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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:37 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, June 17, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
returns to discuss this year’s University Rover Challenge. See http://urc.marssociety.org.
Kevin Sloan is the Director of The Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge sponsored by TASC (URC). Now in its fifth year, URC is an annual competition for college teams to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts in the field.



Kevin also sits on the Steering Committee for The Mars Society, and in between his roles with The Mars Society spends his days working as a Systems Engineer in the Washington, DC area. He holds baccalaureate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland.

2. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 19, 2-3:30 GMT)
comes for a Yuri’s Night wrap-up.
Brice Russ is the Assistant Director and Media Team Chair for Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party. Brice oversees and manages the media presence of Yuri’s Night on a global scale, including the Yuri’s Night blog, press center, and newsletter. He also leads public and press relations for the Yuri’s Night Global Team. Brice is a member of the Yuri’s Night Board of Directors and has been a part of the Yuri’s Night Global Team since 2006.  Brice serves as the Social Networking Committee Chair for the National Space Society and is a freelance journalist, having written articles on space and science topics for publications including Ars Technica and Ad Astra. He has also worked on marketing and education projects for 4Frontiers Corporation and the office of Congressman Chaka Fattah. He is currently completing his graduate studies in linguistics at The Ohio State University, where he researches linguistic features of online communication; his work on using Twitter to map dialects of American English was featured in The New York Times and the Boston Globe. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the vice-president of UNC-SEDS.

3. Friday, June 21, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
, Executive Director of the Pacific International Space Center (PISCES) in Hawaii.
Robert (Rob) Kelso is the  Executive Director of Pacific International Center Exploration of Space (PICES). Former NASA Shuttle Flight Director.  Rob was newly announced in November 2012 as the new Executive Director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)…with their home office here in Hilo, Hawaii. Rob was a 37 year, career civil servant of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC); and a former NASA Shuttle Flight Director in NASA’s famed Mission Control Center.  Rob’s career in flight operations spanned 21 year beginning as a flight controller on STS-1 in April 1981. In February 1988, Rob was selected to the Flight Director “Class of 1988″ following the Challenger disaster, which took the life of Hawaii’s Ellison Onizuka. He directed 25 Shuttle Missions in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Rob was instrumental in launching most of the Department of Defense (DoD) spacecraft on the Space Shuttle… beginning with overseeing the first DoD launch from Mission Control while Ellison Onizuka served as the Astronaut in the Shuttle cockpit in January 1985. He also served as NASA Mission Director responsible for launch/deliver of the large Chandra X-Ray telescope, the last of the great NASA observatories to be launched by NASA.  After leaving the Flight Director Office, Rob served on JSC senior staff as Deputy Director for Safety and Mission Assurance at JSC – responsible for directing safety and quality activities supporting manned spaceflight.  One of the last jobs Rob did for NASA was to lead NASA’s efforts in the preservation and protection of the Apollo lunar landing site on the Moon. Rob has been the recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Rob holds a bachelor degree in physics, and a master degree in business administration.

4. Sunday, June 23, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Gilbert Levin
comes to talk about the Viking Mission to Mars and related updates and news.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Gilbert V. Levin graduated from Forest Park High School and entered the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering in 1941. In 1944, during World War II, in his junior year, he joined the U.S. Maritime Service, where he trained as a shipboard radio operator. After serving on various merchant ships in the Atlantic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific and Indian Ocean combat zones, Levin left the service in 1946. He returned to Hopkins where he obtained his B.E. in Civil Engineering in 1947 and his M.S. in Sanitary Engineering in 1948. He then served as public health engineer in the health departments of Maryland, California and the District of Columbia before joining Dr. Louis McCabe, former Director of the Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District, in founding Resources Research Inc., an environmental consulting and research firm, in 1955. While still working at the company, Levin went back to Hopkins as a full-time student and obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering in 1963. In 1967, following the sale of the company, Levin founded Biospherics Research Inc. (now Spherix Inc.), where he was CEO and President until 2003, and served as Chairman of the Board until 2007. He retired from the Company in 2008. In 2007, he was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Beyond Center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the Arizona State University. In 2011, Dr. Levin was made Honorary Professor in the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology of Buckingham University in the UK.   Among Dr. Levin’s inventions are low-calorie sweeteners, therapeutic drugs, including one that passed Phase 3 Clinical Trial for type 2 diabetes, several drug uses of the rare sugar tagatose, radioisotope methods for the rapid detection and identification of microorganisms, the application of the firefly bioluminescent ATP assay to microbial detection and to the measurement of biomass, safe-for-humans pesticides, and wastewater treatment processes including biological nutrient removal, along with the associated instrumentation and equipment. His innovative approaches to detecting microbial life led NASA to award him a series of contracts to develop methods for the detection of extraterrestrial life in spacecraft missions. Dr. Levin was appointed by NASA to a committee to recommend experiments for the Biosatellite Mission. NASA also asked him to serve on its Planetary Quarantine Advisory Panel. He then became Principal Investigator for a study of NASA’s still-pending Mars Sample Return Mission. Dr. Levin was a Team Member on the Goddard Space Flight Center’s IRIS Experiment flown aboard Mars Mariner 9 in 1971 to study the atmosphere of Mars. Based on his sensitive radioisotope microbial detection method, Dr. Levin proposed to NASA and was selected for the Viking Mission to Mars. He was designated Experimenter of the Viking Labeled Release life detection experiment which landed on Mars in 1976. The experiment got positive responses at both Viking landing sites. However, a consensus did not accept his results as proof of life. After years of study, in 1997 Dr. Levin concluded that the experiment had, indeed, detected life on the red planet, and published his conclusion. Subsequent findings of environmental conditions on Mars and research on organisms found in extreme environments on Earth have been consistent with his claim. Pursuing the life issue, Dr. Levin was a member of the Scientific Instrument Team for NASA’s experiment on the ill-fated Russian ’96 Mars Mission. He has since developed, proposed and published on a Chiral LR life detection experiment as a way to remove any doubt about the original Mars LR results. He has published over 150 papers in scientific and technology journals, and has been awarded more than 50 patents for his inventions. A Trustee Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Levin is a member of its National Engineering Advisory Council, and has served on its National Library and National Industrial Advisory Councils. His awards include the Distinguished Alumnus Medal from Johns Hopkins, the Public Service Medal from NASA, the Newcomb-Cleveland Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the IR-100 Award from Industrial Research Magazine. He is a Member of the Sigma Xi, is listed in Who’s Who in America, and is a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC.

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