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Minutes of September Meeting

         National Space Society’s Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter held its regular monthly meeting on September 8, 2018 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were OSA President David Sheely, Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Claire and Clifford McMurray, John Northcutt, Michael Smith-Antonides, Steve and Karen Swift, Bryan Swift and Syd Henderson. David Sheely presided over the meeting.

         Most of the “What’s Happening in Space” segment was in last month’s Update, so I’ll just cover the highlights. Update is on our website, http://osa.nss.org/Update1809.pdf.
         We went to the website for the Parker Solar Probe and watched a video about it. It takes fifty-five times more energy to go to the Sun than to Mars, which is why the Parker Solar Probe has to make seven flybys of Venus and twenty-four orbits total to achieve its closest approach of 3.7 miles (.04 au). [The first Venus flyby was on October 3.]
         We watched a video made from photographs from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter set to Debussy’s Clair de Lune. This included the movement of the terminator across the Moon’s surface.
         We watched a video of Rocket Launches on the Planetary Post hosted by Robert Picardo of Star Trek: Voyager fame. This included footage of the launch of the Parker Solar Probe.
         The United Launch Alliance was answering questions about the Orion rocket.
         We watched a video in which NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke NASA’s space priorities and about the potential Space Force.
         We watched a video on ARCA’ progress with the Aerospike engine.
         We watched a video, “Is Space Worth it?”
         We watched several weeks of “This Week at NASA,” including the launch of the Parker Solar Probe, engine tests for the Space Launch System, and the final approach of OSIRIS-REx to the asteroid Bennu.
         We watched a video of the Russian launch to the ISS, and a compilation of launches during August.

Business:
         OSA is moving its website for chapters.nss.org to osa.nss.org. This involves changing that URL everywhere it appears in the webpages [which was not as difficult as it sounds, because Jim Plaxco was able to change it wherever it appeared in the HTML pages. I still have to do it for the pdf files, but since the old URL redirects to the new, it’s not urgent. Website is completely relocated.]
We can celebrate the arrival of the New Horizon space probe at MU69, which will be on New Year’s Day.

                We watched a video of Gerard O’Neill’s widow giving opening remarks before giving Jeff Bezos the Space Pioneer Foundation Award.
                We looked at proposed Space Force Uniform images. I demand a beret.
                Tom Koszoru has volunteered to host the Christmas Party.

--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray.
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