Broadcast 2121 (Special Edition)

13 Nov 2013 John Batchelor, Gordon Chang, Dr. Paul D. Spudis
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Paul Spudis, Gordon Chang, Dr. David Livingston: Chinese lunar launch, the Chang'e 3 mission. 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. 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, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm). During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, Paul, Gordon, and I talked about the upcoming Chang'e 3 mission to land a lunar robotic probe on the Moon with a scheduled launch of Dec. 1, 2013. Dr. Spudis described the instrument package, the proposed science to be done, the payload capabilities of the launcher setting the stage for future Chinese lunar missions, and the absence of an American lunar program. Both John and Gordon expressed concern that the Chinese space program is part of their military and they asked several questions detailing their concern with China and a possible military space program. I agreed with Paul when he said the biggest concern he had was the fact that the U.S. was not in the game, abdicating leadership to the Chinese and others. We also talked about the power supply for the Chang'e 3 mission hardware and surviving the long and very cold lunar night using batteries. Please post any comments/questions you might have on The Space Show blog. You can contact any of us through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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