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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:20 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, June 20, 2016, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
Hubble’s public imagery with Zoltan (Zolt) Levay.



Zoltan G. Levay (Zolt) is Imaging Group Lead in the Office of Public Outreach at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland.  Since 1993 he has primarily been responsible for producing publicly accessible images from Hubble Space Telescope data to illustrate Hubble’s science discoveries.  He is lead of the Hubble Heritage Project, a team of astronomers within STScI striving to establish a repository of the visually finest Hubble imagery. Mr. Levay earned a B.S. in Astrophysics in 1975 from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and M.S. in Astronomy in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  He was employed by Computer Sciences Corp. as an analyst and programmer with various space science missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.  He joined STScI in 1983, developing science analysis software, and joined the Office of Public Outreach in 1993 as an image-processing specialist.

2. Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 22, 2-3:30 GMT)
Open Lines Discussion – All space topics welcome.

3. Friday, June 24, 2016, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Lower the cost to space via the Moon, more value for the money with Dr. Doug Plata.

Dr. Plata is a physician and public health specialist in Loma Linda, CA. His undergraduate degree was in biophysics and he went on to complete his MD and MPH with specialty training in Family and Preventive Medicine. His involvement in space has emerged only in the last three years. His primary interest in space is the development of a cis-lunar transportation infrastructure based upon lunar polar ice for propellant. A description of his concept can be found at CisLunarOne.com. He established the on-line Lunar COTS petition which has attracted signatures of individuals from NASA, industry, academia, advocacy organizations, and space journalists.

4. Sunday, June 26, 2016, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
The Viking Restoration Project with Rachel Tillman, Al Treder.

Rachel Tillman is the Founder and Executive Director of the 501c3 nonprofit “The Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project” (VMMEPP) and began her path preserving Viking mission history at the young age of 11 when she saved the last remaining flight ready Viking Mars Lander (VL3) from becoming scrap metal. Her early exposure to the mission came as the daughter of Viking Team Member James E. Tillman, served on the Viking Meteorology Team and eventually became the final Program Manager of the mission for the last extended missions.
The excitement generated in youth exposed to the VL3 as it lived temporarily in the Rachels’ elementary school, the University of Washington Electrical Engineering, was profound, and became the catalyst for Rover competitions at the school, and drew attention from the public, as it continues to do, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA, where it is currently on loan to the museum by Rachel. During the last years of the Viking mission Rachel helped her father developed an exhibit at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, in collaboration with Ted Maxwell, Senior Advisor for Science at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
Between her youthful initiation into the preservation of Viking artifacts and history, and her current leadership role, Rachel held roles in communications organizations, focused on innovating new ways to present information, from inventing streaming media applications to business development, focused on problem solving and driving innovation and market development in digital communications beginning in the late 80s. Her experience and success at projecting needs and executing projects landed her in leadership positions from Art Director/Producer to Technology Evangelist, and Business Development Manager, taking technologies to market through partnerships with companies like Microsoft, Intel, MCI, RealNetworks, and other smaller integrators to grow the overall internet and media industry. Rachel’s experience negotiating with firms to leverage and create content to build end user experiences, began as she developed concepts into CD ROM, and web experiences using her degree in technical illustration and her vision of the possibilities from the convergence of computing and internet media. Rachel has a long list of “firsts in her career” that represent her initiative and experience identifying gaps, forming teams, gathering resources and managing projects both from small nonprofits to multinational Fortune 500s. She collaborated with engineers, academics, educators, and media experts from the International Interactive Communications Society as the Forum redefined the term “multimedia” in 1990. She led CD Publishers to expand their offerings to include hybrid web/CD experiences such as the first interactive travel planning and booking CD/Web product “Experience Hawaii” in 1994. She initiated and contributed to the emergence of web technologies such as 3D Mesh, the first web animations, and streaming media with Intel Labs from 1996 to 2000.
Throughout her academic and professional career, she has remained committed to education, leading and volunteering efforts to support the inclusion and immersion of computing and communications technology into schools and education programs such as the Boys & Girls Club, from whom she received an award for her leadership in establishing cutting edge web program for staff and youth. It is this persistent undercurrent that led Rachel back to the arena of education and inspiration of youth through the critical lens of the Viking missions “to preserve the artifacts, history and original documents of Viking, and to inspire future leaders and thinkers”.

Al Treder is a Viking Alumni that has worked in various aspects of space and missile G&C systems for 49 years, from conceptual design through development and flight.
He tested and analyzed designs for Gemini and Apollo avionics early on, launched missiles in the Utah desert, and designed a calibration facility for horizon sensors on a spinning communication satellite before moving to Cal-Tech’s JPL to work on the Viking Mars project as the Orbiter Maneuver Analyst.
Following the Viking project, he moved to Boeing, where he invented an attitude matching technique to replace star scanners on the Inertial Upper Stage carried by the Space Shuttle. He has spent the last 18 years of his career as a key player in the specification and development of the GN&C subsystem for the US part of the International Space Station. His primary responsibility on ISS was making sure the Station could meet its pointing accuracy requirements.
He officially retired from Boeing on 1 February 2000, but continued to perform this work for Boeing as a subcontracted employee for another 11 years as a telecommuter from his home in Washington state.
Mr. Treder is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee, with a BEE from Marquette University.
Mr. Treder is currently an active Volunteer at The Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project, providing his expertise in digital imaging, as Lead Digital Archivist, and has supported the launch of the online Viking Mission Museum in January of 2016. He also and contributes to Education Outreach and Exhibit Design both of which are underway. He has participated in events in Oregon and Las Vegas supporting the organization.

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