Broadcast 2834 Hotel Mars

The Space Foundation Conference

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Haym Benaroya, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  The Trump Administration and returning to the Moon. 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 Dr. Haym Benaroya for this 20 minute double Hotel Mars segment that focused on the Trump Administration and a potential return of human spaceflight lunar activities.  Dr. Benaroya was asked about new additions to the Trump Landing Team for space, their interest in commercial space and going back to the Moon.  We also talked about the Japanese interest with the Lunar Mining Company and funding ISPACE.Inc.  In addition, we looked at both the Chinese and Russian interest in the Moon.  John and I asked our guest about financing lunar projects from potential lunar commerce and Public-Private Partnerships.  John pressed our guest to explain why it was necessary to go to the Moon first and then to Mars.  Near the end of our double segment, I asked Dr. Benaroya about possible timelines for returning to the Moon, wondering if we could do it within the initial term of office for President-elect Trump.  As a result of his answer, I asked Haym for his thoughts a our timeline for humans to Mars.  Other topics during our discussion included SLS, Orion, Falcon Heavy and the proposed Russian-Boeing lunar space stations.

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Lunar Return & Settlement under Trump administration

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21 Dec 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Haym Benaroya
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