Broadcast 2636 Dr. John Brandenburg

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Guest:  Dr. John Brandenburg; Topics:  Nuclear explosions on Mars, nuclear isotopic data on Mars and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,  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  For those listening to archives using and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. 

We welcomed back Dr. John Brandenburg who advanced his theory and discussion that at one time long ago in the history of Mars there were two giant nuclear air burst explosions that left Mars pretty much as we see it today. For more information, visit his website at   He said these blasts were in the range of 1 billion megatons.  During this segment, he put forth his theory and the evidence which he said supported his conclusion.  Much of this evidence revolved around isotopic radiation and findings in the Martian atmosphere, areas of thorium on Mars, Trinitite, neutron radiation, Argon, Xenon 129 and more.  Listeners asked him many questions about his data and his conclusions. You will hear it all in the first segment.

Also in this initial segment, Dr. Brandenburg challenged other scientists to a Space Show debate about his theory.  He explained the history and the nature of academic debate and the place it has had in science history.  He even referenced debates with Alfred Einstein and Niels Bohr.  He said Einstein lost the debate which resulted in the establishment of rules for quantum mechanics.  You can read about the debates here:  John was wanting to make the point that through robust academic debate, science can evolved.  Thus, he challenged other scientists to debate him about his nuclear bomb explosion theory on Mars rather than just attack him from the shadows and those often mysterious space-themed blogs.

For the balance of the first segment, John answered listener questions via email and phone calls.  At one point he compared the development of Mars with that of Earth at the suggested time of the explosions.  He also talked about validation of his theory would mean there had been life on Mars at one time.

In the second segment, Tim from Huntsville called to ask John about the Martian atmosphere based on the data received so far from the NASA Maven satellite orbiting Mars.  This opened up a large discussion about the Martian atmosphere which he said was likely blown away in large part by the nuclear bombs. 

Other listeners asked Dr. Brandenburg why there were no nuclear explosions elsewhere in the solar systems.  Venus was a topic that he addressed at some length in both segments.  He was asked why Mars and not Earth.  Again, our guest talked about different rates of evolution between Mars and Earth, suggesting Mars was far more advanced than Earth .  He provided reasons for this as wellLater in this segment, Joy in Boston asked Dr. Brandenburg what type of evidence would be needed to completely confirm his theory.  John talked about scientific theories never being 100% confirmed.  For the balance of the segment, John responded to an additional phone call and more emails from listeners.  For sure, it was a vibrant discussion regarding his theories.

Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this archived show on The Space Show website.  You can contact Dr. Brandenburg through his website or me.  Debate suggestions are welcome.




The latest Mars data & his challenge to scientists for a debate

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01 Feb 2016 Dr. John Brandenburg
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