Sep 13 2012
It’s a pleasure to announce that I’m returning for my 4th visit to The Space Show (www.thespaceshow.com) global internet live radio program, this Sunday, September 16, 2012, from Noon – 1:30 pm Pacific time.
You can listen to my January, 2012 appearance on The Space Show by clicking HERE
Thanks to Dr. David Livingston, the show’s host, for inviting me. You can learn about him by visiting his personal website, www.davidlivingston.com.
What does the experience of the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis and its relation to the Apollo Moon program teach us about growing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and their possible connections to a new, Apollo-level international Space Age expected by mid-decade?
We’ll explore our recent discovery that, over the agency’s history, NASA space programs are “fractal,” meaning they are “self-similar” and thus the same basic forces that drove small to mid-size NASA space programs also applied to the 1960s Apollo Moon program. This counterintuitive result has huge implications for what we can expect in our unprecedented, near-term space future.
Second, this discovery of the fractal nature of NASA space programs is similar to that of financial systems that sometimes crash, earthquakes that can produce destructive swarms, and even major wars, all of which appear to be due to the formation of transformative “critical states” when even a small trigger can produce a large change in the whole international system.
And finally, we’ll look at the parallels between the geopolitical tensions of the “critical state” during the 1950s and 60s and compare them to today. In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis almost launched a nuclear war, but instead accelerated the intense international competition of the Race to the Moon. As we move into the first international “critical state” of the 21st Century, we’ll consider rising Middle East tensions and how they may relate to the new Apollo-level international Space Age expected by mid-decade.
See you Sunday!