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Trouble on the ISS - Live Show 3.26

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In 1969, a group of astronauts changed the world. They walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong: That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind. In 1972, our journey ended. We've never been back. 2010 begins a year of change. Private companies are working on next-generation spaceships. Governments are looking to go back to the moon, and on to Mars. It's time to look up, and dream again. It's time to push humans into the cosmos. It's time to educate, and engage the planet. It's time for SpaceVidCast. -SpaceVidCast intro- Ben: Welcome to this news-packed episode of SpaceVidCast 3.26 for August 6th, 2010. My name is Benjamin Higginbotham. With me is beautiful, lovely, wonderful, and talented Cariann Higginbotham, and we are your spacevidcasters. And we are going to start off this episode with something that has been making the rounds in the media a little bit. They've been a little bit overly dramatic about it, so we decided, you know, if you can't beat them, join them! It's TROUBLE ON THE ISS! -Trouble on the ISS music- Ha, you can't have swap mode on, cause we need to go back..... Ben and Cariann: *laughing* You know, we are just going to keep going. If you haven't heard, the International Space Station, uh, Loop A or... Cariann: Loop A! Ben: Cooling.. Cariann: Like Guadalupe! Ben: Ammonia cooling, has suffered a failure. And, uh, they actually have spare tanks. They actually have four spare ammonia tanks. Ben: And they are going to be swapping one of those out over the next couple of days with the spacewalks. Ben: The reason this is a big deal is in space, you need to cool your equipment, and what not. Cariann: Well, because I said "Isn't it cold in space?". Ben: Well, it's both cold and hot in space. It's both very cold and very hot in space. So, what need to is be able to cool your equipment, and make sure that everything is all temperature controlled. So, they use the ammonia lines, as a way to dissipate heat, and as a way to do heat rejection. So, we've got a shot.This is one of the spare tanks that they've got. Spare pump module...and you can actually see, here's another shot of where they are going to installing the tank. This is the replacement tank that they'll be going to. So, you can see it's gonna be going right down there. And then we've got two space walkers. Uh-oh, I completely forgot their names. Cariann: Wow! I bet it'll say in the picture, if Caf just clicks on it. Ben: Yeah, drop the graphics and go there. Cariann: There you go! There's this guy, there's the IRC guy, and then there's the twitter guy. Ben: Is Douglas...uh. Cariann: They DO have names! Ben: Go to the next picture. This is the best part, she's like "Don't take my picture". Cariann: Poor thing. Ben: So, they'll be going out, they're going to be fixing the ammonia pumps. Like I said, there are four spare units. It is kind of a big deal though, right? You don't wanna have this stuff fail. They actually had to shut down some systems on the ISS when the problem first happened. I think it was this last Saturday, going into Sunday essentially. And so, yeah. They pushed back the space walk, I guess. Kinda depends what time zone you're in. Cariann: So the space walk went great! Ben: Exactly. So, yeah, that's what's going on with the space station. That's trouble on the ISS on that one. Moving on, what's the next story. Cariann: Oh, I'm sorry, that's totally my fault. So, we got this question through twitter the other day, and so I figured Ben: A twestion. Cariann: A twestion. I did answer it via Twitter, but I thought it's kind of an interesting thing, and maybe people would want to know about it. And, uh, they were asking about a playlist for the NASA wakeup calls for when people are on the ISS or on the Shuttle, and what not. So, I actually found this PDF, and I'll throw it into the chat room Ben: Oh, a chat for chat, you know. Cariann: And then enter it into the show notes. There you go. And it's a history, the PDF has got the entire...well, not the entire, but the majority of the...I can't talk. Ben: The majority, of the entire, of the almost list of wakeup calls. Cariann: Yes, that one. Ben: Your welcome. Cariann: Well, the thing is it started back in....there's no listing of any Mercury wakeup calls, so it starts in Gemini. There are a couple of DoD missions where there's no information, because there's no information allowed on those particular missions. Ben: What's the wakeup call? You cannot know that!! That is classified! Cariann: God forbid. So, there's a couple exceptions like that, the majority though from Gemini on there is a list telling you. And for a lot of them, it shows who the particular song was for, which I thought was kind of cool. and it has been updated up to STS-132 mission, as well. So, I thought that was kind of cool. Ben: We also wanted to talk about an upcoming conference, which is going to be the awesome. Cariann: We do have quite a few of the participants from the last one in the room right now. Ben: If you went to SpaceUp San Diego, you need to seriously consider going to SpaceUp DC. I know a lot of them have already signed up and will be flying over from one to the other Even if your not local...I realize that BarCamps are designed to be local events, right? Cariann: Right, but we are trying to get these of the ground. Ben: But at the same time, these are smaller niche space communities. With a BarCamp there are more techies than... Ben and Cariann: Spaceys? Cariann: All I know is that I need a Kevin Spacey shirt now. Ben: Yep. But there are a lot more techies out there, so it's a lot easier to have those local events. With the SpaceUp conferences, I would argue at least just to get us started until we do change the hearts and minds of the entire planet which, by the way, doing! Try to make it to as many SpaceUp's as you can, and there was a lot of stuff that happened in this last SpaceUp. It is an epic, awesome, epic of epicness show that is completely epic. How's that? Check out this fun little video. Mike Doornbos: You're probably wondering what the heck SpaceUpDC is. Well, it's an unconference. Hmm, maybe that's not so helpful. Let's try pretty pictures. We've all been to conferences. At most conferences, someone who's an expert stands on a stage, behind a podium, something like that. And you're an audience member. They give you information, you listen. Then, you go out into the hallway, you get some coffee, you talk on your cell phone and pretend to be important. And every once in a while, you talk about your ideas on those presentations with other people you've met at the conference. And, every so often, what happens in the hallway ends up being more important than the sessions themselves. The hallway is where you create the action and movement, based on what you've heard. So, we were thinking, "Why not make those hallway conversations the point?". That's where an unconference or "BarCamp" as they are sometimes called, comes in. The entire unconference is ad-hoc.Each morning, we will start with an empty session grid. There will be some breakout rooms, and you put your presentation idea, topic, roundtable session, whatever on a sticky note and put it on a grid. You can haggle timeslots, combine similar ideas into a single session, go crazy. That's what ad-hoc is. At the end of every session, you go back to the grid, haggle some more and decide where you are going to participate next. If we are doing it right, you should be a little bit uncomfortable. At this unconference, you'll have to do things like, participate, and have something to say. OK, so that's all cool, what kind of things do we talk about? Literally, anything related to space. ANYTHING! Don't put limits on yourself or others, this is the place to have crazy ideas. And you know, every once in a while, crazy ideas work. At the first SpaceUp, in San Diego, some of the topics included: ITAR Sucks, what are we going to do about it? A rocket to the edge of space in our backyard. How to build a space cannon. Let's hope we don't poke any eyes out. Building cheap avionics with off the shelf parts. That was actually presented by SpaceX, which was pretty cool. There was some video presentations of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, including some pictures of a very large check we all wish we had. There was a moonpie eating contest. You know, Moon Pies, food. You know, and fun...remember fun? Dave Masten had a presentation called "How are we going to get my butt to Mars?" We included it here, because we wanted to say butt. A number of our friends from NASA came, and they presented some of their ideas about OpenNASA before OpenNASA was even announced. Some of those ideas that were discussed were incorporated into the OpenNASA plan. OK, so now that we know what we're going to talk about, or what we might talk about, who should attend? We're interested in anyone who is interested in space exploration in any capacity. We're looking to put people together who might not otherwise get to meet and talk about ideas. You know, kids, moms, CEOs, space nuts, rocket scientists, everyone is invited. And we really mean it, if you know of any unusual beings like: Martians, artificial intelligences, future robot overlords, politicians, or seamonsters, and they can get through customs, by all means bring them along. A few years ago, at TED, Burt Rutan said... It's not good enough to have a generation of kids who think that it's okay to look forward to having a better version of a cell phone with video in it. They need to look forward to exploration, they need to look forward to colonization, they need to look forward to breakthroughs. The sad reality of today is our kids bored with space. Are you kidding me?! It's freaking space! You know, rockets, fire, and martian soil, and pew pew pew! But, they'd rather play video games if you asked them. We're not OK with this, so we're going to try something new. SpaceUP DC is an experiment in itself. You know, we can't keep doing the same thing, and expecting different results. We need to reach higher. We need to build an epic future, and it all starts here. Join us at Ben: And spacevidcast will be there. We hope to see you guys there, too. And they are the most fun you will have. It's an unconference, so your not bound by normal conference rules. One of the conference sessions was that moonpie eating contest. Which was, pretty awesome. So, make it to SpaceUp DC. Don't be like, *mumbles*. Find a way, and make it to SpaceUp DC. It's going to be an epic, awesome, of epic epicness, and I think that video is really good but, I think we need to do a completely and totally over the top video for them. So, I mean, like meteors flying, crashing, explosions. It's going to be great. Cariann: We totally do. Ben: On that note, speaking of over the top, I think there is more trouble on the ISS! Cariann: What the hell is that? Ben: It's the ISS, it's the ending shot of the ISS. Cariann: Cause, good God, did you get close enough? ISS, ISS. ISS!! Ben: That's pretty much what it was. Now we are trying to be as dramatic as possible. Cariann: It does kind of look like Mir when you are that close. Ben: Space debris is an ongoing issue. I always love to put up the emergency....actually a while ago there was an evacuation of the ISS to the Soyuz escape capsule, because some debris got too close to the ISS. And it doesn't take a lot, I mean, it takes...I forgot what the real number is, but we'll call it a 1 inch object that can just rip a hole right through the International Space Station. "That can't happen." You gotta remember the ISS is flying by at 17,500 miles per hour. You get a piece of debris that comes by in another direction at 17,500, that's a...33,000 mile per hour impact that just happened. Yeah, a little 1 inch thing, that can cause a lot of damage. It'll go *thunk* right through the ISS, depressurization and badness. So, space debris is a big deal. They'll do avoidance maneuvers, to get out of the way. And they can track some of the bigger stuff, but the smaller stuff they have a harder time with. Remember that Chinese satelite, that they decided to blow up? They shot a missile up there and they're like, "Look at our awesomeness, we can blow stuff up." And we were like, "Thanks for that, you shot it above the ISS." "It's gonna float in.." That's coming closer than 5 miles, or 8 kilometers. How soon do you know?...Did you? Now? Cariann: It's been determined that no crew action is necessary, at that point. That it's far enough away. Ben: I don't think they actually sound the alarm bells within a 1 mile barrier. Cariann: That's right. Exactly. Ben: But it's going to stay 5 miles away? Cariann: Right. We originally thought that earlier today that it was going to be closer but it has been determined that no action is needed. Although again, much like our open to this particular story Many other news stations will make it sound like all of the space junk is bound together and created its own International Space Station to collide with our original station. Ben: With artificial intelligence -- it's a living being now. The space junk has combined together to form a new life entity known as space junk Cariann: Right. Yes "SPACE JUNK" Grrrrrrrr! Cariann: But that's NOT what's going on. It's a little piece and it's far enough away that they don't have to worry about it. Everyone's cool and we're awesome and we're good. Ben: But speaking of that, they've come up with an interesting new way to get rid of space junk. You can't just shoot this space junk out of the sky. What you shoot it with creates an opposite reaction, and what you end up creating is, well -- more space junk. And that's not good. Because you end up creating more space junk in cleaning up space junk. That doesn't work so well. So you need some way of dragging the space junk down... Pull it down to the Earth without having to fire anything a it. And you can't really use nets because it would be incredibly inefficient; You have to catch up to it and... So, there's this new GOLD space junk remover. Cariann: Right GOLD stands for Gossamer Orbit Lowering Device Ben: Or GOLD! Cariann: Thanks for that... So, ah, [laughter] It's a football field size balloon made of gossamer thin but super tough material, kinda like soar sails, which I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with. It will be flown into orbit deflated in a suitcase-size box that you kinda see on the left hand side, there. Ben: This is a brilliant idea, by the way Cariann: This makes so much sense, it's not even funny. Ben: you attach the suitcase to the space junk that you want to pull down... Cariann: Yup Ben: inflate the balloon, essentially... Cariann: Yup Ben: creates more drag... Cariann: Yup Ben: so there's more mass to start pulling down. It slows down and gets sucked into our atmosphere ..and pulled back down to earth. Cariann: ...and then burnt in our atmosphere. Ben: Imagine popping that balloon! Cariann: How awesome! Ben: Wouldn't that be fun to pop that balloon? POOOOOOM!! Cariann: Football field sized... Ben: So it would be POOOOOOOOOOOOOOM PEW, PEW, PEW, PEW....shoot at it... Cariann: A whole football field, the whole thing, not just a little bit. Ben: Wow, that's a pretty big balloon. Cariann: Anyway, so yeah, it is really a brilliant idea. Ben: The only downside is they have to fly an astronaut up to go [blows] the entire time. Cariann: Really...? Ben: yeah. Cariann: Blow on this for the next 15 years! Ben: It's got one of those foot pumps... Cariann: [laughter] squeek....squeek...squeek... one of those? Anyway, yeah it is, it's quite brilliant and really uh, it's very green technology ...what am I trying to say? Ben: I don't know, use your words. Cariann: Apparently I'm not very good at that right now. Ben: Moving right along!! We've got free tickets to see a Space Shuttle launch. There are only two [three] space shuttle missions remaining. Cariann: [laughter] There's this many! Ben: There know... OK, so on the books, you've got STS 133, STS 134... and then...we've already had the first, last mission of Shuttle Atlantis on STS 132. But we could have the last, last mission... Cariann: ...the next last mission... Ben: The final last mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis with STS 135. That's not yet on the books, that's not yet official. It's looking more and more like it will be. But until it is actually official, we really only have two: 133 and 134. So, you definitely want to get down for a Space Shuttle launch! If you've never seen a Space Shuttle launch before, make it happen! Once again, much like SpaceUp DC,no excuses, you can make this happen! If you put your mind to it, you can do anything. Get down there, find a way to watch a Space Shuttle lauch. You've got two-ish chances left to do this. Cariann: two-ish... Ben: Now, if you can't afford to do it, you may be in luck. Cariann: Because the Space Coalition is giving away two tickets. Uh, the only "cavatt" about these two tickets is that.... Ben: caveat? cavatt? Cariann: Really, did I just "cavatt"?? I need to stop. Apparently I'm done. Anyway, the only string attached to these two tickets is that they will not fly you down or up or around from wherever you are. These are just tickets to get you into the KSC Visitor's Center and on site for public viewing. Uh, so, there's that... Ben: ...which is going to be hard to do for 133 and 134 because they're the LAST MISSIONS of the Space Shuttle! Cariann: Right. "Caveat" ...that's gonna bother me, because I know that word... ..anyhow, the point is...'s very easy to enter. All you have to do is go to Ben: We should have that text scrolling up the screen slowly; like a really fine legal print. Cariann: Right! That would be cool. Anyway, you go to and they are running this thing called explore our space. And they really want you to get to know their website. So you just have to answer five really quick, very easy questions and as far as I can tell they don't really care if you answer correctly or not... So you can just go through and just answer them. Ben: true, false, true, true, true.... Cariann: Everyone gets what they call a digital prize package which includes some space-themed icons and a wallpaper to customize you computer background. But, I will have you know, they are Windows icons only. Ben: "wicons" Cariann: Yes, although teachers do get the above prizes and then can request a free copy of the NASA Education Resources CD. ...which is really cool. Ben: boring... Cariann: If you are an educator, though, that is kinda cool. And then everyone is entered into the drawing to receive two IMAX movie tickets redeemable at any IMAX movie theater of your choice. Ben: Also awesome because then you can watch that IMAX movie that I just forgot the name of... Both: "Hubble" Cariann: Really? Ben: Hubble's gotcha! [laughter] Cariann: And then, the grand prize is four tickets to view the launch of STS 133 which is Space Shuttle Discovery, tentatively scheduled for November 1st, 2010. So, there you go. Really quick, easy, simple way.... Ben: Now I've got "Hubble got you" stuck in my head. HUBBLE GOT YOU!! Cariann: And going up on STS-133, speaking thereof.... Ben: OH, OH, Robonaut. I did not get that transition at all. Not at all. Cariann: Awesome. I tried to set you up and it's just not happening. Ben: Robonaut, which, uh, do we still have the graphic that has the countdown for roboanut up there? somewhere? I don't know if we do. Cariann: Uh, probably not. Ben: We started the unofficial Robonaut countdown. They said 1000 days from when the mission gets approved. And we were like, "When the mission gets approved?? How about when Spacevidcast says you can go?" And so we started the countdown for them. Cariann: For Robonaut to go the moon, but this for Robonaut to go to the ISS. Ben: We're like a little over 900 days for the Robonaut to go to the moon But on STS-133 they are sending Robonaut to the International Space Station. Which, by the way, I'm pretty sure the Cylons are about to take over the space station... ...because we are gonna have Robonaut up there and we gonna have Dexter up there. Cariann: They gonna high-five? Ben: Yeah, they're gonna [robot noise]. [laughter] Cariann: Oh goodness... But, ah, coming up before STS-133 is your chance, everyone's chance to speak with Robonaut, or R2, as he's commonly known. Ben: Hello Cariann: Wow. You can submit you questions via Twitter at 10am on August 4th. ahhhhhhh, wait, that already happened.... ...nevermind. ...I'll keep my mouth shut. Ben: What? Oh yeah, that was yesterday. Cariann: YUP! Awesome! Ben: Did we really just do that? Cariann: Yeah, I'm really sorry! I can't believe I did that...well no, I can believe I did that, because that's how my whole night apparently has gone. You can still talk to R2, I'm sure, if you, ah, Tweet him. Ben: Regardless, Robonaut is really cool because, hopefully.... ...if you know some way to make this happen, figure out how to make this happen... ...we want to get Robonaut on the Moon. Because Robonaut's home is on the Moon, and he's homesick right now. We want to get Robonaut back up there. Cariann: It's not from the moon. Ben: He was born of Earth but is from the Moon. Wrap your head around that one. He does need a Falcon 1E, absolutely. And by the way, speaking of, and what we're gonna close the show out with this...'s not 100% confirmed, but, it sounds like we're gonna be able to interview his awesomeness, I call him the "Muskinator", but she hated that... ...Elon Musk this Monday. They're telling me it cannot be a live interview. So, alright, submit your questions to us, submit them via Twitter. So, @spacevidcast, or #spacevidcast, whatever. Or send it to me in email: [email protected] or [email protected] If you've got a question that you want to ask the Muskinator let me know... That really doesn't work does it? Cairiann: No, it doesn't. Ben: He needs an epic superhero name. What can we do to make him, like, he needs a cape... SAVING SPACE! Cariann: Yeah, something like that. Ben: Email us your questions. What questions do you want to ask of SpaceX? Where are they going in the future? I've heard of the Merlin2 engine... ...which is apparently more powerful than 9 Merlin engines combined. So if you take 9 Merlin2 engines and strap them on a Falcon9, what do you end up with? And what do they need that will be that powerful? And would that be more powerful than a Saturn-V? How awesome would that be, and is any of that real? I don't know. Cariann: And if you can form that into a concise question...please email that. Ben: Because if you don't, that's what I'm gonna ask him and he's gonna be like [click] hangup... [laugher] Elonator? Elongator? No guys, you gotta work on that. There is a superhero name in here somewhere. You guys just gotta help me. If you come up with a superhero name, Twitter that to us as well. Cariann: We'll have to inform him of the superhero name we now have given him. Ben Oh yeah! We gotta give him a superhero name. That exactly what we need. Cariann: because we are Spacevidcast, and we can't just ask him the normal questions that everyone else does. Ben: Next week on Spacevidcast we've got another awesome guest from Apogee Books. It's gonna be Dwight Steven, which is, actually.... [confusion] Cariann: Oh yeah, I know... It's Boniecki? Ben: Steven, will be joining us live. Cariann: No, it's Dwight. Dwight is his first name. [laughter] Ben: GOOD NIGHT! Cariann: Dwight will be with us. And he is the author of "Live TV From the Moon" Ben: Which is going to be an awesome... ...because when you think about this. When you were watching the Apollo Moon landings, you didn't really think about it, at the time, but that was history in the making. What if they didn't take the weight of the camera with them to the Moon? There was no requirement to broadcast TV from the Moon. But they did. And not only did they broadcast, but they changed it to color, and they got the little remote camera eventually so that they could tilt up. Cariann: And didn't it almost not work? Ben: Well at one time it didn't, where they just pointed right at the sun and burnt out the... Cariann: Right. Yeah, so there were a lot of different issues with that. All of which we will have to ask him because we one day will be broadcasting from the Moon. Ben: From the Moon! We have to know what to do and what not to do... ...and how to be awesome. Alright guys, that's our show. I'd like to thank you guys so much for watching. Make sure to sign up for SpaceUp DC at Also, make sure to hit one of those final Space Shuttle missions. And we will see you guys right here... missions....missions you know, it's "cavate"? Cariann: Yeah. Ben: "Cavate"? Cariann: One of the Cavatt's Ben: Next week, on our "cavatt" show.

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Duration: 28 minutes and 56 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Adam Jochum
Views: 118
Posted by: spacevidcast on Aug 9, 2010

We have overly dramatic intros that juuust don't quite seem to work. This is a news packed live show with cooling issues on the ISS, Space Debris threatening the ISS and a clever way to get rid of it, the different NASA wakeup calls throughout history, SpaceUP DC and a way to win free tickets to see one of the final Space Shuttle launches!This is hands down one of our more casual shows, so sit back, relax and enjoy.

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