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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:02 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 21, 2016, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
Mars, Leonard David’s new book, and much more.

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At the time of the Columbia accident, Leonard was full time with Space.com and was sent to cover the CAIB for several weeks in Houston. Leonard David is now an Insider Columnist with Space.com and a Research Associate for Secure World Foundation, has been writing about global space activities for some 50 years. He is an award-winning journalist and is SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist, a correspondent for Space News newspaper, a contributing writer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace America magazine and also serves as a consultant to the Coalition for Space Exploration. Leonard’s activism has focused on the outer space arena, from planetary defense and curbing orbital debris to use of satellites for providing enhanced stewardship of planet Earth. Leonard has been a consultant to NASA, other government agencies, the aerospace industry and media outlets. In the mid-1980’s he served as Director of Research for the National Commission on Space, a U.S. Congress/White House study that appraised the next 50 to 100 years of space exploration. Leonard’s interest in space matters has led to his co-authoring of Extreme Flight: Rocket Science in 2006. As a Contributing Essayist, his writings can be found in the National Geographic`s Encyclopedia of Space published in 2004. Leonard is a co-author of the book Chaos to Cosmos – A Space Odyssey, published by the Denver Museum of Nature & Space in 2003. He also served as editor-in-chief of the National Space Society`s Ad Astra and Space World magazines and the newsstand publication, Final Frontier. Leonard was honored to receive the internationally recognized Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Award for Best Space Submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in England in 2006 and in Paris in 2003. Also in 2006, he received the Orbit award for Space Media from the Space Tourism Society. Later that year, he won the 2nd Annual Space Journalism award for best article on human spacefaring for January-September 2005 and in 2001 won the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Media. Leonard attended Mesa Junior College and San Diego State University, earning a High Degree of Interest in the future of space exploration. In 2010, he received a Journalism Fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

2. Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PST (November 23, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. Gilbert Levin updates us with more analysis from the Mars Viking Lander.

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.

3. Sunday, November 27, 2016, 12-1:30 PM PST (19-20:30 GMT)
Space Global Trends discussed with Lt. Col. Peter Garretson, USAF.

Lieutenant Colonel Garretson (USAFA; Master of Aviation Human Factors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) is an instructor of joint warfare at the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College. He served two years as a strategy and policy adviser to the chief of staff of the Air Force on space, technology, energy, and US grand strategy, and two years as division chief for irregular warfare strategy and policy. Earlier, he spent 16 months as the first serving US officer on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship at India’s Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis where he researched innovative paths forward for US-India space cooperation. Prior to receiving his fellowship, he served four years in the US Air Force’s Directorate of Strategic Planning as the chief of Air Force future technology and as deputy director for Air Force transformation, charged with looking 30-50 years into the future at the key trends and technologies that would shape conflict and statecraft. Lieutenant Colonel Garretson spent time at America’s premier institutions of technical innovation as a service-chief-appointed intern to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and as a service academy research associate at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is senior pilot, winner of the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award, and an award-winning author on air and space power strategy.  Lieutenant Colonel Garretson is an instructor of joint warfare at the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College. He served two years as a strategy and policy adviser to the chief of staff of the Air Force on space, technology, energy, and US grand strategy, and two years as division chief for irregular warfare strategy and policy. Earlier, he spent 16 months as the first serving US officer on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship at India’s Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis where he researched innovative paths forward for US-India space cooperation. Prior to receiving his fellowship, he served four years in the US Air Force’s Directorate of Strategic Planning as the chief of Air Force future technology and as deputy director for Air Force transformation, charged withlooking 30-50 years into the future at the key trends and technologies that would shape conflict and statecraft. Lieutenant Colonel Garretson spent time at America’s premier institutions of technical innovation as a service-chief-appointed intern to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and as a service academy research associate at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is senior pilot, winner of the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award, and an award-winning author on air and space power strategy.

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