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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jul 6, 2009 4:28 pm
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, July 6, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Jeffrey Roth
returns regarding his documentary film, “The Wonder of It All.”  Jeff Roth is a documentary filmmaker.  His new documentary film  is “The Wonder of it All” (www.thewonderofitallfilm.com/main.html).  Jeff attended California State University Northridge where he earned his Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in film production. He started working on TV movies as an intern in the camera department and worked his way up to be a camera assistant on TV sitcoms.” I wanted to learn how the set worked, so I thought that being in the camera department would at least allow me to stay on the set. My dream has always been to tell a story that I believed in.  From the time that I was 10 years old, I would go to Universal Studios and sit on the tram and dream about being a director. When the idea for this project came up, I was thrilled to have the chance to tell the story of the remarkable men who became moonwalkers. This is a humanistic story that I feel needs to be told. It has been a labor of love. Jeff has met several astronauts and this caused him to want to tell the humanistic side of the moon landings through the men who actually performed those heroic mission.

2. Friday, July 10, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Maria Catalina
returns to discuss the Astronaut Teacher Alliance – TATA.  Maria became a space enthusiast during junior high school when the Eagle landed on the Moon in 1969. Dreams of making medicine on the Moon, from plants used by the Mescalero Apache (her maternal ancestors), faded when her Home Economics teacher laughed at the idea. She said, “The closest you will ever get to chemistry is to make a good jar of jam, and the closest you will ever get to NASA is to wish upon a star.” She wished upon the star in the middle of the Belt of Orion, but left school after 10th grade  After enrolling in the University of California in 1994, as a sophomore, Maria won a NASA Fellowship – the NASA Specialized Center of Research Training in Exobiology Fellowship. Her research involving the origin of DNA received one of six awards in a graduate student competition at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Earning a BA in Bionomy (2000) with high honors, she deferred an invitation to the first NASA Astrobiology Institute PhD program with a Sloan Fellowship for a middle school math and science teaching credential to have the schedule of her high school sons and be sure they graduated. Now, Joey is an Aero Space Engineering senior at Cal Poly, Niko will be doing Mechanical Engineering at San Jose State and Mike graduated from High School.  Since her credential in 2002 she was nominated for NASA Educator Astronaut in 2003, published Native American Science, won the AAAS Best Science Lesson award, is a Honeywell Educator Scholar, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship finalist, and took the weightless flight. Maria is now a middle school teacher of math and science, a JPL NASA Solar System Ambassador and on the Board of Directors for the National Space Society San Diego Chapter.

3. Sunday, July 5, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Dr. Matt Colborn
, UK, is a 35-year old UK resident, with an MSc in cognitive science and a doctorate in experimental psychology. He is also a budding space artist, an artist member of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts, and an occasional writer of Science fiction.  One of his short stories was featured in an anthology about space elevators.  He has a blog, Cosmic Citizen (http://cosmic-citizen.blogspot.com/) , which amongst other things deals with space, astronomical and cosmological topics.  Matt also does freelance writing and has co-written a chapter for the IAAA’s forthcoming 25th anniversary book celebrating space art.  He says “I’ve been deeply interested in space, astronomy and the future all of my life, and am an enthusiastic amateur astronomer. My childhood interest in space was deflated somewhat in 1990, with the cancellation of plans for the US to go to Mars and the Moon. This put me off spaceflight for a long time. The situation with the Constellation program seems like history repeating itself!”

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