Long term space flight

Broadcast 654 (Special Edition)

Dr. Al Harrison and Dr. Jim Pass were the special guests for this Space Show program. We began our discussion by having Dr. Pass provide us with a working definition for the subject and field of astrosociology. We continued with this definition when we came back from the first break as Dr. Harrison shared some of his experiences with the discipline through his academic career. Listeners asked questions about sociological issues as well as human factors psychology issues regarding long term space flight, space settlements, and related issues.

Broadcast 541 (Special Edition)

Dr. Marcelo Vazquez was the special guest for this Space Show program. This program focused on cosmic radiation, how to shield for it to protect astronauts, what it is, what it does, what is the state of the art in handling cosmic radiation, what does the future hold for long term space flight or settlement and much more. Dr. Vazquez answered many listener questions, compared radiation on the Moon with Mars and in deep space as well as LEO. We also talked cosmic radiation versus other types of radiation, the use of radiation for medical treatment, Ozone shielding, etc.

Broadcast 498 (Special Edition)

Dr. Pascal Lee returned to The Space Show for this program. We began our discussion with Dr. Lee about Mars and its importance with the VSE. Dr. Lee also explained why the Moon is an important part of realizing the vision to go to Mars. We also spoke about radiation issues for long term space flight to Mars and nuclear electric propulsion for faster transit times to and from Mars. Pascal then spoke to us about the importance of visiting Phobos and the Martian moons, maybe even before going to Mars. You will not want to miss this important part of this interview.

Broadcast 470 (Special Edition)

Dr. Vadim Rygalov was the special guest for this two hour Space Show program. Dr. Rygalov began the interview with a discussion about psychological and isolation problems faced by Soviet cosmonauts in long term space flight. Long term space flight was defined as anything over 3-5 months in duration. Less than that is considered short term space flight. Furthermore, Dr. Rygalov characterized six phases of psychological status for cosmonauts/astronauts. Phase 1 was termed the acute stage and was approximately 2-3 months.


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