The Space Show this week – Nov.14.2022

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

1. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. John Brandenburg who has updates for us.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Nov. 16, 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. Thursday, Nov.17.2022; 7:00 pm PST (9:00 pm CST; 10:00 pm EST): We welcome back Robert (Sam) Wilson to discuss his paper focusing on defense space budget and the congressional action that has followed, which particularly focuses on missile warning and tracking. See the paper at Issue Brief: Fiscal Year 2023 Space Force Budget Analysis: Missile Warning and Tracking Looms Large | Aerospace Center for Space Policy and Strategy.

4. Friday, Nov.18, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome Brad Bergan re his new book, “Space Race 2.0.

5. Sunday, Nov.20, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): There will be no show today. Today starts our annual fund raising campaign. Please see our kickoff letter on the Upcoming Show web page for this date. While away for Thanksgiving week in Ca, I will continue to provide updated show and campaign information on the Upcoming Show Menu. Live broadcasting resumes Tuesday, Nov. 29. All missed programs will be made up by adding in special programs prior to the end of the year.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Nov.13.2022Keith Henson came

back after a decade or so to talk for two hours with us about radiation for humans on the Moon, why go to the Moon, tourism, settlement, then SSP, an economic analysis and much more. Great calls, emails, a very good two hour discussion.

** Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Nov. 9.2022Anatoly Zak spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about Russia “and the Lunar Gateway, Roscosmos, the Orel crewed spaceship“.

** Tuesday, Nov.8.2022Robert Zimmerman returned for a “look at some key space events for 2022, a look toward 2023, company reviews, a look at the records being made in the launch industry this year, commercial space and national security space commentary, space economics and much more“.

** Sunday, Nov.6.2022 – The Open Lineshad multiple callers for this program, both to discuss space topics plus to tell us their story of their interactions with The Space Show“.

** Friday, Nov.4.2022Andrew Chaninwas back with us to discuss the UFO EFT, investing in commercial space, space as an essential part of our economy, rising interest rates and capital flow to the industry plus more“.

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

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Nov.11.2022

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

** Expedition 68 Northrop Grumman Cygnus Cargo Craft Arrives at Space Station – Nov. 8, 2022 – NASA Video

Loaded with food, fuel, research investigations, and supplies, the unpiloted Northrop Grumman CRS-18 Cygnus cargo craft arrived to the International Space Station November 8 where it was installed to the nadir port of the Unity module. Dubbed the “SS Sally Ride” for the late NASA astronaut who made history as the first American woman to fly in space, Cygnus launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on November 6 atop an Antares rocket and will remain docked to the space station for approximately two months.

** Expedition 68 Northrop Grumman Cygnus Cargo Craft Secured to Space Station – Nov. 8, 2022 – NASA Video

Loaded with food, fuel, research investigations, and supplies, the unpiloted Northrop Grumman CRS-18 Cygnus cargo craft arrived to the International Space Station November 8 where it was installed to the nadir port of the Unity module. Dubbed the “SS Sally Ride” for the late NASA astronaut who made history as the first American woman to fly in space, Cygnus launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on November 6 atop an Antares rocket and will remain docked to the space station for approximately two months.

** S.S. Sally Ride captured by space station with only 1 solar array deployed!VideoFromSpace

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. Sally Ride, was captured by the International Space Station’s robotic arm on Nov. 9, 2022. The cargo ship made to space station powered by only one solar array as the second failed to deploy after launch. Full Story: https://www.space.com/cygnus-cargo-sp…

** Orbital Reef: Your Address, In Orbit  – Blue Origin – YouTube

Orbital Reef will provide anyone with the opportunity to establish their own address in orbit. Learn more at www.orbitalreef.com

** See China’s ‘t-shaped’ space station in cargo ship undocking viewsVideoFromSpace

The Tianzhou-4 cargo ship undocked from the Tiangong space station on Nov. 9, 2022. It was launched to China’s orbital outpost in May 2022.

** ‘Life-size’ Chinese space station replica unveiled at Zhuhai Airshow 2022VideoFromSpace

The 14th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Zhuhai Airshow 2022, features a full-size replica of the Tiangong space station.

** 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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ESO: Images of the Cone Nebula, an immense star factory

The latest report from the European Southern Observatory (ESO):

ESO images a wondrous star factory to mark 60 years of collaboration

The Cone Nebula is part of a star-forming region of space, NGC 2264, about 2500 light-years away. Its pillar-like appearance is a perfect example of the shapes that can develop in giant clouds of cold molecular gas and dust, known for creating new stars. This dramatic new view of the nebula was captured with the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2 (FORS2) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), and released on the occasion of ESO’s 60th anniversary.

For the past 60 years the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has been enabling scientists worldwide to discover the secrets of the Universe. We mark this milestone by bringing you a spectacular new image of a star factory, the Cone Nebula, taken with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).

On 5 October 1962 five countries signed the convention to create ESO. Now, six decades later and supported by 16 Member States and strategic partners, ESO brings together scientists and engineers from across the globe to develop and operate advanced ground-based observatories in Chile that enable breakthrough astronomical discoveries.​

On the occasion of ESO’s 60th anniversary we are releasing this remarkable new image of the Cone Nebula, captured earlier this year with one of ESO’s telescopes and selected by ESO staff. This is part of a campaign marking ESO’s 60th anniversary and taking place in late 2022, both on social media under the #ESO60years hashtag, and with local events in the ESO Member States and other countries.

In this new image, we see centre-stage the seven-light-year-long pillar of the Cone Nebula, which is part of the larger star-forming region NGC 2264 and was discovered in the late 18th century by astronomer William Herschel. In the sky, we find this horn-shaped nebula in the constellation Monoceros (The Unicorn), a surprisingly fitting name.

Located less than 2500 light-years away, the Cone Nebula is relatively close to Earth, making it a well-studied object. But this view is more dramatic than any obtained before, as it showcases the nebula’s dark and impenetrable cloudy appearance in a way that makes it resemble a mythological creature.

This image from the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) shows the region of the sky around the Cone Nebula. The nebulous area at the centre of the image is NGC 2264, an area of the sky that includes the Christmas Tree star cluster and the Cone Nebula below it (at the very centre of the frame).

The Cone Nebula is a perfect example of the pillar-like shapes that develop in the giant clouds of cold molecular gas and dust, known for creating new stars. This type of pillar arises when massive, newly formed bright blue stars give off stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation that blow away the material from their vicinity. As this material is pushed away, the gas and dust further away from the young stars gets compressed into dense, dark and tall pillar-like shapes. This process helps create the dark Cone Nebula, pointing away from the brilliant stars in NGC 2264.

In this image, obtained with the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2 (FORS2) on ESO’s VLT in Chile, hydrogen gas is represented in blue and sulphur gas in red. The use of these filters makes the otherwise bright blue stars, that indicate the recent star formation, appear almost golden, contrasting with the dark cone like sparklers.

This image is just one example of the many stunning and awe-inspiring observations ESO telescopes have made in the past 60 years. While this one was obtained for outreach purposes, the overwhelming majority of ESO’s telescope time is dedicated to scientific observations that have allowed us to capture the first image of an exoplanet, study the black hole at the centre of our home galaxy, and find proof that the expansion of our Universe is accelerating.

Building on our 60 years of experience ​in astronomy development, discovery and cooperation, ​ESO continues to chart new territory for astronomy, technology and international collaboration. With our current facilities and ESO’s upcoming Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), we will keep on addressing humanity’s biggest questions about the Universe ​and enabling unimaginable discoveries.​

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The Space Show this week – Nov.7.2022

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

1. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST):  Robert Zimmerman is back with us for a 2022 roundup and a look forward to 2023.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Nov. 9, 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, Nov.11, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): No show due to the Veterans Day holiday.

4. Sunday, Nov.13, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome back Keith Henson on several topics including power sats, the big laser to power Skylon-derived vehicles to orbit, and the Nubian arch, plus more.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Nov.6.2022 – The Open Lineshad multiple callers for this program, both to discuss space topics plus to tell us their story of their interactions with The Space Show“.

** Friday, Nov.4.2022Andrew Chaninwas back with us to discuss the UFO EFT, investing in commercial space, space as an essential part of our economy, rising interest rates and capital flow to the industry plus more“.

** Sunday, Oct.30.2022Jason Achilles talked “about sound on other planets, the microphone on Mars, technical details of such microphones and sound systems plus the Exocam.io for seeing landings on other planets“.

** Friday, Oct.28.2022Thomas Marotta gave an update

on his Spaceport Company, launch and related issues. We also talked space settlement, commercial launch markets, the gravity RX, cislunar reliable transportation and much more.

** Tuesday, Oct.25.2022Thomas Lagarde discussed “Space architecture designs, current projects, primary space design concerns such as space toilet, orbital construction, tourism, settlement, government vs. private projects, life support, plants in space and 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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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Nov.4.2022

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

** Science Launching on SpaceX’s 26th Cargo Resupply Mission to the Space StationNASA

SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission (CRS-26) is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 18.

The Dragon spacecraft carries dozens of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations, including investigations to explore growing plants in space, creating nutrients on-demand, and in-space construction.

Details: https://go.nasa.gov/3WqGhLu

** Meet NG-18: The S.S. Sally Ride – Northrop Grumman – Youtube 

We’re proud to name our NG-18 #Cygnus spacecraft in honor of astronaut Sally Ride. It’s our tradition to name each Cygnus spacecraft after an individual who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight. Ride was selected in honor of her accomplishment as the first female American to fly in space, as well as her incredible work in creating STEM education opportunities for young girls through her organization, Sally Ride Science.

The Northrop Grumman S.S. Sally Ride Cygnus  cargo spacecraft is set to lift off on a Antares rocket with the NG-18 re-supply mission no earlier than 5:50 a.m. EST, Nov. 6, 2022 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia: NASA Commercial Resupply Mission NG-18 – Northrop Grumman.

** NG-18 Research: Overview ISS National Lab – YouTube

Mudslides from forest fires cause catastrophic damage in their wake, and research aimed at predicting and possibly preventing them will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard Northrop Grumman’s 18th Commercial Resupply Services mission (NG-18). This is one of more than 20 investigations sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory flying on this mission.

** NG-18 Research: RedWire BioFabrication FacilityISS National Lab – YouTube

Space: is it the final frontier, or could it be the new frontier of regenerative medicine? Bioprinting human tissues for implantation in patients to treat injury or disease would be game-changing.

When Northrop Grumman’s 18th Commercial Resupply Services (NG-18) mission launches to the ISS, it will carry an upgraded version of Redwire Space’s BioFabrication Facility, or BFF, a 3D bioprinter capable of printing human tissue. The project, sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory, will pave the way for in-space bioprinting of tissues—and possibly even organs in the future—that could one day help patients back on Earth.

See also:

** Mike Read – What Does The ISS Have To Do With The Commercialization of Space?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Mike Read is in the role of Manager, ISS Business and Economic Development Office at NASA Johnson Space Center. But what does the International Space Station have to do with the commercialization of space? Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Mike:

    • You have a non-engineering background yet are in the space field. Tell us about how this happened
    • What is the scope of your responsibilities in the ISS Business and Economic Development Office?
    • What constitutes a success over the period of a year?
    • Can you share some recent wins?
    • How long is the ISS expected to be available?
    • If/when commercial operators have private space stations in orbit, is NASA expecting to simply be a customer?
    • Who do you want to speak with? What makes a good discussion or project for you?

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** China launches new science module to Tiangong space stationVideoFromSpace

A Chinese Long March-5B Y4 rocket launched the Mengtian science module from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on Oct. 31, 2022. “Mengtian is over 17 meters (55.7 ft) long, with a diameter of four meters (13.1 ft), and weighs more than 20 metric tons,” according to the China Academy of Space Technology.

** China’s Mengtian lab module docks with Tiangong space stationVideoFromSpace

The Mengtian lab module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station on Oct. 31, 2022, about 13 hours after its launch. (https://www.space.com/china-launches-…)

Mengtian, whose name means “Dreaming of the Heavens,” is a 58.7-foot-long (17.9 meters) and roughly 48,500-pound (22 metric tons) spacecraft designed mainly to host an array of science racks and experiments.

** Watch China’s Shenzhou-14 crew enter Mengtian lab in space for 1st time VideoFromSpace

Chinese taikonauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe opened the Mengtian lab hatch and entered the new Tiangong space station module on Nov. 3, 2022. Mengtian was launched atop a Long March 5B Y4 on Oct. 31.

** 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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