Broadcast 3360 Hotel Mars with Laura Montgomery

21 Aug 2019 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Laura Montgomery
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Guests: John Batchelor, Laura Montgomery Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  The SpaceIL lunar lander crash on the Moon with an unknown tardigrade payload and planetary protection issues.  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,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( 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 Laura Montgomery to discuss the incident involving tardigrades having been placed on the payload of the SpaceIL lunar lander without the knowledge of either SpaceX (the launching party) or SpaceIL.  We discussed the implications of this for planetary protection, Articles 6 and 9 of the OST, the issue of space being for primarily science and more.  Jurisdictional issues were discussed as was the need for payload review. We speculated on the motivation of the company that did this, the American company Arch Mission Foundation.  Laura discussed other issues centering around payload review and treaty requirements.

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