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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:31 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, February 13, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
returns to discuss policy, the NASA budget and more.
Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his new website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) was just released in paperback. The book tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built.



It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored GENESIS, THE STORY OF APOLLO 8 (published by Four Walls Eight Windows in 1998), telling the family and political tale behind the first human journey to another world, and THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, INVENTION & TECHNOLOGY, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

2. Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 16, 3-4:30 GMT)
returns to discuss the upcoming Contact Conference in Sunnyvale, CA March 30-April 1, 2012. For information, see the conference website at http://contact-conference.org.
Jim Funaro is the founder of CONTACT, an annual conference which brings together space scientists, science fiction writers and artists to explore humanity’s futures (visit www.contact-conference.com). Jim is professor emeritus in anthropology at Cabrillo College, which has honored him with its highest award for teaching excellence. Publications demonstrating his research interests are “Anthropologists a Culture Designers for Offworld Colonies” and “On the Cultural Impact of Extraterrestrial Contact.” His career has emphasized the connections between the arts and the sciences. Besides his graduate degrees in Anthropology, he has a BA cum laude in Literature and is a published poet; he won the American Anthropological Association’s 1997 prize for poetry with “The Dancing Stones of Callanish.

3. Friday, February 17, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (16:30-18 GMT)
returns to discuss the recent IAC in Cape Town, South Africa and her discussions with the leaders of the South African space program.
Marsha Freeman is the author of hundreds of articles on the U.S. space program–the Space Shuttle, space station, NASA science programs, space agency budgets, the history of the German space pioneers, the Soviet and Russian space programs, space medicine and biology, and the Japanese and European space programs, magneto hydrodynamics energy conversion, hydrogen technology, applications of superconductivity, the electricity industry and technology, plasma technologies, fusion energy, nuclear technology, and magnetically levitated transportation systems. She has published in Fusion Magazine, Executive Intelligence Review magazine, 21st Century Science & Technology magazine, Acta Astronautica, Space World magazine, New Federalist newspaper, Science Books & Films, Space Governance Journal, The World & I, Quest Magazine,The Encyclopedia of the Midwest, and other periodicals. Author of How We Got to the Moon: The Story of the German Space Pioneers, published by 21st Century Science Associates, 1993; and the German translation, Hin Zu Neuen Welten: Die Geschichte der Deutschen Raumfahrt-Pioniere, published by Dr. Bottiger Verlags-GmbH, 1995. Author of Challenges of Human Space Exploration, published by Springer/Praxis, 2000. Editor of the up-coming History of Rocketry and Astronautics volume, published by the American Astronautics Society, of proceedings of the History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, at the 57th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, Valencia, Spain, October 2006. Witness before the United States Congress at hearings on science, energy, space, and transportation budgets and policies. Invited speaker at conferences and symposia on energy, space, and technology topics; guest lecturer at New York University; invited speaker by the AIAA and NASA Ames Research Center; and presenter at International Astronautical Federation Congresses, including a Memoir of Krafft Ehricke, a Memoir of Arthur Rudolph, and paper on the history of the Apollo program. Currently – Technology Editor, Executive Intelligence Review Magazine & Associate Editor, 21st Century Science & Technology Magazine

4. Sunday, February 19, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
returns for his perspectives on the NASA budget, policy, and more.
James A. M. (Jim) Muncy is the President and founder of PoliSpace. Mr. Muncy started PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy, in early 2000 to help space entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs succeed at the nexus of space business, technology, and public affairs. His clients include several firms in the emerging private human space flight industry and companies offering commercial services to NASA spaceflight programs. His first client was the U.S. Air Force’s Military Space Plane program. Immediately prior to establishing this consultancy, Muncy spent over five years working in the U.S. Congress. From 1997 until 2000 he served on the Professional Staff of the House Science Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. In addition to being Chairman Dana Rohrabacher’s staff designee, Muncy held the lead responsibility on issues and programs such as reusable launch vehicles, human space flight commercialization, military space technology, export control reform, range modernization, and future NASA programs. Prior to this, Muncy spent over two years on Rep. Rohrabacher’s personal staff as his Legislative Assistant for Space. Prior to joining congressional staff at the start of 1995, Muncy had spent several years as a space policy and marketing consultant for various clients including NASA, NOAA, private industry, and the not-for-profit space community. In the mid-1980’s he worked for two and a half years as a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Reagan, where he served as the White House’s Staff Liaison to the National Commission on Space. Muncy began his work in space policy in 1981 as a staff advisor in the Office of Congressman Newt Gingrich, where he helped Mr. Gingrich co-found the Congressional Space Caucus and promote visionary space policy legislation and initiatives. A long-time leader in the space advocacy community, Muncy co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation in 1988 and served as its Chairman of the Board for six years. Earlier he had served on the Board of Directors of both the National Space Society and the L5 Society. He is a frequent speaker and writer on space policy issues. Mr. Muncy holds an MS in Space Studies from the Center for Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

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