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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
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