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Cargo Wednesday continues you request this the music that we play on the show every morning well card Wednesday just means any artist any song anything what was that in who requested it so that is the great Jimmy Buffett that was Jimmy Buffett yeah ju buffet you call it jog in this come to us from Steve okay I hate now the bigger parent head at all actually three one two nine eight one seven hundred is the phone number Rockpile author journalist space expert joins us with and we continue our conversation and rod you hear that song for hello and that there is no reference to the mark readers are perut Sir yeah beach is there anything else I would never gets to the help of you mean either man either runs with us he is a journalist and a space expert joins us once a month we always talk about space issues and more if you have questions is three one two nine eight one seven two hundred rod few more texts of comment okay five one nine says I remember a comet in the sky every day for a month or so when I drove to work for a night shift anymore of those coming of you heard any coming for viewing there are one or two in the next few years but they're all really faint and I don't think they're naked eye objects or so it's just a tiny blip so but probably you have that binoculars so I don't know when the next big naked eye one is coming up that's a good question I went down in eighty four two years before myspace camp soldier grabbed the budget friendly said let's go see how the comet no it only comes once a lifetime yeah so we with down to portal Escondido in Mexico which is kind of the lowest part of Mexico before it did and he goes down to Guatemala and it looks kinda like a Q. tip in the sky there was much too I was acting I hadn't done a whole lot of homework and so I figured out my got old it'll be five times the diameter of the of the moon with the naked eye and all that yeah looks like a soggy will keep it but it was fun to see but yeah comet it actually felt a look that up well we move on to the next earliest thing though eight one five says any updates on James Webb scope well we're still working on it so two years behind schedule at this way over budget and it turned out to be harder than we thought to do because it's a it's a huge thing for one thing the mirror is us on the order of eight feet in diameter and it's in folding cells so the mayor has to pull together so the rockets very so this Meramec of when the telescope was finally launched out and it goes way out beyond our corporate because it needs to be out where it could be in the dark and operate infrared effectively so these near panels have to unfold lock in perfect figuration make this your call a parabolic surfaces the mirror and it's got to be perfect yeah can't be I have a degree off or something it just won't work and then you've got this enormous sunshade that have to deploy on the backside of it that makes it look like it I'm all star cruiser big kind of trapezoidal thank and that is made out of kevlar in a number of other fabrics that have to a kind of unfold perfectly with they've got pulleys and cable all kinds of stuff yeah seen it twice down at Northrop Grumman then LA where they were working on it and get in the the final bid to pieces put on and I gather what what hung except for the last year and a half or so was testing the deployment mechanism where to go and there's no public service mission you know it's way way out yes orbit zone where it's got to go you can't fly out there and fix it doesn't work so it's as far as I know it's still on pace for twenty twenty one okay another story here two satellites might collide in earth's orbit this week what what what's going to happen there yes so the airforce tracks everything bigger than about the love of baseball in orbit because they've got an hour things are good they've got military satellites up there so we need to make sure they're operating in a safe environment of course we have space station to worry about in lower but and a lot of other assets so you they're tracking you know hundreds of hundreds of thousands of these things to make sure they're not going to impact was something that we care about the still working yeah so part of that is these old defunct satellite I think last time I checked this something like forty percent of the satellite to report actually control the rest are mostly dead not that the account of the blown up stop and and natural bits of crap that get stuck in earth orbit so one of them is called iris the site I. R. A. S. right infrared satellite from nineteen seventy three telescope but twenty four pounds and one's DGSE gravity gradient experiment but the airforce did and that smaller this but two hundred pounds but the contents within your how to feed each other and normally when you're talking about you know being concerned about a near miss you're talking about but that's going on they were miles really close while they smack into each other it's going to make a bunch more you know two things now become you're a hundred objects traveling or not because the direction the high speed this is that much more dangerous or anything you're trying to do an hour but there's a lot of we're going to try to figure out how to get some of this orbital debris out of there whether it's knocking it down from something at a higher orbit using a laser beam others things with magnetic and they're ready electromagnetic induction even nets have been looked at but ultimately we got to figure out some way to mediate some of the stuff because there's basically this electron cloud rob your if you will of all this junk my favorite concept as you scoop it up you re use that because over the years people the kind that the ball that metal up there let's build something with that but that's a big technological hurdle yeah wow all right we'll keep an eye on that one is supposed to happen it is today and I think five forty your time thing okay well what happens we'll see we'll keep an eye on this in the fall of the one in one hundred chance the collision but who knows yeah we'll keep an eye on in them and maybe do an update on tomorrow's show it is the nectar Giulio show continuing here on seven twenty W. G. and here till four AM my guest is rod pile author journalists and space expert and we're talking all things space gonna come a few more texts here if you want to call the S. three one two nine eight one seven two hundred three one two nine eight one seven two hundred Rita from on men Tano Manteno says I told my grand kids there's more stars in the sky than grains of sand is that true is available I you can see I think something like thirty two hundred stars one hemisphere of time there's a whole lot more grains of sand but if you talk about stars the universe yeah yeah okay so you want once you she was not lying to our grandkids no she wouldn't tell your grandkids the weather changes because of a rocket launcher but but it's a cool story all right Graham all ready yeah your level of good old truck a rich man calling him with that one is that we had caller in case you were listening we had a caller our our regular truck a rich whose grandmother told him that every time that there was a launch a rocket launcher a and they would they would mess up the weather which is just not true nine two oh says route is there any more of a consensus to the possible time line of the legal geysers of Beetlejuice supernova is it it's it's but it's spelled like the way he spells it not the yeah yeah it'll do server nobody is yeah I don't know yeah that's one of those astronomical questions tonight I really did try to do better this type for you but that one I have not been keeping track of okay seven seven nine this is this is an interesting question I don't think we've ever had before we talk a lot about you know what's gonna happen if you inhabit Mars and you know obviously this has been a goal for for for a long time we talk about a lot you've written books about it if we ever inhabit Mars coming from this tax would affect our lifespan so we need to live there yeah yeah eight if the if it was terraform properly and it really did have enough earthly characteristics so you know the survival temperature enough copper lead ballots oxygen to breathe and enough radiation mediation to deal with them possibly because it's only about forty percent the gravity of earth so there's less stress on the body the problem is we don't know what happened you know we've had people with zero G. environments for a year yeah at the time we've had people on the moon for just a few days at a time so we don't know what happened to these partial gravity environments whether it's if you like the book the monarch were about forty percent of of Mars you know if kids are born there they're going to be okay are they gonna have problems if people live there for a long time ago to be okay what do you suggest that is the the moon marks a great place for senior citizens retire to you because you're less likely to have problems little problems and if you do fall you just kind of bounce in on break a hip or something right right but in terms of longevity it's been postulated but they don't know and one of the things that has a map of the space station yet that but a lot of people like to see is a lot of centrifuge up there that can handle rodents they combine for a long term long term experiment it's not very nice the rodents but you can put a rodent and I thought if you'd get him up to about you know thirty forty percent of one G. and see what happens over the period of weeks or months yeah so some doctors get star on okay all right run pile is with us and we continue to talk and continue the conversation we have a space question related to three one two nine eight one seven two hundred phone lines and text lines are open and the conversation continues here on seven twenty WGN for news at ten watch WGN mica Mateer Joe Donald Dan Rowan.

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