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.

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.



Space Settlement Blog Day is on July 20th. Blog for and about space settlement on July 20th. 33 blogs have signed up already.

New NSS Activity On Facebook

The National Space Society now has a Page on Facebook in addition to the Group and the Cause. It already has 186 members and was set up less than a week ago by Charles Radley

There is also a new Page for The Space Movement in addition to the Group, formed to promote the term “space movement” in accordance with the NSS Strategic Plan.  The Group is growing like wild fire, over 120 members in the last week, thanks to the efforts of Demi Pietchell.

The Pages for NSS and the Space Movement are part of The NSS Social Networking Team’s plan to use social networks to promote interest in the NSS. The team members are Brice Russ, Charles Radley, myself  – Karen Shea, and our newest member Demi Pietchell.  Anyone interested in volunteering contact me or anyone on the committee.  

Also new is the Cause supporting the Promoting the National Space Society of Phoenix.

Older NSS activities on Facebook include-

Florida Space Coast Chapter of the National Space Society

Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5)

National Space Society of Australia Group

Canadian Space Society Group


Please post information on other NSS Social Networking activites going on.

National but International

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

Ad Astra,

Jim Plaxco, NSS Director