Broadcast 3490 Hotel Mars with Bill Harwood

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Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  What NASA is doing given the spread of COVID 19 plus  their ISS protocols for astronaut and crew safety.  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. 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,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Bill Harwood of CBS Space News to discuss NASA and what it is doing with their centers, astronauts, launches, mission operations, and planned missions as a result of the spread of COVID19.  Bill talked about Level 4 base closures and highly restricted Level 3 center reduced activities. We talked about launches that needed to go forward, SpaceX and their launches, plus we talked about keeping mission control going for existing planetary and space missions.  Bill mentioned Mars 2020 with the Perseverance rover and a very narrow launch window less they have to launch two years from now.  Other topics included quarantining the ISS crew before launch, the protocols in place in Russia to protect the launch, plus the protections for the ISS.  This was a one segment ten minute Hotel Mars program.

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Bill Harwood will discuss NASA and he virus plus keeping the ISS safe from the virus

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08 Apr 2020 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, William Harwood
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