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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:36 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 23, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss his new book, “Cosmic Heritage: Evolution From the Big Bang to Conscious Life.”
Peter Shaver is Canadian, obtained a B.Sc in Engineering Physics at Queen’s University in Ontario and a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Sydney in Australia, and spent most of his career as a senior scientist at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), based in Munich.



He has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific papers, and edited six books on astronomy and astrophysics. His interests have included radio sources in our galaxy, large atoms in space, radio galaxies, quasars, large-scale structure and the reionization of the universe. A member of various international organizations and committees, he served as President of the International Astronomical Union’s Division on Galaxies and the Universe. He was instrumental in the establishment of Europe’s participation in the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project, which is presently nearing completion amongst the high Andes of northern Chile. Now retired, he and his Australian wife split their time between Sydney, Toronto, and Europe, and he devotes himself to broadening his horizons in science, in the process having recently written a book entitled “Cosmic Heritage: Evolution from the Big Bang to Conscious Life”.

2. Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 25, 3-4:30 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss nuclear propulsion and energy for space development and travel.
Dr. Steven Howe is the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), a division of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. USRA is a scientific research and advanced technology company at the forefront of space-related investigations.  The CSNR is one of thirteen centers operated by USRA and is the only one associated with a DOE National Laboratory. The CSNR is engaged in facilitating research and education of nuclear technologies for space exploration, and is currently investigating the development of a radioisotope-powered long-range, long-lived Mars Hopper as well as the fabrication of fuels for nuclear reactors for power and propulsion in space. Dr. Howe joined USRA from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Holding various positions, Dr. Howe was employed with LANL for just under twenty-two years. His most recent position was in the Thermonuclear Applications group of LANL’s Applied Physics Division. In this capacity, he investigated the importance of energetic nuclear reactions in modeling the physics of extreme plasma environments. While at LANL, Dr. Howe engaged in both technical and program development, with research interests focused on medium-energy particle physics and nuclear weapons physics. He developed new programs for the Laboratory in the areas of advanced space propulsion, space exploration technologies, bio-medical instrumentation, defense programs, nuclear systems, and hypersonic flight. During this time, Dr. Howe also worked in the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a major research facility at LANL that comprises a high-intensity, 800 MeV proton beam to perform research in neutron scattering, proton radiography, fast-neutron physics, and radioisotope production.  Dr. Howe served as the Principal Investigator on 3 Phase I SBIR and 1 Phase II SBIR awards. These awards dealt with the development of a low energy beam line of antiprotons at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab, as well as antimatter storage concepts, and antimatter driven space propulsion concepts. Dr. Howe also served as the Principal Investigator on four grants from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts.  In recent years, Dr. Howe has been heavily involved in developing small businesses to commercialize the use of antiprotons. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of Hbar technologies, LLC, a company pursuing the development of a low energy source of antiprotons for use in a variety of applications, including Homeland Security and medical treatments involving radiotherapy for inoperable tumors. He is also a co-founder and shareholder of Greenlight Industries, Inc, which is in the process of developing a new, high-efficiency, power conversion system for hybrid cars.  Dr. Howe has authored over fifty technical papers and has made numerous television appearances on networks such as PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and Sci-Fi to discuss space and rocketry. In addition to his regular activities, Dr. Howe is an avid author of fiction. His novella, Wrench and Claw, appeared in Analog Magazine, and he has also published a novel titled, Honor Bound Honor Born. The book details the possible development of the first commercial base on the Moon. Dr. Howe received his B.S. degree and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University, where he was the recipient of the ERDA Fellowship and the Associated Western Universities Fellowship..

3. Friday, January 27, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (16:30-18 GMT)
returns to discuss Accelerating the Future: The Importance of Human Achievements Beyond LEO Within a Decade and his excellent weekly FISO teleconferences
Dr. Thronson’s responsibilities include identification, assessment, and advocacy for advanced human/robotic programs at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in coordination with other NASA Centers, industry, and the scientific community. Recently, he has led in proposing multiple technology experiments on ISS, using the ISS as a test bed for future large optical systems in space, and concepts for future long-duration habitats in free space. He has served as the program scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Spitzer Space Telescope (SIRTF), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), among other missions. Dr. Thronson received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1978 from the University of Chicago and has been a faculty member and on the senior staff of the Universities of Arizona and Wyoming, and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. He has published more than 100 research papers and co-edited 12 books.

4. Sunday, January 29, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Open Lines
. All topics are welcomed. First time callers are encouraged to call the program. Remember, calls work much better for OL than emails. Also, be succinct. I am receiving lots of complaints that I give too much time to callers and it distracts from having more points of view and comments than just from the usual callers. So please, be succinct. Let’s make OL a rich environment for as many callers and topics as possible. See below for a list a possible discussion topics.
For this Open Lines discussion, we can discuss Russian claims of U.S. involvement in the failed Phobos-Grunt Mission, Iranian claims of their flying saucer taking out our drone, NASA adding about $375 million to the Orion program, a recent article on Parabolic Arc about Branson building his fortune on OPM, the U.S. rejection of the European Code of Conduct followed by the announcement of the probable U.S. version of such a plan for space (International Code of Conduct), James Webb Space Telescope updates, the latest on the worldwide launch stats, the Space X announced delay of the Falcon 9/Dragon flight that was scheduled for early next month, and more. Your topics are also welcome. Anything and everything is fair game.

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Be sure not to miss Peter Shaver's contribution.

He is one of the small but fast growing group of individuals leaning toward to the appreciation of a wider evolutionary process that extends beyond biology.

Others who have drawn attention to this kind of interpretation for parts of his process include George Basalla (The Evolution of Technology), Robert M Hazen (Mineral Evolution), Kevin Kelly (What Technology Wants) and Steven Johnson (Where Good Iseas Come From) Williams & Fruasto Da Silva (The Chemistry of Evolution)

In The Cosmic Heritage, Peter Shaver "connects the dots" right through from The big bang to human consciousness.

The model outlined very informally in my own latest book "The Goldilocks Effect: What Has Serendipity Ever Done For Us? similarly posits an evolutionary continuum but includes the evolution of technology as an autonomous extension. It also makes what I believe if a meaningful future projection. Which, if correct, could have very significant consequences for the fate of our species.

It can be downloaded for free at the "Unusual Perspectives" website.
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