Broadcast 2173 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

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Guest: Dr. Paul Spudis. Topics: Space policy, cislunar development, The Moon, Clementine & more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See We welcomed Dr. Spudis back to the show for this 1 hour 54 minute wide ranging discussion on space policy, lunar activities, the Chinese space program, SLS, weapons in space, military space, and more. In our first segment, Dr. Spudis started with a report on the Chinese lunar lander/rover and said that he was hearing there were problems with it. Since the Chinese program is not transparent, he said it was hard to get details but even if the mission ended early, it met its goals of a soft landing on the Moon. He had more to say about the lander, the accomplishments of the Chinese program and some of the real progress by the Chinese, especially from their next to last mission. Dr. Spudis fielded many email questions and took calls. Our guest then started talking about the Clementine mission given its been 20 years since this very successful program. You can read his articles about Clementine on his website ( and also his blog, He also talked about LCROSS and other recent missions. Just before the end of the first segment, Marshall phoned in to talk about taxing lunar entrepreneurial ventures. We also talked benefit sharing, global taxation, and commercial incentives. We closed the segment with Paul talking about the economic and wealth creating potential afforded us all by cislunar development. In the second segment, he responded to an email question about the Earth-Mars space system having a higher commercial value than cislunar. Paul explained in some detail why that was not so & why cislunar is far greater in economic value and wealth potential. Paul then talked about Hugh Dryden & his accomplishments, then renaming the Dryden NASA facility after Neil Armstrong. Our next subject was American Exceptionalism with Paul blogged about last year. We then talked about space tourism. Paul said he was skeptical about it but we just wait and see. I mentioned a new book about Sir Richard Branson & problems with Virgin Galactic by British author Tom Bower. Here is an article that describes what we talked about: Paul got a question from Phil to describe lunar ice, then SLS John called to agree with Paul's SLS analysis and more. Rick was our final emailer asking about the ASRG cancellation and what this means for deep space & long duration missions. Paul's concluding comments again supported the wealth & economic potential for cislunar development. Please post comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can contact Dr. Spudis through his website.



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26 Jan 2014 Dr. Paul D. Spudis
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