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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 2, 2012 5:25 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, July 2, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
of Reaction Engines in the UK returns for news and updates.
Mark Hempsell is the Futures Program Director for Reaction Engines Ltd.
Former Spacecraft Systems Engineer for British Aerospace Space Division and Senior Lecturer in Astronautics at University of Bristol. Significant expertise in satellite programmes and space infrastructure. A past President of the British Interplanetary\Society and currently Editor of the Society’s Journal. Mark has his B.Sc in Physics from Imperial College (1978) and his M.Sc (with Distinction) in Astronomy and Astronautics from Hatfield Polytechnic (1982). Visit their website at www.reactionengines.co.uk.

2. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 4, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns for space news updates.



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.

3. Friday, July 6, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Dr. Livingston
is using today’s program to talk about the ISU Summer Session Space & Media Panel which I chaired, the very special VIP Tour of KSC given to our panel and ISU representatives, plus my take on how things are on the Space Coast of Florida.

4. Sunday, July 8, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
returns to discuss his new book, “Going Interstellar.” Les is the Deputy Manager for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at Marshall Space Flight Center.
Les Johnson is a physicist and co-author of 3 published popular science books and two science fiction books. He is also the Deputy Manager for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He was a co-investigator on a Japanese space tether experiment that flew in late 2010 and a co-investigator on the Deploytech Solar Sail project. During his career at NASA, he served as the Manager for the Space Science Programs and Projects Office, the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program, and the Interstellar Propulsion Research Project. He was the Chief Scientist for the ProSEDS space experiment, twice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, and has three patents. Les’s first science fiction novel, co-authored with Travis Taylor, was Back to the Moon. His three popular science books are Living Off the Land in Space, Solar Sailing: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, and Paradise Regained: The Re-greening of Planet Earth. His latest book is an anthology of science fiction stories and science fact essays describing what humanity’s first voyage to the stars might actually be like. Les was the technical consultant for the movie, “Lost in Space.” Les has numerous peer reviewed publications and has been published in Analog. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the National Space Society, The World Future Society, and MENSA. National Public Radio, CNN, The New York Times, and Fox News have interviewed him. He’s appeared in several documentaries shown on The Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and his Master’s degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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