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Matter Stream 23: Enterprise In Space

Shawn Case and Larry Nemecek on Enterprise In Space.

There is perhaps no ship name in history better known than Enterprise. From the HMS Enterprise of 1705 to the 26th-century USS Enterprise-J seen in the episode "Azati Prime," it's a name that captures the spirit of exploration—always. The next ship to bear the name may just come from the project known as Enterprise In Space, an educational and scientific endeavor connected with the non-profit National Space Society.

In this episode of Matter Stream we're joined by Enterprise In Space founder Shawn Case and Star Trek historian Larry Nemecek, who serves as Promotions Manager for EIS, to learn more about the project that will design and launch an eight-foot orbiter named NSS Enterprise, which will carry more than 100 student-designed science experiments into space, and return the craft to Earth.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guests

Shawn Case and Larry Nemecek

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

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Chapters

The EIS Mission (2:20)

Shawn's Background (5:15)

Larry Joins the Team (7:08)

Meet the EIS Team (9:47)

The NSS Enterprise Orbiter (20:03)

The Orbiter Design Contest (26:19)

Testing Space Technologies (31:25)

Support the Grassroots Effort (38:38)

Find Out More About Enterprise In Space (44:32)

Closing (47:59)

 

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Direct download: ms-023.mp3
Category:Space -- posted at: 7:52am MDT

Media and Fandom in the 1970s.

For a global cultural phenomenon, Star Trek got off to a rocky start. The Original Series survived cancellation after just two seasons thanks in part to the efforts of fans, but the reprise brought only one more year of exploration for Kirk and his crew. The real story of Star Trek's success can be found in what happened next—reruns, The Animated Series, NASA's first Space Shuttle, and a theatrical reunion of the original cast—all in the 1970s. In this episode of Matter Stream we're joined by John Tenuto to talk his research into media coverage of Star Trek during the 1970s and the role both media and fans played in Star Trek's resurrection.

Direct download: ms-022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Alec Peters and Richard Hatch talk Star Trek: Axanar.

Star Trek has inspired fans in many ways, and for creatives one of the most tantalizing paths to exploring Gene Roddenberry’s universe is through the DIY method—Do It Yourself. Without new episodes on television, fans with a background in film production, writing, and acting have developed a number of series that extend the missions of our favorite crews—and introduce us to new ones. The quality of these films has been astounding, giving us content that rivals that of television in years past.

In this episode of Matter Stream we’re joined by Propworx founder Alec Peters and Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch to discuss their new film project, Star Trek: Axanar, a war story set in the Star Trek universe that brings back some familiar characters, familiar actors, and delivers many new faces as well.

Direct download: ms-021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

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