Broadcast 1672 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

14 Dec 2011 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston
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Guest: John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars Curiosity, RAD, comet harpoon and Vesta up close. 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. 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. The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at As many of you know, I have been doing a weekly eleven minute segment on the John Batchelor Radio Show with Mr. Batchelor on various space topics. Sometimes I appear with John as the only guest on the segment, at other times I co-host the segment with John and bring on board an expert in the subject being discussed. Mr. Batchelor has given The Space Show permission for these segments to be archived on The Space Show site and blog. Mr. Batchelor calls these segments "Hotel Mars" and they are targeted toward his significant live and podcast highly educated general audience. Find out more about the excellent John Batchelor Show and listen to his archived segments at You can hear the live stream of his show if it is not carried live in your radio market at For this segment of Hotel Mars, we talked about Curiosity on the way to Mars and the upcoming mid-course correction, solar storms and MSL, the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) and its significance for research with solar storms. We also discussed the concept of a NASA comet harpoon being designed and tested along with the latest very high resolution and close up photos of the asteroid Vesta as part of the Dawn Mission. If you have comments or questions about this John Batchelor Show segment, please post them on The Space Show blog. If you want to contact Mr. Batchelor, please send your note through me at



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