Broadcast 2614

The Space Foundation Conference

30 Dec 2015 Francis Rose, Dr. David Livingston
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Guests: Francis Rose, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Francis and I summarized Space Show listener top space projects of the year. 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 (  For those of you listening to archives on & rating the programs, please email me the reasons for your rating.  This will definitely help improve Space Show programming. Thank you. Please 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.

Guest Host Francis Rose and I discussed Space Show listeners choices for the top space projects of 2015.  We divided the topics into three categories, launch services, planetary missions, and human spaceflight.  Note that this program also contains the Dr. Space blooper of 2015!  Near the end of the segment, I remembered to give credit to the Japanese Space Agency for being able to save their Akatsuki satellite.  First, I forgot the name but to make matters worse, I initially said it was rescued and now orbiting Mercury. I immediately changed it back to Venus but in a sentence conveying uncertainty. I tried to get in a later word to correct my blooper but Francis had the last word and ended the segment.  I could have edited it out but then that would not have been very open and honest with all of you so there it is, my blooper of 2015, maybe of all time.  No need to email to tell me its Venus, not Mercury. I knew it at the time but bad history was made anyway.  For the rest of our Hotel Mars segment, I listed the projects most frequently mentioned by Space Show listeners in our multiple end of the year shows.  Both Blue Origin and SpaceX got tops in the launch industry for recovering their rocket and first stage.  Planetary missions included New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini and mentions of Kepler & Cassini.  The twins study and setting the American astronaut record for most time in space by Astronaut Scott Kelly were it for human spaceflight.

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