RPR 26: Dr. Jim Green, NASA’s Chief Scientist

In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Jim Green, NASA’S Chief Scientist!

In this interview, Ron and Jim discuss Jim’s job as NASA’s Chief Scientist, getting back to the moon in 2024, the Lunar Gateway, SLS’s recent milestones, what finding life on Mars will mean for humanity, Mars 2020 rover, Curiosity’s discovery of Methane, the Mars Sample Return mission, and more!

More on Dr. Green: “From 1985 to 1992 he was the Head of the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The NSSDC is NASA’s largest space science data archive. In 1992 he became the Chief of the Space Science Data Operations Office until 2005 when he became the Chief of the Science Proposal Support Office. While at GSFC, Dr. Green was also co-investigator and the Deputy Project Scientist on the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) mission. From 1992 to 2000 he was also the Deputy Project Scientist for Mission Operations and Data Analysis for the Global Geospace Science Missions WIND and POLAR. He has written over 110 scientific articles in referred journals involving various aspects of the Earth’s and Jupiter’s magnetospheres and over 50 technical articles on various aspects of data systems and computer networks.

From August 2006 to April 2018 Dr. Green was the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. Under his leadership several missions have been successfully executed, including the New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto, the MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury, the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter, the Grail spacecraft to the Moon, the Dawn spacecraft to Vesta and Ceres, and the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars just to name a few.”

 

Find out more about Dr. Green right here!

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Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Founder of Stardom, Chief Curiosity Correspondent for Space Foundation Discovery Center, and Co-Creator of I Love Mars.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 25 – Dr. James Rice, Astrogeologist, Planetary Science Institute

 

Dr. James Rice

In today’s episode we speak with Dr. James Rice of the Planetary Science Institute. Check out his bio!

“Dr. Jim Rice is interested in the geomorphology/geology and history of water on Mars. He is a Co-Investigator and Geology Team Leader on the Mars Exploration Rover Project (Spirit and Opportunity) and also has mission experience working on the Mars Odyssey Orbiter and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Projects. Additionally, he has extensive geological field experience (over 20 years experience in Antarctica, High Arctic, Iceland, Hawaii) studying a wide variety of Mars analog environments and geologic processes including volcanism and impact cratering, glacial, fluvial, periglacial, aeolian, and lacustrine geomorphology and surface physical processes. He has also organized and led several NASA sponsored field conferences to Mars analog sites around the world. He has been a team member on numerous international geological field expeditions around the world including a 6 month long joint NASA/Russian expedition to Antarctica. This work included being a member of the SCUBA diving team to first investigate the perennially frozen lakes of eastern Antarctica.”

In this interview, Bill and Jim discuss the Artemis/Moon 2024 program, the future of space exploration, the new space race with commercial and government space agencies, recent methane discoveries by Curiosity, saying goodbye to Opportunity, and much more!

Follow up quote from James on the methane-detecting instrument on the Mars 2020 rover. “SHERLOC: Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals. It’s mounted on the rover’s robotic arm, SHERLOC uses spectrometers, a laser and a camera to search for organics and minerals that have been altered by watery environments and may be signs of past microbial life. The Principal Investigator is Luther Beegle.”

Find out more about Dr. Rice at the Planetary Science Institute link here!

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 25: Dr. James Rice

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Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder of I Love Mars Media.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 24 – Dr. Michael Chalmer Dunn, 4th Planet Logistics, Lunar/Martian Subterranean Habitats

In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Michael Chalmer Dunn. Here’s a quick, but impressive bio from his company’s website, 4th Planet Logistics.

“Michael Chalmer Dunn is a noted American Explorer, Adventurer, Businessman and World Traveler who has worked in, or explored extensively within almost every country in the world. He was educated at Cambridge University, U.K. where he received a M.Phil in Polar Studies with special emphasis on problem-solving, decision-making and plan implementation processes as they relate to expedition and exploration management. He is perhaps best known for leading or participating in early expeditions to reach each of the seven continental summits, as well as the north and South Poles; inclusive of co-leading the first Skydive Expedition to the geographic North Pole and as Expedition Leader on the Neil Armstrong-Sir Edmund Hillary North Pole expedition in 1985. Michael currently works as CEO of 4th Planet Logistics, a Chicago based company that focuses on the development of subterranean caverns and cave systems for eventual Lunar-Mars Habitat application.”

In this interview, we discuss Dr. Dunn’s work in subterranean habitats on the Moon and Mars, his incredible expeditions around the world , leading the expedition to take Neil Armstrong to the North Pole, working in underground systems to develop the techologies live on other worlds, what those other technologies are (3D printing,etc.), and much more!

Find out more about Dr. Dunn and how you can be a part of their ongoing efforts at 4thPlanetLogistics.com

 

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 24: Dr. Michael David Chalmers

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Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Founder of Stardom. (FB: Stardom ,  IG: Stardom)

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

 

 

 

 

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RPR 23 – Dr. Robert Zubrin on Mars Insight, Moon Direct, & More

In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Robert Zubrin. Dr Zubrin is the president of The Mars Society and author of the seminal “The Case for Mars” & “Mars Direct”. He is one of the most outspoken voices on getting us to Mars as soon as possible and is often featured in T.V. shows to speak on the subject, such as the second season of National Geographic’s “MARS” series.

In this interview,  we discuss Mars InSight’s successful landing, Zubrin’s Moon Direct plan, his critiques on the Deep Space Gateway, working with SpaceX to get back to the moon, and much more!

Find out more about Dr. Zubrin’s passion project The Mars Society at MarsSociety.org

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 23 – Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Insight & More

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Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder of I Love Mars Media.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 22- Dr. Reut Sorek Abramovich, Davidson Institute, Young Astronaut Academy, D-Mars Analog Ramonaut

In today’s episode, we speak with Dr Reut Sorek Abramovich of the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, the Davidson Institute of Science Education & the Young Astronaut Academy, and a recent analog Ramonaut for D-MARS (Desert mars Analog Ramon Station) in Israel.

In this interview, Ron and Reut discuss astrobiology, her work with the Mars Society in Australia, her creation of the Mars Society Israel Chapter, the growing excitement for space science in Israel, her and her students work as analog Martian/Ramonauts at D-Mars and much more! Check out the interview here and make sure to like and subscribe!

If you are excited about Reut’s work, you can contact her at Reut.Sorek at Gmail, find her on Facebook here, or check out the Mars Society Israel Chapter here!

Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Editor-In-Chief of Stardom (@StardomSpace on FB, Twitter, & IG) & host of The Stardom Interviews.

Listen to the episode on iTunes or click the link below!

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 21 – Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Astrobiologist, Author, “The Cosmic Zoo”.

In today’s episode, we speak with Dirk Schulze-Makuch. Dirk is a professor for planetary habitability and astrobiology at the Technical University, Berlin, Germany, where he leads the Dry Limit of Life Project. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington State University and Arizona State University.

In this interview, Bill and Dirk discuss his research and how it pertains to possibly finding life on Mars, the search for life beyond the microbial kind, his new book “Cosmic Zoo” and much more. Check out the interview here and make sure to like and subscribe!

Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder & Co-Creator of I Love Mars (FB, Twitter, & IG: @ILoveMarsFans) and best-selling author of the “Mars Journey: Call To Action” series.

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes:  RPR 21 – Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Astrobiologist, Author, “The Cosmic Zoo” or check it out below.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 20 – James L Burk IT Director & MarsVR, The Mars Society

In today’s episode we speak with James L Burk. James is The Mars Society’s IT Director and is heading up their newest project, MarsVR!

In this interview, we discuss the Mars Society’s new VR project, how it differs from the other VR and AR projects out there, the creation of “Crowd Exploration”, photogrammetry mapping for photorealistic VR experiences, the science, citizen-science, STEM, & outreach applications for Mars VR, how MDRS fits in (and a little info on what MDRS is for the uninitiated), their new Kickstarter campaign for the project, and much more!

Check out more of James work at MarsVr.IO and MarsSociety.org

Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Founder of Stardom (FB, Twitter, & IG: @StardomSpace) and co-creator of I Love Mars (FB, Twitter, & IG: @ILoveMarsFans).

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 20 – James L Burk, IT Director & MarsVR, The Mars Society or check it out below.

 

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 19 – Dr. Dava Newman, Former NASA Deputy Administrator, MIT Professor.

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In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Dava Newman. Dr. Newman is the previous NASA Deputy Administrator, a spacesuit innovator, and a professor at MIT.

In this interview, we discuss her 20 years of work on getting humans to Mars, the development of the Journey To Mars program, major upcoming missions like the Mars 2020 Rover and InSight Lander, and some of the major challenges we currently face with surviving on the Red Planet.

Find out more about Dr. Dava Newman at Women.nasa.gov/dava-newman/

Today’s host is Ron Sparkman, Founder of Stardom (FB, Twitter, & IG: @StardomSpace) and co-creator of I Love Mars (FB, Twitter, & IG: @ILoveMarsFans).

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 19- Dr. Dava Newman or check it out below.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 18 – Dr. Robert Zubrin, President of The Mars Society.

In today’s episode we speak with Dr. Robert Zubrin. Dr Zubrin is the president of The Mars Society and author of the seminal “The Case for Mars” & “Mars Direct”. He is one of the most outspoken voices on getting us to Mars as soon as possible and is often featured in T.V. shows to speak on the subject, such as National Geographic’s “MARS” series.

In this interview,  we discuss:

  • The Interplanetary Transport System (ITS): What is it, what’s changed, what does Dr. Zubrin like, and what can be improved?
  • No flowing water on Mars Nature Geoscience Journal.  What’s the deal?
  • Some people are speculating perchlorates could be a major issue. What are the dangers of them for settling Mars and are there any possible benefits?
  • What year does he realistically think the first human will set foot on Mars?
  • What are his thoughts on Mars vs the Moon missions?
  • Thoughts on Craig Davidsons adaptation of his MagSail…is it revolutionary?
  • Should we have a probe on standby for the next asteroid to visit us?

Also, we discuss the Mars Society’s Arctic Flashpoint hab, possibly expanding a research station in Australia, an MDRS crew discovering dinosaur fossils, the Red Eagle contest, and more!

Find out more about Dr. Zubrin’s passion project The Mars Society at MarsSociety.org

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 18 – Dr. Robert Zubrin.

 

Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder of I Love Mars Media.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info

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RPR 17 – Cassandra Klos, Commander, MDRS Crew 181

In today’s episode we speak with Cassandra Klos (pronounced Klaus). She is a Boston fine art photographer and for the the past three years has been working on a photography project entitled “Mars on Earth”. It documents current Mars analog and simulation projects, astronaut training, and space exploration sciences. She served on MDRS Crew 155 as artist-in-residence and crew journalist. She returned to MDRS on Crew 181 as Commander.

Find out more from Cassandra on her artist website at www.cassandraklos.com or her Facebook page: Facebook.com/Cassandraklos/

Link to listen to our interview in iTunes: RPR 17 – Cassandra Klos, Commander, MDRS Crew 181.

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Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder of I Love Mars Media.

The show and its contents are presented by The Mars Society and co-produced with I Love Mars Media.

Find out more at: Marssociety.org and www.ILoveMars.info
Today’s host is Bill Hargenrader, Founder of I Love Mars Media.

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