DC – L5

I went to the DC – L5 chapter meeting of the NSS on Sunday. DC-L5 meets in the Tysons-Pimmit Library in Falls Church Virginia.  Which is not exactly DC, it is barely within the belt way. (I live so far inside the beltway, I rarely venture that far out.) It had a turn out of about 12 people.  Donnie and David Lowther had a great spread of snacks. We watched some great videos about the history of space flight and then disused them and other aspects of space. The chapter seemed to be thriving as 4 people joined or renewed their memberships.

Keep up the good work DC-L5.

What is going on with your chapter?

Peter Kokh Has Won The Gerard K. O’Neill Award

The National Space Society Awards Committee is very pleased to announce to the NSS community and the larger space community that longtime activist and editor of the Moon Miners’ Manifesto, Peter Kokh, is the winner of the 2009 GERARD K. O’NEILL AWARD FOR SPACE SETTLEMENT ADVOCACY. He joined NSI (one of the two NSS predecessor organizations) in 1974. After joining the L5 Society about 1977, he was the co-founder (in 1986) and is current president of the Lunar Reclamation Society (NSS Chapter) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also currently president of the Moon Society, an NSS affiliate organization. He is the editor and principal writer of the M.M.M., which has been published monthly continuously since December, 1986, and is in its 23rd year of publication. It is now up to issue 222. This is the longest running printed pro-space publication of its type, since most of the other {quot}regional{quot} space newsletters ceased publishing over a decade ago. Peter has also served as Region 6 director on the NSS Board of Directors in 1991-2, and was chair of ISDC ’98, held in Milwaukee. He is currently a member of the NSS Board of Advisors, and maintains an extensive web site for his chapter.

Source: NSS Awards Committee

NSS Executive Director Search Committee Formed

The members of the Executive Director Search Committee are Greg Allison, Rick Zucker, Joe Redfield, Al Globus and Lynne Zielinski. David Brandt-Erichsen was elected to be Secretary. Mark Hopkins will be the Chair of the Committee.

The 7 members of the Committee were chosen last Monday by the 17 Board members who volunteered for the Committee. It had been decided earlier by the Executive Committee that no more than 7 could serve on this Committee.

NSS HQ is Moving

The National Space Society is moving its headquarters.
Starting March 1st the new address is

1155 15th Street NW
Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
The phone Number is still 202-429-1600
The Fax Number is still 202-463-8498

Brett Silcox is continuing as the Associate Director as is Tenisha Fortson Membership and Chapters Director. George Whitesides has left the NSS, so the Position of Executive Director is open so if you are interested submit your resume. Mike Usilton, the Finance Director is not making the move with the NSS. Good Bye Mike and George, Thank you for Your Service.

National Space Society Needs a New Executive Director

 Since George Whitesides has decided to follow other Opportunities.

Posted by Mark Hopkins

Call For Applications For The Position Of Executive Director Of The National Space Society

If you know someone, who you think might make a good candidate, please contact them. Suggest they email their resume to Mark Hopkins at loby4space@aol.com AND (for backup purposes) to Bill Gardiner at analytech_1981@bellsouth.net.

Potential candidates can obtain information about NSS by reading our Philosophy Statement (which includes our Vision and Mission Statements) http://www.nss.org/about/philosophy.html at and our five year Strategic Plan at http://www.nss.org/docs/NSS_Strategic_Plan.pdf. Additional information can be obtained from our website at nss.org.

Who is Karen Shea?

I am, Karen Cramer Shea.  I have been around the Space Movement in many different capacites for my entire life.  The first party I helped host, at two months of age, was Dr. Joseph P. Allen’s going away party when he was leaving the Nuclear Physics Lab at the University of Washington to join the Astronaut corps. (Dr. Allen was the one who played Atlas with a satellite when the robotic arm on the shuttle failed on one of its first missions.) As a small child my best friend’s father was a Lunar Geologist. After the end of Apollo I drifted away for a while.

When I regained my interest in space the ISDC in Toronto was one of the first conferences I attended.  I later helped found the Seattle NSS chapter; got my Masters Degree in Space Policy from the George Washington University; tracked all the rocket launches and Satellites for the FAA; attended International Space University Summer Session in Cleveland; and Help TGV Rockets Develop their Business Plan.

Now, I am editor of the NSS Blog.  I look forward to reading your comments.

Ad Luna,

Karen Shea

Guidelines for the National Space Society Blog

All posts and comments are to be related to the creation of a spacefaring civilization and relevant technological developments, NSS, or respectful posts about prominent individuals related to NSS or the larger space development field.

Promoting unity within the space development field is a primary goal of this blog so all posts should avoid unnecessary controversy and dragging NSS as a whole into controversy.

Discussions and criticism should be about concepts of space development or NSS policies and their technical or political merits, not about individuals.

The Editor,
Karen Shea

Welcome to the National Space Society Blog

Welcome to the National Space Society Blog.

The purpose of this blog is to engage in a public dialog on the importance of space development and exploration for humanity’s future.   It is the mission of the  National Space Society to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity.

As a long time member of NSS, I fully agree with this mission. In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I became a chapter activist performing public outreach in my community and have volunteered extensively on behalf of NSS over the years.  This year I was elected to the NSS Board of Directors and hope to make a positive contribution to the National Space Society’s vision of people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth.

Join us and make a difference.  If I can, so can you.

Ad Astra,

Jim Plaxco, NSS Director