X PRIZE Announcement: Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award registration open

Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Registration OpenThis is an announcement to all those who know high school aged students. The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award registration is now open. This award is for students age 13 to 18. Within the next two months, student teams must develop their own innovative concept to benefit the personal spaceflight industry in 50 year’s timeframe. Teams will compile their concept into three documents: a technical document, a business/marketing document, and a graphical representation. Finalists will be brought to the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup to display their concept to the public. Awards include $9000 in prize money, travel grants to attend the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup, inclusion on a national traveling museum exhibit, rocket trophies, and the unique opportunity to connect students directly with commercial companies in the personal spaceflight industry.

Please pass on this information to anyone who may know interested students. Further details are listed on our www.xprizecup.com website under the “conrad award” section. You can also see the attached press release for more information.

CopperCon 27 is Coming !!!

CopperCon 27 is coming up fast – September 7-9 at the Embassy Suites North, I17 and Greenway, in Phoenix.

http://www.casfs.org/cucon/

 The Phoenix Chapter of the National Space Society is currently looking for Volunteers to watch over the NNSS table for this event.  If you can share your time and talents for this event, please contact the Chapter President at:  Veronica.Zabala@asu.edu

Ad Astra!

SCALED COMPOSITES FAMILY SUPPORT FUND & NSS Statement on Accident

SCALED COMPOSITES FAMILY SUPPORT FUND

Scaled has announced information on a fund for those who wish to support the
families of the deceased as well as the injured and their families.

The National Space Society urges all of its members and the broader space
community to give generously to support these heroes.

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Please send contributions to:
Scaled Family Support Fund
c/o Scaled Composites
1624 Flight Line
Mojave, CA. 93501

Acct # 04157-66832

Wire transfer ABA Routing #1220-0066-1

Please make checks payable to the account
number or to the name of the fund.

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NSS Statement on Accident at Scaled Composites:

America was built on the courage of those who dared to explore new
frontiers.  From Lewis and Clark to the Apollo astronauts, great men and
women have tested themselves against the frontiers of their age.

In the course of their efforts, these heroes may pay the ultimate cost, as
they did yesterday in Mojave.  When that happens, it
is the highest duty of all of us to care for the injured, to mourn the
departed, and to care for the families.  An honest investigation must be
conducted to learn what went wrong, and to fix the cause so that it does not
happen again.

But when the investigation finished, our duty is to carry on the work of
those heroes, to redouble our efforts to scale the peaks that they were
climbing.  That is what we learned from Apollo 1.  That is what they would
want.

The frontier of space is far from tamed.  The men and women of Scaled
Composites are engaged in one of the great efforts of our
time: opening space for all humanity.  That is a noble pursuit, perhaps the
most noble of all, and we must all be thankful for their work, and for their
sacrifice.

Let us not shirk from what happened yesterday.  Professionals will find the
cause.  The program will continue.  The effort to open space cannot be
stopped.  Now is the time to honor those men by honoring the cause that they
were engaged in.  Those of us who are part of this great endeavor, whether
as participants or as supporters, let us carry forward this message of
perseverance to our own communities, to our elected leaders and to the
media.  Now more than ever, the nation needs to hear your voices.

NSS and Second Life: Information Needed Please

I am in the process of writing an article on Second Life and the NSS
and how it has improved the NSS’s identity and development within a
participating NSS Chapter and the NSS as a whole.

If there are any Chapters and/or their members utilizing Second Life,
I would very much like to hear from you.

If you can e-mail me back with the following information by July 31st,
by 5pm (MST) that would be great!

Chapter Name

When did you start using Second Life?

How did you hear about Second Life?

What are you using Second Life for?

Has it helped/hindered your Chapter’s development/projects?

Why is Second Life important to the NSS and its goals?

Do you think that this can be used as an education outreach tool?

Do you think this could help the NSS promote its goals in the next
Presidential election?

Please provide your Chapter’s/members’ land purchased, screen names
(optional), websites of interest and point of contact for your
Chapter’s/members’ Second Life reality for more information if needed.

Additional comments?

Please send pictures if available.

Thanks in advance !

Cheers,

Veronica Ann
Region 3 Director


Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto
Arizona State University
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
Science Operation Center
Admin A-Wing, Room,A103
Tempe, AZ 85281-3603
Telephone: 480.727.9486(LROC SOC)
FAX:  480-965-8885
Email: Veronica.Zabala@asu.edu

Family Living Analysis on Mars Expedition (F.L.A.M.E.) and the NSS

02 August 2007

Folks,

As CDR of the Family Living Analysis on Mars Expedition Crew (F.L.A.M.E.), I would like to invite all to apply for our open Chief Engineer Crew Slot as well as for any Media entities.  I am willing to make an allowance for an extra Crew Member Slot to be opened for anyone seriously interested in learning the protocols necessary to live and work on Mars.

We are actively seeking a Chief Engineer for our rotation.  If you know anyone that is interested, please have them contact me at:   Veronica.Zabala@NSS.org

The Family Living Analysis on Mars Expedition Crew (F.L.A.M.E.) currently consists of the following:

Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, Commander
Stacy Sklar, Executive Officer, Exopaleontologist
Chief Engineer, Crew Slot Open
Jared Szymanoski, Chief HSO, Educator
Angelina Amanda Zabala, Executive Officer in Training, EVA Technician
Madeline “Mad Dog” Marie Zabala, HSO in Training, Mission Specialist
Gino Vincenzo Zabala, Security Officer, Assistant Engineer
Media Personnel:  Currently Open

Preliminary documents which are needed are:

Resume

3 Letters of Reference

8 X 10 Picture

500 word essay on what your qualifications are, your interests in human and robotic space exploration and why (in your opinion) we should go to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

These documents can be e-mailed to me at:  Veronica.Zabala@NSS.org with the Subject Line entitled “Your Name_FLAME2008 Application”

For more information on F.L.A.M.E. and the Mars Desert REsearch Station please visit:  www.marssociety.org/MDRS

F.L.A.M.E.’s next rotation is March 1-16, 2008.

***We are also actively seeking any sponsorships and donations for our next mission.  If you know of any individuals and/or organizations to do so, please have them contact me.

Thank you in advance!  I do hope our NSS Chapter members will get involved in this great educational venture!

Ad Luna…Ad Martem…Ad Astra!

Cheers,

Veronica Ann


Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto
Arizona State University
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
Science Operation Center
Admin A-Wing, Room,A103
Tempe, AZ 85281-3603
Telephone: 480.727.9486(LROC SOC)
FAX:  480-965-8885
Email: Veronica.Zabala@asu.edu

NSS PHOENIX CHAPTER WELCOMES STACY SKLAR AS INTERM CHAPTER TREASURER

21 JULY 2007

PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING STACY SKLAR WHO WILL BE TAKING MENKES VAN DEN BRIEL’S POSITION AS CHAPTER TREASURER AS HE IS ON TRAVEL OVER THE SUMMER.

STACY WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE “CHECKBOOK” FOR THE CHAPTER SO PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE ANY DONATIONS FOR THE PHOENIX CHAPTER OF THE NSS OR WOULD LIKE TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, PLEASE E-MAIL HERE AT:

SKLARMARS@YAHOO.COM

 WELCOME ABOARD STACE !

AD ASTRA!

VERONICA ANN

CHAPTER PRESIDENT

NSS CHAPTER OF PHOENIX

NEXT NSS PHOENIX CHAPTER MEETING BEING HELD AT SPACEFEST 2007

21 JULY 2007

THE NEXT CHAPTER MEETING WITHIN THE PHOENIX REGION WILL BE AT THE EVENT SPACEFEST 2007 (WWW.NOVASPACE.COM.SPACEFEST).  MORE DETAILS TO COME SOON ON THE SPECIFIC DAY AND TIME. 

PLEASE LEAVE THIS WEEKEND OPEN TO GET CAUGHT UP ON THE LATEST HAPPENNGS IN THE SPACE SECTOR.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED WITH YOUR PHOENIX CHAPTER OF THE NSS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT AT:  VERONICA.ZABALA@ASU.EDU