Broadcast 967 (Special Edition)

23 Jun 2008 Dr. Gordon Shepherd
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Guest: Dr. Gordon Shepherd, co-author of "Canada's Fifty Years in Space: The COSPAR Anniversary," was the guest for this Space Show program. We talked about the start of the Canadian space program dating back to Canadian space science in 1925. The story is fascinating and, as you will hear throughout this program, the Canadian space program has been an important contributor regarding how space benefits us in our lives and by making us all safer. We also talked some space science with Professor Shepherd, specifically with auroral physics, solar storms in Canada, SOHO, and the Red Line Photometer on the ISIS-II satellite. Listeners asked lots of questions, including one at the end of the show which asked Dr. Shepherd to compare and contrast the Canadian program to similar programs in other countries. You will want to hear the programs used to compare and contrast with the Canadian program. Other listener questions inquired about the Canadian space budget as compared to the NASA budget. Yet another question dealt with the Canadian astronaut program and still another listener asked about Canadian rockets. A question on the possible militarization of space came in as well. This is an outstanding book that I strongly recommend for those of you interested in space science and history. If you have comments or questions for Dr. Shepherd, please direct them to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward them to him.

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