If you want to go but don’t want to be alone. I plan on going if you want to meet up! Near the Light Rail Station drop off. (Jefferson and / 1st) about 9:30am
I’m not that fast a walker so. DON’T BE SHY about being slow. and No, you don’t have to be a scientist, or engineer. Lets start together and end together, that is what I like to do. National Space Society is not hosting or throwing this event. lets have FUN!!!!!!!!
** Minimum Items you may need will be water, sunscreen, headache medicine, hat, your spacey clothing. munchies/lunch and/or cash for food and stuff you might buy there. I’m thinking also of bringing a lawn chair. Remember the more you bring the more you have to carry. lastly, you possibly need 20 dollars for parking <you know how event parking goes>. A bus day pass for the light rail if you plan on trying to go as cheap as possible. (I believe its 4 dollars per person, most circle K sell them, grocery stores or go kiosk at your rail station, and runs about every 15-20 min) the light rail stops at Jefferson and / 1st , Car parking I see looks like the nearest is Luhr’s Parking Garage. not sure what the price will be.
** Don’t forget to start hydrating 3 days before especially if this is your first physical event. Please read up on how to be sun safe. Don’t forget your water.
click the link on the website to see. the <start location>. front of Historic City Hall. <where I understand is the start/end>. The walk looks to be one mile, going toward chase field north to Washington and back to start. (calculated to be 30 min could be more depending on how many walkers we are with) again, check website. http://www.phxmarchforscience.com/
Dr. Peter A. Swan Is President of the International Space Elevator Consortium.
As such, he leads a team who further the concept with incremental studies and yearly conferences. Over the last ten years he has published eight books on the topic as co-author and/or co-editor. They are: Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward , Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers , Space Elevator Concept of Operations , Space Elevator Survivability – Space Debris Mitigation , Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmaps , Design Considerations of a Space Elevator Earth Port , and Space Elevators Systems Architecture . He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree and served 20 years in the Air Force with a variety of research and development positions in the space arena. He taught at the Air Force Academy and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Upon retirement in 1988, he joined Motorola on the Iridium satellite program. He lead the team responsible for the development of the Iridium spacecraft bus. In 1998, he helped develop Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. that teaches space systems engineering. His classes emphasize engineering know-how and management techniques to successfully develop space systems of national importance. Pete received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in space systems. He has published many papers and a few books; two of which are on preparing for SCUBA trips.
The April 15th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201) *picture and bio provided by Dr Peter swan.
The March 18th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). Our guest will be Rick Gutridge, President of TREC – Technical Research & Engineering Company. He will be demonstrating Voyager, an Advanced Spaceflight Laboratory flight simulator that his company builds. The simulator is the heart of a futuristic story-based learning environment designed to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Join us for this live demo this coming Saturday March 18th *picture and info provided by Rick Gutridge
We have a meeting planned for Sat. Jan. 21 at the Humanist Center in Tempe at 11 am. Our speaker will be space artist Simon Kregar. He will talk about space art in general and his work in particular. Should be interesting. We will also have elections for the chapter to select officers for the next two years.
We had a great turnout at the November meeting where we had a very cool demo of virtual reality technology. We also identified a slate of officers for the election coming up in January. Thanks to folks who offered to give this a shot.
Our next get together will be a Christmas Party at the home of Mike and Maura Mackowski on Friday evening, Dec. 16. The festivities will begin around 7:30 pm, and please let Mike know you are planning to attend by sending him a note at michael dot mackowski at gmail (figure that out…).
More details to follow in an email. If you are not getting the meeting announcments via email, please let Mike know.
The November 19 meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location this Saturday at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). Our guest will be Dennis Bonilla (CTO, Variable Labs) and Jorge Calderon (Chief Software Architect, Variable Labs) will present Mars in Virtual Reality. Using images taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover, game developers were able to generate a 3D model of Mars which Dennis and Jorge share using the latest VR headsets. Experience the future of space data visualization this Saturday!
For more information on how 3D models can be generated from photographs taken on Mars, check out Dennis’ photogrammetry tutorial:
Variable Labs creates immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experiences to foster empathy, develop soft skills, and change behavior. Using interactive and cinematic technologies, Variable Labs deliver personalized education and training to individuals and organizations.
We also have an election coming up, and we need to select four officers for two year terms. Our by laws state that we need to have a slate by December 15 with the voting at the January meeting. So far we have candidates for President (Phyllis Bush) and Treasurer (Athena Roberts) and Greg Rucker has offered to serve as either Vice President or Secretary. So we are looking for one more person who wants to help shape the direction of this group.
As always, see the blog at https://nssphoenix.wordpress.com for more information as well as interesting commentary.
See you Saturday!
We had a nice turnout and discussion at the September 17 meeting. Thanks to all who attended.
It appears that we will try a mix of traditional meetings at our usual location and visits to other groups’ events, particularly the many space-related lectures offered by ASU.
Next month we have been invited to participate in “LibraryCon”, a one-day sci fi event at the Southeast Regional Library branch at the southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe in Gilbert (http://mcldaz.org/custom/branches/southeast.aspx).
This will take the place of our monthly meeting, so drop by between noon and 4 pm for some public outreach. Mike will bring the astronaut cut out and some info displays and hands-on demos. See https://www.facebook.com/librarycon for details.
Additionally, there are these upcoming events:
- Tue. Sept 20, 7 pm, Eugene Shoemaker lecture at ASU with Dr. Pete Worden (former head of NASA Ames)
- Thur. Sept. 29, Discovery lecture at ASU, topic is deserts and climate change
- Oct. 4 – 10 is World Space Week. We’ll be checking to see if Challenger Center or ASU is doing anything.
- Fri. Oct. 14, iMAX space film at Deer Valley AMC theater. They are doing a space week promotion, so stay tuned for that
- Thur. Oct. 20, Discovery lecture at ASU, Kipp Hodges, science as exploration
- Thur. Nov. 17, Discovery lecture at ASU, geoscience research
For details on ASU’s New Discovery lectures, see:
ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination sponsors a “Sci Fi TV Dinner” every month or so, featuring a film or TV episode, a free sack lunch, followed by a panel discussion on the showing by faculty members. See this link for dates (none announced at this time): http://csi.asu.edu/calendar/
Stay tuned for more updates.