The Space Show this week – Nov.30.15

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

1. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015: 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST; 4-5:30 PM CST): We welcome back Dr. LINDA SPILKER, Cassini Scientist at JPL. We will be discussing the latest news from Saturn and the vicinity.

2. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015:,7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome TIMOTHY SANDEFUR, ATTY regarding his recent article in The Claremont Review, “The Politics of Star Trek.” You can download and read it at

3. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015; 9:30 -11 AM PST (12:30-2 PM EST; 11:30-1 PM CST) No show due to physical therapy.

4. Sunday, Dec. 6 2015: 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): The Space Show goes nuclear with the return of guest Dr. James Dewar, proponent of nuclear propulsion along with nuclear liftoff from Earth.

See also:
/– The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
/– The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
/– The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

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

JP Aerospace – Photos from the latest flights to Near Space

JP Aerospace flew two high altitude airship missions on Nov. 22nd to over 30 km. Below are some reports and images from the flights posted on the JP Aerospace blog:

Launch of the Away 118 balloon:




The two missions carried

three university payloads, 700 PongSat  student experiments, our own balloon valve experiments, a new servo driven camera system and a ceremonial basket from the Sobono Indian Tribe.


The movable servo camera flew on Away 119 and took pictures like this one:


The flights are sponsored by a number of organizations:


The payload packages were recovered intact:


‘The Year in Space Calendars’ for 2016

As the Christmas shopping season opens, here is my annual advice: Include The Year In Space calendars in your gift list. The calendars are published in co-operation with the Planetary Society and contain a marvelous selection of astronomy and space exploration images.

2016C_calendar_images_1333x1000The wall calendar includes great space images and lots of info about
astronomy, space science and exploration.

My wife has used her spiral-bound Year-in-Space desk calendar book for many years:

Virtual-Calendar_2_2223x2489The Desk calendar both looks great and is useful
for keeping appointments.

It includes:

  • 53 full-page weekly calendars
  • 16 half-page monthly calendars
  • 2 full-year planning calendars
  • 1 four-year long-range calendar
  • Daily Moon-phase calendars

And  it is nicely made:

  • 6″ x 9″ closed, 9″ x 12″ open
  • 136 pages, spiral bound
  • Art-quality matte finish paper (easy to write on)
  • 53 full-page full-color glossy space images
  • 4 pages for personal directory
  • 4 blank note pages

Order your Year in Space Calendars today online:


Note that a new membership in the Planetary Society is offered at a discount for those buying a calendar.