Texas Home District Blitz Keeps Rolling

By Dale Skran, Chair, NSS Policy Committee

On October 30, 2017, a team of five NSS members met with local staff for Representative Babin (R-36), the Chair of the Space Subcommittee of the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee. Babin is one of the most important leaders in the space area in the House, and NSS rolled out a large team, including including Chapter President Eric Bowen, NSS Secretary Anita Gale, and David Cheuvront, a member of the Policy Committee. The meeting lasted two hours, which may be a record, and was very constructive. The “Make-up” Texas Home District Blitz will continue to target key Texas Representatives in the weeks ahead.

Photo: Clear Lake Area NSS members and constituents of Mr. Brian Babin (Texas R-36) who met with his space policy advisor Ms. Jeannie Kranz on October 30th. From left: Peter Brandt; Ms. Kranz; David Cheuvront; Anita Gale; Jim Akkerman. Credit: Eric Bowen, NSS Member.

Florida Today runs story on NSS Chapter in Florida

by James Dean, copyright Florida Today, January 18 (reproduced with permission)

Brevard space organization resets focus, changes name

The space program is changing, and with it one of the area’s leading advocacy organizations.

This week, the Space Coast chapter of the National Space Society unveiled a new name that it says better reflects its mission and goal to grow a broader and more active membership.

The chapter’s new identity: Florida Space Development Council.

“We found that to be a more descriptive title,” said chapter president Laura Seward. “We wanted something a little more inclusive.”

The chapter — not to be confused with the National Space Club Florida Committee — aims to act as a grassroots advocacy group welcoming anyone with a general interest in space.

“We don’t only support NASA,” said Seward, a 29-year-old Rockledge resident and Florida Tech graduate who is pursuing a doctorate in planetary science at the University of Central Florida. “We want to encourage the organizations out there, private and public, that will develop space and human interactions in space.”

Every other month the chapter hosts “Space Locals,” an informal lecture or roundtable discussion featuring local experts. The events are free, and annual membership is $5.

Started in 2006, the chapter in 2009 hosted the national society’s annual International Space Development Conference in Orlando, but nearly dissolved after that.

It has rebounded to about 40 paying members.

Seward said changes in space policy and in Brevard County in recent years contributed to a desire to rebrand and reinvigorate the chapter, one of two in the state.

“I love the fact that Kennedy Space Center is diversifying and I love the fact that the area is diversifying, which is why I’m really optimistic,” she said.

Your Very Own Personal Space Program

By Michael Mackowski

There are many ways folks express their interest in the space program. Some space enthusiasts read everything they can find and often have a large book collection. Some people accumulate souvenirs and autographs. Photos, patches, and pins are popular collectibles. Scale models can be another way to bring the space program to life in your home or office.

I have been inspired by space exploration since I was a youngster. Prior to finishing school and entering a career in aerospace engineering, my participation in the space program was limited to building scale models of the vehicles that were leaving the planet. Actually, I have never stopped building models of spacecraft, even while I build them for a living as an engineer. Like engineering, I find that modeling is just another expression of one’s creativity.

Over the years I have been participating in a network of other hobbyists with similar interests. What I have found is that many of these people, while being hobbyists and craftsmen in terms of their model building, are also passionate about space. My situation is a bit unique in that space is both my hobby and career. Most people who are passionate about space have other, usually non-technical careers. So one way they can feel closer to space exploration is by building small replicas of the hardware that makes it possible.

Certainly this sort of passion is the root of many hobbies. Military history buffs build models of tanks and fighter jets. Auto racing enthusiasts build race car models. Would be sailors rig up miniature ships and sailboats. People collect or paint miniature horses because they cannot afford to own a real horse. Airplane fans who cannot afford lessons or a plane can have a shelf full of models. Frustrated astronaut candidates build Apollo lunar modules and space shuttles. It’s not the same, but for many people it may be as close as you will get. It’s your own personal space program.

Enthusiasts want a piece of the space program they can see up close, hold in their hand, and relate to three dimensionally. Books and videos and internet sites are flat and virtual. A model is real and fills space. And you built it yourself. That’s why model building is more fulfilling than just collecting or buying pre-built souvenir models. You are now a rocket scientist, only scaled down, and with simpler technology. You have combined art with technology. You feel more a part of the movement, a part of the collective that is moving out to space. Through model building, you are more than an observer. You have made a statement, that by building this miniature monument to space exploration, you are supporting it, and proclaiming it to whomever enters your hobby room or office or wherever you chose to display your work.

If you can’t be an astronaut or be an engineer in the space industry, you can have your own little private miniature space program, and thus pay homage to whatever past or future off-planet venture that inspires you.

In that way, maybe it will inspire someone else, and the movement grows by one more.

Michael Mackowski is a member of the Phoenix chapter of the National Space Society, and an engineers at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Chandler Arizona.

Tucson NSS Chapter Celebrates Earth Day

NSS Chapter News

The Tucson L5 Space Society provided an exhibit titled “Asteroids: Threat or Resource?” at the annual Earth Day celebration at the Northwest Campus of Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona. Earth Day is April 22 but this event was held during the school week on April 18, with 68 exhibitors and several hundred college students and faculty attending.  Photo shows Chapter president Al Anzaldua (left) with Dr. Denise Meeks, Science Department Chair of PCC and organizer of the event, and a large photo collage of asteroids and comets. Seated at the table is Richard Gray. Lots of questions and energy left Al’s voice hoarse.

Tucson NSS Chapter Celebrates Yuri's Night

NSS Chapter News

The Tucson L5 Space Society Chapter of NSS hosted an exhibit table at the Yuri’s Night celebration put on by Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, which was billed as “an evening of family-oriented activities about space, science, and astronomy” and was attended by several hundred people of all ages.  The Chapter members had great fun talking to the kids and parents.

Pictured standing from left are Chapter President Al Anzaldua, Randy Taylor, and Wolf Forrest. Sitting are Ingrid Saber and Richard Gray.

Yuri’s Night, a celebration of the first human in space on April 12, 1961, included 233 events in 51 countries (the Tucson event was held April 9).  The National Space Society has over 60 Chapters.

NSS Vice President of Public Affairs Lynne Zielinsky recently visited the Tucson Chapter while attending an education conference in Tucson.

Sign the Petition for a July 20 National Space Exploration Day

The Utah Space Association, a Chapter of the National Space Society, is dedicated to the creation of the first holiday to celebrate space exploration. It would occur on July 20th, the anniversary of the first Moon landing. The holiday would be non-paid, like Flag Day, but has great potential for popularity with the general public. Interested people are encouraged to sign the online petition at www.spaceexplorationday.us. That page also has a link where interested people can contact other government officials to encourage a Presidential directive to create the holiday.

Moon Day in Dallas July 18

The National Space Society of North Texas, in conjunction with the Frontiers of Flight Museum, is hosting Moon Day 2010 on Sunday July 18 from 1 pm to 5 pm. In addition to displays and demonstrations by numerous space-related organizations, “Moon Day” features “lunar sample bags” of giveaway items for the first 150 visitors, door prizes throughout the day, and a considerable array of family-oriented programs and activities. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located on the southeast corner of Dallas Love Field Airport at 6911 Lemmon Avenue (entrance at University and Lemmon) and the regular $8 admission to the Museum applies to this event.

Complete schedule of events (PDF file).

NSS Seattle Chapter makes MSNBC

William Maness, chief executive officer of Everett, Wash.-based PowerSat Corp spoke to the NSS Seattle Chapter on Sunday September 13th.

MAKING SPACE POWER PAY Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009 by Alan Boyle on MSNBC Cosmic Log

Maness told a small gathering at a National Space Society meeting in Seattle this week that the pitch for space solar power has been directed too often at space enthusiasts who don’t have a financial stake in the issue, rather than energy utility executives who do.

“This is one of the reasons why this concept has taken so long to start to catch on,” he said.

Maness favors a more market-centered approach to the issue, and there are signs that the approach is taking hold. But other signs show why the challenge facing Maness and his colleagues in the space-power business is so daunting.

Wanted SE Florida NSS Memebers Interested in Forming New Chapter

Brendan Philip is looking for other National Space Society Members in South East Florida so they can form a NSS Chapter. Space fans who are not members can join the NSS to become chapter founding members. Any SE Florida members or space fans, please contact Brendan Philip so we can start an NSS Chapter. (brendanphilip@gmail.com)

Apollo 11 Fortieth Anniversary Events

This week there is a lot going on to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

The Apollo Legacy: The Moon and Beyond:
Monday, July 20, 2009
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, Level 1
12:30 p.m.
Washington DC

 Annual John H. Glenn Lecture – 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11
Sunday, July 19
8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin Imax Theater
National Mall Building
Washington DC
On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s first human landing on the Moon, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum welcomes the Apollo 11 crew, as well as Mission Control creator and former Johnson Space Center director Chris Kraft as the speakers for the Museum’s 2009 John H. Glenn lecture in space history.
This event is sold out.
Watch the live webcast on NASA TV

We Choose The Moon The Kennedy Presidential Library Web Site


Book Signing for We Came in Peace for all Mankind
Tahir Rahman
Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10:00am- Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 5:00pm
Smithsonian Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Museum
Air and Space Pkwy
Chantilly, VA
Facebook event listing

40th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon
Moonfest 2009: From Apollo to LCROSS, and Beyond!

Sunday, July 19, 2009
12:00pm – 6:00pm
NASA Ames Research Center
Mountain View, CA

Moon Day at Frontiers of Flight Museum– Celebrate 40th anniversary of Apollo 11
Sunday, July 19, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Dallas Love Field Airport
6911 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX
Phone 214-350-1651

The Frontiers of Flight Museum and the National Space Society of North Texas host presentations and book signings by Marianne Dyson (flight controller/author), Craig Nelson (author), Ron DiIulio (astronomer), Richard Jeffries (Star Trek), Dallas Area Rocket Society, Chaz Hafey (lunar scientist), exhibits (Apollo 7 command module), DOOR PRIZES—all in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Free concert celebrating the anniversary of 69 ! – Skyebat
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston between Ave, B & C
New York, NY
Phone 212-673-6270

Inauguration of the Moon-Mine Project

Storgruvan, Pershyttan, Sweden, 20th July, 2009.

In addition to speakers and journal films from Nora and from the Moon landing, an exhibition will illustrate the plans for the moon-mine, put in context by historical facts about the mine and the Apollo program, as well as contributions from some of our sponsors.

In breaks between speakers, films from 1969 about the Moon, Nora and Pershyttan will be shown.

Program (preliminary)

 Tema miljö, rymd, Månen jämförd med Jorden. (Moon-Earth environments)
Konferencier: Carl Fridh
Event Talare
1500 Välkomsttal Jan Norlund, Nora kommunchef
1530 Varför Månbas i Storgruvan? Niklas Järvstråt, Moon-Mine
1600 Start av pumparna Anders Olsson, NJOV
1630 I rymden måste allt vara ekologiskt Ulf E Andersson, Ekofisk Rolagen
Tema Nora och Månen i forntid – nutid – framtid (Historic view on Nora and the Moon)
Konferencier: Carl Fridh
Event Talare
1900 Välkommen

Lars Östring, Länsråd Örebro län

Åke Wiklund, Hembygdsf. Noraskog

1930(ca) Pershyttan på 60-talet Åke Mossberg, Pershyttans Hembygdscirkel
2000 Gruvdykningar Daniel Karlsson/Mark Dougherty Baggbodykarna
2030 Current moon initiatives Romanian Space Agency (videolänk?)
2100 Nedräkning Mikael Genberg
2117 Markering: månlandningen 40 år

Fotspår i FJS-1 (Japanskt mångrus)

Maria Aldrin, släkting till Buzz Aldrin

Lars Östring, Länsråd Örebro län

Niklas Järvstråt, Moon-Mine

2200 Vision, månbas pershyttan Niklas Järvstråt, Moon-Mine
2400(ca) Avslutning

Coffee and snacks will be available throughout. Hopefully also light meals.

Horseback riding for children is being arranged.

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