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Interview with the Space Renaissance Initiative - 2.11

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Coming up Expedition 18 lands safely, Kepler removes its dust cover, Mercury 7's 50th anniversary and we've got a live interview with the Space Renaissance Initiative. All that and a whole lot more this April 10th edition of SpaceVidCast Live. *dramatic music* Welcome to SpaceVidCast Live. My name Is Benjamin Higginbotham. And with me is the beautifullovely, wonderful, talented and incredibly intelligent Cariann Higginbotham. She is my astrowife. You like that? I gotta say, we did this in the daily podcast,but I can not believe-do we have a Mission Madness graphic? We did the Mission Madness through NASA and NASA Edge and I had my picks, Apollo 11, Skylab, I mean my picks made perfect sense. You can see here, 62, 64 different missions,And SPB won, and you're probably thinking to yourself, 'what's SPB?' I've never even heard of SPB before! It's a freaking balloon! It beat out Apollo 11, it beat out Skylab, it beat out Orion. This is what won! I don't understand. It is kinda cool, it's a big balloon. It's a SuperPressure Balloon. Next year. This is what's gonna happen. The thing is that next year Apollo 11's not gonna be on there.How do we know that? Well, it was already in this bracket. All I'm saying is that next year, all you spacevidcasters have to rally behind whatever my picks are. her picks don't matter, and we're going to make sure that the right mission wins. The great news, well sort of great news-we get kind of attached to our ISS mission commanders, don't we? We do. Because when Peggy [Whitson] left, we were like 'no one's gonna be like Peggy!' Then we had Mike [Fincke] up there, but Expedition 18 has landed. We actually have some landing footage of Expedition 18 [Soyuz capsule]. It was a smooth landing. yeah, it hit the ground nicely,*laughing* the parachute opened. It was as smooth as it could be. Who's replacing Mike on Expedition 19? I was practicing this earlier. It's Gennady Padalka. So what do we think? All day and a half he's been doing it. He hasn't broken anything yet? The urinator thing is still going. But the good news is that it landed safely. Prior, there have been issues of Soyuz capsules landing off course with a little bit extra G forces as it was coming down to the planet. That's bad when you've been on the International Space station for four or six months.You're a little fragile. You're fragile, my understanding is you've lost some bone mass, and as such, having extra G forces as you're coming towards the planet equals bad. There's enough G forces as it is, they don't need anymore. So we're excited to see the new Commander Gennady Padalka and we'll see how it goes. Thank you to Chris_Soyuz in the chat room, who's been helping me with pronunciations.Like ESA.. Another interesting news item is Kepler has pretty much taken it's-NASA describes it as taking the dust cover off. describe it as taking the lens cap off. Check out this cool animation. It's the same kind of idea. You can obviously see here. The cover that was on Kepler has obviously been taken off now. Kepler's now free to move about the they'll be able to fire up Kepler soon. It'll be able to find other earths. It's ready to look at things. I'm excited to see what Kepler sees? What it finds. It'll be a cool mission. I like these space telescopes. Hubble has its advantages, Kepler's different. It's not a replacement for Hubble, it's just different. And then theres the James Webb Space Telescope, JWST, and it is the replacement for Hubble. Doesn't Hubble do infrared and JWST doesn't? They do have their ranges of light, actually we'll cover that in a future episode. There's a graph that shows exactly which one does what. Yesterday was April 9th, which is the anniversary of the of the announcement or picking of the Mercury 7 The original seven astronauts. Yep and here you have a shot of them here. And these are the guys I love this old footage. I love the little bow ties. It's so adorable.Should I do a show in a little bow tie? Oh, you should! You could slick your hair back just like that and everything. This entire video is available on so you can see the video in its entirety a little bit later on. If I remember correctly, [John] Glenn says a couple things that are really funny. These guys are hysterical. If you think about it, these guys were risking their lives for something they were a little unsure of. Yuri Gagarin which we'll get into on Yuri's night a little bit, which was the first human in space. crazy mofo that he was, just went up and said 'yeah ok!' but it's not like our astronauts knew a whole lot more. Here they are in the vomit comet, this footage is so much fun. I just absolutely love. I think you said the video is about 20 minutes long. It goes through their press conferences and all of their training, and then when they were up in the air and then space, and when they were coming back down. Some of the difficulties they had with Mercury, flying around, miscommunications, and stuff like that. But in general, it went pretty smoothly, I think. Relatively textbook-as textbook as something that they had never done before could possibly go. They had their issues, especially their heat shield issue, they thought they had lost their heat shield, and it was just a big adventure. That's what SpaceVidCast is trying to do, trying to bring back that sense of adventure, and awe, and that coolness that makes-dare I say makes space commonplace. I'm just gonna throw that out there. And before we go into break, this weekend is Yuri's night. The official date is April 12th, April 12, 1961. If you can, go to one of your local Yuri's night parties. There are parties all over the world and I believe even at the International Space Station. And Second Life [online game]. There are some of you out there 'there's no Yuri's Night party by me.' Go to Second Life! We're gonna attempt to-but bandwidth may be an issue, but if we can, we're going to stream our local Yuri's Night party in Minneapolis live which is being done at MiniCon, which is the longest run science fiction convention in the U.S. This will be the 44th year of MiniCon, which I think is very cool! It's Minnesota, it's cold, what else are we gonna do except read Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov? Roddenberry for the win! So check out your local Yuri's night chapter, is that what it's called? Go to and see when and where your local party is and certainly attend. It's gonna be a hoot and a half. When we come back we've got Annie from the Space Renaissance Initiative. We'll be doing a live interview with her so have your questions ready. And we're going to be talking about the future of space. Stay with us we'll be right back. dramatic music♫ We'd like to thank Crow River Coffee Company, because they provide the space for SpaceVidCast. And as such, we have a Coffee of the Month every month. This particular coffee of the month we've doubled up, but it's the Nicaraguan Segovia. Go to and order the coffee of the month from them, and you will get a SpaceVidCast sticker. It is the only way to get the official vinyl SpaceVidCast sticker. You can put them on your car, anywhere outside, you can put it on your computer, so that's the only way to get that sticker is to order coffee. And you're helping the coffee company that helps us. So you're actually helping us, and we're helping you, so by buying coffee, you help you. That's how that works. One thing we didn't mention is astro_mike. >C; Ok, so the next mission coming up is STS-125, which, don't ask me about the number thing. We'll go over that some other time. But STS-125 is coming up, and one of the astronauts that's going to be on STS-125 is on Twitter, and his name on Twitter is astro_mike. That's a picture of him in space. That's a great picture of him. I love the reflection of Earth and all that other fun stuff going on there. He's twittering out different things. 'They had some training earlier today', and 'it's time for lunch', and 'we just talked to so-and-so' and stuff like that. So he's tweeting throughout the day, sort like a behind the scenes look at what some of the last minute preps are are for any mission because they were already done and ready to go for this mission back in September then Hubble had some issues, so they had some retraining and stuff like that. It's not like they slack off. It's like running a marathon. You still have to do the training right up until the time of going, even if it's just a little bit here or there.I'd be curious to see if they can Twitter from space. I know they don't have cell phones, they have bandwidth on the International Space Station, they may have some on the space shuttle. Probably laggy, but This is true. He could downlink them, or somebody. It'd be really cool if you were to interact with an astronaut, you know, while they're on... I realize it'd be a lot to ask because their missions are kind of jam packed. Jeph in the chat room is saying he's got twenty-three thousand followers and that's been in the last, like, five days. Yeah. Why aren't they following SpaceVidCast? Whats wrong with these people?I– I don't know. We need to get Astro_Mike on. We should. There we go Speaking of guests, we have got Annie from the Space Renaissance Initiative Guests? We don't have guests! I know – I know, we've got guests back in the 2.0 series of our show! Check that out. So Annie, welcome to the show. Can you hear me? Absolutely! So, tell me. What is the Space Renaissance Initiative?*VERY LOW AUDIO WITH GUEST* It's the cheap part.Ooh, you broke up a little bit there. Say that again? A:Space movement. Cheap access to space. So how is that different than say, a Virgin Galactic or an XCOR or a, you know, any of those privatized space companies? Cariann:It's the cheap part. Cheap access to space. Annie: Correct. Ben: So how are you going to get cheap access to space though? I mean, these companies, Virgin Galactic and all these other companies are working toward something fairly similar. They're taking the price down from say, $35 million to two hundred thousand, which is still expensive, but what are you doing that is different than what they are doing, or are you targeting a slightly different audience. I mean, you're not building space craft like these other companies are, you're more of a movement, correct? Annie: Correct. Ben: So how does that, how do people get involved in this, how do they help help this out? Annie: Well, it would help us out definitely. It's cheap access to space. I'll put a link up. Ben: Well keep in mind, they won't be able to see the link in the live show Cariann: No, yeah, she's in the chat room Ben: Yeah, but they can't see it in the show Carinn: Oh, I see what you're saying. Annie:That address is Ben: So what are you doing specifically that is going to help this movement out, I mean, go into a little bit of detail. Why is your movement better than any one else, or is anyone else even doing this? Annie: Absolutely. The National Space Society. That don't have me [inaudible] so too bad for them. Right now, just the fact that there are so many of us who are dedicated, that we're absolutely, positively doing all of this for free. Ben: And that is, I mean, that's really cool. What is the end goal? You're going to get a consortium of people together, I assume. And where are you going to go with that? What happens to that consortium of people? You can talk about making cheap space flight and cheap space access, but realistically it, you know there's equipment and there's, and it's hard to get all that stuff together so. You know, you get these people together. How are you going to make this a lower cost for everyone involved? Annie: It's just a numbers game. Ben: Just a numbers game? [inaudible] Ben: Now, one of the things I've seen, I've seen a lot of topics bounced around this Space Renaissance Initiative and one of the things is um, like space based solar power and some of this next generation power stuff is that part of the same movement or, how does all of that fit in? Annie: Say that one more time? Ben: Space based solar power, and power from space and next generation space technology for getting power down to earth and getting our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels and reducing that. I've seen that being bounced around the Space Renaissance a little bit, is that the same part of the movement or is that something a little bit different? Annie: It's a part of the movement. That would definitely be a huge contributing factor, and very critical in reducing the costs. Ben: Reducing the cost of space travel itself or in space privatization in actually getting into space, or what is it going to reduce the cost of? Annie: it will eventually reduce the cost to the consumer. Ben: How will it end up doing that, though? Annie: Chain reaction-I'm sorry, one moment. Ben:Sure, no problem. We'll fix – we've got a little bit of a fun audio glitch and we'll fix that up and we'll get right back with Annie. But, you know, that Space Renaissance Initiative, at is something that we've found through a bunch of really big names in space and, it's not a little, really itty bitty little movement, I mean, there are a lot of really big names behind this program. Cariann: We're not talking two kids in their basement here. Ben: No, not at all. And actually, there are a lot of different chats and things that are going on, and actually there was a presentation a couple of weeks ago, in, I believe it was in London Cariann: In London, yeah. Ben: kind of announcing a little bit about Space Renaissance and what's going on there. Can you tell us a little bit about what happened in that presentation a few weeks ago. Annie: Oh I really wish I could. I was not there. Ben: Do you know what they covered in that particular release? I know that they were working on getting those PDF's out the door. Annie: Yes. One moment. Cariann: I know that they met at the British Interplanetary Society in London, for the press conference, so that was, I believe, was really kind of a cool thing, especially for something like the Space Renaissance Initiative, that it's not just sort of, you know, again, it's not two kids in a basement kind of thing. It's a real thing going on, real places with real people from all over the world. Which is also really nice, in general, for the Space Renaissance Initiative, that it's not just two people in one particular spot, it's a bunch of people from all over the world, not just a particular country, that are all coming together to making it happen especially for everyone who has volunteered, that, I mean, that's just amazing as far as I'm concerned. Ben: Some of the interesting concepts that have been thrown around are things like, our economy isn't doing so great, one of the ways we can improve the economy is through the expansion of our space, ,you know, space exploration and space privatization and all that fun jazz. And there's a lot of really great information at that talks about all of these different things: space based solar power, how we can help fix our economy by expanding through space and some of the steps that are necessary to make all of this happen And it's a little bit overwhelming actually, because they've got a lot of engineers that are working on this. Cariann: A lot of information. Yeah. There are entire papers by doctors and all this kind of stuff. There's a ton of information but it's all really really good. It's sort of like trying to swallow the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in one gulp, kind of thing. There's a lot of stuff there. But it's all very, very interesting, and very worthwhile, I think. Ben: So, “Ron is the E, Rons my the E” Hm, can't pronounce that screen name! (ronsmytheiii) says that's what leads us out of the recession, industry growth is what will lead us out of the recession, uh, and I'll pose this question to Annie and the chat room, as well, one of the things we helped do the last time we had a huge recession was we industrialized. But that made sense, because we had to build railroad tracks and roads and infrastructure the United States to move goods from Point A to Point B, which, you know, you need to be able to move goods from Point A to Point B but what does space industrialization do for us? We're not really moving those goods, I mean, we don't have... It's different this time. It's different! Cariann: Yeah. Ben: So that's just worth throwing out there; see what the chat room has to say about that. And then we'll have an awkward moment of silence. So, Annie, tell me what can people do to get involved in Space Renaissance? Annie: You can go to our facebook page, or, and [inaudible] and talk to [inaudible] Bradley just as soon we get off line, But talk to him[ inaudible] he is a networking machine. But I completely lost explorer over here, so I'm no longer in the chat room. I apologize that I can't see your questions Ben: No, that's fantastic, that's fine. We'll feed those to you. Actually, we'll ask that of the chat room right now. Does anyone in the chat room have any questions for Annie, so certainly pass those our way in the chat at the bottom of the screen. And, once you get involved, you said it's completely free, so there's no membership fee or anything else like that, is that correct? Annie: At this time that is absolutely correct. Maybe some day, when we're as big and important as some other organizations, we may do something like that, but right now, we just take donations. And I would like to say, about our press conference in London, it was a pretty interesting turn-out. Jeremy Stone, A professional presenter from the UK actually talked about one of Dr. Patrick Cullen's papers, and also the Gerard O'Neil-I cant remember off the top of my head, what his paper was. But it was about the movement of humans into space, and industrializing space. He gave a talk about that. And in London it went very well, according to Adriano Autino, our president. And he said everything went really nicely. [inaudible] Carter had some interesting questions. I wish I had read them. Maybe I could answer yours a little better. Ben: That's cool. What's the next What's the next - YES! Awesome! Dead internet. That's live video-casting for ya Well, poor Annie. There are also storms in her area right now. So, I mean, we just had everything stacked against us at this point. That was awesome. You get the idea. That was a little bit about Space Renaissance, they had a big announcement not that long ago. It's really a cool thing that's going on over there. And it's something that I definitely think everyone should check out. And you can do that by going to and you can do that right now, today. You can sign up, you can help out and participate in some of the live chats,Skype chats And if you join the Facebook group, there's a lot of people who are already in it, are a part of Space Renaissance Initiative that are a part of the Facebook group as well, so you can get your space feelers out there Space feelers? Yes! - into a lot of different people who are connected into the space industry in a lot of different ways. So that's our show. We'll definitely bring back, we'll fix out some of the technical glitches, and bring back Annie and Space Renaissance Initiative for future shows and get those going for you. We'd like to thanks everyone so much for watching this week. You can watch us live every week Friday morning, 2am UTC, or Thursday night at 10pmEDT, 9pmCDT, and 7pmPDT. Any closing comments? Do you have any No, but go to Yuri's Night! Yeah, definitely go to Yuri's Night. If you can't make it there, certainly go to Second Life, or watch it live at Thank you guys so much for watching, we'll see you next week. Oh, we'll see you this weekend, and then see you next week. Yeah. ♫ dramatic music ♫

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Duration: 27 minutes and 8 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Views: 106
Posted by: spacevidcast on Apr 10, 2009

We interview Annie from talking about making space accessible to everyone. In Space News we have Kepler shedding its dust cover, The 50th anniversary of the Mercury 7 and Expedition 18 lands safely.

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