Broadcast 2053 (Special Edition)

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Guest: Dr. Paul Spudis. Topics: Space policy, testifying before congress, asteroid missions, RTM, and more. 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 We welcomed back Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, to discuss U.S. civil space policy, testifying before congress, NASA asteroid missions, returning to the Moon, ISRU for both the Moon and Mars, and much more. During the first segment of our 1 hour 41 minute discussion, Dr. Spudis provided us with an overview of our current civil space program and the history behind how this program developed over the last 50 plus years. We talked about space visions, destinations, fiscal issues, innovation, & more. Dr. Spudis also talked about his testimony before the House Science Committee which you can read as well as see on the video on his site, Many listeners asked questions about providing congressional testimony and what our guest thought of the committee members and their interest in what the invited guests were telling them. Paul also submitted a human spaceflight statement to the NAS for their human spaceflight study. You can find the links to his submitted paper and the NAS results so far on his website or go to the NAS site directly at Other topics during this segment included our civil space policy & those making policy, congressional authorizations, SLS & Orion, NASA asteroid missions, & NewSpace. We started the second segment with a listener call about lunar ISRU and multiple uses for the same lander for the Moon and Mars. A listener asked Paul to elaborate on why he was not supportive of the NASA asteroid missions which he said were similar to PR stunts. A listener asked about blame & accountability between Congress and the NASA Administrator. Don't miss what our guest had to say about each & their role. Doug called to talk about cislunar architecture & transportation. I asked our guest about creating a type of business plan to prioritize the steps needed for implementation to establish the space policy favored by our guest. Don't miss this discussion. Another listener asked our guest for his opinions on the Inspiration Mars and Mars One proposed missions. We also talked about the impact of high quality computer graphics on space policy, the difference in interest and focus from the Apollo era to now, & the importance of space advocacy. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. Dr. Spudis can be reached through his website.



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21 Jul 2013 Dr. Paul D. Spudis
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