Broadcast 2471 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Dr. Doug Plata. Topics: Return to the Moon, Space Access Society & relevant, topical space news & information. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, 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 Dr. Doug Plata back to the show to discuss his Return to the Moon (RTM) segment within the Space Access Society (SAS) meeting last week in Phoenix, plus space policy and other topical issues. Due to a server glitch and phone line issues in connecting with Doug, this 100 minute show does not have a break as we took our breaks to reconnect to the server and Doug. As we started out our discussion, Doug gave a shout out to Space Access and to the founder of it, Henry Vanderbilt. Doug then turned his attention to his Return to the Moon conference within the Space Access Society conference. Doug also provided us with his specific definition for Lunar Cots. He mentioned the key speakers including Jeff Greason, Jim Muncy, Erik Seedhouse, and Dave Masten. He summarized each of their presentations, plus he mentioned the SAS lead in speaker to his segment, Dennis Stone of NASA JSC, and the speaker after the RTM segment, Bruce Pittman. Doug said both speakers were so on topic that in reality they could have easily been part of the RTM segment. Doug discussed lunar lander options, powering rovers on the lunar surface, especially after taking a call from Jon in New Jersey. He went into some detail on the presentations within the RTM segment. BJohn in Sweden asked several quality questions via email so pay attention to them when I read them on air. Space policy and politics came u as Doug was concerned that a NASA RTM effort might be part of a larger international effort, not a public private partnership effort and it would result in footprints on the Moon all over again without sustainability. Near the end of the program, he discussed this with Dr. Lurio who called in to raise issues around Doug's comments & concern. Doug also reported on the rest of SAS including the Virgin Galactic talk/update. Again, I apologize for the streaming and phone line issues early in this show. Post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach dug through me @



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11 May 2015 Dr. Doug Plata
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