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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:26 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, June 24, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PDT (June 25, 2-3:30 GMT)
returns for space news updates. For his reporting at www.behindtheblack.com
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 (https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002014/Genesis-The-Story-of-Apollo-8-The-First-Manned-Mission-to-Another-World.html) or from amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Apollo-Mission-Another-ebook/dp/B00A1EZJ6U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352034864&sr=1-1&keywords=Genesis%3A+The+Story+of+Apollo+8), 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. He can be reached at zimmerman at nasw dot org.

2. Friday, June 27, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PDT (16:30-18 GMT)
returns to discuss teaching space, STEM and NewSpace perspectives.
Gregory Cecil formally worked on the Space Shuttle Fleet thermal protection system as a Senior Aerocomposite Technician.  While there, he earned his Masters in Aeronautical Science: Space Operations Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  After the end of the program, Greg became a middle school science teacher and currently teaches in St. Petersburg Florida.  Greg owns his own company called AeroSTEM Consulting.  Greg provides Aerospace STEM consulting for schools and companies, conducts workshops for STEM teachers, and gives presentations on subjects related to STEM and Human Space Flight.  Building off of his experience and education in the space industry, Greg is able to draw connections between industry and academia. Greg is the only Florida State Certified Educator AND Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician in the nation.  Greg has kept active in space related issues even after his aerospace career ended.  Greg owned and operated the former blog, RV-103.com dealing with Human Space Flight issues.  Greg served as an Aerospace Education Consultant for SpaceTEC, an organization that trains aerospace technicians nationwide, assisting in composing a National Certification Exam for Composites, and wrote a blog for them.  Greg served as a member of former Congresswoman Sandy Adam’s Space Advisory Committee.  Greg has been interviewed on various media outlets about Human Space Flight including 60 minutes, Smithsonian Air and Space magazine, Weekly Reader/Career World, USA, etc.  Greg has escorted his students to Kennedy Space Center culminating in a sleep over under Space Shuttle Atlantis.  There, to his student’s delight, they found a picture of him taken by Michael Soluri and part of the Atlantis exhibit.  For two years running, Greg has had his students send their self-designed experiments to the “edge of space” via high altitude balloon courtesy of JP Aerospace.  This year a total of 16 experiments were sent up.  Greg has served as a consultant and appeared in the movie, “I Want to be an Astronaut,” and appeared on the panel for the first Earth based screening at the Human to Mars Event, moderated by science reporter Miles O’Brien.  Greg’s full profile can be found on LinkedIn under Gregory N. Cecil, M.A.S.

3. Sunday, June 29, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Author John Oehler returns for his new book, “Papyrus: A Thriller.” There’s a lot of airborne remote sensing in the story (1983 vintage) and even a mention of NASA’s pioneering use of ground-pentrating radar when they flew a GPR instrument on the shuttle and were able to image buried branches of the ancestral Nile.
John Oehler is a multiple award-winning author of thriller/suspense novels. Formerly an exploration geologist, he has worked in dozens of countries around the world and now combines those experiences with his love of history and the arts to create stories that leave readers asking, “Could this really happen?” John lives in Houston with his wife, Dorothy, a member of the Mars Science Team that is acquiring and analyzing data from NASA’s Curiosity rover. They share their lives with Elfie, an Old English Sheepdog who should have been named Nitro. For more information about John, or to contact him, go to www.johnoehler.com, where you will also find excerpts of his novels, as well as photographs and behind-the-scenes background on how he created his stories.

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