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 : 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 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:

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 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

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.”


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

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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 ( 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


Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. NSS of Phoenix Outing will Aerospace States Day! Hosted by Aerospace States Association- Arizona Chapter

“Arizona Aerospace Day” at the Capitol is on the public schedule. This is the 2nd Aerospace Day event: There is no charge to visit the event and meet the representatives present from the various organizations on hand. The event is listed to be from 11 AM to 3:00 PM on January 17th, 2018. Vector Rocket is planning to bring a 60 foot rocket to display and there will be an F-35 demonstrator (simulator?).  The last “Arizona Aerospace Day” was very exciting,  and a great way to see what aerospace companies in Arizona are doing, and also see what’s happening with the major Arizona universities.

** This is an outdoor event.  The event area, will be alongside the Arizona House of Representatives building. Be sure to dress for the weather, people were dressed in business suits to business casual dress. This is small Business event, you may get through it very quickly. However, its still is nice to see there displays.

** Items you may need are Business cards, and possibly parking money.  A sandwich was provided and 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: Lockheed Martin Company, The Boeing Company, ASU, Orbital ATK, Embry Riddle, and Honeywell. A tentative schedule is as follows (with events around the area to be added, including a remote pilot course):

7:00am- 10:30am   Exhibit Set-up

11:00am- 1:30pm Exhibits Open/Legislative Lunch

2:00pm- 3:00pm Resolutions to Declare Arizona Aerospace Day

For a map of where the event is and announcement. go to:

Phoenix NSS Saturday Dec 16th Watch “The Last Jedi” Movie

For the holidays we may re-schedule the usual annual Christmas party. This month we can still get together and do a gathering at the Cine Capri® to watch “the Last Jedi”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2 hrs. 32 mins.Showtime: Saturday, December 16th @ 4:00 pm at the Cine Capri® Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ  85281

I will be wearing my NSS badge and will be inside due to the cold about 30 min to 20 min before if you want to sit together. We should be inside getting popcorn and soda, or if your early standing in line. There is no assigned seating we will see what we can get.  For info on the movie go to

Then, we will decide where to eat from there if we decide that is what we want to do. we will meet by the water display in front and plan from there. There are a few places to eat at Tempe Market Place it is an outdoor mall. this is a fun get together if half of you want to explore the mall and last minute shop,  and some want to just get coffee that is all good to me.

November : Library Con Saturday November 18th

We gathered for the LibraryCon this November to help support one of our local library’s.  This was an Outreach Event.  This was for the  fourth annual LibraryCon (mini comic-con) on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the library Southeast Regional Library at 775 N. Greenfield; Gilbert, AZ.

We had a couple kids build little paper satellites and spoke to them about up coming events happening in space. several people stopped by to talk. and we gave out a couple magazines and brochures.  There are a few new subscribers to our newsletters.

We are grateful to have been apart of this event and show support for our community. We plan on doing this event again in 2018. please let me know if you have an interest in running a booth or would want to provide a talk if requested by any of our out reach events.