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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Jim Plaxco, NSS Director