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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:25 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, November 14, 2016, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Marianne Dyson’s new book, “A Passion for Space”.



Marianne Dyson was a Timeliner and then a Flight Activities Officer in Mission Control during the first Space Shuttle flights, the subject of her memoir, A Passion for Space: Adventures of a Pioneering Female NASA Flight Controller. From systems failures to space sick crewmembers, how did the Mission Control team prepare, identify, and deal with problems encountered during the “shake-down” flights of a new space vehicle? What lessons might we take from these experiences in planning for future commercial and government flights on new vehicles to space stations, the Moon, and Mars? What barriers remain to the participation of women in these new adventures?

Since the 1990s, Dyson has pursued a second career as a writer and speaker on space topics, including hands-on STEM workshops for kids and teachers. She contributes to Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society, and has stories in recent and upcoming issues of Analog Science Fiction. Her children’s books have won numerous awards including the most recent, Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, which she coauthored with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic and which was recognized by the National Science Teachers’ Association as a 2016 Outstanding Trade Book.

2. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 16, 3-4:30 GMT)
Space event updates and more with Robert Zimmerman.

Robert Zimmerman is a well known and respected space historian and author. He posts regularly at his website, http://behindtheblack.com, on space, science, and other matters relating to cultural and political issues. Mr. Zimmerman is also an award winning author who has written four books on the history of space exploration, all of which are still in print. This first book, GENESIS: THE STORY OF APOLLO 8, was published in 1998, and is now available as an ebook from either his webpage or from amazon.com, or any ebook vendor. His most recent book, THE UNIVERSE IN A MIRROR: THE SAGA OF THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE AND THE VISIONARIES WHO BUILT IT (Princeton University Press) tells the poignant tale of the men and women behind the telescope, and how many had to sacrifice careers and family to get it built. It also describes in detail the importance of Hubble both scientifically and culturally. More than any other instrument sent into space, the Hubble Space Telescope reshaped the human perception of our place in the universe. Robert’s previous book, LEAVING EARTH: SPACE STATIONS, RIVAL SUPERPOWERS, AND THE QUEST FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL, is a must read! It describes in detail the history of manned space flight, post Apollo. Thus, it includes a lot of information about the Soviet/Russian space program that is unknown to most Americans. In 2003 American Astronautical Society awarded LEAVING EARTH the Eugene Emme Award as that year’s the best space history for the general public. Mr. Zimmerman has also authored THE CHRONOLOGICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DISCOVERIES IN SPACE (published by Oryx Press, now ABC-CLIO, 2000), a detailed reference book describing what was accomplished on every space mission beginning in October 1957 with Sputnik and continuing through December 1999. His work is published regularly in such magazines as SCIENCE, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, FORTUNE, AD ASTRA, AMERICAN HISTORY, STARDATE, and many other major magazines. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism.

3. Friday, November 19, 2016, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
Bi space events are on the way for commercial space & more with Dr. Bruce Cordell.

Bruce Cordell is an educator and consultant who writes and speaks on future trends in space exploration and technology. He is co-founder of 21stCenturyWaves.com, which monitors global trends in the economy, technology, and geopolitics. Formerly a program manager with General Dynamics Space Systems in San Diego, he worked closely with NASA and the USAF on lunar bases and human missions to Mars, space transportation and resources, and national defense. His degrees are from UCLA (M.S.) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D.) in planetary and space physics, and he was a Weizmann postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. While a physics professor at the California State University, Bruce met Krafft Ehricke and participated with him in a public panel discussion on space at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego. Soon after he joined General Dynamics where Bill Rector asked him to help position the company to participate in manned lunar and Mars missions. Bruce organized a 10-member international team of subcontractors in support of General Dynamics. With ESA-veteran Otto Steinbronn, he developed a concept for a world space agency – “Interspace” – that featured equal management authority for the major global space powers and broad opportunities for participation for all others. Always fascinated by manned Mars missions, Bruce published the first systematic study assessing the potential for significant natural resources on Mars that could support human colonization. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Cordell developed a ground-breaking concept for interplanetary commerce featuring retrieval of water from the moons of Mars for transportation and industrial uses in the Earth-Moon system. He led the first study showing its economic advantages and technical feasibility. In 1996, Dr. Cordell published “Forecasting the Next Major Thrust into Space” in Space Policy, in which he sketched his new theory — based on long-term trends in the economy and technology over the last 200 years — that logically explained our romance with President Kennedy’s 1960s Apollo program and our retreat back to Earth orbit over the last 40 years. And more importantly, he was able to forecast that the decade from 2015 to 2025 will be the analog of the 1960’s. With several colleagues and friends this work has intensified over the last several years including the founding of 21stCenturyWaves.com and the introduction of the “fractal Maslow Window.”

4. Sunday, November 20, 2016, 12-1:30 PM PST (19-20:30 GMT)
TheSpacePlan, The Space Finance Group & more with Jay Wittner and Steven Jorgenson.

Jay Wittner serves as President of Integrated Space Analytics (the company behind the Integrated Space Plan), is a Founding Partner of the Space Finance Group, and is currently serving his 4th term on the National Space Society’s Board of Directors. He has been a member of the National Space Society and other space advocacy groups since 1986 and has participated in over a dozen of the National Space Society’s ISDC conferences.  During his service on the National Space Society Board he has served on several committees, and for several years he was Vice President of Membership and a member of the Executive Committee. His financial support of NSS was recognized by a permanent appointment to the Buzz Aldrin Council.  Outside of the space arena, he serves as President of Kickstarter Coaching, a consulting firm providing advice & support on crowdfunding campaigns.  Since graduating from Emory University Business School with a degree in Finance, Mr. Wittner has worked in and consulted on numerous industries including: crowdfunding, investing, jewelry, non-profits, real estate, retail, and space.

Steven Jorgenson has eleven years of professional money management experience at the institutional level, having previously worked for trading firms at the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, as a Member of the Chicago Stock Exchange, and as Portfolio Manager of a private corporate bond fund.  Mr. Jorgenson is the co-founder and current Portfolio Manager of the Viridian Fund, a Florida-based hedge fund specializing in equity options trading. Mr. Jorgenson graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with double majors in Bacteriology, and Biology, as well as a Certificate of Business. Mr. Jorgenson is a member of the Space Angels Network, an active angel investor in space-related businesses, and is eager to apply his financial and business expertise directly to the challenges of the New Space industry.

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