NSS Phoenix Calendar

 

Here is a listing of past events

2017

  • Event title & type: Monthly NSS of Phoenix Meeting for June
  • City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ
  • Date & 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 Recyclin
  • Air Recycling
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    Food Recycling

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    Waste Recycling

    The current approach requires high power input, is labor intensive, relies on regular supply from outside the biome and creates a high quantity of waste that must be removed from the biome. For example, to support hydroponics on the ISS, tons of nutrient material must be shipped into LEO, then the same tonnage of waste must be returned to earth.

    Don’s concept of a truly sustainable biome is one in which life works within the resources available and recycling occurs within the biome.

    He discussed the challenges of food production with respect to various methods: Hydroponics, algae farming, aquaponics, vermiculture and mycelium.

    Based on his research and experimentation, his recommendations are to combine aspects of aquaponics, vermiculture and mycelium into an integrative, complementary system that uses the standard concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle in a manner that supports sustainability in the closed biome.

    Don believes that a life support system must embrace Life (as opposed to emphasizing technology) and it needs to be an interdependent living system.

    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 March
  • City, state & venue: Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ
  • Date & Time: April 15, 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 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.
  • 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/

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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