We may be called the “National” Space Society but NSS has chapters and members around the world, especially in Australia and Europe. After all, space is a frontier for all of humankind.
The latest international news is out of India where The Times of India features the story National Space Society comes calling to city
and describes the “inaugration” of a new NSS chapter there.
The article quotes chapter founder and president Suresh Naik, formerly Group Director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) “Following the recent launch of the ISRO’s Chandrayaan-I mission, the public at large, and the student community in particular, is curious about the subject of space. Thus, the Pune chapter of the NSS will serve as a forum to spread knowledge and information about the same.”
Well said Suresh. Personally I am a firm believer that if people have a better understanding of what space exploration is all about, they will be stronger supporters of space exploration. In fact earlier today I had the opportunity to give two presentations to the geology classes at South Elgin (IL) High School. While the focus was on astronomy and cosmology, aspects of the need for humanity to become a spacefaring civilization were present in my talks. I must say that I was quite pleased with the interest shown by the students and the number and variety of questions they asked. It was time well spent.
For information about NSS’ international chapters see the list of Chapters outside the United States.
And while you’re at it, why not check out my chapter’s web: Chicago Society for Space Studies
Jim Plaxco, NSS Director