The Space Show this week – Aug.2.2021

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

1. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Dr. Pat Patterson to discuss the upcoming all-virtual Small Sat Conference, August 7-12, 2021.

2. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021: Hotel Mars – TBA pre-recorded. Dr. Kate Follette, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Amherst College, will talk with John Batchelor and  Dr. David Livingston about moons orbiting exoplanets.

3. Friday, Aug.6, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome Philip Bracken, VP of engineering at Spaceflight, to discuss the company’s launch services.

4. Sunday, Aug.8, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): Welcome to OPEN LINES where you the listener decide the topics. Calls us at 1-866-687-7223 or email us at All calls, all emails welcome but keep it space, science, tech related.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Aug.1.2021Dr. Jonathan McDowell, known best for Jonathan’s Space Report, talked about “space tourism, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk, SpaceX, Branson, Bezos, policy, human lunar landers and many other important topics and issues for space and NewSpace“.

** Friday, July.30.2021Avi Shabtai, CEO of Ramon Space, discussed “the company, their products, space computing and software advances plus in-space storage“.

** Hotel Mars – The John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed.July.28.2021Dr. Michael Hecht spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the “MOXIE oxygen generating experiment being carried out on Mars at this time“.

Michael described MOXIE, told us how it worked, compared it to a fuel cell and electrolysis. We talked with our guest about scaling MOXIE up for humans on Mars, rocket launches, even beneath the surface Martian settlements. Our guest described the MOXIE strategy for when humans are on Mars, making a three year supply of O2 prior to their arrival and the goal for MOXIE. When asked how much O2 MOXIE could make in a day, he said it was more of a function of the power. He described their current constraints on power but said if they had 1,000watts of power, they would easily be able to make sufficient O2 for humans coming to Mars. Don’t miss all of what he said on this issue, scaling MOXIE up plus some of the other questions asked of our guest.

** Tuesday, July.28.2021Robert Zimmerman discussed “suborbital tourism, orbital tourism, SpaceX, Branson, Bezos, Musk, policy, Artemis, the Moon, Mars, nuclear propulsion, desalinization of seawater, nuclear power, U.S. math education in the schools and much more.

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

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