Seven members attended this May. We had a great meeting which opened with excited and lively discussions of SpaceX successful mission to the International Space Station. Congratulations SpaceX!
Thanks to Tom and Mark for bringing in a new remote control rover and camera. We had a great time experimenting with the rover and planning exhibits with the rover for Moon day and other chapter events.
We also discussed t-shirts for the upcoming Mars Society Convention. Thanks Mark for your creative work on the t-shirt design, it looked great!
We also talked about the university rover competition at MDRS. Kurt and Kris are planning to help out with the competition at MDRS this year.
We also discussed the upcoming Dallas Museum of Nature and Science Discovery days. Curtis mentioned NSS is planning a table at this event.
Last we discussed the AIAA awards banquet on June 7th at the Crowne Plaza. Mr. Ralph Heath is the distinguished speaker for the event. Mr. Heath recently retired from Lockheed as the executive vice president of the Aeronautics Business area.
Our January meeting was a great start to the New Year. There were nine persons in attendance. The conversation was lively and fun. Discussion topics included exciting plans for the upcoming year.
Mark was back from Florida after being one of the Tweetup VIP’s for the MSL launch. We were excited to hear Mark’s first-hand accounting of the MSL launch.
We were also excited to discuss April’s tour at MDRS. The crew’s agenda was to plan for a pilot Mars 101 course enabling first and second year college students to participate in planetary analog research (http://www.marssociety.org/home/press/announcements/teamtexasarriveatmdrs)
We discussed the Orion spacecraft exhibit which was at the American Airlines center in Dallas in January. Several members from the Dallas Mars Society and National Space Society attended the event.
We shared good memories from the National Space Society Christmas party which was held at Carol’s house in December. Members had a great time at the party.
We discussed upcoming events which include below:
The National Space Society poetry contest on subject – Mars the Next Frontier: Exploration and Settlement of Space. Deadline for submission for the contest is July 31st 2012. http://www.nssofnt.org/activities/poetry-contest-2/poetry-contest-2012/
ConDFW Convention (http://www.condfw.org/) – February 17th – 19th 2012
ISDC 2012 (http://isdc.nss.org/2012/) – May 24th – 28th 2012
University Rover Challenge (http://urc.marssociety.org/home): May 31st – June 2nd 2012
Frontiers of Flight Museum (http://www.flightmuseum.com) Moon Day – July 2012
15th Annual Mars Society Convention (http://www.marssociety.org) – August 3rd -5th 2012
We look forward to our guest speaker at our February meeting. Ken Ruffin, president of the local NSS chapter, will give a talk on the future of space exploration.