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Minutes of September Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter of National Space Society had its regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 2020. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we held the meeting online via Zoom. Attending the meeting were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, and Syd Henderson. OSA president Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting. He did an Update discussing links to material covered in the meeting and this is online at http://osa.nss.org/Update2009.pdf, so I’ll cover the highlights that aren’t covered there.
The astronauts aboard the ISS station have been investigating a small leak and haven’t been able to locate the source. This is a smaller leak than that in the Soyuz in 2018, which was traced to an apparent micrometeorite puncture.
Five percent of Station resources are now allocated to private companies.
Change’8 may feature an inflatable module. It will land on the Moon roughly in 2023.
We watched a video on Frank Culbertson, who was aboard the ISS on 9/11/2001 and filmed NYC from the ISS, capturing the smoke plume from the burning towers. The sound didn’t work on this video, but we also had the actual camera footage which spoke for itself.
Kip found some interesting quotes from NASA director Bridenstine in two articles on Lunar Resources. See https://www.space.com/nasa-buy-moon-dirt-private-companies.html for instance.
We read an article and video reproducing Nixon’s speech on the Apollo 11 disaster that never happened. This was the speech prepared in case the astronauts were stranded on the Moon and was never needed. The video was a demonstration on how convincing such fakes can now be with computer technology.
We watched part of video on Terminator Tapes which would be used to remove satellites from orbit, but once again the sound failed. [I recommend trying the closed caption option when this happens despite the obvious silliness you can get from bad captioning.]
Business meeting: We now have $642.21 in the bank account (after Syd is reimbursed for newsletter printing costs) and $267 in cash, for a total of $909.21.
We discussed the caution needed from using images from NASA (You have to make sure the image is actually public domain.) We also talked a little bit of the proposal to create a separate version of the NSS logo for chapters. Generally we disapproved, but our Chapter has its own logo so we wouldn’t use the chapters logo anyway.
Apparently there was no actual platform from the Republican convention although they generally approved of what Trump is doing, including his proposals for returning to the Moon.
--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson
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