Broadcast 2349 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

03 Nov 2014 Gerald Driggers
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Guest: Gerald Driggers. Topics: Mars Settlement, The Earth-Mars Chronicles book series. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, 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 For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. We welcomed Gerald Driggers to the program to discuss his theories about Mars settlement but his science fiction book series Earth-Mars Chronicles. You can find out more about his work and books by visiting During the first segment of our 100 minute program, Mr. Driggers talked about his early interest in space exploration, his early work in the industry & then his becoming a space age dropout as he described it. He told us why he embarked on the Earth-Mars Chronicles series. Listeners sent him email questions asking him why Mars was so important & why it should be the choice for human settlement off the planet. Gerald responded to these early "why" questions. A listener asked if he would do a one way mission to Mars. You might be surprised by his answer. Next up was Mars One given Gerald was one of the early supporters of the organization. Gerald had much to say about Mars One and the Mars One model for humans to Mars. He also discussed other HSF to Mars Models but their was lots of listener interest in discussing Mars One with our guest. Later, Gerald said we would need to be at the Technical Readiness Level 7 (TR7) to go to Mars, be it the private sector or with the government. June emailed to ask about the minimum viable size for a Martian settlement, including genetic screening. Evon emailed about landing large payloads on Mars & how Gerald addressed that problem in his books. Gerald brought up the need for humanity to be off Earth in case Earth is destroyed so I asked him if we needed to be in a hurry to develop an off Earth presence on Mars. Our guest suggested it would be a very long time in coming as there was no forcing function for HSF to Mars, nor is fundamental research being done regarding human survival on long duration spaceflight trips. Doug called to ask about the economic justification for settlements on Mars & to ask if the Moon was not a better and more economic choice than Mars. In the second segment, Kirk from Trinidad phoned in to ask about the online presence for Mars One. We also asked him about space in Trinidad and if it was a hot topic or area of interest. More emails came in & Christine wanted to know what was next for Gerald in Earth-Mars Chronicles. Tony wanted to know if there was a spiritual component to HSF to Mars. Our guest responded in the context of religions. Judith's note inquired if one of greatest blockades to space exploration were the entertainment options today including video games, computers, & other forms of entertainment. Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can reach Gerald through his website or me.



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