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Broadcast 977 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on July 8th, 2008
Guests: Matt Everingham, Wil Simon
Guests: Wil Simon and Matt Everingham were the guests for this Space Show program in order to discuss the upcoming NASA 2008 Regolith Excavation Challenge from August 2-3, 2008 in San Luis Obispo, CA on the campus of Cal Poli. Wil and Matt explained the competition, some of the rules, and fielded lots of listener questions ranging from He3 to telling us about the judges for the contest. You can learn more about this contest at their website: Will and Matt talked about the various teams, how they are financed, their investment, and even why some enter the contest. Listeners wanted to know about sponsorship, investment possibilities, training for the contest, and much more. Since there was no winner last year, some questions were asked about why there was no winner and one listener even went through the list of Centennial Challenges and suggested that winners were scarce because the contests were as hard as getting into space. Listen to this discussion and see if you agree. Later in the show, Will got some questions about journalists, science, and space. This proved to be a most interesting discussion and then we got a question from Ben about what a layperson should do in order not to be misled by a journalistic report. Wil provided us with some solid points of advice and this led me to the idea to do a full show with him on how journalists color stories, march to an agenda, and do all sorts of things with news that we may or may not pick up on. Watch the newsletters for this program, which will take place at a later date. As you will hear, I will be at the contest and will conduct Space Show interviews for play on the Sunday, August 3, 2008 program. If you are in the area and can attend, please consider doing so. And remember, it's free. If you have comments, questions, or need information about the Challenge, you can contact Wil and Matt through the website or by using for Matt Everingham and for Wil Simon. Their contact page is

About our guests...

Matt Everingham
Matt Everingham is a graduate of University of California San Diego, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. During his time at UCSD, Matt participated in several student design projects. As a member of UCSD's American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly team, he contributed to the design, analysis, fabrication and integration of composite structures for an Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This project culminated in an international competition held in Maryland. As a senior, Matt participated in a design study of an extremely high maneuverability Uncrewed Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) concept, a project mentored by The Boeing Company. After serving as an intern in the California Space Authority's Sacramento office, where he contributed to public and policymaker awareness of space enterprise activities, Matt is currently a member of CSA's corporate team serving as Manager of Engineering Programs. In this capacity he is responsible for managing the Regolith Excavation Challenge, MoonROx Challenge, New Space Professionals Working Group, and several projects under the WIRED initiative. Matt is responsible for the project management and technical management of the Regolith Excavation Challenge and Moon Regolith Oxygen (MoonROx) Challenge; prize competitions being executed under the NASA Centennial Challenges Program. These challenges are intended to accelerate technology development in the area of in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) for lunar missions and to develop a community around lunar ISRU, providing an avenue by which members of the public can contribute to the advancement of ISRU technologies. As the staff liaison to the New Space Professionals Working Group, Matt is engaged with the issues raised by the recruiting, integration, and retention of new space professionals into the space enterprise workforce. The working group seeks to give CSA members and other space community stakeholders insight into the perspectives of new space professionals and the various challenges resulting from the unique history of space enterprise

Wil Simon
Wil Simon is a Media Advisor/Consultant representing Primalmedia--a media relations support company in Central California. He is regular contributing writer to LAUNCH Magazine in New York, and an affiliate member of the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He has 17 years of communication experience. He has served in the capacity of reporter, producer, master copywriter, client manager, communications officer, and operations chief, and has written and produced news and web articles, press releases, radio and television shows and commercials, promotional materials, and books. He holds an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School in Chicago, IL.

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