Broadcast 2693 Dr. Paul Spudis

01 May 2016 Dr. Paul D. Spudis
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Guest:  Dr. Paul Spudis; Topics: We discussed our guest's new book, "The Value of the Moon" plus Dr. Spudis responded to listener questions on numerous topics.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See

We welcomed back to the show Dr. Paul Spudis for a discussion about his new book, "The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources," plus Dr. Spudis responded to many listener questions about returning to the Moon, going to Mars, and U.S. space policy.  In the first segment of our 1 hour 45 minute discussion, Dr. Spudis introduced us to his new book, then I asked him to elaborate on his chapter that provided three reasons for our going back to the Moon. Paul went over the three reasons so let us know with a blog comment what you think of them.  I do!  I asked our guest why it has been so challenging to return to the Moon.  You do not want to miss what Dr. Spudis said in response to my question.  Listener emails started coming in with Karen asking why not first solve our economic problems before going into space or returning to the Moon.  Dr. Spudis gave her a good answer, showing how important space has become to all of us.

Listeners wanted to know the Spudis roadmap for returning to the Moon so our guest summarized it on air but for all of it, get a copy of his book as that is where the details are located.  Listener John wanted to know about public private partnerships, could the Moon be developed totally by the private sector, or would it be developed by only the government.  Again, don't miss what our guest had to say in response to this question.

Another topic in this segment was Mars and going there as our priority. Dr. Spudis had much to say about going to Mars, using the Moon as a learning and testing base and being the only rational way to have human spaceflight to Mars.  Mars was a major part of our discussion as it is a popular target for lots of people regarding spaceflight.  We talked about SLS & Orion, , using the big rocket and capsule for going to the Moon, not Mars, and the need for a lunar lander.  Dr. Spudis also talked about the important role of robots in returning to the Moon.

In the second segment, Judith from Seattle asked what Paul thought of one way trips to the Moon, similar to what Mars One was planning for Mars.  He did not think much of them but listen to all of what he had to say about a one way lunar mission. 

Cislunar transportation was discussed in some detail in this segment.  So was the possibility of a lunar space elevator and the changing of US space policy to make space settlement a priority.  In this context, our guest had much to say about ISRU..  Next up was an email from Luis in Venezuela asking about solar electric power (SEP).

SLS John called to be supportive of Paul's comments about SLS being a placeholder for American labor, skills, and technology.  Marshall called to talk about robotic missions to both the Moon and Mars and what key technology was holding things back.  Here, Paul talked about an upcoming 2019  NASA lunar mission, Resource Prospector. 

Fuel depots for use in returning to the Moon were discussed as well as the prime locations for such depots.  Todd wanted to know the timeline for humans returning to the Moon.  Then Paul got a listener question asking if his plan for going back to the Moon was too supportive of the weaponization and militarization of space.  Dr. Spudis had much to say about this, the risks and vulnerability to our space assets, the Chinese space program and military, their track record and more.  Don't miss this important discussion.

Paul was then asked if our having gone to the Moon via Apollo to win the Cold War was the wrong way to have gone to the Moon and to blame for our having done nothing else since then with the Moon.  Paul had a different take on this history, don't miss what he had to say.  Jack from Brooklyn asked Paul if he was more supportive of sending humans to the moons of Mars rather than the actual planet. Again, don't miss Paul's reply to this question. 

Dr. Spudis provided us with a solid closing statement.  Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this archived show on TSS website.  You can reach Dr. Spudis through his websites,,,,  Please remember that if you buy his book through Amazon to use the OGLF portal or Smile Amazon site as Amazon will donate part of the purchase price to OGLF and The Space Show.




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