Status Report

NSS Online Report Issue #18 / October 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
October 6, 2001
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  • Inside this issue:
  • World Space Week, October 4-10
  • Bring Space to a School in Your Community
  • 2001 International Space Symposium, October 29-31
  • ISDC 2002: Settling the Solar System
  • New Features Added to the NSS Web Site
  • Be a Part of Online Roadmap Forums – Help NSS Address Vital Issues
  • Ad Astra Editor Frank Sietzen Makes the Rounds on Capitol Hill
  • NSS Member Discount for 2002 Space Calendar

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UNITED WE STAND

To learn how you can help all of the victims of the September 11 terrorist
attacks in the United States, and to see the latest views of the aftermath
from space, please visit the NSS Home Page: http://www.nss.org.

HEROES HELPING HEROES – AMERICA’S ASTRONAUTS AUTOGRAPH AUCTION
To assist the rescue and recovery efforts in New York and Washington, DC, the
National Space Society is supporting collectSPACE in their efforts to
organize Heroes Helping Heroes, an astronaut autograph auction with all
proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Click on the link from the NSS
main webpage to participate.

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WORLD SPACE WEEK, OCTOBER 4-10

NSS is joining with organizations and individuals across the country
and around the world during World Space Week, October 4-10. NSS Members,
enthusiasts, chapters and activists have planned many different events and
activities to promote our Vision of human civilization in space.

If you have not yet planned to conduct a program in your community
there is still time to be part of delivering this important message. Try one
of these easy-to-initiate activities:

1. Bring Space to a school in your community (see information below)

2. Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper (we can help with
information if needed)

3. Call in to radio or TV shows to discuss World Space Week

Join NSS Members and chapters and the global space movement in this
special week dedicated to reminding our world that mankind’s future is beyond
the Earth. Then let us know what you did via email to
[email protected] For more information, visit
http://www.worldspaceweek.com/

BRING SPACE TO A SCHOOL IN YOUR COMMUNITY

One of the easiest and most effective programs to conduct in your
community is to “Adopt-a-School.” Now, with school back in session, is a
great time to offer this service to a teacher or school near you.

NSS has gathered classroom materials and an extensive directory of
educational tools to enable you to become a volunteer resource for a teacher
or school in your community. For more information, visit the EDUCATION
section at http://www.nss.org , or email to [email protected]

2001 INTERNATIONAL SPACE SYMPOSIUM, OCTOBER 29-31

The National Space Society is proud to be a supporting organization
of the 2001 International Space Symposium which will take place from October
29-31 at the Reagan International Trade Center in Washington DC. This year’s
theme is Where Space Means Business.

The Space Foundation’s International Space Symposium has been
developed as a customer-focused, international business conference and
exhibition staged to meet the needs of the global space industry. With the
active partnership and support of space agencies and organizations from
around the planet, the International Space Symposium brings together the
CEO’s, heads of agency, financiers, managers, underwriters, customers and
regulators of the global space industry for three days of informing,
networking and deal-making.

Since NSS is a supporting organization, members can register for the
International Space Symposium at the Space Foundation’s member rate. For
more details and registration information, please visit
http://www.spacesymposium.org

ISDC 2002: SETTLING THE SOLAR SYSTEM

The National Space Society’s 21st Annual International Space
Development Conference and Exhibition will be held May 23-27, 2002 at the
Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. Though planning for the event is
still underway, many program topics and speakers have already been selected.

Panel tracks will include an all day Professional Symposium (for an
additional $25 registration fee) featuring Military Space, Space Medicine,
Space Law, and Space Business.

General Programming will address Space Mining, Space Solar Power,
Space Construction, Development and Settlement of the Moon and Mars, Launch
Facilities, Launch Technologies, Educators Training, NSS 101, Many Roads to
Space, and a Plenary Event featuring cutting edge visionaries.

Other exhibits will feature an Art Show, Video Room, Science Fiction
Authors, Star Gazing, Amateur Rocketry, Model Contest, Space Computer Games,
Late Night Entertainment, plus much more.

Speakers who have already confirmed their plans to participate in ISDC 2001
are:

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

Daniel Brandenstein, Shuttle Astronaut and NSS President

Dr. Edward Gaubatz, President, Space Clipper International

Dr. Edward Hudgins, Director of regulatory Affairs, CATO Institute

Prof. John Lewis,
University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Institute and author of “Mining
the Sky”

Prof. Frank Schowengerdt,
Colorado School of Mines Center for Commercialization of Combustion in
Space

Dr. Robert Zubrin,
President, Pioneer Astronautics; Chairman, The Mars Society, and NSS
Director

Register for ISDC 2001 before December 31 for the discounted rate of $75.
For more information, visit the ISDC web site: http://www.isdc2002.org

NEW FEATURES ADDED TO THE NSS WEB SITE

Have you visited the NSS web site recently? Be sure to check out
some of the new features, which include the Political Action section, where
you can e-mail a letter to the President and let him know that Space is
important to you and visit the Links/Resources page where you can get up to
the minute stock price information for the top 20 Aerospace companies.

BE A PART OF ONLINE ROADMAP FORUMS – HELP NSS ADDRESS VITAL ISSUES

Important and interesting issues, vital to the NSS Mission and the
NSS Roadmap to the Settlement of Space are being discussed in the NSS Roadmap
Forums at http://www.nss.org/roadmap.

The Healthcare Issues Forum is reviewing medical guidelines for
passengers to space that are being proposed to the Federal Aviation
Administration. If adopted, some of these guidelines could restrict personal
access to space. Sign on and add your expertise and/or opinion to a proposed
NSS response.

The Launch Vehicles Group is discussing a number of technologies that
could bring the needed breakthrough in cost and reliability. Join the
discussion and help determine which ideas have the most to benefit from NSS
promotion.

International Treaties and Life Support technology issues are being
discussed in two other groups. Tune in and help NSS define and find ways to
remove these Barriers to settlement.

The NSS Roadmap to the Settlement of Space is a process by which the
Society identifies Barriers to the Vision of Humans living in working in
thriving communities in space. The NSS Roadmap Forums identify and monitor
elements of the Strategic Barriers to Space Settlement and recommend NSS
volunteer efforts that will contribute to the removal of those Barriers, and
the sharing of The Vision. Every Member is encouraged to participate in this
process that keeps the Roadmap current and NSS moving forward.

For more information visit the NSS web site – http://www.nss.org, or email
[email protected]

WHAT CAN YOU TO TODAY?

Every NSS member can support the NSS Mission every day:

1. Share the Vision with everyone you meet.

2. Be a voter and communicate with your legislators.

3. If you invest, consider space-related companies.

4. Invite others to join NSS.

AD ASTRA EDITOR FRANK SIETZEN MAKES THE ROUNDS ON CAPITOL HILL

Ad Astra Editor Frank Sietzen attended a Space Transportation
Association breakfast meeting on August 1, with Rep. James T. Walsh (R-NY)
chair of the appropriations committee, who discussed the coming budget crunch
that will impact NASA’s request. Walsh suggested that the shrinking federal
surplus will make scant dollars available for increases on NASA’s
International Space Station and Space Launch Initiative programs. Sietzen
also briefed the Northern Virginia Gay Alliance on August 15, on NSS space
priorities and the future of the space program. Sietzen also met with
Washington, DC attorney Heather Walker, who is working with Sietzen to
construct a regular legislative briefing program for Capitol Hill staffers.
Walker has compiled for NSS a complete list of all staffers who deal with
space-related issues.

AROUND SPACE TO DEBUT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

“Around Space”, a new television program produced by NSS’s DC-L5
Chapter, is set to debut on Fairfax County Public Access (FPA) Channel 10 in
Fairfax, VA on Friday, October 5 at 9:30 p.m. Fairfax County is a Western
suburb of Washington, DC and home to almost a million potential viewers. The
first show, which was taped in July, features a panel discussion on space
tourism lead by Around Space host, Dr. Kent Miller. The panel included Pat
Dasch, Executive Director of the National Space Society, Bob Haltermann,
Executive Director of the Space Travel & Tourism Division of the Space
Transportation Association, Ron Jones, Executive Director of the ShareSpace
Foundation, and via telephone from Japan, Dr. Patrick Collins, Professor of
Economics at Azabu University.

The first show will be replayed on October 7 at 5:00 p.m. and October
10 at 10:30 am. Around Space will air one new show each month. Four of
those new shows have been completed and are ready for broadcast:

“Journey Through the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope”
with Inge Heyer of the Space Telescope Science Institute,

“A Perspective on the Early Days of the U.S. Space Program”
with Fred Wulff, retired from NASA,

“A Case for Going to Mars”

with Tom Hill and Dr. Robert Terry of the Mars Society, and

“TEMPO (Tethered Experiment for Mars interPlanetary Operations)”
with Tom Hill and Dr. Robert Terry of the Mars Society.

For more information on obtaining copies of the shows, send an e-mail to DC-
L5 President and Around Space Co-Producer Donnie Lowther at:
[email protected]

NSS MEMBER DISCOUNT FOR 2002 SPACE CALENDAR

The National Space Society is one of the leading sponsors of “The Year In
Space” 2002 Desk Calendar. This popular 152-page spiral-bound weekly calendar
is now available to NSS members nationwide at discounts of 27% to 47%.
Featuring images and information from the past, present and future of space
exploration and astronomical discovery, this colorful calendar is normally
sold for $14.95, but NSS members can purchase one copy for $10.95; 2 or more
@ $9.95; 10 or more @ $8.95; 36 or more @ $7.95. There is free shipping on
all U.S. orders, but be sure to order early because supplies are
limited. “The Year In Space” can be purchased online at
http://www.YearInSpace.com (select “NSS” next to the Sponsor Discount field
on the order form), or by calling (800) 736-6836 anytime (mention the NSS
discount).

SpaceRef staff editor.