the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (1994-1995). From 2002 to 2007, I taught astronomy and conducted star parties at middle and elementary schools on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations as part of the Navajo-Hopi Astronomy Outreach Program at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. I trace my developing interest in environmental history to the seven years I spent in Houston, one of America’s most polluted, sprawling, and environmentally vulnerable cities, and to my stint as the NASA/Earth & Sky Broadcast Fellow covering the Earth Science Enterprise at Goddard Space Flight Center, near Washington, D.C. (2000). In keeping with my enthusiasm for astronomy, much of my research to date has focused on light pollution. My article “Flagstaff’s Battle for Dark Skies” won second prize in the Boeing/Griffith Observatory Science Writing Contest in 2002. I groove on genre fiction. My favorites include the reimagined Doctor Who TV series, Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin sea-tales, James Blish’s Cities in Flight tetralogy, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, and C. J. Cherryh’s Chanur pentalogy. My favorite movies are Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. My favorite Christmas movie is The Lion in Winter. This I believe: that exploration is its own justification; that just enough is plenty; that those who don’t know history are pretty much out to sea; and that everyone should work to give everyone else opportunities to achieve great things.

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