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Space Talk logo. From June 2009 to April 2013, broken only by a seven-month hiatus during my 2011 hospital stay and recovery, I hosted a weekly radio show on the Space Coast on WMMB that discussed issues related to the past, present and future of the space program. Many thanks to all the sponsors who helped make the program possible during those four years. They are mentioned by name in the MP3 recordings available below. I am missing a few shows for various reasons, including the fact that college football sometimes pre-empted the program during the first two years.


April 6, 2013
Abigail Harrison, better known as Astronaut Abby, a 15-year-old Minnesotan who hopes to be the first person to walk on Mars. Orbital Inclinations: NASA’s new mission: Bagging an asteroid. Sounds great to me.

March 30, 2013
Easter Weekend Best of Space Talk featuring clips with Wayne Hale, Mike Leinbach, Jim Slade and Adrian Laffitte. (No recording available).

March 23, 2013
Eileen Collins, former NASA astronaut. Plus Lee Solid, former Rocketdyne engineer talks about the F-1 engines recovered from the Atlantic Ocean.

March 16, 2013
Jeff Carr from Griffin Communications Group talks about Inspiration Mars. Orbital Inclinations: My advice -- Get inspired by Inspiration Mars.

March 9, 2013
Jim Slade, former space reporter for ABC News.

March 2, 2013
Mike Leinbach, former NASA Shutte Launch Director, now director of human spaceflight for United Launch Alliance.

February 23, 2013
Russell Cox from Flexure Engineering, Phillip Hurst of Air & Space TV, and my niece Alyssa and nephew Tommy. Orbital Inclinations: More fireballs in the sky, Antares ignites, Mars beckons.

February 16, 2013
Laura Seward and Edward Ellegood of the Florida Space Development Council.

February 9, 2013
Carol Craig, founder, president, CEO and CFO of Craig Technologies, Inc. Orbital Inclinations: NASA apps good, local news reporting bad.

February 2, 2013
Wayne Hale, former NASA flight director and shuttle program manager talks about the Columbia disaster. Orbital Inclinations: Remembering Columbia and seeking courage, strength and hope.

January 26, 2013
Jeff Gramling, NASA's TDRS project manager; director Dan Cohen and producer Christopher Cowen of "Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope" film.

January 19, 2013
George Torres, VP for Communications with ATK and 2013 chairman of the Coalition for Space Exploration. Orbital Inclinations: Adopting a better relationship with the Russians.

January 12, 2013
Bruce Buckingham, recently retired NASA public affairs officer and launch commentator at KSC. Orbital Inclinations: Asteroid alarms! What will we run out of first: luck or time?

January 5, 2013
Adrian Laffitte, former Atlas launch director with Lockheed Martin.

NOTE: The December 22 and 29 episodes of Space Talk were pre-recorded "Best of Space Talk" editions.

December 15, 2012
Tara Ruttley, NASA's associate program scientist for the International Space Station.

December 8, 2012
Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham talks about the group's report recommending NASA adopt "pioneering" as their primary mission.

December 1, 2012
Space Florida senior vice president and COO Jim Kuzma. Orbital Inclinations: Icy Mercury, hype on Mars and Armstrong vs. Dryden.

November 24, 2012
Our annual look at the best space-related holiday gifts for yourself or the space cadet in your life. With Patrick McCarthy.

November 17, 2012
Moon Hoax author Paul Gillebaard and American Missiles author Brian Nicklas. Orbital Inclinations: Will NASA have a Chrismas gift for us this year?

November 10, 2012
2012 Kolcum Award winners Sid Champagne of WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando and Emily Perry of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum. Orbital Inclinations: Election result -- A bumpy ride still ahead for space policy.

November 3, 2012
Boeing's Harry Brown and Sherry Berner talk about the company's work on GPS satellites. Orbital Inclinations: Shuttle Atlantis is cool, Felix Baumgartner can jump in a lake.

October 27, 2012
Joseph Palaia from Earthrise Space in Orlando talks about the UCF-based Omega Envoy team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Plus Patrick McCarthy and the continuing saga of the Honest John model rocket.

October 20, 2012
Charles Parker from the DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology, with Merritt Island High School students Alyssa Auricchio and Alyssa Marcoux. Orbital Inclinations: Felix Baumgartner, the spirit of exploration, and jumping to conclusions.

October 13, 2012
Jim Muncy from PoliSpace in Washington, D.C. talks about space policy, the election and getting things done in the nation's capital. Orbital Inclinations: Another new era in space exploration begins.

October 6, 2012
Jules Schneider of Lockheed Martin at Kennedy Space Center gives us an update on Orion. Orbital Inclinations: Space, the election, and choosing between the Ford or the Buick.

September 29, 2012
Talking space policy and the election with former Congressman Dave Weldon and from the University of Central Florida, Dale Ketcham.

September 22, 2012
Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation. Orbital Inclinations: KSC's Top Ten Accomplishments.

September 15, 2012
NASA's Ed Mango, director of the Commercial Crew Program Office at Kennedy Space Center. Orbital Inclinations: The firsts and lasts of Neil Armstrong and Space Shuttle Endeavour.

September 8, 2012
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winners Addison Bain, Art Edwards and Terry Greenfield talk about their remarkable careers on the Space Coast. Orbital Inclinations: NASA’s first A is for Aeronautics and don’t forget it!

September 1, 2012
A Labor Day weekend Best of Space Talk replaying most of our July 1st program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Center.

August 26, 2012
Remembering Neil Armstrong with help from Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden. Plus Paul Thomarios talks about the restoration of the Saturn 5 Moon rocket at KSC. Orbital Inclinations: Remembering Neil Armstrong.

August 19, 2012
Wes Oleszewski and Patrick McCarthy talk about model rockets. Adrian Laffitte from Lockheed Martin too. Orbital Inclinations: Schedule vs. safety: The Honest John Story.

August 12, 2012
Roger Launius, senior space historian at the National Air and Space Museum. Orbital Inclinations: The good, the bad and the ugly in space this week.

August 5, 2012
Bobby Block from the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS, talks about science research at the International Space Station. Orbital Inclinations: Curiosity’s landing on Mars: We wait for good news.

July 29, 2012
Ashwin Vasavada from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory talks about the iminent landing of Curiosity on Mars. Plus some remembrances of Sally Ride.

July 22, 2012
Executive director of the National Space Society, Paul Damphousse. Oribtial Inclinations: Remembering former KSC Director, Lt. Gen. Forrest McCartney.

July 15, 2012
The current director of the Kennedy Space Center, four-time Space Shuttle astronaut, Bob Cabana helps us continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America's best spaceport.

July 8, 2012
Former NASA astronaut, and author of four books about space, Tom Jones, joined us by phone. Orbital Inclinations: Space and the election: Not impressed so far.

July 1, 2012
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Center with a trio of KSC legends -- "chief bureaucrat" George English, former shuttle launch director Bob Sieck, and the only one of the three who lived on the Space Coast before it was a space coast, Roy Tharpe.

June 24, 2012
Homer Hickam, former NASA engineer and author of the books Rocket Boys and Crater, among others, talks about his work at NASA, writing, his new book and mining Helium-3 on the Moon. And his cat, Paco, too. Orbital Inclinations: Searching for intelligent life, and maybe God, in space.

June 17, 2012
NASA's Gary Martin talks about the International Space University's Space Studies Program taking place on Florida's Space Coast this summer. Orbital Inclinations: Will the next Moon boots be 'Made in China?'

June 10, 2012
George Diller from NASA Public Affairs at Kennedy Space Center talks about NuSTAR, UCF Graduate Student Laura Seward talks about the car wash and bake sale to raise awareness for NASA's planetary science budget, and my college buddy Brian Nicklas talks with me about my recent visit to see Shuttle Discovery in Washington, D.C. Orbital Inclinations: Saying the same things, again and again, with fierce conviction.

June 3, 2012
Andrea Farmer from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex talks about what's new and what's going on there as the summer season begins, including an update on the Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. Orbital Inclinations: Space cadets unite! Otherwise we’re irrelevant.

May 27, 2012
Former NASA astronaut and Apollo 15 command module pilot, Al Worden, talks about his experience and stories from his book Falling to Earth. Orbital Inclinations: Dragon at ISS: Shedding a tear over one heckuva deal.

May 20, 2012
Robert Pearlman of collectSPACE and Patrick McCarthy of Space Florida. We talk about the SpaceX abort and convene a space trivia quiz pitting Jim Banke against Robert Pearlman Listen to find out who won! No Orbital Inclinations this week.

May 13, 2012
Garrett Skrobot of NASA's Launch Services office at Kennedy Space Center talking about NuSTAR and CUBESATS, plus George Diller of KSC's public affairs. Orbital Inclinations: SpaceX poised to make history. If all goes well.

May 6, 2012
Michael Lopez-Alegria, former NASA astronaut and current president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Orbital Inclinations: The spirit of entrepreneurship and exploration together in space.

April 29, 2012
Wayne Hale, former NASA lead flight director and Space Shuttle program manager, now with Special Aerospace Services. Orbital Inclinations: U.S. human spaceflight dead? Hardly!

April 22, 2012
The National Space Club Florida Committee's 2012 Debus Award honoree, Patty Stratton, formerly of United Space Alliance. Orbital Inclinations: Discovery's bittersweet departure from Kennedy Space Center.

April 15, 2012
NASA's Stephanie Stilson about work to prepare the Space Shuttles for retirement and Discovery's fly out to the nation's capital. Orbital Inclinations: 60 Minutes gives Brevard County an unfair "Hard Landing."

April 8, 2012
A special Easter edition of the Best of Space Talk, with past segments featuring former astronaut Mike McCulley and Brevard County sixth-grader Garrett McCabe.

April 1, 2012
Lunar exploration and science with Flexure Engineering. Orbital Inclinations: No apologies: A realy bad space joke for April Fool's Day.

March 25, 2012
From the Da Vinci Aerospace Academy at Merritt Island High School: Director Janice Cheshire and students Alyssa Aurrichio, Alyssa Marcoux and Tyler Johnson. Orbital Inclinations: Remembering Wernher von Braun on his 100th birthday.

March 11, 2012
Jules Schneider, a Lockheed Martin manager of Orion operations at Kennedy Space Center. Orbital Inclinations: Honoring Kepler, remembering friends like David Parrish.

March 4, 2012
William Borucki, a principal investigator with NASA's Kepler Mission to find planets around other stars in our galaxy. Orbital Inclinations: Why can't robots and humans get along?

February 26, 2012
Mike McCulley, former NASA astronaut and president of United Space Alliance. Orbital Inclinations: More commentators speak out in favor of space.

February 12, 2012
Return-to-Flight edition following Jim Banke's hospital stay. Guest is WMMB's Bill Mick.

May 21, 2011
Trent Martin, project manager for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer flown on Endeavour's final mission.

May 14, 2011
Jeff Spaulding, STS-134 NASA Test Director at Kennedy Space Center.

May 07, 2011
Excerpts from radio coverage of Alan Shepard's Mercury flight on May 5, 1961, featuring Martin Caidin.

April 30, 2011
Dwayne Day and Roger Guillemette discussing military spaceflight.

April 16, 2011
Bill Moore of Delaware North discussing Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and shuttle retirement.

April 09, 2011
Alan Stern discussing space policy and New Horizons mission to Pluto.

April 02, 2011
John Logsdon on his new book about President Kennedy and the space program.

March 26, 2011
Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.

March 19, 2011
Variety of space topics.

March 05, 2011
Congressman Bill Posey.

February 26, 2011
Dana Reider-Hicks from the Economic Development Commission on Florida' Space Coast.

February 19, 2011
NASA Discovery flow director Stephanie Stilson, book author Robert Adamcik.

February 12, 2011
Former astronaut Mike McCulley talking about The Astronauts Memorial Foundation.

February 05, 2011
Jack Lissauer from the Kepler science team.

January 29, 2011
June Scobee-Rodgers from the Challenger Learning Centers.

January 22, 2011
Marsha Freeman, author of a book about German rocket scientist Kraft Ehricke.

January 15, 2011
Excerpts of remarks made by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.


December 18, 2010
Garrett McCabe, a Brevard County sixth-grader, talks about his class' visit to the Kennedy Space Center.

December 11, 2010
RJ Scaringe talks about electric cars and help from Space Florida.

November 20, 2010
Ed Mango, Kennedy Space Center Space Transportation Planning Office.

November 06, 2010
John Glisch from Florida Today and Tracy Yates from United Space Alliance.

October 30, 2010
George Diller from KSC, Ashwin Vasavada talks Mars Rover Curiosity.

October 23, 2010
Jennifer Nufer, shuttle Discovery vehicle manager from KSC.

October 16, 2010
Murphy Wardman from Space Walk of Fame, Frank DiBello and Patrick McCarthy from Space Florida.

October 09, 2010
Derek Webber, author of "The Wright Stuff."

October 02, 2010
Keith Cowing of NASA Watch website.

September 11, 2010
Gen. Ed Wilson, 45th Space Wing.

September 04, 2010
Best of Space Talk episode.

August 28, 2010
Charlie Precourt from ATK.

August 21, 2010
Robert Pearlman from CollectSpace.

August 14, 2010
Wayne Hale, former NASA flight director.

August 07, 2010
John Conway, Warren Lackie, Tim Hanrahan -- National Space Club Florida Committee Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

July 31, 2010
Jay Apt, former astronaut and current author.

July 24, 2010
Dr. C. F. “Lance” Chenault from Rolls Royce North America.

July 10, 2010
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 and Gemini 12.

July 03, 2010
Best of Space Talk episode.

June 26, 2010
Charlie Mars from Space Walk of Fame.

June 19, 2010
1st Anniversary show with Wes Oleszewski of Klyde Morris fame, Patrick McCarthy from Space Florida, Brian Mosdell from SpaceX.

June 12, 2010
Hortence Burt from KSC Education office.

June 05, 2010
John Powell, author.

May 29, 2010
Guy Bluford, former astronaut.

May 22, 2010
Ted Spitzmiller, author.

May 15, 2010
Jim Lewis and Frank Watkins representing Missile, Space and Range Pioneers talk Manned Orbiting Laboratory.

May 08, 2010
Lyle Holloway and John Neilon talk Delta 50th anniversary.

May 01, 2010
Miles O'Brien, former CNN space reporter.

April 24, 2010
Ralph Nansen, author. Craig Covault talking X-37B.

April 17, 2010
U.S. Sen. LeMieuz and U.S. Rep. Kosmas talk about President Obama's visit to KSC.

April 10, 2010
Roy Tharpe, 2010 Debus Award Winner, plus Bob Sieck.

April 03, 2010
Joe Delai of NASA payloads, Jon McBride from KSC Visitor Complex, Andy Chaikin about Apollo 13.

March 27, 2010
Lynda Weatherman, Space Coast EDC.

March 20, 2010
Former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon.

March 13, 2010
Dale Ketcham, University of Central Florida.

March 06, 2010
Jeffrey Manber, author of a book about working with the Russians in space.

February 27, 2010
Frank DiBello from Space Florida, Mark Nappi from United Space Alliance.

February 20, 2010
Celbrating the John Glenn anniversary, Bill Moore from KSC Visitor Complex.

February 13, 2010
U.S. Rep. Posey and U.S. Rep. Kosmos talk NASA budget.

February 06, 2010
Leland Melvin, astronaut and former NFL player, Michael Kott from Highland Mint taling Super Bowl.

January 30, 2010
Joe Delai of NASA payloads and Dave Cormack from Boeing talk about Endeavour's next mission.

January 23, 2010
Frederick Ordway III, author.

January 16, 2010
Glenn Mahone from the Coalition for Space Exploration.

January 09, 2010
Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer.

January 02, 2010
Top Ten stories of 2009.


December 26, 2009
Gerry Carr, former astronaut, and his son, Jeff Carr of United Space Alliance.

December 19, 2009
Winston Scott, former astronaut, from Florida Institute of Technology.

December 12, 2009
Billy Specht from KSC Visitor Complex education office.

December 05, 2009
Sy Libergot, author and former EECOM during Apollo 13.

October 31, 2009
Tom Jones, former astronaut and current author.

October 24, 2009
Moonwalker Al Bean and Nancy Conrad talk Apollo 12.

October 17, 2009
Elliot Pullham from the Space Foundation.

October 10, 2009
Jon Cowart from NASA talks Ares 1-X.

September 26, 2009
Frank DiBello, Space Florida.

September 19, 2009
Wayne Hale, NASA flight director.

September 05, 2009
Brett Alexander from Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

August 29, 2009
Patrick McCarthy from Space Florida and Wes Oleszewski of Klyde Morris fame.

August 22, 2009
Mary Beth Wusk and Stephen Hughes talk IRVE suborbital test flight.

August 08, 2009
Guenter Wendt and Jim Johnson, Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Roy Thape, chairman of National Space Club Florida Committee.

July 25, 2009
Andy Chaikin, author, and Jack King, voice of Apollo launch control.

July 18, 2009
Apollo 11 veterans Lee Solid, Bob Sieck and Dick Beagley.

July 11, 2009
Al Worden, Apollo 15 astronaut. Andrea Farmer from KSC Visitor Complex. George Diller from NASA.

July 04, 2009
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey.

June 27, 2009
Bob Cabana, KSC Director.

June 20, 2009
First Space Talk with Frank DiBello from Space Florida.


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