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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Sep 5, 2016 2:03 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PDT (September 7, 2-3:30 GMT)
AIAA Space 2016 & both NASA & commercial space off to Mars with Dr. Sandra Magnus.



Dr. Sandra Magnus began her NASA career in 1996 with training for flight assignment as a mission specialist. She gained much international experience working with the European Space Agency (ESA), with the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), and with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also traveled to Russia in support of testing and product development. Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, last year. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months. Following her assignment on Station she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Before joining NASA she worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft on military aircraft programs. Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr. Magnus graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech (1996). She has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX). AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.

2. Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
Ceres updates and Dawn Misson discussed with Dr. Marc Rayman.

Dr. Marc Rayman is not only a top rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory but also a magnificent communicator. He is currently the chief engineer and mission director for Dawn, the first spacecraft ever targeted to orbit two extraterrestrial destinations, the giant protoplanet Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Marc combined his extensive training in physics with his lifelong study and passion for the exploration of space by joining JPL shortly after receiving his doctorate. His work there has spanned a broad range of planetary and astrophysics missions, including Deep Space 1 (DS1) and the Spitzer Space Telescope, as well as the development of interplanetary laser communications. One of Marc’s favorite hobbies is learning about the space activities of all space-faring nations. He has built an extraordinary personal collection of information (and memorabilia) from over 40 nations, featured in an amusing video tour geared for space buffs. He is very active in outreach, instilling in the public the power of science and the thrill and wonder of interplanetary adventures through his acclaimed DS1 and Dawn blogs and his popular public speaking.

3. Sunday, September 11, 2016, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
www.moonwards and much more with 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.

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