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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 9, 2012 5:46 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 9, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Drs. John Jurist
and Haym Benaroya return regarding out letters and opinion pieces on space policy. Prior to show time, draft copies of these letters will be posted on The Space Show blog. Your feedback and comments are welcome. Please post your comments/feedback on the blog, do not send them to in via email. Any emails I receive will be posted in full on the blog under the sender’s name but we prefer that you post your comments and feedback yourself as we want this to be a transparent process. Our plan is to refine this material based on our Space Show discussion and your input, then submit the letters for publication.

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Dr. Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He has degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine earned while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Medical School’s Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications and organized a metabolic bone disease laboratory for translational research. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in a precursor to telemedicine. In the business arena, he created and ran a biomedical engineering consulting firm, was president of a highly successful outpatient surgical center, and founded a nonprofit medical research institute and ran it for four years — it now has an eight figure annual research budget. Dr. Jurist is a proven expert on running a business and evaluating a business plan. He is now applying his experience to the developing NewSpace industry as an early investor in several small NewSpace corporations, supported R&D in others with corporate grants, and has partly funded academic propulsion and robotics research groups at multiple universities. Among other professional organizations, he is currently a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an Emeritus member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society. His teaching and research activities revolve around his present positions of Adjunct Professor of Space Studies in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND and Adjunct Professor of Biophysics and Aviation at Rocky Mountain College.

Dr. Haym Benaroya
is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also a noted lecturer at national and international space conferences and a space advocate. He received both his Ph.D. and Masters in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Benaroya’s space interests include the modeling of space and lunar base structures, space business and technology transfer, as well as the economic and political factors affecting space commerce. Dr. Benaroya has published many space related articles in peer review publications, especially concerning lunar structures and engineering.

2. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (April 11, 2-3:30 GMT)
Jim Lewis
returns on Communication Concepts in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Jim will be speaking about the satellite conference and more space news and events on the Florida Space Coast.
Jim Lewis of the Deep Space Communication Network. Jim Lewis is Vice President and General Manager of Communications Concepts, Inc. and Managing Director of Deep Space Communications Network. Jim founded in CCI in 1978 and DSCN in January 2005. He has over 30 years direct professional experience in the audio visual production industry. He has produced and directed over 175 film, video and web projects for a variety of clients including government agencies (EPA, U.S. Navy, NASA), corporations (ILS/Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital Sciences, Sea Launch, Harris, Spacehab, Piper Aircraft, Canaveral Port Authority, United Space Alliance), travel and leisure companies (Greyhound Leisure, Disney Cruiselines, Delaware North KSC Visitor’s Complex), sports (ESPN, Sunshine Network, Fox Sports, ABC), and entertainment (Real TV, NBC/Hearst Broadcasting, MTM and Univision). Jim’s projects have won numerous awards including ADDY Awards, FMPTA Crystal Reel Awards including Best Corporate Video in the state of Florida and an Emmy for CCI’s work on the John Glenn Shuttle Launch. Jim is very active in the local community having served on the Space Coast Office of Tourism Board and the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as a Trustee. He chaired major fund raising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hospital Foundations, Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society. In his spare time Jim enjoys photography, motor sports, and travel to special events. To contact Jim email him at jlewis@cciflorida.com.

3. Friday, April 13, 2012, 10-11:30 AM PDT (17-18:30 GMT)
Homer Hickam
returns to the show to discuss his new book, “Crater.”
Homer H. Hickam, Jr. was born on February 19, 1943, the second son of Homer and Elsie Hickam, and was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1964 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain. Hickam has been a writer since 1969 after his return from Vietnam. At first, he mostly wrote about his scuba diving adventures for a variety of different magazines. Then, after diving on many of the wrecks involved, he branched off into writing about the battle against the U-boats along the American east coast during World War II. This resulted in his first book, Torpedo Junction (1989), a military history best-seller published in 1989 by the Naval Institute Press. In 1998, Delacorte Press published Hickam’s second book, Rocket Boys: A Memoir, the story of his life in the little town of Coalwood, West Virginia. It became an instant classic. Rocket Boys has since been translated into eight languages and also released as an abridged audio book and electronic book. Among it’s many honors, it was selected by the New York Times as one of its “Great Books of 1998″ and was an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. Rocket Boys was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as Best Biography of 1998. In February, 1999, Universal Studios released its critically-acclaimed film October Sky, based on Rocket Boys (The title October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys). Delacorte subsequently released a mass market paperback of Rocket Boys, re-titled October Sky. October Sky reached the New York Times # 1 position on their best-seller list. Mr. Hickam’s first fiction novel was Back to the Moon (1999) which was also simultaneously released as a hardcover, audio book, and eBook. It has also been translated into Chinese. The Coalwood Way (2000), a memoir of Homer’s hometown he calls “not a sequel but an equal,” was published by Delacorte Press and is available in abridged audio, eBook, large print and Japanese. It was an alternate “Book-of-the-Month” selection for Doubleday book club. His third Coalwood memoir, a true sequel, was published in October 2001. It is titled Sky of Stone (2001). Sky of Stone is presently under development as a television movie. His final book about Coalwood was published in 2002, a self help/inspirational tome titled We Are Not Afraid: Strength and Courage from the Town That Inspired the #1 Bestseller and Award-Winning Movie October Sky. His latest work is the novel Red Helmet (2008) published by Thomas Nelson. He is also the author of a popular series of novels that feature Josh Thurlow, a Coast Guard officer during World War II. The series began with The Keeper’s Son (2003), then continued with The Ambassador’s Son (2005) and The Far Reaches (2007). While working on his writing career, Mr. Hickam was employed as an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971 to 1981 assigned to Huntsville, Alabama, and Germany. He began employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981 as an aerospace engineer. During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training. His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.  In 1984, Mr. Hickam was presented with Alabama’s Distinguished Service Award for heroism shown during a rescue effort of the crew and passengers of a sunken paddleboat in the Tennessee River. Because of this award, Mr. Hickam was honored in 1996 by the United States Olympic Committee to carry the Olympic Torch through Huntsville, Alabama, on its way to Atlanta. In 1999, the governor of the state of West Virginia issued a proclamation in honor of Mr. Hickam for his support of his home state and his distinguished career as both an engineer and author and declared an annual “Rocket Boys Day.” For recreation, Mr. Hickam still loves to SCUBA dive. He also jogs nearly every day. A new avocation is amateur paleontology. He works with Dr. Jack Horner in Montana every summer. Most of all, however, he loves to write. Mr. Hickam is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist and his first editor and assistant. They love their cats and share their time between homes in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

4. Sunday, April 15, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
DR. CHRIS IMPEY
comes regarding his new book, “How It Began: A Time-Traveler’s Guide To the Universe.”
Dr. Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department, in charge of all academic programs at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. . His research interests are observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He has 160 refereed publications and 60 conference proceedings, and his work has been supported by $18 million in grants from NASA and the NSF. As a professor, he has won eleven teaching awards, and he has been heavily involved in curriculum and instructional technology development. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society. He has also been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, and the Carnegie Council on Teaching’s Arizona Professor of the Year. Impey has written over thirty popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology and co-authored two introductory textbooks. His first popular book “The Living Cosmos,” was published in 2007 by Random House; his second, called “How It Ends,” will be published in 2010 by Norton. He was a co-chair of the Education and Public Outreach Study Group for the Astronomy Decadal Survey of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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