Category Archives: Activism

John Batchelor Show: Bob Zimmerman’s Thurs. report + Curiosity update on Hotel Mars

Bob Zimmerman spoke on the John Batchelor radio program on Thursday night (podcast) about the following topics:

  • Curiosity is out of safe mode, though communications in April will be very limited.
  • Jeff Bezos has recovered from the ocean floor two first stage engines from an Apollo Saturn 5 rocket.
  • The company that launches the Proton rocket commercially has lowered its prices.
  • Voyager 1 has almost? maybe? left the solar system.

(See the earlier post here about Bob’s Tuesday night report.)

Dr. Ralph Milliken of Brown University talked with John Bachelor and  David Livingston on Wednesday during the weekly Hotel Mars segment about the Mars Curiosity rover and its drilling tests, about the building blocks for life, and about Mars organics: The John Batchelor Hotel Mars Show, Wednesday, 3-20-13 – Thespaceshow’s Blog.

Crowdsourcing for Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project raises substantial funds

Glad to see that the crowd-sourcing campaign to support the recovery of images of the Moon on magnetic tape date from unmanned lunar probe missions in the 1960s has succeeded in raising substantial funding: Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project – RocketHub.

They didn’t reach their goal of $75k but $62,560 is a lot more than the $10k or so they had just a couple of weeks ago. Help from Boing Boing and others made a big difference in the final push.

Bob Zimmerman on the John Batchelor Show, Tues. + John Strickland & Claude Piantodosi on the Space Show

Bob Zimmerman reports on the latest space news during regular weekly slots (usually Tuesday and Thursdays) on the John Batchelor radio program. See the iTunes free Podcast for links to the latest shows.

Here is the list of topics discussed on this week’s Tuesday show:

Segment 1: science and space:
1. Curiosity has experienced another computer glitch, this time to its BACKUP computer.
2. The collision of space junk to a Russian satellite never happened.
3. A Chinese scientist who worked for NASA has been arrested trying to flee the country.
4. After losing its federal earmark, Pan-STARRS gets private funding to survive and upgrade.
5. The Antares launch date has been set.

Segment 2: climate:
1. More fraud in climate science.
2. The person who published the climategate emails releases some more emails, and emails the world his reasons for doing so.


On the Space Show on Tuesday, John Strickland talked about the National Space Society, the ISDC 2013 conference,  space settlement, space based solar power, launcher reusability and more: John Strickland, Tuesday, 3-19-13 – Thespaceshow’s Blog

On Monday, Dr. Claude Piantodosi talked on the show about his book, Mankind Beyond Earth, human spaceflight, Mars missions, radiation, and microgravity: Dr. Claude Piantadosi, Monday, 3-18-13 | Thespaceshow’s Blog.