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SpaceVidcast Episode #010

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(Ben) Welcome to SpaceVidcast. My name is Benjamin Higginbotham and with me is the talented, beautiful, wonderful, kind, endearing, I'm out...Cariann Higginbotham. And we are the SpaceVidcasters. I almost cancelled the show today. (Cariann) Why? (Ben) You know, there's just really no space news going on. There's really nothing that happened last week. There' nothing going on this coming week. There's just nothing going on in space what-so-ever. (Cariann) Well, wha...? (Together) (laughter) (Cariann) Even the chat room knows you're lying. There you go, see exactly. (Ben) There's a vacuum that's why. Yeah so for those who missed it, we had one of the highest rated shows SpaceVidcast has done this last Sunday with the landing of the Phoenix Lander on Mars, which was an incredibly exciting event. You can watch the archive of that on and upcoming we have STS-124. We're going to talk about that all in a little bit, but first we've got just a ton of space news. In fact this entire episode - nothing but news. From top to bottom - news. (Cariann) Yipee. (Ben) Oh yeah, oh yeah. That's gonna happen. So let's get started. The first thing we've got is a space contest. (Cariann) Oh goodness. (Ben) Check this out. At What this is is a a project of the Space Frontier Foundation and you'll submit a video and you can win up to $2000 in the space contest. And SpaceVidcast is helping to sponsor this. There's also going to be, I believe, a $500 second prize and a $500 third prize. So submit your video and all the rules and information is at and you can figure out how to submit it, basically you're going to push it onto YouTube or there is another one website you can push it to, I don't remember. Eh, it doesn't matter. It's like MySpace or whatever that is. Exactly. And, max_man is going to come in first, second, and third. (Cariann) Nice. (Ben) That's three thousand dollars for max_man right there. (Cariann) WooHoo! But make a video talking about the future of space exploration. And you know, I think we all realize that some people are going to make videos that we just don't agree with. Some people may say that we need to shut down NASA. Or this is where the future of space exploration is, it's in privatized space travel or it's in government travel or whatever. That's totally cool. Just go for it. Just you know make that video. Make just a quick video. Follow the instructions on And make it happen. So I think that is going to be pretty cool and exciting. Now all the details of how you have to do it and when you got to do it and all that other fun jazz it at I think someone said that we own the company. I don't own that company. We are helping them out. We are sponsoring the contest, but we do not own (Cariann) So mentioning us and or putting a video of us into submission doesn't count. (laughter) (Ben) Right, I believe Greg Zsidisin, if I pronounce that correctly, Greg if I didn't I'm sorry, this is actually a very hard last name to pronounce. Look at that right there. He's the one who started this and he actually contacted me and we were going to try and bring him on sometime in the future. But that's the first contest we've got. The second contest you found today... (Cariann) I did. (Ben) and this one is very exciting. Now I was tempted not to air this contest at all. (Cariann) Well I didn't think you would at all anyhow That's why I sent it to you privately like on the side. (Ben) Right, but here's the thing though because I'm a Space Evangelist... (Cariann) I know. (Ben) and because this is something that I believe in, space is bigger than I am and this is something that everyone needs to know about. But check this out - this is very cool, I don't have a graphic for this one. (Together) (laughter) (Ben) I was about to go to the graphic. I'm like look at this great graphic. (Cariann) That's a neat thing that I don't have. (Ben) This is the Natural Space Society, which I become a member of today, is going to kick off it's Space Ambassador Program. And they are giving away a free ticket on... (Cariann) I don't know, on what? (Ben) You really not know? (Cariann) No, I know what it is. (Ben) Virgin Galactic. That's a $200,000 ticket. So you can win a trip into low-Earth orbit. That's right, you'll actually to be able to go on Virgin Galactic if you win this contest. And you don't actually have to become a member of the NSS, so it doesn't cost you anything. Just go to the website at the top of the banner here. We'll also put it in our show notes. And sign up and register for it. And you know you need to be a Space Evangelist, a space ambassador, as they are calling it. And you know you've got to be someone who's gotta be someone who tries to convince other people that space travel and getting out there is something that is very important. And as such I think we qualify. (Cariann) I think we do, I think we do. (Ben) (laughter) Hopefully. (Cariann) I'm hoping that like if you win, that I'll get to tag along somehow. (Ben) Well it is only one seat. They made it very clear. (Cariann) I know, I know, but we're a team. We go together. Peanut butter and jelly. (Ben) Yeah, but this comes back down to before the contest ever started on the SpaceVidcast site, that's something we are looking forward to doing as well, we're trying to raise enough money so that we can actually, I want to stream live. Stream lifecast the enitre event from the ground all the way up through ascent, in space and back down through the ascent again as well. All from SpaceShip Two or whatever craft we are able to get on. That's one of the things I want to do. The other thing I want to do is raise enough money so that we can have our own contests. And buy our own seats on SpaceShip Two. And actually send you, the loyal SpaceVidcast viewers up into low-Earth orbit. I think it's something that every human should be able to do at least once in their lifetime. So this contest again, not run by us. (Cariann) Nope. (Ben) We don't have the $200,000 budget to make that happen yet. (Cariann) Sorry. Yes, we will. (Ben) Yet, we're going to. We will. But you know for anyone who wants to get into low-Earth orbit, definitely worth a shot. I thought that was AWESOME. (Cariann) Right now I will just mention that it's only just a sign-up to get your name in. It's not a name in a hat kind of situation, there is an actual application process that you will actually need to go through. They just haven't compiled all of the information yet. But you put your name in and they will send out the application to you later. So we're not real positive right now if it includes video, audio, writing, you know some sort of trip somewhere. Right now we don't have all of the details. But if you sign up you will get the details as soon as they are available. (Ben) You know Jordan, I don't if there is an age requirement, but I would assume that for liability that you might not be able to. I think there is a FAQ, a F-A-Q page somewhere. Exactly StarBucks. Go to the page. Are we just going to keep lowering the age now? Can you do it if you are 11? Seriously guys? I mean come on. The next story is something if you get the Discovery Channel or Discovery HD that is just... (Cariann) Crazy. (Ben) Exciting. They've got a new program coming up called "When We Left Earth", and it's going to be on Discovery HD. And again you can check out the url at the top of the screen or we'll put that in our show notes. And that is going to be on Sunday starting at nine o'clock Eastern Daylight Time. That's eight Central, six Pacific. (Cariann) Ow. (Ben) Whew, get that. Really. And MMSMSJ is saying the Moon landing was fake. Actually we have videos that prove quite the opposite that the Moon landings were real and I'll show those to you guys in post-show. But this sounds like this is going to be one of those just inspiring shows that... (Cariann) Yup. (Ben) shows exactly what it has taken for humans to get off our planet. Into low-Earth orbit, onto the Moon, and even getting our rovers and our landers onto other planets. And Discovery, I'm just really excited. They did a great job of covering the Pheonix and I just can't wait for this. So this is going to be starting June 8th is when this will begin. So if you have a TiVo, schedule TiVo to record June 8th, Discovery HD. (Cariann) Well, it is a six part series. (Ben) Right, and you can buy it on DVD too. (Cariann) Yes, yes. (Ben) Did I show this? Oh here we go...look it's a DVD. (Cariann) Pretty. (laughter) (Ben) Huh, huh? (Cariann) Oh goodness. (Ben) I have to figure out how to go back to my camera now. (Cariann) Yeah you do. Alright, what's next on our news? (Cariann) I don't know. (Ben) So we're just whipping through the news. (Cariann) Yeah we are. (Ben) The Eight Things You Didn't Know. This one is actually yours. Check this out, there's a pretty graphic that goes with it. Here you go. (Cariann) DaDa. Well the one thing...first of all I hadn't even heard of these Extrasolar Planets and when I first read the title I thought it said "Extrasolar Panels". (Ben) (laughter) (Cariann) And I thought "Oh great we're putting solar panels somewhere". (Ben) Solar panels. (Cariann) Yeah, I was very confused at first, but, so Extrasolar Planets are, as you could imagine, planets that are not in our Solar System. They are outside of our particular Solar System. (Ben) They are Extrasolar. (Cariann) Well, you know what I'm saying? (Ben) (laughter) (Cariann) Goodness gracious. (Ben) Oh my y'know. (Cariann) Anyhow, so this was kind of nice because it's a very short run down of things that again, like me, didn't even know that these things existed, let alone anything else. But some bullet point facts, if you will. Such as, "That so far as of April first of 2008", so this year, "we have found 287 Extrasolar planets". (Ben) That's a lot. (Cariann) That's a lot, that's a lot. And the first one was found somewhere between the 1988 and the early 1990's. "The first confirmed Extrasolar planet was in 1992." "And the first orbiting or normal quote unquote "non-pulsar star" was found in 1995." It tells you which one is closest to Earth, which one is most likely to support life, which is the largest planet which I will give you has the mass of more than 21 Jupiter's or 70 percent of our Sun's own mass. (Ben) Wow. (Cariann) Crazy, crazy. (Ben) As they were saying in the chat room "That's huge". (Cariann) I know it's ridiculous. It tells you how you can detect Extrasolar Planets, what can we learn from these methods, and have we found any Earth-like planets. (Ben) Have we found any Earth-like planets? (Cariann) We haven't. (Ben) Those are all gas giants, if I remember correctly. (Cariann) Yeah, yeah. Some more dense than others and this that and the other, but no not yet. (Ben) Hrm. (Cariann) Anyway it's an interesting article. I thought it was really cool. Like I said, it's something I didn't even know...I didn't even know we had a name for that kind of thing and what have you. (Ben) They're really hard to spot too because you can't see them through a telescope. (Cariann) No, not at all. (Ben) You have to basically...when they pass in front of another object you have to kind of figure out what you are looking at. (Cariann) Right. (Ben) You have to do based on more math than anything else. (Cariann) Yup. (Ben) So they are very difficult to find, but now that we figured out how to find them I guess we're just going to... (Cariann) One really cool thing, if I may, they say they use what they call the Dopler Effect. And Dopler was made for weather by one of our local weatherman. (Ben) He made Dopler? (Cariann) Well the, how the...yeah. (Ben) I know he made Earth Watch. I didn't know he made Dopler. (Cariann) I thought he did. (Ben) Oh, I'm not sure of that. We're not sure if that's true or not. (Cariann) Alright, well nevermind. Fine. (Ben) Although, you know actually I'm going to save that point for...because that relates to STS-124. I'm going to save that... (Cariann) Good. Ben) Yes, because I like that. (Cariann) Yeah, because we're from Minnesota and we're cool. I just want to say that. (Ben) We are. So stay with us everyone. We'll be back after this. (dramatic music) ...entry on my mark. Five, four, three, two, one, mark. We have now entered the atmoshpere and are now starting to slow down. Pheonix, now one minute past the entry point...still have a signal direct by Odyssey. At this point in time Pheonix goes normally through peak heating. At this time we still see a signal via Odyssey. Standing by for...switch to 32K in 45 seconds. Stop of all Odyssey canister data and switch to 32K in ten seconds. Odyssey switch to 32K detected. We have Odyssey locked up on Phoenix carrier. Standing by for...and Phoenix switch to 32K. At this point in time, Phoenix will have normally deployed it's parachute. Standing by for...aquisition. (Cheers from crowd) Phoenix switch to 32K detected. We have data lock up. ... Heat shields trigger detected. Ground level volacity 90 meters per second. (Claps from the crowd) Ground level velocity 80 meters per second. At this point in time standing by for radar...and...convergence. Radar switch to altitude mode. Standing by for altitude convergence. Ground level trigger detected. Ground level...60 meters per second. Standing by for altitude convergence. Radar reliable. (Cheers from crowd) Altitude 2000 meters. Altitude convergance detected. Altitude is 1800 meters. 1700 meters. 1600 meters. Standing by for landing separation. Altitude is 1500 meters. Signal may drop out due to separation. Altitude 1000 meters. Separation detected. We have...gravitation detected. (Cheers from the crowd) Altitude 600 meters, 500 meters, 400 meters, 250 meters, 150 meters, 100 meters, 80 meters, 50 meters. ...detected. Altitude 40 meters, 30 meters, 27 meters, 20 meters, 15 meters. Standing by for touch down. Touch down signal detected. (Cheers from crowd) Landed...detected. ... Standing by for... (Ben) Wow that was uh, that was really cool this last Sunday. That was the Phoenix Lander that we watched live here on SpaceVidcast and you could see on NASA TV and a bunch of other channels. And before the Phoenix Lander had hit the surface of Mars they only had a 55...I'm sorry 45% success rate of landing. 55% failure rate. (Cariann) Right, right. (Ben) After the Phoenix Lander touched down it was 50/50. That' they obvioulsy haven't done this very often. (Cariann) (laughter) Whew. (Ben) They made it look easy, so they really made it look easy. That thing went flawless all the way down, but at the end of the day that's not something that we normally do. And now we have another craft on an alien planet looking for signs of life for the foundation blocks of life itself. And that was just a very exciting event. We had over 1500 viewers here, live in the chatroom. It was just a flurry. It was just absolutely crazy. (Cariann) Crazy. (Ben) It was a great deal of fun. (Cariann) It was, absolutely. Actually listening to that now again made me realize how much he sounded like Chekhov. (Ben) Really, yeah? (laughter) (Cariann) Just a little random thing there. Sorry. (Ben) So definetily follow the Phoenix Lander information, which you've got the url at the top of your screen. And that url will bring you to images of the lander, that the lander is taking and you will be able to see updated pictures and follow the mission. This is a ninety day mission or so and while we've got Spirit and Opportunity that were also supposed to be 90 days, those are rovers that are on the planet and they've been going on for I think like four years now. You know that... (Cariann) The main thing difference is that the rovers can move and the lander can't. So the rovers when it gets cold over here, but it's warm over there, they go over there and get warm. And the lander can't do that. We really do have a very short window of time to get everything done that we want to get done. (Ben) There's also that you can see in this topic of the satellite feed of the Phoenix landing. This was taken by an orbiting satellite. This is a live picture of the Phoenix itself as it's landing on Mars. (Cariann) That's crazy. (Ben) So you can see at the top portion of the picture that's the parachute and the bottom portion of that that is the Phoenix itself. So that is an actual picture of the the actual event as it was occurring though an orbiting satellite right around Mars. (Cariann) Oh, crazy. (Ben) Yeah, that is just... (Cariann) I saw some other pictures actually on the same site where you can see where everything kind of landed. So it's like here is the base part that they kind of had to throw off and here is the parachute over here. It's really just...I think it's fascinating. (Ben) It's remarkable that we are able to just as a species you know not only put ourselves into a hostile environment, being space, low Earth orbit or even the Moon, but then visit other planets through the use of robotics and actually explore them remotely in near real time. and actually explore them remotely in near real time. I mean there is a ten minute or it's a 15 point some odd minute lag. But you know when you think about how far away that is, that's quite remarkable. (Cariann) Yeah. (Ben) That's amazing stuff that we're doing. The next step of course is having humans set foot on an alien planet. Not just our own Moon, but I think the next logical step is for us to go to Mars. And we've talked about that here before on SpaceVidcast. We've got The Office of Tomorrow's Mars that's trying to do that. We've got NASA that's trying to do that. It sounds like the ESA may start to do that. China is going to start to do that. There are rumors that Mexico is starting a . Space Program as well. (Cariann) Oh, I didn't know that. (Ben) I don't know if they are going to Mars, but you know so we have A LOT of people that are starting to really get exciting or a lot countries and places getting excited about space travel. And this is only going to be good for humanity as a whole. And speaking of space travel...The Pheonix Lander happened last Sunday, well this Saturday, only what two days away. How far away is it? It's 42 hours, 39 minutes, and what is that 19 seconds, 18, 17 seconds? (Cariann) (laughter) (Ben) You can see the time right at the bottom of your screen. (Cariann) It was like "What, what?". (laughter) (Ben) STS-124, which is the Space Transportation System. Space Shuttle Discovery will be launching from The Cape and it will be bringing up the Japanese Module to the International Space Station. (Cariann) Yes it is. (Ben) And they're also going to be doing one other thing. What was that other thing they were going to do? (Cariann) Yeah, I found this today and it was just too funny to pass up, so I apologize. I don't mean to offend anyone in any way shape or form. (Ben) I love the title at the top. (laughter) (Cariann) But apparently the one single lone toilet on the ISS is broken. (Ben) There is redundancy in everything NASA does except the toilet. (Cariann) There is some redundancy because the solid part can flush. It's the other... (Ben) Just hold it. (laughter) (Cariann) Just hold it. Just pee in space. What the hell's wrong with you people? Hang your ass out the side. No, so I apologize. But... (Ben) I don't have the bleeper. You have to be careful. (Cariann) I know, I know. I treat it like a boat, people. Anyhow, the point is that umm...oh ok, thank you Starbucks for using the one from Soyuz. The idea is though that the one part of the toilet because it is a dual flush, which we need here on Earth, thank you very much anyhow, has to be manually like drained and flushed and taken out and... (Ben) Mhmm. (Cariann) like once a week or something like that. And it's like a 20 minute process. (Ben) Mhmm. (Cariann) And so that's not fun and nobody wants to be doing that, so unfortunately they kind of had to make a call. Now the other funny thing about this, that I thought, is that the part that they need, the pump that they need is from Moscow. (Ben) The irony. (Cariann) Right, I know of all things, right? (Ben) Right. (Cariann) But we need it in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Of the U.S. (Ben) So it can be on Discovery? (Cariann) So it can be on Discovery to get out there because really even just toilet problems down here on Earth are nasty. (Ben) Not fun, no. (Cariann) I mean, I can't even imagine. (Ben) You know the one toilet in space to block us, you know what I mean? Plunger, how does that work? (Cariann) I know, awful, awful, awful. (Together) (laughter) (Cariann) There's this poor guy that, this NASA employee, this guy probably gets paid a lot of money, he's probably a brilliant, brilliant mind, who's based in Moscow, no less; hand carried this pump on a commercial airline in order to get it here in enough time to get it on The Shuttle to get it up there so that they can fix the toilet. And I'm just sorry it was too funny to pass up. (laughter) So I just thought that that was good. (Ben) There's a great comment that just went by. It was MMMSJ just said that he once met a guy who made NASA toilets to give him a picture of an astronaut signed "Doctor Flush". (Together) (laughter) (Cariann) I just, oh goodness you guys. I'm so sorry, but I just had to mention that part of STS-124. An unexpected part of course, but a very, very important part non-the-less. (Ben) (laughter) So STS-124 is going up. We at SpaceVidcast are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and one of the astronauts is actually from Minneapolis. (Cariann) Yup. (Ben) It is well, Minnesota. It is Karen Nyberg. (Cariann) Mhmm. (Ben) And she's going to be going up on STS-124, so we've got a little bit of local something, something going on. Actually we've got a picture of them all. Here we go. There is the crew going up on STS-124. (Cariann) She's the lone girl. (Ben) Yeah, the one blonde girl sitting over there. The third from the right it looks like. (Cariann) Yup. (Ben) And uhh.. (Cariann) A couple of really quick things about her... (Ben) Oh we have stats. Go for it, absolutely. (Cariann) I was just interested to see, this is her first space mission, although she has been an astronaut since 2000. One really cool thing about that is that her first application or her first try to become an astronaut in 2000 she was immediately accepted. Which I thought was very cool. (Ben) Because she is Minnesotan? (Cariann) No, not because of that. (Ben) She's used to the cold of space. (Together) (laughter) (Cariann) She is joining the Elite, I think it is under two dozen people from Minnesota who have gone up into space. She is the second woman from Minnesota to go up into space. And she will be the fiftieth woman EVER from the whole planet to have ever. (Ben) To have ever in 50 years? (Cariann) Yes. So it's actually...and on top of everything she will be the first person to deal with three different robotic arms. (Ben) And the first women in space to fix a toilet. (Cariann) Well I don't think she's actually fixing it. (Ben) (laughter) (Cariann) That's a man's job. Everybody knows it, please. Seven of those guys I'm sure someone could figure it out. I'm sure somebody can figure it out. (Ben) Did you know there was a Higginbotham astronaut? as well? (Cariann) Yes, I did. (Ben) Oh well, there you go. (Cariann) Ok, that's great. (Ben) Well, that's that. That kinda sucked, didn't it? (Cariann) Yeah, that was awesome. (Ben) So STS-124, join us for live coverage starting....we're going to start live coverage starting at 3pm Central Daylight Time right here right here on and And you can chat...and join us in the chat live. And it's just an incredable event we actually started SpaceVidcast with STS-123 and we've it been broadcasting ever since. And we'll just continue to stream the mission live 24/07 and then shortly after we start broadcasting that the next day, starting June 1st, we've actually got a big surprise for all of our SpaceVidcasters. We are going to be adding some cool things. I'm going to be giving you a hint. A lot of people think they've figured out what it is, based on but I'm gonna give you a hint based on this... Here's a hint: (Cariann) Ok. (Ben) It requires the use of my Playstion 3. (Cariann) Oh, what? (Ben) So I'm going to need to use my... (Cariann) We finally made the game, didn't we? (Ben) (laughter) I'm going to need to use my PlayStation 3 to make this happen. (Cariann) Awesome. (Ben) Somehowsome way it involves my PlayStation 3. (Cariann) It's going to be like Call of Duty in space. (Ben) That would be kind of weird, actually. (Cariann) I know. (Ben) I know, that would be like Space Fithers or something. We hope we'll see you here for SpaceVidcast's coverage of STS-124 this Saturday at three PM Central Daylight Time. That's four o'clock Eastern. (Cariann) Something, something. (Ben) One o'clock Pacific, man. (Cariann) (laughter) We can do math. You know what? I do the numbers. (Ben) (laughter) Yes, you do. And on that note, we'll leave you with a preview of STS-124. And thank you for joining us. We'll see you this Saturday and again next Thursday. (dramatic music)

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Duration: 27 minutes and 34 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: SpaceVidcast
Director: SpaceVidcast
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Posted by: spacevidcast on Jul 24, 2008

On this episode of SpaceVidcast we talk about a lot of space news! From contests to win up to $2000 for your space video to winning a seat on Virgin Galactic to fly in to low earth orbit yourself! Discovery has a new 6 series show on Discovery HD called When We Left the Earth, Extrasolar planets and of course continuing coverage of the Phoenix lander and STS-124 with space shuttle Discovery!

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