My Day with Buzz Aldrin

Today, I attended the Committee on Rationale and Goals of U.S. Civil Space Program meeting in Washington DC.   Dr. Buzz Aldrin was testifying, (member of the National Space Society Board of Governors).  He made it very entertaining.

First, Neil DeGrasse Tyson spoke. Dr. Tyson was making a point that the United States is not the space pioneering nation, we like to think of ourselves and said “We redefined the contest to be whoever gets to the Moon first, wins.” with Buzz Aldrin sitting close by. Then Dr. Tyson talked about Apollo worship and I pretended to bow down to Dr. Aldrin which got a few chuckles. Later, I remember that I had been accused for being a member of the Moon Cult by a NASA Administrator. I used to surround myself with Lunar and Apollo memorabilia.  My Husband proposed marriage in the next to the Saturn 5 Model at the National Air and Space Museum. My first daughter, born less than a week after I attended Pete Conrad’s funeral, on the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Splash Down on return to Earth and named, Selena. (My Second daughter is named Diana.) So maybe I do worship Apollo a little or at least the Moon.

Dr. Buzz Aldrin gave a presentation showing many options for NASA in the Future, which I could not do justice trying to explain. I hope he uses this blog as a place to publicize his ideas. Dr. Aldrin did suggested that we should fill the gaps between programs with extra programs. He also attributed the success of Apollo to principles- Flexibility and Open Minds. Those are principles which need to be embraced today.

Dr. Aldrin also said that Inauguration Day was his birthday and that he had asked to march in the Inaugural Parade.  He is now waiting for Secret Service approval. I hope you get your birthday wish, Buzz.

Ad Luna,

Karen Shea

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

Citizen's Briefing Book

Check out the Citizen’s Briefing Book on Change.gov http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/home

Share your ideas on any issue facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will rise to the top — and be gathered into a Citizen’s Briefing Book to be delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.

Search for NASA, Space, Moon and Mars, to look at ideas of interest to NSS members. You must sign in to rate and comment on ideas.

Dennis Wingo has an idea in the Citizens Briefing Book http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/viewIdea.apexp?id=087800000004nmb&lsr=0#comments

Ad Luna,

Karen Shea

Space Solar Power (SSP) – A Solution for Energy Independence and Climate Change

There is an interesting discussion going on at change.gov about using space solar power as a means of achieving energy independence in an environmentally friendly away.  There is also a one page PDF white paper that can be downloaded but it is the discussion that is going on that I find more interesting.  Given the many technological advances that have been made since the initial NASA and DOE study at the end of the 70’s,  the creation of a pilot system is long overdue.

Take some time and check out the discussion about space solar power at Space Solar Power (SSP) – A Solution for Energy Independence and Climate Change.

Ad Astra, Jim

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