Broadcast 2653 Hotel Mars

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Allan Needell, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Apollo 11 command module graffiti, 3D Digitization Program.   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 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 Dr. Allan Needell, Curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Space Division, to discuss both the Apollo 11 command module graffiti which has been uncovered plus the museum's 3D Digitization Program.  During our ten minute discussion, Dr. Needell talked about some of the scribbled messages on the walls of Columbia having been known before, but in the process of undertaking the 3D Digitization Program, other messages were recently discovered.  Because nobody had been in the capsule for decades, they were forgotten and unseen.  Dr. Needell did talk with Mike Collins and Buzz about the messages. Most were written by Mike Collins.  Our guest went into detail about the 3D Digitization Program and what it will eventually mean for people not present in the museum.

You can email Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Needell  through me at  Dr. Needell can also be reached at his museum website page,  You can read about graffiti via many sources on the web as the story has been widely reported. I used a story at and one from as resources for this discussion.





Apollo 11 Command Module Graffiti

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24 Feb 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Allan Needell
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