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The Space Show this week – Aug.8.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Robert Zubrin. Take the opportunity to talk with Bob. See his latest article: How To Search For Life On Mars: First, stop refusing to look, Robert ZubrinSteven BennerJan Špaček, The New Atlantis, July.22.2022.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): Dr. Haym Benaroya of Rutgers University will talk with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about new lunar habitat related developments.

3. Friday, Aug.12, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome Michelle Del Valle, Co-Chair of the Space Frontier Foundation‘s NewSpace 2022 conference to be held August 24-26 in Seattle.

4. Sunday, Aug.14, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome back Ryan Reynolds to discuss SSP (Space Solar Power), space settlement, reality checks, plausibility, and a cost/benefit analysis of doing something versus nothing. Join us.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Aug.7.2022Tyler Ryan Bender discussed the Beyond Earth Institute space policy organization, getting back to the Moon and more.

** Friday, Aug.5.2022Tony Whitman and Darin Noel of L3 Harris and original members of the James Webb Space Telescope design and engineering team discussed

their part in developing the JWST. We spoke engineering, telescopes in general, JWST and its mission plus much more.

** Hotel MarsWednesday, Aug.3.2022Dr. Frances Zhu of the University of Hawaii AI and Space Robotics lab spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “AI, robots, intelligence as applied to each, plus the question of a bad or good robot“.

** Tuesday, Aug.2.2022Mark Whittington talked about

many timely discussion topics including the Inmarsat survey on the value of space with his ideas on how to correct the problem. Don’t miss Mark’s summary and his thoughts on the UAPs. Multiple topics, several callers, lots of email participation.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Aug.5.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Station Astronauts Discuss Life in Space with the Lollipop Theater Network – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Bob Hines of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event Aug. 2 with Children’s Hospitals for the “Lollipop Theater Network.” Hines and Cristoforetti are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory. The goal of their mission is to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** Cold Atom Lab: Celebrating Four Years of Quantum Science in Space (Live Public Talk)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Cold Atom Lab, NASA’s first quantum science laboratory in space, will mark four years onboard the International Space Station on Aug. 4, 2022. It has already achieved its main science goals by cooling atoms down to ultra-cold temperatures to study their basic physical properties in ways that would not be possible on Earth. Join us for this exciting event and learn from some of the world’s experts – from astronauts to Nobel Laureates – on the details of getting the unique Cold Atom Lab up and running, as well as the progress toward using microgravity to illuminate new features of the quantum world.

Speakers:

Christina Koch, astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center
Eric Cornell, Nobel Laureate in physics, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
Kamal Oudrhiri, project manager for the Cold Atom Lab, NASA JPL
Jason Williams, project scientist for the Cold Atom Lab, NASA JPL

 

** Space Station robot ‘dances’ with new dust collector in epic installation time-lapseVideoFromSpace

The International Space Station’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (Dextre) was employed to install the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation instrument outside the International Space Station. The choreographed maneuver is set to a waltz in this time-lapse video.

** Chinese space station’s robotic arm tested on-orbit in these amazing viewsVideoFromSpace

China’s Wentian lab module’s robotic arm was tested on Aug. 3, 2022. It will ”support the astronauts’ extravehicular activities, delivering goods, and maintaining andrepairing the exterior of the space station,” according to China Central Television (CCTV). The Wentian lab docked with the Tiangong space station’s Tianhe core module on July 25: https://www.space.com/china-space-sta…

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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Night sky highlights for August 2022

** What’s Up: August 2022 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

What are some skywatching highlights in August 2022? The daily parade of four naked-eye planets in the mornings comes to an end this month. But there are still lots of great highlights, especially if you have access to binoculars. Plus, Saturn and Jupiter are returning to nighttime skies! The outlook for the Perseid meteors isn’t great due to a full moon on the peak night of August 12, but still it’s worth keeping an eye out for early Perseids after midnight the week before. And August is a great month to learn an easy-to-spot constellation – Cygnus the swan.

0:00 Intro
0:11 Planet-watching highlights
1:56 Perseid meteors outlook
2:34 The constellation Cygnus
3:45 August Moon phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatch….

** Tonight’s Sky: August – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

In August, a flock of star-studded figures soars overhead. Look for the Vega and Lyra constellations, which point to Epsilon Lyrae and the Ring Nebula. You can also spot three bright summer stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair, which form the Summer Triangle. Keep watching for space-based views of these and other stars and nebulas.

About this Series “Tonight’s Sky” is a monthly video of constellations you can observe in the night sky. The series is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope, in partnership with NASA’s Universe of Learning. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at https://hubblesite.org/resource-galle….

** What to see in the night sky: August 2022BBC Sky at Night Magazine

What’s in the night sky tonight? Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal the stars, constellations, planets, conjunctions and deep-sky objects worth keeping an eye on in August.

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – August 2022 – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the August episode to learn about the #shootingstars of the #Perseids, how to spot #Saturn, and tour the #stars of #summer.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky August 2022 #WITNS | Perseid Meteor Shower | Supermoon Alyn Wallace

00:00 Intro
01:25 Squarespace
02:04 Northern Hemisphere Night Sky
05:58 Southern Hemisphere Night Sky
10:11 Close Approaches
10:53 Full Moon
11:22 Perseid Meteor Shower
14:53 #WITNS Winners

** Night Sky Notebook August 2022Peter Detterline

The best celestial events happening in the sky for August 2022.

** August 2022 Night Sky TourCernan Earth and Space Center – YouTube

Let’s take a look at what we can find in the night sky during the month of August 2022.

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The Space Show this week – Aug.1.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Aug.2, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back journalist and writer Mark Whittington for news perspective on all things space. Don’t miss it.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): TBD. Check the Upcoming Show Menu at www.thespaceshow.com for  updates on scheduling.

3. Friday, Aug.5, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome Tony Whitman and Darin Noel, original team members of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project.

4. Sunday, Aug.7, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome Tyler Ryan Bender of the Beyond Earth space policy organization.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, July.31.2022Loretta Hall discussed

sleeping issues in space. Loretta made a presentation on this subject at the recent ISDC meeting. Several callers and multiple email questions were received which Loretta discussed regarding this subject.

** Friday, July.29.2022Dr. Pat Patterson, professor at Utah State University.

Not only did we cover the details for this year’s SmallSat Conference August 6-11, we talked about the growth and trends in the small satellite industry, a rapid growth in technology and capabilities, and the use of small satellites by DOD, intelligence and other government agencies.

** Hotel MarsWednesday, July.27.2022Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “Russia leaving the ISS and the new leader of Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov“.

** Tuesday, July.26.2022Dr. Mike Gruntman discussed

his two new books [My Fifteen Years at IKI, The Space Research Institute: Position-Sensitive Detectors and Energetic Neutral Atoms Behind the Iron Curtain and Fundamentals of Space Missions: Problems with Solutions – Amazon commission links]. Our guest compared and contrasted the Soviet space system and rockets with the same for today’s Russia. He talked about the history behind and roots for Soviet space problems today. Also the war in Ukraine, China, security issues & more.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – July.30.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Station Astronauts Discuss Life In Space During ISS ConferenceNASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event July 26 with the International Space Station Research and Development conference attendees in Washington, D.C. Lindgren and Watkins are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory. The goal of their mission is to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** ISSRDC 2022: Day 1 Morning  – ISS National Lab – YouTube

ISSRDC 2022 [International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) Conference 2022] began with a welcome from Ray Lugo, ISS National Lab CEO, Joel Montalbano, ISS Program Manager, and John Mulholland, Vice President, Boeing, followed by a live downlink from the ISS with NASA astronauts Jessica Watkins and Kjell Lindgren.

Panels:

The Next Decade of Results: A Conversation with NASA and the ISS National Lab Leadership Panelists:
• Ray Lugo, CEO, ISS National Laboratory • Joel Montalbano, ISS Program Manager, NASA • Robyn Gatens, Director of the International Space Station (ISS) in the Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters

Space Policy Panel:
Moderator Paul Stimers, Partner, K&L Gates Panelists: • Pam Whitney, Staff Director, House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology • Joel Graham, Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation • Mary Guenther, Director of Space Policy, Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) • Michael Gold, Executive Vice President for Civil Space and External Affairs at Redwire Space

The Next Decade of Results—A Conversation with the Chief Scientists of the ISS National Lab and NASA’s ISS Program:
Moderator: Katherine Calvin, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor, NASA Panelists • Kirt Costello, Ph.D., ISS Chief Scientist, NASA • Dr. Mike Roberts, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, ISS National Lab

** ISSRDC 2022: Advancing Fundamental Science in Space in Collaboration with the NSF  – ISS National Lab – YouTube

The microgravity environment of the ISS provides a unique window to explore fundamental phenomena in the absence of gravity-dependent physics and introduces new biological stressors to cells and tissues. The ISS National Lab has partnered with the NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division on two long-standing solicitations to explore these phenomena: The solicitation on transport phenomena is going on its seventh year, and the solicitation on tissue engineering and mechanobiology is going on its fifth year. Research funded through these solicitations enables scientific discoveries not possible on Earth. Join us to hear more about this exciting research and the impact that fundamental science in space can have on life on Earth.

Moderator Stephanie George, Tissue Engineering Program Director, NSF Panelists • Tammy Chang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco • Ngan Huang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stanford University and Principal Investigator, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System • Ya-Ting T. Liao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University • Eric M. Furst, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

** Chinese astronauts enter Tiangong space station’s new lab module after dockVideoFromSpace

Chinese astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang, and Cai Xuzhe made their way into the Wentian lab module shortly after it docked with the Tiangong space station on July 25, 2022.

** Building Gateway! 1st space station in lunar orbit – AnimationVideoFromSpace

Gateway will support NASA missions to the moon as the space station in lunar orbit. See its components come together in this animation. Learn more about Gateway: https://www.space.com/43018-lunar-orb…

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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