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Who We Are:

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is the central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Space Society, one of the largest space advocacy groups in the country, and has existed for more than 20 years. Our purposes include promoting the exploration and development of space, educating the public to current events in space and the usefulness of an active space program, all with the intent of promoting a space-faring civilization.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance hosted the 23rd Annual International Space Development Conference on May 27-31, 2004. We previously hosted three Regional Space Development Conferences, assisted with earlier ISDCs, put displays in malls, hosted lectures, sponsored television interviews, hosted viewing nights, worked with other space-oriented groups and maintained local contact with the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance helped out with the 2007 International Space Development Conference which was hosted by the National Space Society of North Texas in Dallas Texas from May 24 - 28, 2007, and put together a commemorative exhibit for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. This exhibit ran through July of 2009. (See below for details.)
        We do a bimonthly newsletter called Outreach and a monthly e-mail newsletterUpdate to keep our members informed of current developments in space and upcoming events they might be interested in. Editor of Outreach is Syd Henderson and editor of Update is David Sheely. David also does an Update most months when Outreach is published.

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is now on Facebook at Oklahoma Space Alliance.

February 2019 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

February Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter of National Space Society will meet at 2:00 p.m. on January 12, 2019 at Zio’s Italian Restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma.

Saturday February 9, 2019

Place:   Zio’s Italian Kitchen 
1353 24th Ave NW
Norman, Oklahoma
2:00 PM

  1. Our meeting is now Zio’s Italian restaurant, Our previous meeting spot, Earl’s Rib Palace, closed its doors unexpectantly in late October. 
  2. What’s happening in Space
  3. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA treasurer’s report
    2. Summary of January meeting minutes
    3. Annual Report
    4. New officers for 2019 are:
      1. President          Cliff McMurray
      2. Vice President David Sheely
      3. Secretary          Sydney Henderson
      4. Treasurer          Tim Scott
  4. Chatting, networking and video

 Minutes of January Meeting

                Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Zio’s Italian Kitchen in Norman, Oklahoma on January 12. In attendance were Clifford (Kip) and Claire McMurray, Russ Davoren, Mike Hopkins, Ken Roddy Dave Sheely, Bhagyashree Kadiyala and Syd Henderson. OSA President Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting.
Dave, Syd and Tim Scott will put together the Annual Report and Cliff will sign it. The deadline is February 15, but Tim should have everything together by February 8, which is our next meeting time.
                Quotation of the month:
                "Knowing what we know now, we are being irresponsible in our failure to make the scientific and technical progress we will need for protecting our newly discovered severely threatened and probably endangered species--us. NASA is not about the 'Adventure of Human Space Exploration,' we are in the deadly serious business of saving the species. All Human Exploration's bottom line is about preserving our species over the long haul."--Astronaut John Young
                This was Ken’s first meeting. His interest is cosmology.
                Kip did an Update in January that included much of the material that was to be covered in the January meeting, so I’ll cover the highlights. The January                 Update is online at http://osa.nss.org/Update1901.pdf.
                We watched a video by Richard Branson on commercial spaceflight.
                We watched a video on Chang’e 4’s landing on the Moon.
                We did a review of the fascinating exoplanets whose discoveries were announced in 2018. Most interesting was the discovery of a planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, the closest single star to the Sun. (Alpha Centauri is a triple star system.) We also found an exomoon the size of Neptune orbiting an exoplanet bigger than Jupiter. [But one of the most fascinating came in mid-January and is covered in the January Outreach.]
                We listened to a recording of the wind on Mars, suitably amplified, of course.
                We watched a video of New Horizon’s flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule.
                Dream Chaser has a contract for 6 flights to the ISS. We watched a video of the Dream Chaser Cargo System.

                We have $885.97 in checking account and $267 in cash. This doesn’t appear to include dues collected at the Christmas Party.
                Kip and Claire are going on a Panama Canal cruise. Kip requests that we forward news stories for February.
                The room at Zio’s is too light for presentations and there are lots of windows and no blinds. Since it’s on the south side, it will get hot in winter. W may meet at the Library, but then we wouldn’t be able to dine. The February meeting will probably be at Zio’s again while we’re searching for a permanent meeting place.
                Future plans include a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Posible venues we may investigate include the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, the Research Campus, including the NASA Space Grant Consortium.

                We watched a video tour of the ISS.
--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Outreach & Update

       Outreach and Update are the newsletters of Oklahoma Space Alliance. Outreach is published in odd-numbered months and is sent both by post and by e-mail.Update is published in even-number months and is sent by e-mail. The December Update is often replaced by a meeting announcement election ballot, in which case the November minutes will be published in the January Outreach. You must be a member of Oklahoma Space Alliance to receive Outreach by post unless you are on our courtesy list. To receive newsletters by e-mail, contact Syd Henderson at the address at the bottom of the page. The newsletters listed below are slightly edited to turn them into web pages.
        Outreach is edited by Syd Henderson, and Update by Clifford McMurray.

February 2019 Update (pdf format)

January 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2017 Update (pdf format)

March 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2017 Update (pdf format)
May 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2017 Update (pdf format)
July 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2017 Update (pdf format)
September 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2017 Update (pdf format)
November 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2018 Update (pdf format)
February 2018 Update (pdf format)
March 2018 Outreach (pdf format)March 2018 Update (pdf format)
April 2018 Update (pdf format)
May 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2018 Update (pdf format)
June 2018 Update (pdf format)
July 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2018 Update (pdf format)
September 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2018 Update (pdf format)
October 2018 Update (pdf format)
November 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
November 2018 Update (pdf format)
January 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2019 Update (pdf format)
February 2019 Update (pdf format)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

January 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
February 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
May 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
September 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
January 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2016 What's Happening (pdf format)
November 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
January 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
March 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
May 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
July 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
November 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
(Note, during even months, "What's Happening in Space" is incorporated in Update.)

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2017 Meeting
Minutes of February 2017 Meeting
Minutes of March 2017 Meeting
Minutes of April 2017 Meeting
Minutes of May 2017 Meeting
Minutes of June 2017 Meeting
Minutes of July 2017 Meeting
Minutes of August 2017 Meeting
Minutes of September 2017 Meeting
Minutes of October 2017 Meeting
Minutes of November 2017 Meeting
Minutes of December 2017 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2018 Meeting
Minutes of February 2018 Meeting
Minutes of March 2018 Meeting
Minutes of April 2018 Meeting
Minutes of May 2018 Meeting
Minutes of June 2018 Meeting
Notes of July 2018 Trip to Cosmosphere
Minutes of August 2018 Meeting
Minutes of September 2018 Meeting
Minutes of October 2018 Meeting
Minutes of November 2018 Meeting
Minutes of December 2018 Christmas Party

*Includes notes on OSIDA meeting
Minutes of previous meetings

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.
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