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Fighting For Space: Biographies

Updated Tuesday 8th May 2007

Short biographies of the contributors to the Fighting For Space programme, from the BBC/OU's series Digital Planet

Buzz Aldrin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Remembered as the second Man on the Moon, Edwin Aldrin has several missions to his name. He holds the record for having talked over the longest distance to the most people ever.

"While I was on the surface just that wild thought went through my mind..... how ironic it is that Neil and I are on the surface and we're further away from earth and everyone else than any two people have ever been and yet we're talking to them right now..."

Rodney Buckland Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Rodney Buckland is a Research Fellow in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Open University. He worked for NASA during the early "robotic explorer" missions to Mars and the manned Apollo missions to the Moon. His current research interests lie in the domain of autonomous spacecraft systems, particularly for Mars surface exploration.

"We've been through one revolution, the telegraph but that was very inflexible earth bound infrastructure."

Russ Daggart Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Director, Teledesic, USA
Russell Daggart has extensive international legal and management experience. He is co-author of the book, "The Global Negotiator - Building Strong Business Relationships Anywhere in the World" (Harper Collins, 1990). He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. He joined Teledesic in November 1993.

"There's a limit to how much voice traffic can be generated, that's limited by the number of people and how much they can talk. There's virtually no limit to the number of data bytes that the computers of the world can crank out."

Jane Littlewood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Publicity Officer, Hayley Conference Centres
Hayley Conference Centres provide first class accommodation for business men and women around the country. Jane has been their publicity officer for several years and works mainly from Cranage Hall.

"I don't think as a company we will be able to ever say that we will ban outright the use of mobile phones."

Bob Mitchell Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Director, Cassini-Huygens, NASA
Bob has worked for NASA for longer than he cares to remember and has been responsible for several space probes.

"Titan looks to us like it maybe very similar to how Earth looked some 3 billion years ago. Titan is much less evolved now than Earth is and we think that it may be a good laboratory to understand how Earth got to be the way it is today."

Ian Morison Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Director of SETI UK, Jodrell Bank
As well as directing the British end of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, Ian is a radio astronomer and and Open University tutor.

" if someone was trying to transmit to us in the bands that are currently being used and will be used in the new future by these satellite systems I'm afraid that's it, we just won't, we'll never know."


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