Veronica Mentioned On The Space Show

For those of you who have not discovered Dr. David Livingston and The Space Show, here’s your chance to catch up. The July 10, 2009 edition featured Maria Catalina:

Maria is now a middle school teacher of math and science, a JPL NASA Solar System Ambassador and on the Board of Directors for the National Space Society San Diego Chapter.

During the show, Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, Phoenix Chapter President, received several mentions in conjunction with an upcoming project that she is working on for 2010.


Non-Profit Chapters Meeting

Non-Profit Chapters Meeting
13 June 2009
Challenger Space Center

The meeting began an effort to collaborate on outreach to the public in support of Space Exploration.

Chapters Represented:

National Space Society (NSS)
The Moon Society
The Mars Society
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
The Planetary Society

Other organizations that should be included:

United Federation of Planets (UFP)
Space Exploration Alliance

Representatives included:

Veronica Ann Zabala – NSS chapter president
Greg Rucker – NSS chapter secretary
Craig Porter – The Moon Society past president
Mark Longenback – AIAA past chair
Patrick Lonchar – NSS treasurer
Don Jock – The Moon Society president
Rich Christianson – AIAA public policy
Dave Fischer – NSS weblog contributor
Scott Hansen – NSS friend
Patty – The Moon Society VP promotions

Other local resource persons:
David Hewitt – NSS – PAC – Phone Tree
Hough Downs – NSS activist
Lori Garver – former NSS Board of Directors
George Whiteside – NSS – Obama Advisor

Upcoming Events:

20 July – ASU – Space Exploration Day
TBD – Sally Ride – ASU
TBD – ASU – Earth & Space Exploration

General Discussion:

Development of Action Items
Possible sponsorship of ISDC 2012
Second Life activities
ASU Spaceflight Photography Lab

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

As this post is being written, we are 2 days and 22 hours from the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Phoenix has a special interest in this because Arizona State University (ASU) is responsible for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

[edit] And with the slip of the Space Shuttle launch, we are still 2 days and 22 hours away from LRO launch (18 June if all goes well).

The LRO is the first step on NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration. It is designed to create a comprehensive mapping of the lunar surface and potential resources. The LROC is one of six instruments in the payload:

Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation
This telescope will characterize the lunar radiation environment allowing scientists to determine potential biological impacts.

Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment
This device will measure surface and subsurface temperatures from orbit. And will identify potential ice deposits.

Lyman Alpha Mapping Project
This will map the entire lunar surface in the far ultraviolet spectrum.

Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector
This instrument will search for hydrogen as evidence of water ice near the moon’s surface.

Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter
This will search for potential landing sites.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
Two narrow angle cameras will make high resolution black-and-white images of the surface. A third, wide angle camera, will take color and ultraviolet images over the complete lunar surface.

June 2008 Chapter Meeting

The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter of the NSS will be held at the Macaroni Grill in Litchfield Park, June 28 (Saturday) at noon. (Romano’s Macaroni Grill – – 1828 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear – (623) 547-0299)

We will be discussing the following:

ISDC 2008
Summer BBQ (at an NSS Member’s House)
NSS Policy (who to contact within Arizona)
Chapter Officer Elections to be held in August
NSS Committees to join
The Arizona Challenger Center
Upcoming field trips to the ASU Space Photography Laboratory, LROC and Mars Facilities (FREE)
Upcoming Sci-Fi and Space Related Events
SpaceFest 2009
Our NSS Affiliates and the discounts they offer (ie: The Moon Society)
Creating a Chapter Video
NSS Phoenix Chapter website update
NSS Phoenix Chapter finance
Prospective NSS Sponsors

April 2008 Chapter Meeting

At 11:00 AM on April 26, 2008, we will have a telecon that will replace our Monthly Chapter Meeting. Consult your emial for conference call number and password.

Chapter Memberships
Chapter Merchandise
Chapter Events
ISDC 2008
Ad Astra Subscriptions
Updating Chapter Members’ Contact Information (Do you know when your membership ends???)
The NSS Phone Tree
Knowing YOUR Chapter Officers !
NSS Phoenix Chapter and Second Life
NSS Chapter Online Calendar
The Peoria Challenger Center
The Moon Society of Phoenix
The next Chapter Meeting?
Chapter Trip to Flagstaff in the summer! Camping?
Q & A time

Galaxy Zoo

I have spent several hours during the past three days at a web site I just found.

The folks over at Galaxy Zoo are looking for volunteers to classify millions of galaxies:

Dear Galaxy Zoo users,

Thanks for making Galaxy Zoo such a success!

With your help, we’ve been able to collect millions of classifications, with which to do science faster than we ever thought possible. We are currently preparing the first science papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and we will keep you posted on the progress of the papers on the BLOG and the FORUM. From now on, if you classify galaxies on the ANALYSIS page, your classifications will continue to be recorded and will be part of the public release, but it won’t be part of the first round of papers. Don’t be alarmed if the galaxies are odd, this is part of the process of checking our results.

But we still need you! As part of our follow-up work, we need volunteers to review our set of possible merging galaxies. If you’re already familiar with basic Galaxy Zoo analysis, click here to read the instructions and click here to take part. Galaxy Zoo 2 will go live in the near future featuring a much more detailed classification system, while further off we plan GalaxyZoo 3 with lots of exciting new data. We’ll notify all of you via the newsletter when we’re able to start these two new endeavours.

Once you register and log in, they give you a tutorial on classification, and then you take a test. Fifteen galactic images. Off to the side is a handy chart. Click on one of six images that correspond to your classification.

After that, its off to the analysis page.

Here is one presented to me during a recent run:


Its a routine clockwise spiral galaxy.

Now what is this?


Is it a merger? Is it a spiral, an elliptical?

So far, I have tagged 225 images.