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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:47 pm
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, August 12, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Rick Boozer
comes to the program to discuss his book, “The Plundering of NASA: an Expose. How pork barrel politics harm American spaceflight leadership.”



R.D. (Rick) Boozer is an astrophysics researcher, public speaker and author.  He has a Master of Astronomy degree in astrophysics with high distinction and was awarded the University Medal “for outstanding academic achievement at the Master’s level”.  Currently he is pursuing his PhD in astrophysics doing cutting-edge research into the physics of H II regions.  From childhood he has been an enthusiast for all things related to space travel.  He strives to popularize ideas which will insure that the United States be the number one spacefaring nation of the 21st Century and that will help further NASA towards exceeding its human spaceflight achievements of the Apollo era.  He runs the science education websites Astro Maven Blog and Singularity Scientific as a public service.

2. Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (August 14, 2-3:30 GMT)
of Rutgers University is back to discuss the latest in lunar habitat engineering, the latest in the discussion of Mars first as the Moon is just a distraction, and much more.
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.

3. Friday, August 16, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Small Sat conference interviews
. When you see the program archived on the website, it will be available for your listening pleasure.

4. Sunday, August 18, 2013, 1-3 PM PDT (20-22 GMT)
This is a Secure World Foundation sponsored webinar on the topic of Near Earth Object (NEO) impacts
and what’s being done to deal with the threat. The panel of experts includes Dr. Ray Williamson of SWF, Dr. Timothy Spahr, and Dr. Mark Boslough.

Dr. Ray Williamson is the Senior Advisor and former Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, a private operating foundation with headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. He was formerly Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs in the Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University. At the institute, he had led several studies of security issues in space and on the socioeconomic benefits of Earth science and space weather research.
Ray is also an external faculty member of the International Space University (ISU), Illkirch, France, teaching general space policy and remote sensing for the ISU Masters and Space Studies programs. He is editor of Apogeo Spatial, formerly Imaging Notes, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Space Policy. As a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Dr. Williamson serves on Commission Five: Space Policies, Law & Economics. He is the author of more than 100 articles on space policy, remote sensing and space security and author or editor of nine books on outer space, the technologies of historic preservation, and American Indian astronomy, myth and ritual.  From 1979 to 1995, he was a Senior Analyst and then Senior Associate in the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the U.S. Congress. While at OTA, Dr. Williamson led more than a dozen space policy studies requested by Congressional committees.  Dr. Ray received his B.A. in physics from the Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland. After two years on the astronomy faculty of the University of Hawaii, he taught philosophy, literature, mathematics, physics and astronomy at St. John’s College, Annapolis. For the last five years he also served as Assistant Dean of the College.

Tim Spahr is the Director of the International Astronomical Union sanctioned Minor Planet Center, the repository for all observations and orbit data on small bodies of our solar system.  Tim attended graduate school at the University of Florida studying celestial mechanics.  As a graduate student, Tim conducted a photographic survey for minor planets, using the University of Arizona’s Catalina Schmidt Telescope.  After graduating from Florida, Tim wrote software for the Catalina Sky Survey team from 1998 to 2000.  In May of 2000, Tim accepted a position at the Minor Planet Center, and specialized in refining MPC operations with respect to NEOs.  Tim was promoted to MPC director in 2006.

Mark Boslough is a physicist. He is a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico, and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Asteroid 73520 Boslough (2003 MB1) was named after him.  He has a B.S. in Physics from Colorado State University, and an MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech, where his research focused on geophysics.  An expert on planetary impacts and global catastrophes, Boslough’s work on airbursts challenged the conventional view of asteroid collision risk and is now widely accepted by the scientific community. He has made frequent appearances on television science documentaries.  Most of the documentaries are focused on his impact and airburst modeling.

You can listen to the shows under www.TheSpaceShow.com
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