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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:35 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 19, 2015, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
returns to discuss a variety of topics including science. Visit his blog atwww.spudislunarresources.com/blog.



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/

2. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 21, 3-4:30 GMT)
, aerospace engineer, comes to the show.
Andrew Rader is a spacecraft engineer with a PhD from MIT in Aerospace Engineering, and a background in space human factors and systems engineering. He has experience on over a dozen space missions, and has authored nine papers on space design, with specific emphasis on performance vs. cost optimization.  Andrew produces a space, science, history, and sci-fi Youtube channel with over 3 million views, which features a video lecture series on spacecraft engineering from MIT. He also designs educational science and history games at www.newhorizongames.com, and is the author of the book: ‘Leaving Earth: Why one-way to Mars makes sense’.

3. Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
returns to discuss further Viking findings, Curiosity, and the potential for finding signs of life on Mars.
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.

4. Sunday, January 25, 2015, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
. All space, STEM, and first time callers welcome. Don’t be shy.

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