Broadcast 1812 (Special Edition)

11 Jul 2012 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Thomas D. Jones
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Tom Jones, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: The B 612 Foundation SENTINEL Project, NEOs, planetary defense. . You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. 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. 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11.5 minute discussion, we discussed the newly announced B 612 Foundation's first privately funded deep space mission, the SENTINEL Project. This project will launch a specially built infrared 20" space telescope to orbit 170 million miles from Earth to discover and map near earth asteroids of potential risk and interest to us here on Earth. Dr. Jones explained the program to us, responded to questions about why infrared, why a loop around Venus and why an orbit so far from Earth around the sun. We talked about the cost of the program as well as the timelines. Other topics included mass extinction events, becoming a multi-planet species, and more. Please post your comments/question on The Space Show blog. If you have a question for either John Batchelor or Dr. Tom Jones, send it to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.

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