Broadcast 1532 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Bob Werb. Topics: The shared space vision of what we can achieve by opening the space frontier. Please note that 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. We welcomed Bob Werb back to the program to discuss the really big space picture and why so many gifted people in the space field share a vision about what can be achieved and made possible by opening the space frontier. Our program was divided into the typical three segments but our discussion themes went across all segments so this summary will take that into mind. Bob started and ended our discussion by reading a visionary quote by Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill. Bob selected an excellent quote to read so be sure to listen carefully to it as we start our discussion and as we concluded it 90 minutes later. As you will hear Bob say throughout this discussion, the human breakout into space is a really big deal! This essentially transforms human civilization for all time and its just now starting. Bob then provided us with some historical parallels using the agricultural and industrial revolution and other transformative points in human history. Our discussion took us to his main points which included dividing up what NewSpace people give as the motivation for going into space. Bob then discussed five categories with us, science, survival, spiritual and personal, protecting the Earth's Biosphere, and prosperity, peace, and freedom. As you will hear, we spent most of our time discussing the last two items on his list, protecting Earth's biosphere and issues relating to prosperity, peace, and freedom. We covered subsets of each group such as things like telescopes, microgravity, and the "ignorosphere." Subsets within industry that we talked about included the ISS and commercial experiments, CRuSR, SSP, religion, and more. When we got to the fifth item on Bob's list, Bob talked economics with us regarding how best for government to assist the private sector in creating jobs and why space is one of the best answers to job creation. We took a question from listener Jack about the Zero G Zero Tax issue. Bob talked about Teachers In Space and much more. The Decadal Survey was also suggested as a model for an excellent way to prioritize issues for moving forward with human spaceflight. If you have questions or comments for Bob Werb, please post them on the blog URL above. You can also email Bob at




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21 Mar 2011 Bob Werb
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