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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:39 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, January 20, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
comes to report on the progress of the Space Development Steering Committee. Howard also has two new books available which he will mention on the program.
Howard Bloom has been called “the Darwin, Einstein, Newton, and Freud of the 21st Century” by Britain’s Channel4 TV and “the next Stephen Hawking” by Gear Magazine. Bloom is the author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History (”mesmerizing”—The Washington Post) and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st Century (”reassuring and sobering”—The New Yorker). 



Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Evolution’s End and The Crack in the Cosmic Egg says “I have finished Howard Bloom’s two books, The Lucifer Principle and Global Brain, in that order, and am seriously awed, near overwhelmed by the magnitude of what he has done. I never expected to see, in any form, from any sector, such an accomplishment.  I doubt there is a stronger intellect than Bloom’s on the planet.” Bloom comes from the world of cosmology, theoretical physics, and microbiology.  But from 1968 to 1988, he created an entirely new form of fieldwork in cultural evolution, political science, and social psychology.  He turned down four graduate fellowships and embarked on what he calls his Voyage of the Beagle, an expedition to the heart of the beast, to the dark underbelly where new myths and new shifts in mass emotion are made.
The result: Bloom was a professional star-maker, helping build the careers of figures like Prince, Bob Marley, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Billy Idol, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, John Mellencamp, and Queen, and turned around abandoned projects for companies like Sony, Disney, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, and Warner Brothers. Bloom is a recent visiting scholar in the Graduate Psychology Department at New York University, a former Core Faculty Member at The Graduate Institute, and is the founder of three new fields: mass behavior, paleopsychology, and a new discipline he’s forging, omnology.  Bloom has worked for 50 years on unifying the sciences, the arts, and history to create a project of a sort that’s normally the province of madmen—a 4,800-chapter body of work called “The Grand Unified Theory of Everything In the Universe Including the Human Soul.”  Is this the insanity it seems?  Pavel Kurakin of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow doesn’t think so.  He concludes that, “Bloom has created a new Scientific Paradigm.  He explains in vast and compelling terms why we should forget all we know in complicated modern math and should start from the very beginning. …Bloom’s Grand Unified Theory… opens a window into entire systems we don’t yet know and/or see, new…collectivities that live, love, battle, win and lose each day of our gray lives.”

2. Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 22, 3-4:30 GMT)
comes to discuss the 10th anniversary of Opportunity still working on Mars.
Dr. William Farrand is geoscientist with over 20 years of experience working with multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data. He received a PhD in the Geosciences with a minor in Remote Sensing from the University of Arizona in 1991. Dr. Farrand worked from 1992 to 1995 for Science Applications International Corporation under contract to work on the Hyperspectral Digital Imagery Collection Experiment (HYDICE) program. In the late ‘90s, Dr. Farrand worked on various commercial remote sensing projects including an association with Earth Search Sciences and applications of data from their Probe‐1 hyperspectral sensor. Dr. Farrand was also involved in a 1997 Department of Energy remote sensing mission over the National Nuclear Center of Kazakstan.
In the 2000’s, Dr. Farrand has worked on several different NASA‐funded planetary remote sensing projects. Since 2002, he has been a science team member on the Mars Exploration Rover mission and has been a lead scientist on interpreting multispectral data returned from the Pancam instruments on‐board the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. Dr. Farrand has also worked with hyperspectral data returned by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on‐board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

3. Friday, January 24, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
of MIT comes to the program to discuss Exoplanets, new life for the KST, and much more.
Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. Her science research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. Professor Seager’s space instrumentation group is focusing on “ExoplanetSat”, a 3U CubeSat capable of high precision pointing, with the science goal of detecting small transiting exoplanets orbiting bright, sun-like stars. The prototype is intended to be the first of a planned fleet of nanosatellites, aimed to demonstrate the graduated growth of a constellation as a new paradigm for space science missions. In addition to being the PI of ExoplanetSat, Professor Seager is a co-I on the MIT-led TESS, a NASA Explorer Mission to be launched in 2017, an all-sky survey for transiting exoplanets including a focus on finding rocky planets transiting small stars. Before joining MIT in 2007, Professor Seager spent four years on the senior research staff at the Carnegie Institution of Washington preceded by three years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Her PhD is from Harvard University. Professor Seager is on the advisory board for Planetary Resources. Professor Seager is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, the 2012 recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, and the 2007 recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s Helen B. Warner Prize. She has been recognized in the media, most recently in Nature’s Top Ten in 2011, and Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012.

4. Sunday, January 26, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
returns to talk about China on the Moon, his blog posts and latest articles and more. Check out his material at www.spudislunarresources.com and http://blogs.airspacemag.com/moon.
Dr. PAUL D. SPUDIS is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.  His research focuses on impact and volcanic processes on the planets and requirements for sustainable human presence on the Moon.  He was Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994, the Principal Investigator of the Mini-SAR radar experiment on India’s Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008-2009, and a team member of the Mini-RF radar on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission (2009-present).  He was a member of two White House commissions on U. S. Space Policy.  He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and six books, including The Once and Future Moon and The Clementine Atlas of the Moon.  See his website for more information:  www.spudislunarresources.com.

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