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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon May 20, 2013 9:12 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, May 20, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
come to discuss their excellent new book, “Your ticket to the Universe: A guide to Exploring The Cosmos.” To learn more about this book and our guests, visit http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=onegiantlea20.



MEGAN WATZKE has spent her professional career trying to make science accessible and engaging to the general public.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in astrophysics from the University of Michigan, she went on to earn a master’s degree in science journalism at Boston University.  For several years she worked in the public affairs office of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.  In 2000, she became the press officer for the Chandra X-ray Observatory, one of NASA’s “Great Observatories” along with the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes.  As someone who likes to learn and explore, she has traveled to more than 15 countries.   Megan now currently lives in Seattle with her partner, their kids, and a dog, cat, and five chickens.

KIMBERLY K. ARCAND has been working for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory since 1998. Previously, she worked in science communication for biology and public health (mostly in parasitology and infectious disease).   Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Rhode Island in biology/pre-med.  She is enrolled in a graduate program at Brown University in public humanities and expects to graduate with a Master of Arts in 2013. Kim currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two kids, one dog, two cats and two hermit crabs.

2. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (May 22, 2-3:30 GMT)
program. First time callers are welcome and encouraged to call. All space, science, STEM topics are welcome.

3. Friday, May 24, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
comes to discuss astrophotography.
Jerome’s interests have mainly focused on astrophotography and capturing images of reflection and emission nebulae.   My imaging system is optimized for that work.  The imaging has been great fun, but the learning curve was almost straight up at first, and I found it necessary to access the literature on particle physics  to gain insights into the nature of deep-space objects and what makes them tick.  I must be clear on one point here: I am not a physicist, nor am I professionally trained as an astronomer.  My graduate studies captured a Masters degree in Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma in 1983.  In 1984 he became a senior research fellow at the Air Force Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.   After 8 ½ years,  he returned to operational status with the Air Force Special Operations Force at Hurlburt Field, Florida, until he retired in 2007.  Astrophotography is a narrowly focused endeavor, and it gets very technical very quickly.   It is, In fact, about technology, techniques, and procedures.   At the same time, any astronomer can tell you about the importance and value of astronomy and space for the general public in America and the rest of the world.  Astronomy and astrophotography have the greatest potential to direct peoples’ attention to the night sky and capture their imagination.  The Hubble Space Telescope did just that, and it continues to do so.  We may find that more important than we realize in the years ahead.  Amateur and professional astronomers, alike, can tell you that we are losing visual access to the night sky through massive light pollution.  Most young people, for instance, have never seen the Milky Way, a great smear of light is nothing less than our home galaxy.

4. Sunday, May 26, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
We honor the 20th anniversary of the flight of the DC-X with Bill Gaubatz, Cathy Harper, Nino Polizzi, and Chris Orwoll.

Dr. Gaubatz, Senior Advisor, X PRIZE Foundation, is a pioneer and leader in program and concept developments that have impacted national programs and policies, leading the way to today’s Personal Spaceflight Industry. He is co-founder and President of SpaceAvailable LLC, a company creating virtual space adventures for science centers, museums and theme parks. At McDonnell Douglas, he originated and managed the development of the Delta Clipper reusable spaceplane concept. He was responsible for the Delta Clipper Experimental programs (DC-X and DC-XA) that proved through flight, that aircraft like operations could be routinely achieved for spaceplanes. He was an originating founder of Universal Space Lines, Inc. where he was President of SpaceClipper International (SCI) with the long-term goals of establishing an international network of spaceports and connecting Spaceway routes. He contributed to pioneering efforts for investigating the physiological, psychological and system requirements for public space travel and space tourism. He actively participated in early development activities leading to the formation of New Mexico’s Spaceport America. He is, a charter member of the X-Prize Committee, founder and Co-Chair of the annual International Symposium for Personal Spaceflight (ISPS), Chairman of the Space Tourism Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), a member of the International Institute of Space Law (ISSL) and an Honorary member of the Japanese Rocket Society (JRS). He has authored numerous papers and articles, including the inaugural Ansett Lecture for the SafeSkies Conference, Australia and is an international speaker advocating the development of the new space transportation infrastructure, the Spaceways, to open the space frontier to people.

Cathy Harper is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She has been very involved in the X PRIZE CUP activities located in nearby Las Cruces, particularly in 2005 when the Museum hosted “X PRIZE CUP Education Day” for 1000 fifth graders from across the state. She was instrumental in negotiating the Designated Repository agreement between the Museum and New Mexico’s Spaceport America. Cathy is a member of a variety of organizations, including:
Executive Committee, New Mexico Space Alliance
Elected Advocate, Space Frontier Foundation
Member, Teachers in Space Program
Member, Southern New Mexico High Tech Consortium
Member, NM Space Grant Consortium
Member, Community Partnership for the X PRIZE CUP
Member, X PRIZE CUP Education Committee
Member, White Sands Film Festival Committee
Appointed, Otero County Representative, Southern NM Space Commercialization Advocacy Committee.
Graduated from Oak Grove High School, Oak Grove, Ark.. Certified Marketing Consultant, Brooks Marketing Institute. Graduate, Market Share Development Program, Gannett Newspaper Group. Graduate, Leadership Otero 2005.
Cathy has worked for 33 years in various aspects of media, beginning as a cub reporter and linotype operator at 16. Five years as marketing consultant, reporter and photographer for a weekly newspaper. Seven years as marketing consultant and on air personality at a radio station group, followed by five years as sales manager, on air personality and newscaster. Five years as advertising director of a daily newspaper, which included retail and classified sales, graphics supervision, market share and product development. Developed, presented and implemented multi-media marketing plans for a variety of local, national and international clients. Published articles in OMNI Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, East Mountain News, Alamogordo Daily News, and BucksWorth Community News.
She is the City of Alamogordo representative to NM Spaceport Authority
She is the former Chairperson, Alamogordo Space Alliance and the
former Chairperson, Business Support, Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce

Nino is Vice – President of Customer Integration at Universal Space Network where he is responsible for the design, integration and test of the ground network infrastructure. Before joining USN in 2000, he served 18 years with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing where he worked on a wide variety of programs including the Delta expendable rocket, the DC-X reusable rocket and the International Space Station. Nino received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit and a BS in Industrial Technology from Eastern Michigan University. He holds a State of California certificate for teaching engineering.

Originally from Downey, California, Mr. Orwoll graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and immediately proceeded to pipeline training for the Nuclear Submarine Program. He served as Division Officer on USS OHIO (SSBN 726), Navigator and Operations Officer on USS TUCSON (SSN 770), and his last seagoing tour in the Navy was as Executive Officer onboard USS DOLPHIN (AGSS 555), the “World’s Deepest Diving Submarine” and U.S. Navy’s last Diesel-Electric submarine. During his time ashore, he served as Associate Professor at Cornell University teaching Engineering and Weapons Systems, volunteered as a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician, served in the Intelligence Directorate of the Navy’s European and African Headquarters in London, England, earned his Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, and served as the Professor of Naval Science at the University of Kansas. Following retirement in 2007, he was selected to be President and CEO of the Smithsonian-Affiliated Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, KS. During his tenure there, the Cosmosphere hosted over 625,000 guests from around the world, created the exhibits for the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, co-produced the international exhibition “NASA, A Human Adventure,” and developed several award-winning space exhibitions. In 2012, he and his wife Linda along with their nine children moved to New Mexico where he took over as Executive Director of the Smithsonian-Affiliated New Mexico Museum of Space History.

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