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Broadcast 735 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on June 21st, 2007
Guest: Matt Allner
Matthew Allner was the primary guest for this Space Show program. Matt was joined by his student Buddy and Buddy's father Glen as the team discussed the recently completed Spaceward Bound program with four West Middle School student from Sioux City, Iowa in which they participated in a three-day expedition to simulate a space expedition on Mars. Matt explained the program and we were then joined by Buddy who told us about the program from his student perspective. We learned about his goals, science objectives and experiments, his preparation and more. Glen told us about the program from a parent's perspective. Together, Matt, Glen and Buddy answered many questions from listeners about the project. You can visit the expedition website at where you find the logs from all three days of the venture plus photographs. Listeners wanted to know how easy it would be for others to replicate a similar Mars analog experience in their towns. You will want to hear what Matt has to say about this and to develop a similar program. As you will hear during this program, Matt Allner has created an innovative and exciting program that appeals to school kids and their parents. You will hear it in their voices when you hear Buddy and Glen on the show. If you have follow up questions or comments for Matt, Buddy, or Glen, please send them all to Matt Allner at As always, you can send them through me at and I will forward them to Matt.

About our guest...

Matt Allner
Matthew Allner received a BS in Biology, a BA in Secondary Education, and a minor in Psychology from Briar Cliff University in 1997. Married his wife (Jessica) in 2000 and they have two wonderful children, Isabelle and Nathan. He is currently finishing his Masters in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota with a thesis development in the area of space psychology and human performance in extreme environments. He has been working as a secondary level science teacher for twelve years now, having taught in California, two school districts in Iowa, and now in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was an active rescue diver and training officer for the Siouxland Dive Rescue Team for three years while in Iowa. As a young scientist he is studying group dynamics in high-risk environments where aspects of research and experience with the dive team he was on, helped him gain experience and insights into the development of suggestions and research in this area. He has also presented science research at the 2006 COSPAR (Bejing, China) and the 2006 IAC (Valencia, Spain). Recently he received NASA sponsorship to present research at the 2008 COSPAR (Montreal, Canada) and the 2008 IAC (Glasgow, Scotland). He has participated in research expeditions to the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Mojave Desert, and to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah where he furthered his psychology studies of group dynamic development in Isolated Confined Extreme (ICE) environments. Certified in CPR and First-Aid, he also speaks Spanish and is learning Russian. Hobbies include spending time with his family and extreme sports (surfing, climbing, diving, mountain biking, and snowboarding).

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