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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:14 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, February 29, 2016, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Kim Holder
as guest.



Moonwards is just starting out. Kim does the lion’s share of it right now, with help and inspiration here and there from the good people on space.stackexchange. She has no background in the sciences, she went to art college after high school. Then to massage therapy school when she realized she wasn’t going to make any money from art. Then she trained at a Zen center when she burned out from doing massage (which happens a lot actually – the massage burn-out part). After that she, uh, sort of bounced around for a few years and eventually headed down to Mexico to try to return to her artwork, where she met her husband and ended up staying. She’s still there in central Mexico 13 years later.

Two years ago, in August of 2013, she finally found the diet and lifestyle that allowed her to have a normal energy level. Before that she’d struggled with lethargy, dopiness, sleepiness, and accompanying anxiety. It was the first time as an adult she’d been free of that for more than a couple of weeks. Her reaction quickly turned from ‘Eureka!’ to ’so now what?…’. She was in the middle of Mexico with all her time free (her husband has a successful business and is happy for her to use her time as she wishes). She really wanted to make up for lost time.

It took a while to find the right thing. She took to watching videos of successful people she admired to try to figure out what direction to take. It was quickly clear that scientists and engineers were her role models. One day she was watching an interview of Elon Musk – who she’d never heard of until a few days before – by Salman Khan of Khan Academy. He started talking about going to Mars. Starting in her early teens she had been a big science fiction and science mag consumer, and she thought ‘Mars? That makes no sense. He seems like a smart guy, what’s he doing?’. So she decided to write up something about that. The more she worked on that, the more she got into it.

Kim feels Moonwards has vast potential, but that it will take a great deal of work for it to live up to that. By pouring herself into it, she hopes she can grow up in a way she didn’t when she was younger because of health problems. In the same way, she believes we won’t find the maturity to care for our planet, and move on to greater things in our future, until we pour ourselves into a project that changes our perspective and makes us see our own potential. She believes space settlement is that project.

2. Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PST (March 2, 3-4:30 GMT)
Artificial gravity with Dr. Michael Schmidt and Dr. Thomas Goodwin.

Dr. Michael A. Schmidt is the founder of Sovaris Aerospace, LLC and MetaboLogics, LLC, based at the Research Innovation Center, Infectious Disease Research Complex at Colorado State University. His research is focused on understanding molecular and physiologic complexity in humans in extreme conditions, and on developing individualized countermeasure approaches. A central emphasis of his work is on developing solutions for prolonged space missions, such as those to Mars, as well diagnostic and treatment solutions for earth-based medicine. Dr. Schmidt is co-chair of the Advanced Pattern Analysis & Countermeasures Group, which includes investigators from NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, academic institutions, and private industry. Dr. Schmidt is Course Director of the Clinical Genomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics Program within a new Postgraduate Medicine training program at George Washington University School of Medicine. He has further collaborations in multivariate molecular modeling related to human pathogens with investigators at the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Disease Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Schmidt is the co-author of Personalized Medicine in Human Space Flight: Using Omics Based Analyses to Develop Individualized Countermeasures that Enhance Astronaut Safety and Performance, published in the journal Metabolomics in 2013. He is the Chief Scientist for the Corvette Racing Driver Science Program, developing personalized medicine advancements for the extreme conditions encountered in endurance auto races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Dr. Schmidt is the author of Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and a forthcoming book on neuroplasticity. Dr. Schmidt did his Ph.D. research in molecular medicine and biochemistry within the Life Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center. During this time, he also did a fellowship at NASA’s Psychophysiology Research Laboratory, focused on neuroelectrophysiology, neurochemistry, and countermeasure development related to human performance under extreme conditions. He has also studied biochemistry and metabolomics (M. Phil.) at Lancaster University (UK), with additional studies in Mass Spectrometry-Based Metabolomics through an NIH-sponsored program at the University of Colorado, and further training in Data and Models at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Schmidt is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Metabolomics Society, and the Epigenetics Society.

Dr. Goodwin is the Manager of the Disease Modeling and Tissue Analogues Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center and Lead Scientist for the Oxidative Stress and Damage research discipline. He holds adjunct positions at the University of Texas Medical School, Galveston Texas, Dept. of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the University of Houston, Dept. of Health and Human Performance, and is an Adjunct Scientist at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the Southwest National Primate Research Center which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has authored or co-authored over 40 peer review articles, two book chapters on three-dimensional biology, has been awarded 20 US patents, and earned over 70 scientific technical and performance awards while at NASA. Dr. Goodwin’s research focuses on cell physiology and organ tissue bioengineering, development of ex vivo physiological 3D systems, and the three-dimensional biology of human and animal cells. Complex recapitulated tissues may serve as surrogates for studies of tumour physiology, viral, and bacterial infectivity, genomic responses to a myriad of cellular conditions including genomic modulation and regulation due to chemical, physical, and environmental stimuli such as may be seen on the Earth and in the microgravity environment and as a platform to study man-machine interfaces. Recent papers include the co-authorship of Personalized Medicine in Human Space Flight: Using Omics Based Analyses to Develop Individualized Countermeasures that Enhance Astronaut Safety and Performance, published in the journal Metabolomics in 2013 and Three-Dimensional Normal Human Neural Progenitor Tissue-Like Assemblies: A Model of Persistent Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection”, PLoS Pathogens 2013.

3. Friday, March 4, 2016, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Focus Fusion updates from Eric Lerner
Eric J. Lerner, President of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. to the program (see http://lawrencevilleplasmaphysics.com/ and also www.focusfusion.org). Mr. Lerner has been active in DPF research for over 25 years. Beginning in 1984, he developed a detailed quantitative theory of the functioning of DPF. Based on this theory, he proposed that the DPF could achieve high ion and electron energies at high densities, suitable for advanced fuel fusion and space population. Under a series of contracts with JPL, he planned and participated in carrying out experiments that tested and confirmed this theory. In addition, he developed an original model of the role of the strong magnetic field effect on DPF functioning, showing that this effect could have a large effect on increasing ion temperature and decreasing electron temperature. He is as well a leading researcher in cosmology and astrophysics, developing original, plasma-based theories of quasars, large-scale structure and other phenomena of the Universe. As a writer about science and technology he is the author of over 600 articles. He was also a visiting astronomer at the European Southern Observatory. He is now the lead scientist in a new series of experiments in NJ designed to test the scientific feasibility of focus fusion, burning hydrogen-boron fuel with the DPF to produce cheap, clean energy. Mr. Lerner received a BA in Physics from Columbia University and did graduate work in physics at the University of Maryland.

4. Sunday, March 6, 2016, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
Space solar power
with Christopher Stone as guest.
Christopher Stone (B.A., M.A., and M.S.) is a space policy and strategy professional in Washington, D.C. He has provided expertise and analysis for over eleven years supporting numerous government entities such as the National Security Space Office, Air Force International Affairs, National Reconnaissance Office and several inter-agency and industry-government space councils with the Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff, Pentagon. Mr. Stone began his space career when he entered the United States Air Force as a graduate of the University of Missouri. He has served in various roles and responsibilities to include: staff member for two US Senators, Executive Director of a Public-Private Economic partnership and space policy consultant in Washington, D.C. In his military career he has served as an ICBM launch officer, Mission Director for a national level space operations center, space strategy planner supporting U.S. Pacific Air Forces, and has led and developed international space engagement between key allies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. He has published several articles on space policy, strategy and international affairs in The Space Review, Quest, and Space Safety Magazine. He is a former Board Member of the National Space Society and is the former Vice President for Policy and Strategy for the International Space Safety Foundation. He is a former William Van Cleave Scholar and graduate of the Missouri State University’s Defense and Strategic Studies master’s program. His comments are his own and do not reflect the views of his employer or the Department of Defense.

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