Dr. Tom Van Flandern

Dr. Tom Van Flandern received his Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, specializing in celestial mechanics, from Yale University in 1969. He spent 20 years at the U.S. Naval Observatory, where he became the Chief of the Celestial Mechanics Branch. In 1991, Tom formed a Washington, DC-based organization, Meta Research, to foster research into ideas not otherwise supported solely because they conflict with mainstream theories in Astronomy. Tom is editor of the Meta Research Bulletin, which specializes in reporting anomalies and evidence that does not fit with standard theories in the field. During the past few years, he has also been a Research Associate at the University of Maryland Physics Department in College Park, MD, and a consultant to the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD, working on improving the accuracy of the Global Positioning System (GPS). North Atlantic Books is the publisher of Tom's 1993 book, "Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets". A second edition was published in 1999. As with his research papers, the book is critical of many standard models in astronomy, such as the Oort Cloud, the Dirty Snowball, and the Big Bang theory. Tom also organizes the Eclipse Edge Expeditions to optimal solar eclipse viewing sites. During his career as a professional research astronomer, Tom has been honored by a prize from the Gravity Research Foundation; served on the Council of American Astronomical Society's Division on Dynamical Astronomy; taught astronomy at the University of South Florida and to Navy Department employees; been a consultant to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab; and done several spots for the "Project Universe" series that continues to air occasionally on public TV.

Broadcast 385 (Special Edition)

Dr. Thomas Van Flandern was the guest for this Space Show program. We began the interview by discussing gravity and how Dr. Van Flandern understands gravity as compared to tradition physics and science. We also looked at how gravity can be manipulated to serve the interests of obtaining lower space access and transportation costs. Dr. Van Flandern brought us up to date on gravity modification efforts, how gravity modification might take place and how far along with it we are right now. In the course of talking to Dr.

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