November 19 Meeting

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:
http://unifiedpoptheory.com/how-to-create-a-3d-model-of-the-surface-of-mars-using-photogrammetry-software-and-nasa-curiosity-rover-navcam-data/

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.
http://variablelabs.com

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!

Mike M.

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