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1095 (Special Edition)||Listen to the show!|
|Aired on January 25th, 2009|
|Guest: Dr. Jeff Bell|
|Guest: Dr. Jeff Bell. Topics: Apollo 8, Soviet L1 Zond, Obama space policy, SSP, Ares 1 & V, economics, Martian methane, NASA science missions, human spaceflight. Dr. Jeff Bell began the discussion today by referring back to an end of the year Space Show program which addressed Apollo 8 and a recent article written by Miles O'Brien on the same subject which ignored the rush for Apollo 8 because the Soviets were planning their own lunar flyby mission with the L1 which was more commonly referred to as the Zond spacecraft. You will want to hear what Dr. Bell has to say about this, about safety, risk, national prestige, PR and more. We also zeroed in on a likely space policy for President Obama and the new US Congress. Jeff could not predict the policy, but you will find his comments and understanding of the situation ahead for space to be most interesting and to the point. A listener asked about space solar power and that opened a huge door for a Dr. Jeff Bell rant. Don't miss it. We talked about the space and specifically the lunar programs for India and China, space tourism, the Marine's SUSTAIN concept, human spaceflight and science missions. Toward the end of this extra long nearly 2 and 1/2 hour program, Jeff was asked for his priorities were he in charge of NASA. Listen and see if you agree with him. NewSpace was discussed, the Scaled accident was discussed as was the Cal Osha report, spaceports were a topic, and much more. This is quite the comprehensive discussion and you won't want to miss it. If you have a comment or question for Dr. Jeff Bell, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward it to him. Dr. Bell does not always respond to questions and sometimes his responses are a long time in coming.|
|About our guest...|
Dr. Jeff Bell
Dr. Jeff Bell has his B.S. (Physics + Astronomy) Univ. of Michigan 1977 M.S. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1979 Ph.D. (Astronomy) Univ. of Hawaii 1984. From 1984-2000 he was Professor of Planetary Science, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, Univ. of Hawaii, he conducted research on mineralogical composition of asteroids from visible and IR reflection spectroscopy, he was a Science Team Member, Comet Rendezvous / Asteroid Flyby spacecraft (1984-88), and the Principal Investigator on several space mission proposals. Since 2003 Dr. Bell has written a semi-regular opinion column on space policy and technology for web site SpaceDaily.com, attempting to bring a more skeptical and realistic perspective to the pro-space community.
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