Yuri’s Night Press Release:
It’s been less than four months since we celebrated the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight with Yuri’s Night 2011, but it’s already time for us to start gearing up for 2012. Over the last two months, we’ve received dozens of fantastic applications for this year’s Executive, and we’re pleased to announce the official composition of our 2012 Global Team.
“Not only do this year’s new arrivals include leaders of such organizations as Astronauts4Hire, SEDS, and the Federation of Galaxy Explorers,” said Assistant Director Brice Russ, “but we’re bringing back most of the YN11 Global Team members that made last year’s festivities such a resounding success. I’m extremely excited to see what we can accomplish this year.”
As with last year, the 2012 Executive will be split up into four teams–Operations, Outreach, Media, and Digi.
(Italicized names below indicate returning members)
OPERATIONS TEAM: (led by Executive Director Ryan Kobrick)
MEDIA TEAM: (led by Assistant Director Brice Russ):
DIGITEAM: (led by Master of Electrons Jeffrey Alles)
Loretta Whitesides and Chris Lewicki also return as members of the Yuri’s Night Board of Directors, along with Ryan Kobrick, Tim Bailey and Brice Russ.
Science has been a part of the Space Shuttle Program from the very beginning. The Most recent mission, STS-134, was no exception. Endeavour, making its final flight, carried a pallet of micro gravity experiments created by students from around the United States.
Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto from Rancho Santa Fe Elementary in Litchfield, Arizona, spent more than a month at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida helping to set up and analyze the experiments. She was responsible for loading the experiments for the flight aboard Endeavour, and for retrieving the experiments once the space shuttle had landed.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program , which gives schoolchildren the ability to design real experiments that fly in low Earth orbit, was begun by National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in June of 2010. Children from around the country posed questions such as:
Student teams submitted 447 proposals, from which 16 were selected—one for each community. You can visit the SSEP Community Network Hubsite for the list of winning proposals. And a second Student Spaceflight Experiments Program opportunity was created when STS-135 Atlantis was added to the space shuttle flight manifest.
Veronica is the Arizona regional coordinator for the Planetary Society, at-large director for the National Space Society, president of the Arizona regional coordinator for the Planetary Society, at-large director for the National Space Society, president of the Phoenix chapter of the National Space Society, commander of the Family Living Analysis on Mars Expedition and co-founder of the non-profit organization, Astronauts4Hire.
The Phoenix Astronomical Society will host its next meeting on Thursday 6 January at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in room G-147. The meeting room opens at 7 pm, and the meeting starts at 7:30, and goes to 9:15. Bring a snack to share. Bottled water will be provided by PAS.
The previous meeting on 2 December meeting featured Richard Greenberg from Tucson, who did a very interesting presentation on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.
11 January is the Centennial School Star Party from 5:30 – 8pm.
13 January is the PAS Telescope Workshop & Star Party at PVCC from 7pm to 10pm by the Telescope Dome.
22 January is the PARTY OF THE YEAR! The PAS Social.
Consult the PAS Times for additional information.
The speaker at this month’s meeting on 6 January, is Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto from the Phoenix chapter of the National Space Society. Her topic is “Astronauts for hire”. Astronauts for Hire is a non-profit corporation whose members are available for hire by researchers to conduct experiments, including parabolic trajectory microgravity research flights. Astronauts4Hire serves as the matchmaker among the suborbital research community, training providers, and spaceflight operators.
Image Credit: Astronauts4Hire
Astronauts4Hire wants to create the first pool of private astronauts to support the emerging suborbital research industry.
From their website, we have the following related stories and sources:
Commercial Suborbital Science in the News:
- 04/12/2010: Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto on The Space Show (3rd segment)
- 04/10/2010: Alan Stern on The Space Show
- 04/08/2010: NASTAR Center Announces 2010 Classes For Suborbital Scientists
- 03/01/2010: Suborbital research gets ready for liftoff
- 02/26/2010: Suborbital Ventures Eye NASA Business
- 12/07/2009: Building up a new market for suborbital spaceflight
- 12/06/2009: In 2010, The Civilian Space Industry Finally Takes Off
- 11/12/2009: Suborbital Could Be ‘Next Big Thing’ for Space Science
- 10/02/2009: Next-Generation Suborbital Spaceflight: A Research Bonanza at 100 Kilometers
- 08/21/2009: Scientists Go Suborbital
- Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (2010)
- Commercial Suborbital Research Program: Workshops I (2008) and II (2009)
- NASA Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CruSR)
- NASA Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology (FAST) Program
- Commercial Spaceflight Federation – Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG)
Veronica Zabala-Aliberto, President of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Space Society, is running for one of the At Large Director positions on the board of the National Space Society. Please review Veronica’s Resume below, and then print out the Petition, sign it along with any of your friends who are also members of The National Space Society.
Mail the completed petitions to NSS HQ marked ” Petitions Enclosed” asap. Petitions must be received by close of business, 15 January 2010:
NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY
ATTN: Bret Silcox
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto’s latest comment on her Facebook Wall shows the latest LROC photos. Here is one:
Credit: Mosaic of a floor-fractured crater, acquired by the Wide Angle Camera 560 nm filter. Scene is approximately 160 km across [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
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.