February Meeting

The February meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and Moon Society will be a week earlier than usual. It will also be a field trip, as you are invited to partake in a visit to Biosphere 2 near Oracle, AZ during the afternoon of Saturday, February 13, 2016. This is a joint activity of the Phoenix and Tucson chapters of the National Space Society and the Phoenix Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Biosphere 2 is one of the world’s most unique facilities dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distil issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public.

Admission is per below and we are actually planning to partake in two tours (included in this price):

Adults $20

Military $18

Children ages 6 through 12 $13

Plan to arrive around 2:15 pm at Biosphere 2. They are located just outside of Oracle, AZ, which is on Hwy 77 north of Tucson. See their website for directions. We will start with a history tour at 2:30 followed by a guided tour of the facility. The general tours run roughly about an hour and half, are a little under a mile of walking with over 150 stairs throughout the structure, and are led by a tour guide. We should be done by 5 pm, and afterwards folks who are interested will head to Oracle for an informal dinner at a restaurant to be determined.

Please RSVP by clicking this link (this is a Google form we use for AIAA events) or by replying to this email (send a reply to Michael Mackowski) so we can get an idea of how many people to expect. You do not have to pay in advance, as it will be simpler to just pay at the door.

We hope to see many of you there for this unique opportunity!

Mike Mackowski

President, NSS & Moon Society Phoenix

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