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Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The new NASA budget, ISS, privatizing the ISS. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.
John Batchelor and I welcomed back William (Bill) Harwood, CBS Space News Reporter, to update us on the new NASA budget of $19.9 billion plus the future of the ISS starting in 2025. Regarding the budget, we talked about winners and program cancelations including the much wanted scientific space telescope WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope). Also discussed was the Lunar Orbital Platform, the DSG, orbiting the Moon as compared to building a lunar base on the surface, using the Moon as a stepping stone to Mars and much more. We then switched to discussing the future of the ISS beyond 2024 starting with 2025 as there has been talk from the administration about privatizing the ISS. Nobody is yet clear on what this means or how it might happens and there are lots of questions about it still to be answered. Bill provided us with as much clarity on this issue as possible for today but this will be an evolving story we will certainly follow.
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