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Blue Dot 208: Tales Of Space Future And Past



Dave talks to NASA's Jason Derleth, the executive in charge of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program about some future proposals that are being funded that may sound like science fiction but many are likely to revolutionize the future of space exploration. From magnetic levitation tracks on the Moon to miniature robotic submarines to explore the oceans of Europa -- it's science and technology literally at the cutting edge.

Then a visit with UK-based photographer Andy Saunders who is about to publish a stunning book titled, Apollo Remastered. Saunders has used modern image processing technology to enhance and improve still and motion picture photography from the Apollo missions to the Moon 50 years ago including the best-ever image of Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Fascinatingly, before this image, there wasn't a good picture of the First Man because Buzz Aldrin never took any!

Dave Schlom has taught the physical sciences at Corning Union High School since 1991. A lifelong amateur astronomer and astronomy educator, he has a passion for both the earth and the space sciences, which are the principal areas of focus for guests on Blue Dot. He started doing radio interviews on space and astronomy topics for local stations like KFM and KPAY in the 1980s and into the 90s, where he was a popular go-to guest for local radio personalities. He is also an expert on the history and geology of Lassen Volcanic National Park, where he has served as a volunteer for decades. Dave enjoys a quiet life at home with his partner in life, Cheryl, and their two dogs, Elvis and Pearl, at their Red Bluff residence.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.