Broadcast 1152 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

08 May 2009 Dr. Nader Elhefnawy
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Guest: Dr. Nader Elhefnawy. Topics: Space cadet politics, liberal, conservative, and libertarian space politics, space tourism, economic space drivers. Dr. Nader Elhefnawy returned for this Space Show program to discuss his March 16, 2009 Space Review article, "Space Cadet Politics' (www.thespacereview.com/article/1328/1). Dr. Elhefnawy discussed his perspective on why space cadet politics are they way they are (the term space cadet is used in a positive sense in this discussion). This was a most interesting and broad reaching discussion with lots of listener participation. In fact, listeners wanted to type cast liberals and their interest and motivation in space and conservatives with their motivation and interest in space. These discussions are certainly interesting and to the point. Topics that came up that we applied to the overall space cadet politics of the article and our discussion included space tourism, the NASA budget, using space tourism to drive the NASA budget, space tourists on the shuttle, the human program compared to the science and robotic program and more. Science fiction, expectations, and entitlements were also discussed in some detail. We spent some time discussing the variety of space bloggers and their overall impact on space development and space policy. You will want to hear what Nader had to say about this. In general both Nader and I were most supportive of blogs, not just in space but in all disciplines as a shining example of free speech. However, we both cautioned against using blog information as a replacement for hard news. As to be expected, Nader brought into the discussion the references for historic space literature and other books but they are also mentioned in his Space Review article. If you are interested in additional information on this topic, a good starting point would be to read some of the books referenced by our guest. If you have comments or questions for Dr. Nader Elhefnawy, please send them to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward them to him.

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