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What is Red Planet Radio?

Mars Society to Relaunch Red Planet Radio Podcast

News Update: Bob Barboza will be presenting at the upcoming Mars Society Convention in Washington, D.C.   His topics will include Kids Talk Radio Science, The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures and the adventures of the “Barboza Space Center.”  He hope to get some on his STEM stories on Red Planet Radio.

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The Mars Society will be re-launching its popular online podcast, Red Planet Radio, beginning Monday, September 19th, three days before the start of the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, being held this year at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming episodes of the new broadcast will feature interviews with Dr. Robert Zubrin, President and founder of the Mars Society, Thomas Myers, a prominent science blogger at The Physics of SpaceX, Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars Society and Dr. Andrew Rader, Mission Manager at SpaceX and a social media celebrity.

Sharing co-hosting responsibilities for Red Planet Radio on behalf of the Mars Society will be Bill Hargenrader, founder of Facebook’s popular I Love Mars page, and John King, Mars exploration advocate and entrepreneur.

Please help us make Red Planet Radio the #1 Mars focused podcast in the world by downloading, listening to and commenting on the broadcast following its re-launch next week. For more updates about Red Planet Radio, please visit the Mars Society web site.

REMINDER: Join us next week at the International Mars Society Convention for plenary talks, public debates and panel discussions involving key scientists, NASA officials, government policymakers and leading space advocates. There’s still time to register. If you are unable to attend, then watch the Mars Society conference via live streaming at: http://www.avprva.com/live/mars.


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What is Red Planet Radio?

Mars Society to Relaunch Red Planet Radio Podcast

News Update: Bob Barboza will be presenting at the upcoming Mars Society Convention in Washington, D.C.   His topics will include Kids Talk Radio Science, The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures and the adventures of the “Barboza Space Center.”  He hope to get some on his STEM stories on Red Planet Radio.

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The Mars Society will be re-launching its popular online podcast, Red Planet Radio, beginning Monday, September 19th, three days before the start of the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, being held this year at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming episodes of the new broadcast will feature interviews with Dr. Robert Zubrin, President and founder of the Mars Society, Thomas Myers, a prominent science blogger at The Physics of SpaceX, Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars Society and Dr. Andrew Rader, Mission Manager at SpaceX and a social media celebrity.

Sharing co-hosting responsibilities for Red Planet Radio on behalf of the Mars Society will be Bill Hargenrader, founder of Facebook’s popular I Love Mars page, and John King, Mars exploration advocate and entrepreneur.

Please help us make Red Planet Radio the #1 Mars focused podcast in the world by downloading, listening to and commenting on the broadcast following its re-launch next week. For more updates about Red Planet Radio, please visit the Mars Society web site.

REMINDER: Join us next week at the International Mars Society Convention for plenary talks, public debates and panel discussions involving key scientists, NASA officials, government policymakers and leading space advocates. There’s still time to register. If you are unable to attend, then watch the Mars Society conference via live streaming at: http://www.avprva.com/live/mars.


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The Mars Society in Wash, D.C.

There’s Still Time to Sign Up!

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Q&A with NatGeo MARS Series Executive Producer Justin Wilkes, Keynote Talk by Former NASA Ames Head Pete Worden and Live Skype Chat with Mars 160 Crew from MDRS as part of 2016 Mars Society Convention Banquet

As part of its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, the Mars Society will be hosting a special banquet on Saturday, September 24th from 7:00-11:00pm at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Considered the highlight of the annual four-day Mars Society conference, the evening will involve a number of exciting and timely talks and presentations, including:

+ A Q&A session about National Geographic’s new MARS serieswith Executive Producer Justin Wilkes, President, RadicalMedia. Moderating the conversation will be veteran space journalist Leonard David.
+ A keynote banquet talk with Dr. S. Pete Worden, Former Director, NASA Ames Research Center,  & Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation — The Breakthrough Initiatives: Life in the Universe.
+ A live update from the crew of the Mars 160 mission (via Skype) from the Mars Desert Research Station, just hours prior to beginning their 80-day simulation in Utah.
+ Remarks by Mars Society President & Founder Dr. Robert Zubrin.

There are still places available for the Saturday banquet. If you’re interested in attending, please register today by clicking here  or contact Carie Fay (cfay@marssociety.org). To learn more about the 2016 Mars Society convention, including registration details and the complete program itinerary, please visit our web site.

The Mars Society banquet promises to be a great night. Please join us this month in Washington, D.C.!


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NASA Needs Your Help

The Barboza Space Center is training Jr. astronauts, engineers and scientists in Long Beach, Santa Monica and Downey, California.   From time to time we receive notices about projects for college level students and we like to keep our readers informed.
TECH SPACE

NASA Searches for Big Idea from Students for In-Space Assembly of Spacecraft
by Staff Writers
Hampton VA (SPX) Sep 07, 2016


NASA’s Game Changing Development Program, managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and the National Institute of Aerospace are seeking novel and robust concepts for in-space assembly of spacecraft – particularly tugs, propelled by solar electric propulsion, that transfer payloads from low earth orbit to a lunar distant retrograde orbit. Image courtesy Analytical Mechanics Associates. For a larger version of this image please go here.

In the 2017 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, NASA is engaging university-level students in its quest to reduce the cost of deep space exploration. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking novel and robust concepts for in-space assembly of spacecraft – particularly tugs, propelled by solar electric propulsion (SEP), that transfer payloads from low earth orbit (LEO) to a lunar distant retrograde orbit (LDRO).

“GCD initiated the BIG Idea Challenge in 2016 as a unique approach to finding top talent for NASA, and it proved to be more successful than we had hoped,” said Mary E. Wusk, acting GCD program manager at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

“In last year’s challenge, students from across the nation proposed innovative solutions to the technology challenge of controlling a heat shield upon reentry, Wusk said.

“The 2016 BIG Idea Challenge finalists are now interning at NASA Langley where they are building prototypes of their designs under the mentorship of experts in the field. These students bring new ideas, new perspectives, new tools and unlimited energy to solving real world challenges that NASA is working on. It is a win-win for NASA and the students. I am excited to kick off our second Challenge which will address our ability to make in-space assembly a reality.”

Why is this important? Think: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’ Combined with advances in robotic technology, SEP tugs (i.e., transportation systems) enable NASA to move toward the use of more modular space systems that can be assembled into functional space craft hundreds of thousands of miles from Earth. The modular design also allows for upgrades, replacement of components, and reconfigurations for new mission application.

The 2017 BIG Idea Challenge invites teams and their faculty advisors to work together to design and analyze potential modular concepts and systems that provide the ability to construct large SEP tugs in space. Concepts can employ:

+ New approaches for packaging modules in one or more launch vehicles that minimize launch loads

+ Modular solar arrays and ion engines

+ Robust robotic assembly of the modules that form the SEP tug.

Interested teams of three to five undergraduate and/or graduate students are asked to submit robust proposals describing their concepts by Nov. 30.

From these proposals, a panel of NASA experts will select four teams to move to the next phase of the competition. Teams will then have to submit full technical papers on their concepts and present their concepts in face-to-face oral presentations/design reviews at the BIG Idea Forum at NASA Langley in mid-February 2017.

Each finalist team will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate full participation in the forum. BIG Idea Challenge winners will receive offers of paid internships with the GCD team at NASA Langley, where they can further develop their concept.


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Mars Society Debates: Washington, D.C.

Debate on NASA Planetary Protection at 2016 Mars Society Convention

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NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection is intended to “promote the responsible exploration of the solar system by implementing and developing efforts that protect the science, explored environments and Earth.” This has been a long-standing policy within the agency, but some are beginning to question the need for such confining guidelines when pursuing planetary exploration and, in particular, the search for life on the planet Mars.

Critics of planetary protection view NASA’s current policies, intended to safeguard Mars against biological contamination from Earth, as slowing down, even severely restricting efforts to explore the Martian surface with rovers and landers and eventually with human missions to the Red Planet. In addition, opponents charge that these policies place heavy financial burdens on spacecraft development intended for Mars exploration.

The issue of NASA’s planetary protection strategy and planning will be debated at a public forum entitled “Planetary Protection – Does It Go Too Far?” at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Participating in the planetary protection debate will be:

+ Pro – Dr. Andrew Spry, Senior Scientist, SETI Institute, & Consultant, Office of Planetary Protection, NASA
+ Con – Dr. Robert Zubrin, President & Founder, The Mars Society, and President, Pioneer Astronautics
+ Moderating the debate will be Tariq Malik, Editor, Space.com.

Join us in Washington for what will certainly be an interesting and lively debate! Full information about the 2016 Mars Society Convention is currently available online, including registration details and banquet dinner reservations.

For those unable to attend the Mars Society Convention, all plenary talks, public debates and panel discussions will be broadcast via live streaming at: http://www.avprva.com/live/mars. For the complete convention program itinerary, please visit our web site


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Lockheed Martin will discuss Mars Base Camp

Bob Barboza is scheduled to present at the upcoming Mars Society Convention.  He will be talking about “The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures” STEAM++ programs and his special STEM Martian habitat projects with the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California. Lockheed Martin will discuss Mars Base Camp.
Lockheed Martin to Discuss Mars Base Camp & STEM Education at 2016 Mars Society Convention

Two senior representatives of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s leading aerospace and global security companies, will participate in the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

With the recent announcement of Lockheed Martin’s Mars Base Camp plan, which would transport astronauts from Earth to a Mars-orbiting science laboratory by 2028, Tim Cichan, Space Exploration Architect for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, will discuss the new mission proposal during a plenary talk on Friday, September 23rd at 10:30 am.

Mr. Cichan leads a multi-disciplinary team of engineers who work to help astronauts and robots visit the Moon, asteroids and Mars. Having joined Lockheed Martin in 2002, he has worked for both human spaceflight and commercial communication satellite teams on optimal trajectory design, mission analysis, subsystem development and systems engineering.

As a major supporter of STEM education, Lockheed Martin will also participate in the convention’s STEM Education & the Pathway to Mars panel discussion, set for Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 am. Representing the company will be Jennifer Mandel, Director of STEM Programs and the person responsible for Lockheed Martin’s Generation Beyond, an initiative to spark student interest in STEM and inspire the next generation of astronauts and engineers.

Previously, Ms. Mandel managed strategic communications for the transportation solutions line of business within Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services. She also served as director of marketing communications at Infotech Strategies, a public relations firm in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the 2016 Mars Society Convention, including registration details and full program itinerary, please visit our web site.


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Conducting Experiments Aboard the International Space Station

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The Barboza Space Center is looking to conduct experiments in zero gravity with flatworms.  www.BarbozaSpaceCenter.com. 

NanoRacks to Launch Second Generation Plate Reader to NASA’s International Space Station

Houston, TX – July 12, 2016 – NanoRacks, LLC, a leading provider of commercial pathway solutions aboard the International Space Station, is launching the NanoRacks Plate Reader-2 to the International Space Station. In May 2011, NanoRacks launched the first-ever microplate reader in space providing researchers the ability to conduct microplate reader experiments in microgravity for the first time.

The NanoRacks Plate Reader-2 is a reconfigured SpectraMax M5e, one of Molecular Devices’ most reliable, durable, and feature-rich microplate readers, and has been configured to operate comfortably in the microgravity environment of the space station. The self-funded NanoRacks Plate Reader-2 features a wide range of high-performance multi-mode reader capabilities ideal for life science research including absorbance, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence, and fluorescence polarization modes with full spectral range detection for 6-, 12-, 24-, 48-, 96-, and 384-well microplates. Researches can also utilize the CuvettePlate microplate adapter for cuvette samples.

This second generation platform now includes temperature control, allowing researchers to extend their experiments to long durations, and the ability to configure every aspect of the researcher’s experiment from an Earth-based workstation using SoftMax Pro, the industry’s leading data acquisition and analysis tool. With these improvements, NanoRacks is able to offer scientists the same flexibility they have with their experiments in their own laboratories.

“The quality of microgravity research continues to increase with commercial partnerships on the International Space Station. This newer version of the NanoRacks Plate Reader is even better as a result of listening closely to our customers and astronauts’ suggestions” said Dr. Carl Carruthers, Chief Scientist for NanoRacks. “From monitoring bacterial growth or gene expression to changes in material properties, the NanoRacks Plate Reader-2 provides researchers access to the same type of hardware and microplate format found in their lab, allowing a smooth continuation of their ground-based research to the microgravity environment of the ISS.”

The NanoRacks Plate Reader-2 is scheduled to launch aboard the SpaceX-9 Mission.
To inquire about researching on the International Space Station via the NanoRacks Plate Reader-2,

contact NanoRacks at info@nanoracks.com.

NanoRacks will provide regular updates on the Plate Reader program via @NanoRacks on Twitter and at http://www.nanoracks.com. For more information about the SpectraMax® M5e Multi-Mode Microplate Reader or other products from Molecular Devices, please visit our website (www.moleculardevices.com) or send an email to info@moldev.com.