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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:26 pm
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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 1, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
comes to the program to discuss “keeping the faith Space Fans—-We are at the dawn of true Commercialization of space— with or without NASA on board…True Commercialization of space involves includes a lot more than just low cost access to space.”



Robert L. Sackheim was the assistant center director and chief engineer for space propulsion at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Sackheim has served as assistant center director and chief engineer for space propulsion at the Marshall Center since joining NASA in 1999. In his position, he supervises all NASA space propulsion research and development activities — from Space Shuttle propulsion elements and conventional rockets, to innovative kerosene and liquid oxygen engines intended to launch next-generation spacecraft to orbit, to alternative propulsion technologies meant to carry them deep into the Solar System and beyond. He was on the Marshall Center Director’s Executive Staff providing technical review in space propulsion and transportation matters.  He retired in 2006 and is now a consultant to several aerospace contractor and government organizations.  Before coming to the Marshall Center, Sackheim was manager of the propulsion systems center for TRW Corp. at their Space and Technology Division in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he was responsible for design, development and testing of high energy chemical lasers, materials technologies, and combustion and fluid system products. He had previously served as project manager for TRW’s Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle project, an effort intended to develop a short-range space cargo vehicle to ferry payloads to and from the International Space Station.  He became the Director of that organizing and served in that role until Sept. 1999 when he joined NASA. Sackheim earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and his master’s degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University in New York. He has completed his doctoral coursework in chemical engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles, where for nine years he taught a professional-level engineering course on spacecraft design and propulsion.  Sackheim has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career. In 2001, he was presented a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for notably outstanding leadership that had a pronounced effect on the technical or administrative programs of the Agency. Several professional organizations have also recognized Sackheim for his contributions to the propulsion field, including the American Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Academy of Engineering, and the International Academy of Astronautics. He has written more than 250 technical papers, contributed to four books on space propulsion, and holds nine patents in spacecraft propulsion, launch vehicles and missiles, and control systems technology.  In 2002 he was presented an AIAA ward, the Hermann Oberth Award for his outstanding scientific achievement in the fields of astronautics and space sciences.  In 2001, he received the NASA Medal for Outstanding Technical Leadership in space propulsion and in 2003 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.  Also in 2003, he received the Marshall Center Director’s Commendation for outstanding service, the Presidential Ran Award for Meritorious Executive Service and the AIAA Holger Toftoy Award for outstanding technical leadership in space systems.

2. Thursday, April 4, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
to discuss updates with the Teachers In Space program.
Elizabeth (Gallager) Kennick is the Project Manager and Principal Investigator for the Space Frontier Foundation Teachers in Space Program. Ms. Kennick is also a Producer at TEDxMidTownNY , Advisory Board Member and Space Ventures Project Manager at Space Frontier Foundation, Executive Board Member at Yuri’s Night Global Space Party, a Guide at Dynamic Outdoors and a former VP at Morgan Stanley.

3. Friday, April 5, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns to discuss the human factors aspects of the Inspiration Mars flyby mission.
Dr. Joan Vernikos is a world class expert in stress and healthy aging who officially retired from NASA as Director of Life Sciences (1993-2002) following a career there as a researcher and administrator. Since that time she has committed to bringing her knowledge and experiences on healthy aging to the general public. Dr. Joan accomplishes this as an author, consultant to organizations, motivational speaker and personal health coach. Like every one of us, Dr Joan lived a life full of ups and downs. Her education and unique background have directly influenced her approach to the issues of health and aging. Dr. Joan grew up in a family of doctors, including her father, where her apprenticeship was an invaluable daily discussion of health, illness, diagnostics and case studies – at a time before it was common for powerful medicines to be the first option to treat a condition. Her education was multilingual and multicultural. Born into a Greek family in the then cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, Egypt and educated in a British system, Dr. Joan completed her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of London. With her Greek husband Costas Danellis, she headed west to Ohio State University, teaching Pharmacology to medical students and doing research in brain-stress relationships. Four years later, with two children, the family moved to California, recruited by a young NASA for her stress expertise. There she pioneered research on how living in space in microgravity affected the health of astronauts. In the 1970’s Dr Joan sometimes worked behind the Iron Curtain with Soviet space scientists in a rare sharing of efforts between the two ‘enemies’. At age 34, she was widowed, becoming a single mother. Women in the workplace were then not always given equal treatment with male colleagues. Nevertheless, Dr. Joan managed to balance work and domestic responsibilities. She continued her research and pioneered a series of “head-down bed-rest” studies used to mimic the effects of micro-gravity in test subjects. In 1978 she re-married, to Geoffrey Hazzan, and later, they took on the new challenge of opening a chocolate shop, GEOFFROI, in London, specializing in making fresh cream truffles. The Chocolate Adventure , their book of stories and recipes is in the making. In 1993 Dr. Joan took on the role of Director of Life Sciences for NASA, a position she held until her “retirement” in 2000. There, she played a key role in the return to space of American hero John Glenn at the age of 77. She draws on this life experience to address issues seniors most commonly encounter. All her research and observations led her to conclude that managing stress and using gravity effectively hold the keys not only to healthy aging but for all of us living here on Earth. Her mission is to see this happen. Dr. Joan’s books include The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging (2004), and Stress Fitness for Seniors (2009). In December 2011 her new book, Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Simple Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death — and Exercise Alone Won’t will be published by Quill Driver Books. “Meeting challenge with a positive outlook is important to all I do. My ambition is to change attitudes towards aging both in seniors and the general population. Aging well is absolutely possible – almost regardless of your genetic traits or current condition there are many simple yet effective things you can do to invest in a healthier, more vital future. I feel a responsibility to share the many common sense solutions available to us today that just aren’t a common part of conversation.” Dr. Joan received awards and recognition for both her research and administrative leadership. A resume of her work, publications, awards and patents as well as a super short bio and a complete cv are available.

4. Sunday, April 7, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
, Executive Director of Mars Explore Mars returns to discuss their upcoming Humans to Mars Summit and their Mars survey,The Mars Generation Opinion Poll: http://www.exploremars.org/full-report-of-mars-generation-survey-results-available.
Chris Carberry is the Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc., which was created to promote science and technology innovation and education with a use for Mars exploration. Chris has been actively involved in the space exploration advocacy community for many years. Prior to Explore Mars, Chris served as Executive Director of The Mars Society, an international non-profit space advocacy organization which supports the human exploration and settlement of Mars. While serving as Executive Director, Chris spearheaded the development of The Mars Quarterly, a highly acclaimed international online and print magazine, and provided a business strategy that resulted in two successful international conferences. His innovative ideas resulted in a new presentation platform at the 2008 conference that included a debate between Apollo astronaut, Walter Cunningham (representing the McCain campaign) and Lori Garver (representing the Obama campaign). Through his expertise in building open strategic alliances among industry leaders, Chris successfully broadened the organization’s outreach, and improved donor commitment and sponsor participation in various programs. He previously served the organization as a member of the Steering Committee, for which he organized congressional outreach efforts around the country. Chris previously served as chairman or co-coordinator of such congressional lobbying events as the 2007-2010 Space Budget Blitz, the 2007 Moon-Mars Blitz, the 2006 Space Blitz, and the Great 2006 Mars Blitz. Chris co-authored space language in the 2000 Republican National Platform, has co-authored Congressional testimony, and has met with high level officials at the White House, NASA, and Congress. During the last several elections, he had the opportunity to speak with most of the major presidential candidates, and more recently, with the Obama NASA transition team in 2009. Chris also serves as the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Space Exploration Alliance, which is an umbrella group representing 13 space advocacy organizations with total membership of over 700,000 people. Chris has been quoted in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines and has appeared on national and international television and radio. He is the author of many articles and Op-Ed pieces concerning space policy and politics. Chris is also the author of a mystery/science fiction novel called Celestial Pursuits: in the hub of the Universe which was published in 2006. He is currently working on several writing projects, including another science fiction novel, a sequel to Celestial Pursuits, as well as a non-fiction book concerning art theft. In addition, in 2007, Chris signed a movie option contract for his novel, Celestial Pursuits, with a Los Angeles production company. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in history and archival methods. For several years he worked as an archivist at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he processed the papers of United States Senator Leverett Saltonstall, as well as numerous other collections. While in this position, he compiled The Guide to Modern Political Papers in Massachusetts, and helped to put together numerous displays. Chris transitioned into the role of Operations Manager at the Historical Society, where he is currently responsible for the protection of numerous art works and the greatest collection of early American documents outside of the Library of Congress. Chris has an extensive background in historical research, having worked as research assistant for several authors, including British biographer Sarah Bradford (America’s Queen) and former New York Times Magazine editor Ed Klein (The Kennedy Curse). In 2007, Chris was contracted to archive a large collection of political correspondence and documents, and to ghost write the autobiography of a prominent Boston businessman and philanthropist. In addition, Chris has composed pieces of music that have been performed by the Boston Bel Canto Opera in Boston and at the Massachusetts State Awards Ceremony.

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