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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.

May 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2019 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

May Meeting:

Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. at Claire and Clifford McMurray’s house. Prospective members are also welcome. Their house is at 2715 Aspen Circle in Norman. An agenda is forthcoming.
To get to the meeting either: (1) Take the Lindsey Street east exit from I-35, turn right at Berry, and proceed to Imhoff Road. Turn right at Imhoff, right at Poplar Lane, left at Aspen Lane, and right at Aspen Circle. The turns at Poplar, Aspen Lane and Aspen Circle are the first you can take, or (2) Take the Highway 9 east off I-35, turn left at Imhoff Road, left at Poplar, left at Aspen Lane, and right at Aspen Circle.

Saturday May 11, 2019
Tentative Program
Place: McMurray Residence

  1. Introductions and review of Space events this past month
    1. What’s Happening in Space, News, Pictures, and Videos approximately one hour.
  2. Break
  3. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA treasurer’s report
    2. Summary of April meeting minutes
    3. Summary of July event planning meeting
    4. Discuss proposal to sponsor an international sister chapter
  4. Video:  The Red Stuff, a video of the early Russian space program.
  5. Chat

Minutes of April Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on April 13. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Russ Davoren, Adam Hemphill, Mike Hopkins, Dave Sheely, Bhagyashree Waghule, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting. He also did an Update with links to the videos he presented. This can be found at http://osa.nss.org/Update1904.pdf, so I’ll cover the highlights.
            We watched a video of the Indian anti-satellite mission. This launched a projectile that destroyed a moribund low-orbing satellite, creating a field of potentially hazardous debris. Most of the debris will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere over the next few months, but some pieces were propelled higher than the Space Station’s orbit, and there’s always a possibility one of the pieces may hit another satellite, creating a cascade effect as in the movie Gravity. However, odds of a collision are small, but other nations are upset.
            There was a test destruction of a satellite by China in 2007, and of the 3000 tracked pieces of debris from that, only 616 have burnt up. However, that was in a higher orbit. 400 pieces have been identified from the Indian satellite, of which 60 are greater than ten centimeters (four inches) in diameter. 24 of these 60 went higher than the orbit of the ISS. The risk of ISS being struck by space debris went up by an estimated 44% over the ten days after the Indian satellite’s destruction.

            The astronauts from last October’s aborted Soyuz launch are now aboard the Space Station. We watched a video of the successful launch.
            The Bering Strait meteor hit the atmosphere with a velocity of 71,600 miles per hour, which is about three times escape velocity from Earth (and slightly greater than Earth’s velocity around the Sun).
            The asteroid Bennu has hydrated clay and contains magnetite. Bennu’s surface is covered with boulders and the areas available for landing spacecraft are much smaller than projected.
            We watched a video of Ian Anderson and Cody Coleman playing a duet, with Coleman in space. (Adam was skeptical that this could have been done live.)
We watched a video of a Neil Armstrong interview from 2011. Armstrong flew more that 70 missions during the Korean War.
What are we doing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing? We can try to get the big room at the Norman Library, bring a big cake. Advertising can include posters and possibly an invitation to the Norman Astronomy Club.
We will have a brainstorming meeting on April 27 at 2:00 p.m.
--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Yuri’s Night

            After the April meeting, Claire, Clifford, Mike and Syd stayed to celebrate Yuri’s Night. (Yuri’s Night is April 12, but we waited to the meeting.)  We watched a documentary, Starman, on Yuri Gagarin and part of The Red Stuff, a documentary on the early history of the Russian space program. Plan is to watch the rest of The Red Stuff at a future meeting. I believe Starman was included as an extra on the disk, but it’s a solid documentary.

                                                                        --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
May 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
May 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)
March 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2019 Update (pdf format)
April 2019 Update (pdf format)
May 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
May 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
Minutes of January 2019 Meeting
Minutes of February 2019 Meeting
Minutes of March 2019 Meeting
Minutes of April 2019 Meeting
*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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