Mars Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show….

Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Robert Zubrin to discuss his Mars manned mission plans.

Thursday, June 30, 2011, 9:30-11AM PDT: We welcome Jim Maser of Pratt Whitney to discuss aerospace workforce issues for the United States. Mr. Maser has received significant press regarding his thoughts and comments on this topic over the past few months.

Friday, July 1, 2011, 9:30-11AM PDT: We welcome back Lucinda Land, Executive Director of The Mars Society to discuss Mars, the upcoming Mars Society Conference and more.

Sunday, July 3, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome Grant Bonin to discuss his recent article in The Space Review about the efficiency of smaller rockets as compared to heavy lift rockets. You can read his article at

Zubrin’s Solution to Space Exploration: Buy in Bulk

Jupiter Direct Launcher Variants

Mars Society Founder Robert Zubrin has proposed something he calls the “transorbital railroad” to jump start space exploration and settlement. Although he invokes the railroads that opened up the West, it’s really a proposal known to anyone who has ever shopped at Costco: buy in bulk.


Zubrin: Congratulations NASA, You’ve Discovered Greenland



While the results obtained from the LCROSS mission are of some scientific interest, it needs to be understood that the amount of water discovered was extremely small. The 30 m crater ejected by the probe contained 10 million kilograms of regolith. Within this ejecta, an estimated 100 kg of water was detected. That represents a proportion of 10 parts per million, which is a lower water concentration than that found in the soil of the driest deserts of the Earth. In contrast, we have found continent sized regions on Mars, which are 600,000 parts per million, or 60% water by weight.


Space Show: O’Brien, Hoffman, Zubrin and Bell

The Space Show for this week:

1. Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PST: Miles O’Brien returns. Miles is the former CNN Space & Technology news anchor and the latest member of the NASA Advisory Council.

2. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PST: We welcome Dr. Jeff Hoffman, former astronaut. Dr. Hoffman helped carry out the initial repair/rescue mission for the Hubble Space Telescope, STS 61; December, 1993.

3. Friday, November 6, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PST : We welcome back Dr. Robert Zubrin to the show to discuss Mars plans in light of Augustine and the upcoming new U.S. space policy now under development.

4. Sunday, November 8, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PST: We welcome back Dr. Jeff Bell to the program to discuss Augustine, space policy, and much more.