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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:22 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 20, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
returns to discuss policy, the NASA budget and more.
Dr. Jeff Bell has his B.S. (Physics + Astronomy) Univ. of Michigan 1977 M.S. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1979 Ph.D. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1984. From 1984-2000 he was Professor of Planetary Science, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, Univ. of Hawaii, he conducted research on mineralogical composition of asteroids from visible and IR reflection spectroscopy, he was a Science Team Member, Comet Rendezvous / Asteroid Flyby spacecraft (1984-88), and the Principal Investigator on several space mission proposals.



Since 2003 Dr. Bell has written a semi-regular opinion column on space policy and technology for web site SpaceDaily.com, attempting to bring a more skeptical and realistic perspective to the pro-space community

2. Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (February 22, 3-4:30 GMT)
returns. Bob will be discussing his new book and his latest article in the National Review Online regarding the saving of the Mars program per the President’s proposed FY 13 budget. See www.nationalreview.com/articles/291099/obama-wrecks-mars-program-robert-zubrin.
Dr. Robert Zubrin is a noted author and the Founder of The Mars Society. The Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Dr. Zubrin is also President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. Dr. Zubrin was formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 100 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and was a member of Lockheed Martin’s “scenario development team” charged with developing broad new strategies for space exploration. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing the “Mars Direct” mission plan, a strategy which by using Martian resources, allows a human Mars exploration program to be conducted at a cost 1/8th that previously estimated by NASA. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space Smithsonian, Popular Science, Omni, Space News, and many other publications. He is the holder of two US Patents, and has two more pending. In addition to his technical publications, Dr. Zubrin is the author of “The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must,” published by Simon and Schuster’s Free Press Division in Oct. 1996, and “Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization,” published by Tarcher Putnam in Aug. 1999, and “Mars on Earth” published by Tarcher Penguin in Sept. 2003. His book, “The Holy Land,” is a science fiction satire of the current situation in the Middle East. Dr. Zubrin has also written a play about Benedict Arnold. His latest book, “How To Live On Mars: A Trusty Guidebook To Surviving And Thriving On The Red Planet,” is a must read

3. Friday, February 24, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (16:30-18 GMT)
of Draper Labs comes. Dr. Bickford will be discussing antimatter and other advanced propulsion concepts.
Jim Bickford is currently a senior member of the technical staff at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. As a Draper staff member he has led nearly a dozen internal and external programs that range from very early stage development to fielding hardware systems. In particular, he conceived of and led a program funded by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) that looked at the natural production and mining of antiparticles for space missions. The program investigated the generation of antiproton radiation belts in planetary magnetospheres and developed advanced concepts for anti-proton storage and propulsion built around the concept of extracting antiparticles from the belts. He also supervised a MIT MS student thesis on the topic. Jim Bickford has also been active in a number of other areas. He was the technology development lead for the Draper/MIT Crew Exploration Vehicle study and the chair of the NASA Concept Exploration & Refinement technology infusion panel. He was also the Draper lead on a sensor for studying the chemistry of planetary surfaces and a program focused on networks of buoyant weather probes. Recently he has also been active in the energy sector and has developed a sensor to improve the efficiency of fossil fuel plants. Related to this, he was the program manager of a program focused on producing low cost health monitoring systems for equipment in power plants and was the Draper technical lead for an effort studying the use of clathrates for gas compression and carbon capture. He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in 1997 and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts in 1999.

4. Sunday, February 26, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
returns for his perspectives on the NASA budget, policy, and more.
Mark Whittington is a writer and space policy analyst residing in Houston, Texas. He is the author of “Children of Apollo,” an alternate history novel set during the early space program and “The Last Moonwalker.” Mr. Whittington also writes numerous articles about space topics in USA Today, the LA Times, the Houston Chronicle, the online magazine Washington Dispatch, and internet content sites Finetuning.com and AssociatedContent.com. He runs a blog call Curmudgeons Corner at http://curmudgeons.blogspot.com.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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