NSS Phoenix Calendar

 

Here is a listing of past events

*** 2018 Events ***

JANUARY

2018 Events

JANUARY

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for January

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      January 20, 2018 – 11:00AM to 1:00P

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       Dr. Steven Howe presented “An Overview of Advanced Propulsion Technologies”.

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:              17

Dr. Steven Howe presented “An Overview of Advanced Propulsion Technologies”.

Steve began by showing the relative magnitude of propulsion (delta V) required for various space exploration efforts. For example, inserting a vehicle from Earth into Low Earth requires only a delta V of 3.9 km/s. To get from LEO to Jupiter requires an increase in the value to 14.4 while a five year fly-by to Neptune requires a value of 27.6

If you want to spend ten years to reach the Kuiper Belt you’ll need to up your propulsion to 117. A 40-year one way trip to Alpha Centauri, our much-mentioned nearest neighbor, will require a delta V of 30,000 km/s. These last two trips are currently outside our technological capability. It’s interesting to contemplate how to accomplish them although as Steve pointed out, most solutions require some kind of miracle in development.

Steve discussed the nuclear thermal rocket (tested in the 1960’s), nuclear electric propulsion, fusion (always 20 years away), the anti-matter rocket, the laser lightsail and electro-magnetic catapults – all of which currently have technological drawbacks. Anti-matter has the greatest energy density but it also faces the greatest challenges in development.

What’s the matter with interstellar travel, he asked. For starters, our solar system is surrounded by the Oort Cloud which contains primordial material in sizes ranging from dust specks to comets. In order to reach the nearest star in 40 years, a vehicle would need to travel at an average of 10% of the speed of light. Collision with even a grain of sand at that speed would equal a one-kiltoton yield explosion. And what if the target star system has an equivalent cloud? His conclusion is that we must travel through alternative space. This brings the discussion to concepts such as negative energy warp drive or the exploitation of the multiple dimensions proposed by string theory, which are as yet experimentally unconfirmed.

Steve concluded with the observation that space is vast. Improvements in current technology can conquer distances within the solar system but to travel beyond will require as yet unknown developments.

 

Event title & type:    NSS Outing: Arizona Aerospace Day at the Capitol

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix State Capitol, Arizona USA

Venue:                                1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM MST

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       Attend the Aerospace States Association- Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting, Visit and network.

Audience reached out to:  Public / Private Industry / Politicians

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:                3

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM MST . NSS of Phoenix Outing will be Arizona Aerospace Day at the Capitol! Hosted by Aerospace States Association- Arizona Chapter

There is no charge to visit the event and meet the representatives present from the various organizations and state representatives.

** This is an outdoor event.  The event area will be at the Arizona State Capitol House Lawn.  Be sure to dress for the weather, people typically are dressed in business casual dress to business suits. This is Business event to network and see some beautiful displays.

** Items you may need are Business cards, and possibly parking money.  Sandwiches were provided  last year. However, if you are not coming early may it may be best to eat before you arrive. There were no food stands to purchase snacks once there.

** There seems to be adequate free parking at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, and some free parking at the capitol. Again, please bring money just in case, you possibly need 20 dollars for parking. Or A bus day pass for the light rail if you plan on trying to go as cheap as possible. (I believe its 4 dollars per person, most circle K sell them, grocery stores or go kiosk.

Current sponsors include: Northrop Grumman , AZ Tech Council, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and  Embry Riddle. A tentative schedule is as follows (with events around the area to be added, including a remote pilot course):

Exhibits Open/Legislative Lunch,  Resolutions to Declare Arizona Aerospace Day, ASA-Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting,  (un-attended) Dinner with Buzz Aldrin

 

Jan

Event title & type:              NSS Business Meeting

Country, (area) City:          Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                              Mesa Community Restaurant at 535 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201.

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:    Jan 20, 2018 1:00AM to 2:00PM

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     Open Business meeting

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:              about 5

 

Description: After the Meeting we will be doing a Business meeting to discuss fall 2018,

 

FEBURARY

Event title & type:             NSSPHX Meeting with Hose Majority Leader John Allen

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix State Capitol, Arizona USA

Venue:                                1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      Wednesday, February 28 (at the Capitol) at 9:00 AM – 10am MST

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:      AZ House Majority Leader John Allen Invited NSS Phoenix as guest

 

Audience reached out to:  House Majority Leader

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:      about 10

Description: by Invitation we had a visit and chat with AZ House Majority Leader John Allen and answer questions on Arizona’s participation in space, and any general questions he may have On Space/Aerospace topics. A few members had an opportunity to visit and talk about projects they has a special interest in. we also got to share a glimpse of NSS members here in Arizona; We started at 9am, and ran to 10:20pm.

 

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for February

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      February 17, 2018 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       presented “Psyche, Journey to a Metal World”.

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:      about 15

Dr. David Williams from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University presented “Psyche, Journey to a Metal World”.

He began by reiterating that we explore for many different reasons, among them to understand the Cosmos, to identify space resources for possible exploitation, to develop new technologies and to transform humanity into a multi-planet species, thereby avoiding the fate of the dinosaurs.

Dave continued with a description of what and where asteroids are and why Psyche was selected for the mission objective. Asteroids are minor planets that are largely composed of silicate rock, dust and volatiles. Most asteroids are found in the Main Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter with smaller numbers congregating at the LaGrange points of Jupiter and between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune. They are classified into 14 types with the largest class being carbonaceous and they are generally considered to be rocks that never coalesced into planets.

Psyche is of special interest as the largest of the metallic class, possibly a metallic planetary core and questionably the source of some iron meteorites. Its diameter is roughly equal to the distance between Phoenix and Flagstaff.

One objective of space exploration is to develop new technologies and the Psyche mission will take advantage of solar-electric ion propulsion to use far less propellant to accomplish the same job as a spacecraft using conventional propellant. For example, the ion-propelled spacecraft used for the Dawn mission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in four days. But over the first five years of total thrust time, the effective delta V is greater than 24,000 mph which is the same as an entire 3-stage Delta rocket plus 9 solid rocket boosters. The Psyche mission will take advantage of similar efficiencies.

The NASA Psyche mission has five definitive science objectives: is Psyche a planetary core; what are the relative ages of its surface regions; do small metal bodies incorporate the light elements expected to be inside Earth’s high pressure core; did Psyche form under more oxidizing or more reducing conditions than Earth’s core; and what is the unique topography of the metal world.

The Psyche spacecraft will take five years to build and is scheduled to be launched in August of 2022 with a projected cruise period of 3.4 years to reach the asteroid. It will contain three remote sensing instruments. A multispectral imager will image the surface for morphology, albedo, color, and determine topography via stereo imaging. A magnetometor will measure magnetic fields and a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer will measure elemental abundances of surfaces. In addition a gravity science experiment will attempt to derive the gravitational field via a variation of X-band. There are many questions about Psyche that may be answered by this mission.

Additional asteroid-focused missions will help our understanding of asteroids and their potential. The Dawn mission launched in 2007 orbited the two largest bodies in the asteroid belt – Vesta and Ceres. OSIRIS-REx was launched in 2016 with plans to return samples from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. The NASA Lucy Jupiter orbiter is scheduled to launch in 2021 and perform fly-bys of five asteroids by 2032.

It is estimated that asteroids contain valuable resources for building a space-faring civilization. Although it will take decades to develop the space mining infrastructure and it will be challenging for humans to work in microgravity, commercial companies are making plans to search for near-earth asteroids with exploitable resources.

 

Event title & type:              Follow up with House Majority Leader John Allen

Country, (area) City:          Phoenix State Capitol, Arizona USA

Venue:                              Office of Majority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives John Allen 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:    Tuesday March 13th

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     AZ House Majority Leader John Allen Invited NSS Phoenix as guest to visit and chat

Audience reached out to:  House Majority Leader

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:    About 6

Meeting at the Capitol with AZ House Majority Leader John Allen. A packet with information on the Arizona Challenger Center was given. A discussion on the Yuma Space Port was had. Discussion on collaboration of ASA and The Howe’s on a program to match students to companies. A discussion about legislative visits to Aerospace schools was had. Call to the attorney general’s office for papers needed for the Yuma spaceport.

MARCH

Event title & type:    Phoenix NSS and Tucson L5 Joint Outing: Let’s go to the Emerge Festival! and Live on the Moon!

Country, (area) City:          Phoenix Arizona USA

Venue:          J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Fine Arts Center 51 East 10th Street Tempe, AZ 85287.

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:    Saturday March 17th 2018  at ! About 12:45pm meet up and Tour at 1:30pm

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     Attend Event

Audience reached out to:    Members

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   Yes. podcast

Estimate Audience Size:    about 10 in attendance

Our next event will be a Joint gathering for an NSS Phoenix and Tucson L5, attended ASU’s Emerge festival, at 1:30pm on Saturday.  There were other times available however we will be playing this by ear and doing our best to tour together, or as close together as possible. Then, afterwards we’ll visit for Subway!

Schedule of Events:  Saturday

o   10:30 a.m.: Spaceport open for guests

o   10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Non-guided neighborhood tours (no actors; scenic experience)

o   11:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.: Guided neighborhood tours (with actors; full experience)

o   3:30 – 5 p.m.: Podcast with Eric Molinsky with following presentation by Kim Stanley Robinson**

 

APRIL

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for April

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      April 21st – 11:00AM to 1:00P

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     Featuring Donald Jacques: With his Conversion of a school bus into a fully operational mobile Closed Ecological Life Support System Demonstrator

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:              9

 

April 21st NSS of Phoenix Featuring Donald Jacques: With his Conversion of a school bus into a fully operational mobile Closed Ecological Life Support System Demonstrator

Donald will talk about his research and development of this project during the meeting.  Then we will get to see his new demonstrator in its first ever public appearance. Donald also unveiled his plans on a new venture for Space Scouts! Plans on a revisit on the Space lottery and ideas and goals of this new organization which will bring a new interest and promote dedication for our future explorers

 

MAY

Event title & type:    NSS Business Meeting

Country, (area) City:          Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                              The Original Blue Adobe Grille 144 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:    October 20, 2018 1:00AM to 2:00PM

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     Open Business meeting

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:              9

Description: After the Meeting we will be doing a Business meeting to discuss fall 2018,

JUNE

Event title & type:    JUNE NSS Outing, June 16th Lets Watch “2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm  ” Movie @ 3:40pm Tempe Marketplace

Country, (area) City:            Tempe, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 theaters, located at 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ  85281

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      June 16th  at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM MST

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:      Movie Outing

Audience reached out to:  Public / Members

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:              2

Description Harkins website it says that ” Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seminal film, Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing an “unrestored” 70mm print:

 

Event title & type:    NSS Outreach, LepreCon 44

Country, (area) City:            North Phoenix, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North, 10220 N Metro Parkway E, Phoenix, AZ 85051. It’s by the Metrocenter Mall off I-17 at Peoria Ave.

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      June 16th  at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM MST

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:      Outreach

Audience reached out to:  Public / Members

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:              9

City, state & venue: Our host hotel is the Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North, 10220 N Metro Parkway E, Phoenix, AZ 85051. It’s by the Metrocenter Mall off I-17 at Peoria Ave.

Time:  June 23, 2018 about 8pm  about 8 attendance to our paper satellite  making panel

Our next gathering will be a volunteer opportunity to make paper satellite crafts with kids at LepreCon 44 for a short scheduled special event. If I can get some items together in time, we will be tracking satellite paths and teaching kids about different orbital patterns they might get. We will be in the gaming room please contact me if you want to join in. We are currently awaiting our time slot for this event.

 

JULY NSS Summer Break!

 

AUGUST

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for August

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      August 18, 2018 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     NSS Phoenix Chapter member Chuck Lesher presented a series of slides detailing the current involvement of the US Government in space activities as a springboard to discussion.

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:    about 12 in attendance

He provided a base definition of government involvement to include government agencies (NASA, etc), the issuing of contracts (SpaceX, etc.), control and influence through laws and regulations (Space Treaty, etc.) and other financial tools such as tax incentives, loan programs etc. Trump’s recent announcement of a sixth military branch designated as the Space Force has significantly increased the space-oriented budget.

Chuck used a Pew Research study to show that the American public views government support of space exploration as a minor priority, below social issues, infrastructure and national security. However, when the question is presented as “Do we believe space is necessary”?”, the majority of respondents support space exploration both with government and private participation. The public also consistently gives NASA positive ratings and believes that manned exploration of space should be pursued in addition to unmanned missions. More Americans viewed monitoring of Earth systems, such as climate and vulnerability to asteroid impacts, as more important than sending astronauts to the Moon or Mars.

Large corporations such as Boeing and Intel have been the major recipients of federal mission-specific support including direct funding, tax credits, grants etc.

Chuck went on to detail the private sector involvement in space, by companies such as SpaceX and Orbital ATK which are recipients of major government funding necessary to carry out space missions.

He also brought up the role of the Space Treaty in regulating private exploitation of space resources and the need to create additional laws and regulations to fill current loopholes.

Chuck summarized his take on the topic thusly: The role of government is to do things that the free market can’t support, which includes space exploration and infrastructure development. At each step along the way, as the government funds the risk and expensive learning process, lessons are learned so that private entities can afford to do similar things. There are areas of space utilization that will be best fulfilled by the private sector and there are areas that are and will continue to be best fulfilled by the public sector. The relationship between public and private is symbiotic, not parasitic.

Chuck also showed a video about the potential for space-based solar electricity generation.

All of the topics generated lively discussions.

 

Event title & type:    NSS Outing: lets go to ASU’s 2018 ASU Congressional Conference: Space Innovation

Country, (area) City:          Tempe, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Held at the Arizona State University,  Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom 301 Orange Mall Tempe, Arizona, 85281

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      Monday, August 20, 2018 about 8am to 5pm

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       Attend the 2018 ASU Congressional Conference: Space Innovation, Visit, Listen and network. See description for speakers

Audience reached out to:  Public / Private Industry / Political

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:      About 13 of our members in attendance, about 200 in meeting

Registration

8:00 am        Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

8:15 am        Conference Overview and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, Arizona State University

8:30 am        Keynote Address

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

9:15 am        Scoping the Problem – NASA Challenges in 2018

Congresswoman Martha McSally

10:30 am      Education and the Future Workforce for Space

Congressman Tom O’Halleran

12:00 pm      Lunch and Special Guest

1:15 pm        Lunar and Solar System Exploration and NASA University-Competable Missions

Congressman Andy Biggs

Congressman Ruben Gallego

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko

2:45 pm        NewSpace: Commercial – Academic – Government Partnerships

Congressman David Schweikert

4:15 pm        Concluding Reception – The Path Forward: Next Steps

 

SEPT

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for September

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA

Venue:                                Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ

Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      September 15, 2018 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       Tanya Harrison, “Cloudy With a Chance of Dust Storms”, a discussion of weather on Mars.

Audience reached out to:  Public

STEM event?                              No

Public Event?                              Yes

School Event?                             No

Media Event & type?                   No

Estimate Audience Size:       about 13 in attendance

Tanya Harrison, director of research at Arizona State University’s Space Technology and Science (NewSpace) Initiative presented “Cloudy With a Chance of Dust Storms”, a discussion of weather on Mars.

Scientists have been observing the weather on Mars at least since 1784 when Herschel observed atmospheric changes. By 1926 Adams determined that the planet was a desert. Since the 1990’s daily observations have been recorded with the technology advancing to color imaging by the MARCI instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which currently produces detailed images.

The Mars atmospheric environment consists primarily of CO2 at very low pressure. Despite this, Mars has a dynamic weather regime. Clouds form in patterns very much like those on Earth. Fog forms in valleys and dust storms can envelop the entire planet. Mars has seasons, as illustrated by periodic growth and retreat of the polar ice caps. Understanding Mars weather is important for planning future missions to the planet.

Of current concern is the planet circling dust event that has shut down the Opportunity rover due to lack of solar battery charging capability. As Dr. Harrison pointed out, the average speed of the rover is measured in meters per day, eliminating the option of repositioning to avoid dust events. Even after the dust storm abates, the extremely fine dust can take weeks to settle out of the thin atmosphere.

The presentation resulted in a lively Q&A session culminating in a discussion of why space exploration is worthwhile. Note that an internet search of images for Mars weather yields millions of results.

 

OCTOBER

 Event title & type:   Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for October  Al Anzaldua presented “What’s New in Orbital Space Debris” as an update to his previous talk on the topic.

Country, (area) City:            Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA Venue:   Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ    Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      :  October 20, 2018 11:00AM to 1:00PM Estimate Audience Size: 10 in attendance

Al Anzaldua presented “What’s New in Orbital Space Debris” as an update to his previous talk on the topic.

Al outlined a pragmatic, evolutionary path to orbital debris removal via the evolution of customary international law

He asked: do we need a tipping point tragedy or catastrophe in outer space to spur serious multilateral orbital debris cleanup?

The total number and mass of tracked object in orbit will increase dramatically with plans by SpaceX, OneWeb, Boeing, Samsung, Telesat and others to launch up to 20,000 additional satellites in the near future. Many of these mega-constellations will be in orbits with significant possibility of conjunctions.

Orbital debris mitigation (minimizing new debris) is not enough. We need remediation (cleanup) via active debris removal (AD) and On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) to recycle defunct spacecraft.

We urgently need better worldwide integrated and comprehensive space traffic management (STM) to carry out enhanced SSA (space situational awareness) and ADR via deorbiting, moving debris to salvage orbits or OOS.

Many schemes for dealing with orbital debris have been suggested and new ones come up regularly but until recently no testing has been done

NSS recommendation #1: Involve ISS in testing

For example, in June 2018 commercial space Services Corporation NanoRacks successful deployed its DEBRIS satellite from ISS and conducted the first net capture demo in an actual space environment. The plan is to use this technology to capture reusable debris and repurpose it in orbit. Other emerging technologies could be tested similarly using ISS as a platform.

NSS Recommendation #2: Establish “Customary International Law” by a series of unilateral/bilateral/multilateral actions. These would emerge from the Outer Space Treaty and extend it. Al summarized the complicated but feasible steps to deal with ownership and liability issues involved with interfering with orbital debris. He also presented several alternative financing mechanisms for such operations.

Event title & type:    Space week Celebration in collaboration with India NSS event theme “Space Unites The World” Country, (area) City:  Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA  Venue:    Online AZ 85201    Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      October 20, 2018 7:00am to 8amSpeaker/Activity*/Topic:        Chapters Assembly panel with chapters around the world in Celebration

Estimate Audience Size:    1 in our chapter in attendance, about 10 other chapters and outposts and 1500 children in India and an unknown online presence as well as YouTube views.

Our Phoenix National Space Society will be participating in this global virtual celebration event with India Hosted by Kalpana Youth Foundation and Chapters around the world. I will be doing a short introduction of PHX NSS as well as a progress report on our Chapters support of Puerto Rico Chapter, and participating in discussions and votes on a possible resolution or resolutions under the general theme for “Space Unites the World”.  Here are some of the details that we received.   Info provided by:   Joseph Bland Chair, NSS Chapters’ Assembly President, Sacramento L5 Society

NOVEMBER

Event title & type:    NSS Outing: NSS Social: Movie Night Yr, mnth, day  Duration:      November 10, 2018   7:30 PM Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       The 2017 movie “Salyut 7”, Estimate Audience Size:    about 4 in attendance

Description: The 2017 movie “Salyut 7”, a pseudo-documentary about the resuscitation of the Soviet space station. It’s a two-hour movie, so we’ll kick it off around 7:30 pm.

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for November Speaker/Activity*/Topic:     Mike Mackowski, presents Launching and Operating ICESat-2

Estimate Audience Size:       about 12 in attendance

Launching and Operating ICESat-2

past president of NSS-PHX and newly retired from Orbital-ATK gave us a detailed look at what is involved in preparing a satellite for launch and then testing out systems before turning the satellite over to the customer.

Mike Mackowski, past president of NSS-PHX and newly retired from Orbital-ATK gave us a detailed look at what is involved in preparing a satellite for launch and then testing out systems before turning the satellite over to the customer.

ICESat-2, part of NASA’s Earth Observing System, is a satellite mission for measuring ice sheet elevation and sea ice thickness, as well as land topography and vegetation characteristics. The satellite was launched in September, 2018 from Vandenberg AFB.

Mike was part of the Orbital-ATK team responsible for launch preparation and testing. The final pre-launch steps included factory to launch site transportation, final test of systems and preparation of spacecraft for launch. Post launch steps included early operations and checkout of basic systems, activation and checkout of science payload. When all these steps are completed satisfactorily, the satellite operations are officially handed over to the customer.

Launch team tasks included removal of dust covers on optics, connection or removal of arming devices, final software load and battery charging. Elaborate checklists are used both by the technicians and QA personnel. There are two crews: one set of specialists at the launch site and another larger team at the control center. It can take weeks for flight ops to fully check out each of the systems using incredibly detailed procedures. As Mike said, you don’t just flip and couple of switches and go home.

For more information on the ICESat-2 mission, go to https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/icesat-2

DECEMBER

Event title & type:    Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for December Country, (area) City:           Phoenix / Mesa, Arizona USA  Venue:  Duration:      December 15, 2018 11:00AM to 1:00PM Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       Beverly Swayman, Executive Director at the Challenger Space Center of AZ, discussed the future of the Center. Audience reached out to: Audience reached out to:  Public  STEM event?  No Public Event?  Yes     School Event? No Media Event & type?  Estimate Audience Size:       11 in attendance

Description:  Beverly Swayman, Executive Director at the Challenger Space Center of AZ, discussed the future of the Center. The Center’s activities are currently on hiatus while its new home is being prepared, but Beverly gave us a glimpse at the ambitious plans for activities once the move is complete.

The Challenger Space Center is designed to be a destination for Arizonans interested in space and US space programs. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute and is one of 43 US Challenger centers and two international centers.

Arizona’s Center is different in that it offers learning activities for all ages. As part of its mission the Center’s programs will also reach out to students across the state who would normally not be able to travel to the Phoenix area. It will be a strong advocate for STEM programs and supplement what schools offer.

In addition to traveling exhibits and programs from the Smithsonian, the Center will offer hands-on programs to encourage problem solving and innovation using real-life scenarios. Participants will be encouraged to envision other planets and solar systems and work with the simulated conditions to achieve specific goals. In the process, students will learn the methodology of science. Other programs involve robotics and coding.

Visit the program’s website at AZChallenger.org for information on the progress toward opening the new Center and its programs.

Event title & type:    NSS Outing: ASU’s Apollo 8 Mission 50th Anniversary Celebration, at 2 PM Country, (area) City:   Tempe, Arizona USA  Venue:    The Marston Exploration Theater is located on the first floor of ASU’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) 781 S Terrace Rd, Tempe, AZ 85287.  Yr, mnth, day  Duration:    December 1, 2018 at 2pm Speaker/Activity*/Topic:       Attend movie Audience reached out to:  Public  STEM event?  No Public Event?  Yes     School Event? No Media Event & type?  No Estimate Audience Size:    About 7 in attendance

Description:  Schedule of Events:  at  2 p.m. — Reception with film director, Paul Hildebrandt and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Robinson.  2:30 p.m. — Welcome remarks from Dr. Robinson and Paul Hildebrandt.  2:35 p.m. — Screening of “First to the Moon” 4:35 p.m. — Audience Q&A with Dr. Robinson and Paul Hildebrandt

2017

Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for October

City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa Az     

Time:  October 21, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM about 12 in attendance

Al Anzaldua presented his talk called “Moon to Moon to Mons,” which focused Lava Tubes on the Moon, the Martian moon Deimos, and the feasibility of settlements on the western slopes of two Mons Volcanoes on Mars.

Al envisions a multi-step process to achieve sustainable settlements on Mars. The first step involves establishing a permanent base on the Moon. This base would allow development of an infrastructure away from the gravity well of Earth. Lava tubes on the Moon could provide a protected environment for exploitation of the regolith, much of which contains enough oxygen to supply inhabitants with a breathable atmosphere within the lava tubes. He envisions a robust cash economy driven by the extraction of asteroid-type resources.

Deimos provides a stable near-Mars platform for the next step. If it turns out to be carbonaceous as expected, many volatiles will be available for conversion into useful materiel. Because Deimos has very low gravity, a space vehicle would need to dock with it instead of land on it. Al sees Deimos as a test bed for much of the technology needed for sustainable settlements on Mars itself.

The are two separate Mons volcanos on Mars which not only have extensive lava tubes but which appear to be located near enormous water deposits.

Al also discussed the issue of contamination by life-forms, both by ones carried to other planets and also by ones carried back to Earth from other planets. He stated that all measures used so far have failed to remove all Earth-sourced microbes from space vehicles and that the Moon is likely already contaminated. He believes we must also expect that any space vehicle that returns from landing on another planet will have alien microbes.

  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for September

City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Eighth Street, Mesa Az      Time:  September 17, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM about 10 in attendance

Mike Mackowski presented “Satellites: What They Do and How They Work”

There are several types of satellites but they all have a common mission of data collection and transmission. Weather satellites are generally in a polar orbit to get consistent lighting over defined areas in order to detect trends. Communications satellites simply receive signals and retransmit them. Navigation satellites provide GPS capability. Some science satellites gather data about Earth from LEO often using a narrow wavelength band to gather specific information. Other science satellites may be aimed away from the earth to take advantage of being above the distorting atmosphere to collect information about stars and planets. Military satellites often record images onto film and then drop film capsules for recovery to sidestep the possibility of interception of digital data. Interplanetary satellites have many different needs from those which orbit Earth.

Mike discussed some of the issues common to building all satellites. Each satellite has a “bus system” onto which other common systems are mounted: electrical, propulsion, attitude control, temperature control, communication, telemetry. The nature of the payload and the mission will determine how and what systems are mounted on the bus. Electronics need a stable temperature range, which might require both heaters and coolers. A telescope operating in the infrared range must be kept cool and separated from heat sources. Power requirements are generally lower for Earth orbiters which can depend on solar arrays and batteries. An interplanetary mission will require a power source other than the sun and will also require much redundancy. Design and testing issues get complicated rapidly. It generally takes about four years from the awarding of a contract to delivery for launch.

  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for August
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for July
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for June                                City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Eighth street, Mesa Az      Time:  June 17, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM about 10 in attendance                             Speaker:  Donald Jacques presenting “Developing Sustainable Biomes for Space Settlement”   Don prefaced his presentation with this quote”  ”If man is to move into closed environments in space, he must bring along nature’s life support systems” –Wolverton, 1989  In Don’s opinion, the technological solutions to closed systems for space environments are not viable in the long run. His goal is to learn from natural systems to create sustainable biomes.He defined some of the challenges to be addressed: Water Recycling, Air Recycling, Food Recycling, Waste Recycling.  The current approach requires high power input, is labor intensive,  Don’s concept of a truly sustainable biome is one in which life works within the resources available and recycling occurs within the biome.       Don began with hydroponics research and progressed from there. He built an integrated test-bed “tiny house” biome which sits on a trailer. Although it is now retired, he brought it to the meeting for the “show” part of his presentation.  From that original project, Don developed integrated systems which will be tested in his “school-bus sized” (actually a real school-bus) operational mobile Closed Ecological Life Support System demonstrator now under construction. Don’s journey through this topic is recounted in his book “EarthSeed: Settling Space in This Generation”, available on Amazon. Link to Don’s website: http://earthseed.space/  Link to Don’s book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Seed-Settling-Space-Generation/dp/1936037092/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for May
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for April                              City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Eighth street, Mesa Az      Time: March 18, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM about 8 in attendance                              Speaker:   Dr. Peter A. Swan, President of the International Space Elevator Consortium. Dr. Swan began his presentation with an overview of the current status of methods for sending payloads and crews into space.  This has traditionally been done by NASA at great cost.  Now committed billionaires are leading the way with new methods and new dreams.  SpaceX has shown the capabilities of reusable launch vehicles.  Elon Musk has pledged to relocate 100,000 humans to Mars using recycled vehicles.  Bigelow Space envisions a million people living and working in space, exploiting the vast mineral assets of asteroids and the moon.  Jeff Bezos plans plans for commercial suborbital human spaceflight through his Blue Origin project as early as 2018.  The International Space Elevator Consortium offers a method for moving payloads into low earth orbit more cheaply than conventional launch vehicles can.  Once in operation, the Space Elevator will run constantly and reliably. The Space Elevator is based on a thin vertical tether stretched from the ground to a mass far out in space, and electric vehicles (climbers) that drive up and down the tether. The rotation of the Earth keeps the tether taut and capable of supporting the climbers. The climbers travel at speeds comparable to a fast train, and carry no fuel on board – they are powered by a combination of sunlight and laser light projected from the ground. While the trip to space takes several days, climbers are launched once per day. There exist numerous technical challenges before a space elevator can become reality.  For more information go to Space Elevator FAQ
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for March                                   City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Eighth street, Mesa Az Date & Time: March 18, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM about 8 in attendance          Speaker: Rick Gutridge (TREC – Technical Research & Engineering Company, President ) who presented Voyager, an Advanced Spaceflight Laboratory simulator. Using ASL-NET as the starting platform, he has developed a mobile educational vehicle which provides story-based virtual learning adventures in exploring our solar system. Rick’s goal is to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in the STEM field.Rick began by explaining the history and goals of his program which includes partnering with local school districts to present the program to K-12 students. Meeting attendees then joined him in the Voyager simulator, which is capable of handling 16 students at a time. Students are assigned to individual touch-screen workstations at which they manage different assigned tasks related to their group adventure. They will “voyage” to a designated location in the solar system and perform assigned experiments. All of the NSS participants were left wondering how they could get more simulator time. Rick has “customers in 4 states, and TREC plans to expand current operations by offering Advanced Spaceflight Laboratory simulators along with standards-compliant STEM education programs based on its Corps of Discovery concept.
    TREC’s President, Rick Gutridge has a B.S. Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona and has worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years in various engineering capacities.  His focus now is to help improve math and science instruction in schools across the nation. ” (www.asl-net.com) For more information Learn more about TREC at http://www.asl-net.com/about-trec.html also see our main page for a look at the inside of one of these simulators.
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for February
    City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Eighth street, Mesa Az
    Date & Time: February 18th, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM
    Speaker: Chapter President Phyllis Redhair Approx. Audience Size:  12 Description:  beginning with a history of paper folding.  Then to the uses of origami in science.   The presentation concluded with a viewing of the coincidentally just-aired PBS Nova episode titled “The Origami Revolution.” Watch it at http://www.pbs.org/video/2365955827/
  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for January
    City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Eighth street, Mesa Az
    Date & Time: January 21, 2017 11:00AM to 1:00PM
    Speaker: Simon Kreger Approx. Audience Size:  12 Description:The January meeting of NSS-Phx was going to be about Space Art I had no idea what to expect. As it turned out, our speaker, Simon Kregar, is not only a space artist, but also an advocate for the role of space art in education.Simon began with an art history approach to the field. Prehistoric petroglyphs and cave paintings illustrate early man’s view of the universe from Earth. By the time of science fiction magazines, cover artists were letting their imaginations run wild. Gradually both the art and the science improved, although the role of imagination remains. Simon showed examples of works by pioneers in the field and how their artistic visions and techniques varied. He also shared images of his own work. For more information about Simon and his works, go to www.simonkregar.com. For more about space art, go to the International Association of Astronomical Artists website at www.iaaa.org.

2016

  • 1/16/16 – We had eight members visit ASU for a tour of the planetary science exhibits in the ISTB4 building and a fine planetarium show on exoplanets. We had a new member who recently moved from Huntsville, Anthony Bartens. Meg Hufford and Ric Ailing of ASU were great hosts.
  • 2/13/16 – We did a joint event with Tucson NSS and Phoenix AIAA for a field trip to Biosphere 2. We had 12 people total from all groups. It was fun and an interesting place. Anzaldua, Roden, Meza, and I got together for dinner afterwards.
  • 3/19 – Chuck Lesher gave a talk on ISS and brought his scale model. We also watched a video tour of inside the ISS.  Henry Vanderbilt came and gave a pitch on his Space Access Conference. We had about 10 attendees plus Henry.
  • April – Mike Clark came and showed some of his videos to about ten people.
  • May – After the meeting we had lunch at the Neighborhood Cafe with a good turnout. No one had suggestions for meetings so we decided to take the summer off.
  • September 17 – We had a dozen people attend the first meeting after the summer break. Mackowski gave a talk on the Gemini program, as it was 50 years ago that this program wrapped up.
  • October 15 – We hosted an exhibit at the Southeast Regional library “LibraryCon” sci fi event. We had about five members show up to help, and I gave my Road to Mars talk to about five people. This included a teacher, Gianna Walker, who was very interested in Mars topics.
  • November 19 – Dennis Bonilla gave a demo of a VR system simulating a Mars surface. We had 14 attendees. After some cajoling we have a full slate for the election coming up.
  • December 16 – Mackowski hosted a holiday party at eight members showed up.

2015

  • 1/17/15 – Sian Proctor (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat – Mars hab simulation). There were 15 attendees.
  • 2/4/15 – Science Cafe at Gangplank
    Mackowski was part of a panel with Garrick Williams and Chuck Lesher on space exploration, specifically the merits of the Asteroid Retrieval Mission. There were about 17 people there and we had some good discussion.
  • 2/21/15 – We had about 12 people watching “Lunarcy!” with popcorn, soda, and a birthday cake for Gary Henderson.
  • 3/7/15 – SpaceUp Phoenix at Mesa Community College drew over 60 people including many NSS chapter members. The event was a big success.
  • 4/18/15 – Pete Swan talked about asteroid resources. About 15 people attended.
  • 5/16/15 – Dave Williams talked about Ceres. There were about ten people.
  • 6/20/15 – Rebeca Rodriguez talked about her experience at MDRS this past winter. We had about 15 people.
  • 7/14/15 – Pluto Palooza at ASU, up to 200 people at peak, maybe a dozen from NSS.
  • No August meeting
  • 9/17/15 – BBQ at Chuck Lesher’s home, about 15 attendees, including several new people
  • 10/3/15 – Group viewing to see “The Martian”, about 8 people came.
  • 10/10/15 – Display and presentation at Southeast Regional Library Comic Con
  • 10/17/15 – Dennis Bonilla on NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. 12 attendees
  • 11/21/15 – Al Anzaldua on the threat from orbital debris. 17 attendees.
  • 12/8/15 – Christmas party at Mackowski’s had about 12 guests. We debuted the astronaut stand-up figure and took pictures.

2014

  • 1/18/14 –  Al Anzudula (Cislunar telerobotics), about 12 attendees
  • 2/15/14 – Dave Williams on Roving the Solar System (14 attendees)
  • 3/15 – Jimmy Lin on CubeSats (10 attendees)
  • 4/12 – Yuri’s Night at ASU, hosted by SEDS. Over 50 people at times.
  • 5/10 – Joint meeting in Tucson at Total Wine (30 attendees, incl 8 from Phx).
  • 6/21 – Dave Williams on solar system exploration. 14 attendees including some new people. Planning meeting afterwards with six people at Family Restaurant.
  • 7/19 – Chuck Lesher on Google Lunar X-Prize.  11 attendees.
  • 8/16 – BBQ at Chuck’s house. About a dozen people, maybe half were HSGP members as Chuck also invited them.
  • 9/20 – Tracey Dodrill on MAVEN. We sent a press release. 20 attendees.
  • 10/18- LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA, Climate Change Reports. Good speaker, about 12 people, including Bill who came with Samantha, also Robert Noss, and Nate McIntyre, Bonnie Ann and Dave Isley. We had 12 people at the planning lunch afterwards. Good discussion.
  • 11/15 –  Eric Nichols (Orbital) presented his concept for SCRAPsat to mitigate orbital debris, and included a nice overview of the problem. Good attendance with 20 people, including Glen Gassaway and one more new person.
  • 12/17 – Christmas party at the Mackowski home. 9 people came in addition to Maura and myself.

2013

  • 1/19/13 at HSGP with Dr. Pete Swan.  David Fischer died in a car accident later that day.
  • 2/2/13 – Elections held for the Phoenix Chapter, two year terms.
  • 2/16/13 at HSGP to discuss future directions. About 6 attendees.
  • 2/26 at HSGP to meet with their board and get OK to continue meeting there. Mackowski, Lesher, Thompson, Lonchar.
  • 3/16/13 at HSGP – General club policy and planning meeting. Started a MeetUp account after this.
  • 4/12 – Yuri’s Night social at Space Access Conference
  • 4/20/13 – Planned trip to Biosphere 2 was cancelled due to lack of interest
  • 5/18/13 at HSGP – Watched YouTube video of ASU Storytelling of Science seminar.
  • 6/4/13 – Mackowski met with Casey Drier of The Planetary Society and we discussed the current state of special interest groups.
  • 6/22/13 at HSGP – ASU Lunabotics club presentation
  • 7/20 at HSGP – with ASU LRO researcher
  • 8/17 meeting cancelled due to vacations and lack of programming
  • 9/7 planning meeting at Starbucks in Tempe
  • 9/21 at HSGP – 19 attendees plus Mackowski who gave Road to Mars talk and did a live interview at Ch. 15 6 am newscast.
  • 10/12 at HSGP – Chuck Lesher gave an update on space solar power, mostly on “why” and not “how” but good info. 15 attendees.
  • 10/26 – Field trip to northern Arizona lava tube cave with AIAA had about 12 attendees but only Rucker from NSS.
  • 11/8 at ASU – NSS had a display table at SEDS SpaceVision national conference and Mackowski  gave a talk on a commercial space panel.
  • 11/16 at HSGP – NewSpace and Commercial Space update. Henry Vanderbilt was speaker for about 15 attendees.
  • 12/4 – Mackowski gave talk on space activism to SEDS club montly meeting at ASU
  • December – Winter Holiday party not scheduled due to minimal interest.

2012

21 July – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona. Dave Fischer will discuss ISDC 2012 in Washington DC

30 May – 3 June – Spacefest IV at the Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona

19 May 2012 – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona. Michael Clark will present Space Access interviews.

12-14 April 2012 – Space Access ’12 will be held at the Grace Inn, 10827 S 51st St in Phoenix, same as last year. Conference sessions will begin 9 am Thursday April 12th 2012 and end 6 pm Saturday April 14th.

12 April 2012 – Yuri’s Night 2012. The venue Is Space Access ’12, which will be held at the Grace Inn, 10827 S 51st St in Phoenix. AIAA is sponsoring a hospitality suite for Yuri’s Night from 6:00 PM To 10:00 PM and all of the Space oriented societies will be there. Stop by and put your name in the hat for the drawing of an Autographed Copy Of “Crater” by Homer Hickam. At 7:00 PM we will conduct the “Space Trivia Challenge”. Identify 20 images from the Space Age for a chance to win a Yuri’s Night T-shirt. We will repeat the “Challenge” at 9:00 PM with a different set of images. Registration at Space Access is encouraged, but not required for Yuri’s Night.

17 March 2012 – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona. Preparation for Yuri’s Night at Space Access.

18 February 2012 – Professional meteorite hunter, science writer, author, photographer, and Meteorite Men Co-Host Geoffrey Notkin will make a guest appearance at Challenger Space Center.

21 January 2012 – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting, The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona. Veronica will discuss the student experiments aboard STS-134 and STS-135.

19 November 2011 – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona.

11-13 November 2011 – TusCon

17 September 2011 – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona.

2-5 September 2011 – Coppercon 31. CopperCon is a Literary Science-Fiction/Fantasy Convention hosted by the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society (CASFS).

16 July 2011 – NSS Phoenix Chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 AM -12:30 PM. The location will be the Humanist Community Center, located at 627 W Eighth St, Mesa, Arizona.

12 June 2011 – NSS Chapter phone conference call.

2-5 June 2011 – Spacefest III will be held in Tucson, Arizona, June 2-5, 2011, at the Starr Pass Resort. Tucson is an astronomy town (at one time, we counted over 400 world-class astronomy Ph.D’s in town) and home to our show producer Novaspace, we will have a bus tour to Kitt Peak‘s cool 6700’, 18-telescope sky island, as well as our own star party at the resort Saturday night.

18 – 21 May 2011 – The 30th International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2011) will take place in Huntsville Alabama‘s Von Braun Center and at the host / conference hotel Embassy Suite Hotel and Spa. Registration online.

8-13 May 2011 – The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) will be held in Los Angeles, California. It is the world’s largest pre-college science competition, and provides an opportunity for the best young scientists from around the globe to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for over $4 million in awards and scholarships.

6-8 May 2011 – Leprecon 37. LepreCon 37 will have many artists, authors, scientists and other experts appearing on panels, presentations and demos. The LepreCon art show is the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the southwest. We will also have a dealers room, gaming, masquerade, music, and more. LepreCon 37 will be at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel in downtown Tempe, Arizona, with a variety of nearby restaurants, nightlife, and shopping with easy access to Phoenix Light Rail (Mill Avenue / Third Street Station). Membership Rates: Full Attending: $30 thru 10/31/10, $35 thru 12/31/10.

25 March 2011 – ASU Astronomy Open House. Bateman Physical Sciences Building H-wing Main Entrance (click here for a map of ASU showing the H- wing)

20 January 2011 (Thursday) at 7 PM at Chili’s in Goodyear: Chili’s Grill & Bar, 1371 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395, (623) 535-4222. Bring along at least one member of the general public that you know would be highly interested in joining and who is interested in robotic & human space exploration and settlement.

4 December 2010 – NSS Phoenix chapter Holiday Gathering at the home of Dave Fischer, Saturday 4 December from 4 to 8 PM. BYOB. Please bring your favorite recipe, but only bring enough for three (3!!) people. This means that there will be a nice bite of each dish for 15 folks. Tasting is much more enjoyable than gorging. If you bring more than that, you will go home with enough food for a week!!. The address is 3027 N 49th Ct, Phoenix AZ 85018.

20 November 2010 – The Moon Society Meeting is scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM at Denny’s on the SE corner of US 60 and Rural Road in Tempe. Contact Craig Porter for details.

12-13 November 2010 – Board of Directors meeting of the National Space Society, Washington D.C.

6 November 2010 – Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) will hold its annual Earth and Space Exploration day on Saturday. This is a free event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) on ASU’s Tempe campus outside the Bateman Physical Sciences F-wing on Tyler Mall (pdf map). The SESE community offers special science-related activities from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. Take the light rail to the University and Rural station, walk south and then west on Tyler avenue.

16 October 2010 – Chapter meeting of the Phoenix Chapter is scheduled for Saturday, at Chevy’s in the food court at Arrowhead Mall, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

30 August – 2 September 2010 – AIAA SPACE 2010 Conference & Exposition. This year’s discussions will focus in particular on: * NewSpace: A new breed of entrepreneurial space companies. * National Security Space: What are the newest developments. * Space Robotics: Gain insight into the latest technical advances. * Space Colonization: Key decisions looming on exploration missions to the Moon and beyond. Download the registration form (pdf).

21 August 2010 – The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter is scheduled for Saturday, 21 August at The Pita Jungle in Arrowhead Mall, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

19 June 2010 – The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter is The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter is scheduled for Saturday, 19 June at 11:AM at the Chevy’s restaurant on the side/in the Arrowhead Mall in Peoria sound. We will slate the meeting for 1-1.5 hours.

27-31 May 2010 – The 2010 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Chicagowill include a thorough look at where the space program stands after the Augustine Report, a cutting edge symposium on satellite-based solar power generation, and a great deal more.

20 March 2010 – The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 20th from 1:30-3:00 PM at Denny’s, located at US 60 & Rural Road.

17 March 2010 – Kitt Peak National Observatory is celebrating its 50 year anniversary (dedicated 15 March 1960) with two symposium: From First Light to Newborn Stars 14-17 March 2010, followed by An Eventful Universe 17-20 March 2010. March 17 will bring together both symposiums with additional speakers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Observatory.

27 February 2010 – The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Space Society will be Saturday at 11:00 AM on Saturday, 27 February 2010, at the Noble Library, at the front/inside of the library (quadrant 5E on the map, on McCalister Mall, about two blocks west of the light rail station near Tyler St).

14 February 2010 – The next meeting of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Space Society will be Saturday at 11:00 AM on Saturday, 27 February 2010, at the Noble Library, at the front/inside of the library (quadrant 5E on the map, on McCalister Mall, about two blocks west of the light rail station near Tyler St).

12 December 2009 – Holiday Party for members of NSS Phoenix, the Moon Society, the Mars Society, the Planetary Society. 4-7 pm at Dave and Marty Fischer. 3027 N 49th Ct, Phoenix 85018. The dress requirements are “Slacks and Jacket” for the men and “Dress / Dress Slacks and Jacket” for the women. Scroll down on Veronica’s Facebook page for extended details.

24 October 2009 – Earth and Space Exploration Day at ASU (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM). NSS Chapter meeting at 11:00 AM at the Noble Library (quadrant 5E on the map, on McCalister Mall, about two blocks west of the light rail station near Tyler St).

9 October 2009 – The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Centaur stage is scheduled to crash into the south polar region (Crater named Cabeus A). The impact should kick up a plume of dust and other materials. The LCROSS satellite will follow, measuring the chemicals in the debris plume. If there is supply of ice at the lunar south pole, LCROSS should find it. The latest info can be found at NASA. On 28 September, the LCROSS target was changed to Cabeus itself.

3 October 2009 – The World At Night internationally renowned Photo Exhibit is at Christown Mall (17th Avenue and Bethany Home Road) through October 18. There will be an NSS Chapter meeting at the exhibit (12:30 PM). Christown Mall opens at 10:00 AM, and the exhibit and meeting will be near the Costco store.

October 2009 – LROC Tours.

26 September 2009 – Take Your Class to Mars at ASU

9-11 September 2009 – Space scientists from the United States and around the world will gather September 9-11 at the Faculty Club on ASU’s Tempe campus. Most of the discussions will be open to the public, in person and by webcast at . Audio is at (866) 606-4717; use access code 7078222. The meeting is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences as part of its efforts to prepare a “Planetary Decadal Survey.”

20 July 2009  –  Space Exploration Day at ASU

18 July 2009 – Celebrate Apollo 11

13 June 2009 – Non-Profit Chapters Meeting at Challenger Space Center

26 April 2008 – NSS Phoenix Chapter Teleconference Meeting

1 March 2008 –  Sally Ride Science Festival

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