October 17 Meeting – Asteroid Grand Challenge

The October meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be next Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 am. It will at our usual location at the Humanist Center in Mesa. Please come to hear Dennis Bonilla, who will be discussing his work with the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA Open Innovation Team, and NASA Office of Human Capital.

Dennis currently supports the Asteroid Grand Challenge in the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist. The Asteroid Grand Challenge is focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. Estimates suggest less than 10% of objects smaller than 300 meters in diameter and less than 1% of objects smaller than 100 meters in diameter have been discovered, and it will take a global effort with innovative solutions to accelerate the completion of the survey of potentially hazardous asteroids.

Mr. Bonilla is employed by Valador, Inc., and is a Digital Strategist doing work for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist. He has a decade of experience communicating complex concepts using video games, infographics, and interactive platforms to inform and empower communities. Dennis has created federal websites, designed visualization software for NASA, and worked on documents presented to the U.S. President.

Date: Saturday October 17

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Humanist Community Center

Address: 627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201.

Meanwhile, our recent events included a fun group outing to see “The Martian” in Tempe and a display at the Southeast Regional Library Science Fiction “LibraryCon”. We had not done a display in a while and, with member Glen Gassaway’s help, this went very well. See a couple photos at this link.


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