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Robert Zimmerman

Biography:

Robert Zimmerman is an award-winning space historian, writing articles and books on issues of science, history, technology, and culture. His newest book, "The Universe in a Mirror: the Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It" (Princeton University Press) tells the sometimes heartbreaking story of the men and women who conceived, designed, built, screwed up, fixed, and then used the Hubble Space Telescope.

His previous book, "Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel," was awarded the Eugene M. Emme Award by the American Astronautical Society for the best popular space history in 2003. In 2000 he was co-winner of the David N. Schramm Award, given by the High Energy Astrophysic Division of the American Astronomical Society for Science Journalism.

Past Shows:

Bigfoot Hunting & Research

In the middle two hours, Jim Lansdale and Bobby Hamilton of the the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO) discussed their work researching and hunting Bigfoot. First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman talked about the Air Force's unmanned clandestine 'X-37B' space planes, and in the last hour, author and paranormal expert Lionel Fanthorpe shared theories on various mysterious topics. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Global Consciousness

During the middle two hours, futurist and researcher Stephan Schwartz talked about non-local consciousness and how a simple change in mindset can have a profound effect on the world around us. In the first hour, space historian Robert Zimmerman shared his thoughts on NASA awarding contracts to both Boeing and Space X to develop craft to take astronauts to the ISS. In the final hour, dream coach Kelly Sullivan Walden discussed dreams and nightmares. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space News/ Extinctions

In the first half, space historian Robert Zimmerman shared an update on commercial space exploration, as well as talked about the sun's inactivity. At the current time, he's not concerned about a solar flare doing the Earth harm, as the sun is not producing sunspots in great numbers, and we are experiencing the weakest solar maximum in about 100 years. In the latter half, James Rollins, bestselling author of international thrillers - known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, discussed our current wave of mass extinction, what is behind it, and what we might do about it. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Economy Roundtable

This special panel discussion on the economy and related topics featured investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts, trends analyst Gerald Celente, and consultant George Ure. Currently, the financial system is still being pumped with cheap money, such as $45 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities, said Celente. First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman commented on how the US' sanctions against Russia might affect activity on the International Space Station. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Climate Fraud/ Surveillance & NSA

In the first half, space historian Robert Zimmerman contended that fraud and dishonesty have permeated the sciences of climate and environmental studies, including scientists at NASA and NOAA manipulating the temperature records. In the latter half, private investigator specializing in electronic counter-measures, Roger Tolces, suggested that the massive NSA surveillance of American citizens, as well as in other countries, is a form of electronic harassment. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Lost Civilizations & Mysteries

Adventurer, author and investigator Graham Hancock discussed evidence for a lost great civilization that may have existed as far back as 20,000 years ago, and had sophisticated abilities and technologies. First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman talked about two new Mars probes, one just launched by NASA called MAVEN, and another recently sent by India. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Conspiracies, Cover-Ups, & Crises

Peace activist, webmaster and talk show host, Michael Rivero, discussed a variety of controversial topics including TWA 800, the JFK assassination, health and environmental issues, and an impending financial crisis that is facing the world. In the first hour, space historian Robert Zimmerman provided an update on the latest space news. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Past Lives & Metaphysics

Dr. George Schwimmer discussed how the death of his son David set him off on a metaphysical path, and his investigations into Edgar Cayce, altered states of consciousness, shamanism, and the ancient civilization of Mu (Lemuria). First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman talked about climate change, and private space enterprise. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Supernormal Abilities

Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dean Radin, discussed his latest research into the extraordinary powers of the mind, and enlightened beings. Various 'supernormal' powers, called siddhis, were described in classical yoga texts and included everything from telepathy and precognition to invisibility and levitation. First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman commented on NASA and private space mission efforts. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Bio-Communication & Memory

Doctor of cognition and neuroscience, Gerald Epling, discussed his work on phenomenal bio-communication which measures and records the energy responses to plants in various conditions as well as responses of one life form to another. In the first hour, space historian Robert Zimmerman talked about the troubles surrounding the Kepler telescope as well as other recent space news stories. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space News/ The Jinn

In the first half, space historian Robert Zimmerman discussed space-related topics in the news, such as the recent test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. In the latter half, ufologist and editor of Unicus Magazine, Robert Stanley, argued that Middle-Eastern shadow beings called the 'jinn' may be related to terrorism and acts of violence. ... More »

Host: George Noory

War Trends

Author and adventurer Robert Young Pelton discussed global war trends, his experiences working with private military contractors, as well as geopolitical hot spots. First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman reacted to NASA's announcement that they will not lead efforts for astronauts to return to the moon. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Men in Black Phenomenon

Ufologist and researcher Nick Redfern joined John B. Wells for a discussion on the Men in Black phenomenon. In the first hour, space researcher Robert Zimmerman talked about SpaceX's launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and successful docking of their Dragon capsule with the International Space Station. ... More »

Host: John B. Wells

Climategate/ Open Lines

Filling in for George Noory, John B. Wells (email) welcomed space historian Robert Zimmerman, in the first half of the program, for a discussion about Climategate and other science-related issues. Open Lines followed. ... More »

Host: John B. Wells

Space News / Spiritual Universe

In the first half, space historian Robert Zimmerman commented on recent news in space-related politics, events, and developments. In the latter half, astrophysicist and author Dr. Bernard Haisch shared his theory that the universe is a product of an intelligence. ... More »

Host: George Noory

New Lifeform/Transhumanism

In the first half of the show, the surprising scientific announcement about the discovery of an arsenic eating life form in Mono Lake, CA was discussed. Space researcher Robert Zimmerman characterized the microbe as an extremophile, Richard C. Hoagland posed the question-- "Is it possible that this is an actual extraterrestrial life form?" In the latter half of the show, researcher Tom Horn discussed the blistering pace of genetics and transhumanism, and how the technology could usher in a new genetic arms race. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space News

In the first half, space historian Robert Zimmerman discussed NASA, space technology, and climate research, as well as planets and asteroids. While the US government's manned space program seems stalled at this point, commercial development is picking up some of the slack, he said. In the latter half of the show, aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin talked about his ideas for space exploration, as well as alternative energy solutions for here on Earth. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Apollo & Space Missions

On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, space historian Robert Zimmerman discussed the history and triumph of the Apollo space program & how the U.S. was able win the race to put a man on the moon. First hour guest, Tim Miller with FlatSigned Press talked about his conversations with various Apollo astronauts. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space News & Research

Appearing during the first three hours, historian and journalist Robert Zimmerman discussed space politics and history, including recent developments at NASA, space tourism, and the Hubble Space Telescope, "the telescope that will not die." In the last hour, consumer privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht shared an update on current US census plans that incorporate tagging homes with GPS readings. ... More »

Host: George Noory

'Bizarre' Open Lines

During Open Lines, George offered a "Bizarre Hotline" for callers with truly strange tales. The stories included two separate demonic encounters, a simultaneous death by a husband and wife, and a chance encounter with the Unabomber. Danny from Phoenix told of how his church went on a trip to Mexico to spread the word of their faith. While performing a prayer in a town square, he was confronted by a demon that screamed in face. Danny said the experience felt like "all the demon's anger was funneled through me." Jay from San Francisco shared the story of attending a Christmas party as a child and having a Satanic clown paint "666" on his forehead after asking him to pledge himself to the devil. Following the incident, Jay continually had people come up to him and say "you're marked for life." "There's never a day goes by that I don't think about that," Mark from Missouri said about the bizarre story from his teenage years. Fresh out of high school, he and his friends go ... More »

Host: George Noory

The Hubble Telescope

Appearing during the first three hours, author Robert Zimmerman talked about his new book The Universe in a Mirror, which covers the history and discoveries of the Hubble Telescope. Astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer proposed the concept of a telescope in space back in 1946, and doggedly fought for it-- yet the Hubble wasn't launched until 1990. Due to budget and time constraints, the Hubble ended up being sent out with a defective mirror-- but this was able to be adjusted later by adding corrective lenses, Zimmerman detailed.The Hubble's images changed the perception of both scientists and the public, depicting the universe as a violent and strange place, he noted. Hubble showed how black holes are ubiquitous and capable of "eating" stars. Its "deep field" images are particularly striking, Zimmerman commented. Created with exposures of a "million seconds" (30 days), they revealed thousands of galaxies just within a single spot in the sky. Hubble is scheduled to receive a final r ... More »

Host: George Noory

Psychic Detectives

Kelly Snyder of Find Me discussed how his group of 32 psychics & experts assists law enforcement and families in locating missing people. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space, Mars & the Moon

Space historian and author Robert Zimmerman discussed various space-related topics, such as exploration, commercial ventures, the Moon, Mars, and beyond. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space: Missions & Ventures

Space historian Robert Zimmerman shared his insights on such topics as the Shuttle mission, upcoming technology, and commercial ventures in space. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space, Climate & UFOs

Author and historian Robert Zimmerman spoke about space-related issues and also shared his contention that there isn't enough evidence to confirm that global warming is happening. We don't have enough data over long-term cycles to draw any definitive conclusions about the Earth's upcoming climate, he maintained. During the first hour, Art spoke with ET/UFO contactee James Gilliland and several witnesses to UFO activity at Gilliland's ranch in Washington state. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Space Update

Author Robert Zimmerman returned to share his insights on space-related matters. The Discovery is scheduled on Wednesday to conduct repairs underneath the shuttle, which is the first time they have attempted to spacewalk in this area, he reported. They will be trying to pull out protruding gap fillers and may even use an "improvised hack saw" to do this. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Pharmaceutical Costs

Merrill Goozner, the author of The 800 Million Dollar Pill, presented a critical look at the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Americans pay the highest price for drugs, because most other countries have national health plans which are able to negotiate with the suppliers. Because in America there is a highly fragmented system of numerous health care providers, the suppliers are in a "better bargaining position" to name their prices, he explained. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space Missions

Author and space enthusiast Robert Zimmerman shared updates and information on the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA missions, and private space flight & tourism. The Shuttle program, he noted, is planned to be phased out by 2010 and be replaced by Crew Exploration Vehicles (CEVs), but this new craft may not be ready to fly until 2014, which would leave a gap. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Space Developments

Author Robert Zimmerman returned to the show to discuss various aspects of space exploration and development. Rather than teaming up with other countries on say a mission to Mars, he advocated for competition. Cooperative efforts between nations can become bogged down in political game playing whereas competition often yields more efficient and less expensive ways of doing things, he opined. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Space Exploration

Author Robert Zimmerman shared his insights into the past, present and future of space exploration, and offered analysis of such projects as the Hubble Telescope, the International Space Station, and the Shuttle program. ... More »

Host: Barbara Simpson

Space Exploration

Author Robert Zimmerman offered his insight on the Space Shuttle Program, President Bush's Space initiative, The Mars Rovers and other topics regarding the era of space exploration. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

Exploring Space

Author Robert Zimmerman delved into the history and future of space exploration. Dissecting the American-Russian rivalry in the 1960s, he commented that the Soviets initially got the upper hand in the space race because the "whole energy of their society was behind it." ... More »

Host: George Noory

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