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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 is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
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.