NSS Outreach Event at LepreCon 44, June weekend on 23 or 24, 2018


Our next speaker meeting will be moved to September. Due to the Business meeting by unanimous vote it was determined that we should resume our Speaker meeting in September. We will continue to do outreach and continue experimental unconventional gatherings for our group, to see what more people are interested in. If you would like to be of service to our group or want to present or have any ideas. We invite you to come to our next business meeting held twice a year. The next business meeting will be in the fall to make plans for spring.

So, with that…

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.

Also, Check out the new NSS website and If you are not a current member or need to renew, please visit this link space.nss.org/join-national-space-society/ our NSS PHX CODE is 504.




PHX NSS Business Meeting Saturday May 19th Announcement

There are a few Outreach Events to discuss. On Saturday, May 19th, 2018 during our regular meeting time 11 to 1pm. This is a venue change please note that we are meeting at our usual restaurant the Mesa Community Restaurant at 535 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201.

We will gather to discuss the up and coming events for NSS Phoenix. Report on past events, have a discussion and vote on summer break, discuss for ideas for upcoming events and overview the upcoming Collaboration and Assignments.

Topics include: NSS Phoenix will take the lead on Web/IT support for NSS Puerto Rico.   I am asking for 2 volunteers to help and to keep the work load light and fun.

Updates: on previous outreach and proposed projects from our PHX NSS members during our spring networking opportunities and meeting with other organizations.

Outreach projects: with Westercon – Volunteer Request to make paper satellites opportunity July update, and Phx comic Fest – Volunteer Request count people opportunity (May 24th – 27th) update.

Upcoming events: ISDC – Reminder (May 24th – 27th), Spring Potluck, Summer Break

New Business

Please remember that Yearly Local Membership Dues have reset and had occurred in January. Our service commitments have been very easy just show up events. Please remember that your commitments are important however small, and to find a replacement if you will be absent. We will plan to resume regular speaker meeting next month in June.

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

The April 21st meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and located at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). Our guest will be Donald Jacques author of  “EarthSeed: Settling Space in This Generation”, available on Amazon. Link to website: http://earthseed.space/.  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.

Previous Meeting and Upcoming Events:

  • I like to thank Greg Rucker who led a follow up meeting at the Capitol with AZ House Majority Leader John Allen. Some members with projects, were able to use this kind opportunity to have a follow up meeting with House Majority Leader John Allen. We are grateful for our NSS members here in Arizona who demonstrate their dedication to space. Thank you for being you.
  • Web Host Volunteer call to assist with our Puerto Rico Chapter,  Its been proposed that their website could be remotely updated by one of our talented members, willing to donate time and skill to updating their website. I believe that we must first look within and utilize our own strengths. This is in its beginning phases and changes may occur. So I put out a call for interested members willing to help.  Email me Phyllis.Redhair2012@gmail.com. This is an effort to re-establish updated contact info and possibly an announcement board to reconnect Puerto Rico members who have loss internet, phone, or other communication means.  Efforts by NSS so far have been to extend membership for an additional year to help them stay connected.
  • Volunteer opportunity for NSS outreach at Comic Fest, please be of service in furthering our cause by promoting space and education.  If you would like to participate we were asked by Real Time Steam, who’s mission is to bring science outreach to the public, and on average Comic Fest sees an attendance of 90K people and 10K come through science paneling space. 90K are from all over the state and out of state as well. To be a volunteer requires a commitment to 12-16 hours. This is over the course of the 4 days. (May 24th-27th), which means 3 to 4 hours shifts a day out of the 13 hours the Comic Fest is open. In return they will receive a full event pass, And, the ability to wear anything that supports our organization, this will help us bring any material that can fit on their table to distribute. Please Email me Phyllis.Redhair2012@gmail.com if you would like to assist and support our chapters ability to get our name out there we would greatly appreciate it. Your service commitment is important, please be on time or find a replacement if you find that you are not able to arrive.

See Below for: Chapter member registration discount for the 2018 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles, California USA, May 23 (for tours and space solar power event) through May 28 (for NSS Board meeting only).

Please read carefully the registration page: chapter contacts save the most by acting right away
Coordinator for International and South-Central USA NSS Chapters

Are You a Member of an NSS Chapter? Act by May 17 for 25% Rebate on ISDC®2018 Registration (Even if not an NSS Member) ISDC® 2018 Prices Go Up April 1: Register First!

Want to Help your Chapter? See Offer No. 1 Below

By Claire McMurray, Chapters Reporter

Offer #1: For Chapter Members who aren’t current or recent NSS members but want to join NSS:

Save money on your ISDC© registration AND earn income for your chapter by joining NSS NOW, before you register for ISDC© Do this at www.nss.org/membership/new_member_form.shtml (NOT on the ISDC© registration). That way your chapter gets half of whatever rate you paid to join NSS. Offer is good any time; it does not require ISDC© registration.

Offer #2: For ALL Chapter member* ISDC registrations before May 17:

*Not a chapter member? Find your nearest chapter at http://chapters.nss.org/a/lists/index.shtml

  1. Go tohttp://isdc.nss.org/2018/register.shtml and look over the registration options. Prices are at the bottom. Read the instructions carefully, then click on your registration form, usually “Main Registration.” Note that volunteers should contact the Volunteer Leader before registering. Ask about volunteer perks.
  2. Sections I, II, and III: follow the prompts to enter your personal information. Memberships bought in Section II will NOT earn income for your chapter.
  3. Section IV, “ISDC Badge Information:”

–Put the name of your chapter in the ‘Company/Affiliation’ box.

–Put ”Chapter Member” or “Chapter Officer” in the ‘NSS Position’ box.

–Select your attendance level, activity, or category in the ‘ISDC Association’ box.

  1. Section V: ISDC and NSS Donations and Merchandise. If desired, buy from Café Press or donate to ‘Enterprise in Space’ or the NSS Awards here. However, memberships bought here will NOT earn income for your chapter.
  2. Rebates will be mailed to you after ISDC© 2018 is adjourned and staff have caught their breath.

The Chapters Committee has arranged this special ISDC© 2018 offer with the Conferences Committee because chapter members are very important to NSS. Chapter Awards and recognition are scheduled for the Thursday night dinner.

See you in Los Angeles! and See you Saturday!

Phyllis Redhair
NSS Phoenix Chapter President

Phoenix NSS and Tucson L5 Joint Outing: Saturday March 17th Lets go to the Emerge Festival! and Live on the Moon! About 12:45pm meet up and Tour at 1:30pm

Our next event will be a Joint gathering for an NSS Phoenix and Tucson L5, we will be attending ASU’s Emerge festival, at 1:30pm on Saturday.  There are 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 together with food. There are lots of restaurants along Mill Ave, well meet and decide where to eat from there.  Check out google maps and type in Mill Avenue Dining for restaurant ideas. Then, if anyone wants  to stay  for the Podcast 3:30 we will group up again!

Also, to communicate in case we split up or get lost go to : https://www.facebook.com/groups/Moonsociety/?ref=bookmarks Ill be putting up a post for a group chat to ask questions or find out where we are.

This is a free event.  The theme this year is Lunar City!  Held at the J. Russell and Bonita Nelson Fine Arts Center 51 East 10th Street Tempe, AZ 85287.  The Interplanetary Initiative is participating in this event, March 17-18 for more info on times go to http://emerge.asu.edu and register in groups or alone. Im going at 1:30 if you want to join me.

I will be wearing my NSS badge and standing out front by the entrance booth, about 12:45 – 1:00  which is about 30 min before, as the website states to arrive. So we can go in at 1:30   After that we should be inside doing the tour.  There is an invite link below with reservation times for the Luna City event at:http://view.e.asu.edu/?qs=24c79089be9288885e877f79aeb5ca4be8665bb59123b0f79a36ce49632fc2806c4636d18f5216aa60eb37136b44b5f28b1a64b1d62c56651b7567cfa27a37f634935abcc9a513b9

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**

I’m not sure how long the tour is but wear comfortable shoes. There is a free bus service called ORBIT http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/transportation/bus/orbit that is available we would be on Jupiter ORBIT it runs every 15 minutes. Just an FYI in case you may be interested.

Our previous Gathering in February was a meeting at the Capitol with AZ House Majority Leader John Allen 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.

See the link for other short notice Opportunities or announcements on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Moonsociety/?ref=bookmarks

See you on the moon!

Saturday February 17th meeting of NSS Phoenix featuring Dave Williams Presenting a talk on NASA Psyche and updates on Dawn and New Horizons.

The February 17th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). The February meeting will Feature Dave Williams Presenting a talk on NASA Psyche and updates on Dawn and New Horizons also joining is the United Federation of Phoenix. Afterwards we expect to meet at our usual family restaurant as well at Mesa Community Restaurant at 535 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201

Dr Dave Williams since we had the pleasure of having him speak to us last, is now also a “science Team member of NASA’s Psyche mission, selected by NASA in January 2017 as the next Discovery mission to visit metal asteroid (16) Psyche in 2026. In 2017 he received the Ronald Greeley Distinguished Service Award from the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Dr Williams is Associate Research Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, the NASA Regional Planetary Information Facility at ASU. He is also the Director of the NASA Planetary Aeolian Laboratory at the Ames Research Center in California. David is currently performing research in volcanology and planetary geology, with a focus on planetary mapping, geochemical, and remote sensing studies.”

From https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/203959

Saturday, January 20th, NSS of Phoenix Meeting will Feature Dr Steven D. Howe, Presenting his talk on “Overview of advanced propulsion technologies.” i.e. fission, fusion, antimatter, etc

sd howe pic 10 2016

The January 20th, meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201). Featuring Dr Steven D. Howe

The short version is that Steve is a nuclear scientist and science fiction author/fan. In 2015 he stepped down as the Director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR) at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, ID. The CSNR is pursuing development of a radioisotope powered Mars Hopper, nuclear rockets, and advanced power sources for human exploration. Prior to this, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for twenty years in areas such as nuclear weapons physics, nuclear rockets, in-situ resource utilization for space exploration, manned-Mars missions, medium-energy particle physics, antimatter physics, and fusion/plasma physics. As part of these efforts, he flew on the KC-135 “vomit comet”, poked his nose in the hatch of the space shuttle Atlantis while it sat on the pad, created a large hole in the ground at the Nevada Test Site, and had various other fun experiences.

Steve has also co-founded a company, Hbar Technologies LLC, to commercialize the use of antimatter (http://www.hbartech.com). Eventually, they hope to demonstrate a new cancer treatment using antiprotons. So far, “Hbar Tech” has been funded to investigate a revolutionary propulsion method to send a probe to the stars and examine a method of cataloguing the water content of asteroids in the main Asteroid Belt. Currently, he works for Dr. Troy Howe at Howe Industries LLC in Tempe, AZ.

In addition to his regular activities, Dr. Howe is a published author of fiction having published the novella, Wrench and Claw, in Analog magazine. He also published the novel, Honor Bound Honor Born, which detailed the possible development of the first commercial base on the Moon. In addition to over fifty technical papers published worldwide and his published fiction works, he has also appeared in numerous television programs about space and rocketry. His television credits include: “Living and Working in Space”, PBS and Sci-Fi channel; “Mission to Mars”, Ultra Science, The Learning Channel; “Rocketships,” Discovery Channel (June ‘98); “Rockets in Space”, Wingspan (August ‘98); and “Voyage to the Milky Way”, PBS, (May ’99). – Image and text by and permission of Dr Steven D. Howe


Saturday, January 20th, NSS of Phoenix Spring Business Meeting

Greetings Space Enthusiast,

We will gathered for a Business meeting to and ask that you attend and help support our chapter. There are a few Outreach Events to discuss. I would like to keep this short so please be prepared with any new proposals. On Saturday, January 20th, 2018 after our speaker meeting. from about 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the usual Mesa Community Restaurant at 535 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201. Please remember that Yearly Local Membership Dues have reset and occurs in January.

  • Yearly Reports
  • Review of Past events and Experimental Events
  • Overview of upcoming Collaboration and Assignments and Voting for what to do.
    • SciTech EXPO – Booth -: Event Outreach (Saturday March 3rd)
    • Yuri’s Night 2018 – Possible Venue  (Wed, Apr 12 2017)
    • Phx Comicon – Volunteer Request opportunity (May 24th – 27th)
      • Possibility for our logo on some of their advertisements.
    • ISDC – Reminder (May 24th – 27th)
    • Spring Potluck (TBD) June?
    • June July Aug Sept Break? More movies?
  • Update on John Strickland for an AT-LARGE director‘s position
  • New Business

Phyllis Redhair
NSS Phoenix Chapter President