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April Activities

         Oklahoma Space Alliance didn’t have a meeting in April due to other activities going on that month. On April 17, Claire and Cliff McMurray and Syd Henderson went to the Cosmosphere in Hutchison Kansas for the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13. Most of the events for the weekend were premium events even for Cosmosphere members, and we missed the launch of the scale model of the Saturn 5. We did get to see the Apollo 13 Mission Control reunion, which included Gene Kranz, Sy Liebergot (who was at the 2004 ISDC) and eight other panelists. Kranz was critical of Obama’s shift in NASA’s priorities,* but the moderator from the Cosmosphere mentioned that we hadn’t been spending the money needed to return to the Moon. Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise made a cameo appearance. Jim Lovett was also at the reunion but not at the panel.
*[There seems to be a split on that among astronauts as well as the space community at large, with many of the Apollo and earlier astronauts being critical, and many of the younger, shuttle-era astronauts being favorable. Buzz Aldrin favors the plan, Neil Armstrong doesn’t.]

         Oklahoma Space Alliance threw a room party at the Conestoga Science Fiction in Tulsa. This year’s party wasn’t as successful as in some previous years, with no more than a half dozen people appearing at one time, but we did collect some information from people interested in receiving information on Oklahoma Space Alliance. We did have a considerable amount of literature and about three hours of conversation. Since Syd Henderson was the only officer present at Conestoga, Oklahoma Space Alliance didn’t have a meeting; however, we did get visits from Rosemary Swift and Tony Garcia whom we hadn’t seen for a while. Conestoga looked to have a considerably smaller attendance than in previous years, and may not have had a film room (although it did have a Dr. Who video room.)

Notes on April 14 OSIDA Meeting

         Note: the May OSIDA Meeting, which would have been held on May 12, has been moved to May 19.

         Syd Henderson attended the April 14 Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority meeting at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Building in Oklahoma City. Board members Chairman Joe King, former state Rep. Jack Bonny, former state Sen. Gilmer Capps, Gen. Ken McGill, Darryl Murphy, and Lou Sims were present, as well as an audience of six people, OSIDA Executive Director Bill Khourie and secretary Kim Vowell.
         OSIDA is still facing a budget reduction of 10 - 15%; the situation is the same as in March.
         PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicators) lights have been installed. OSIDA is now waiting for the electrician or someone like him to power them up. In this case, the company that does that is PSO (and I don't know what that stands for.)
        The Security fence is progressing rapidly due to fine weather.
        The Rocket Racing League conducted tests last week at the Oklahoma Spaceport. Miles O'Brien of CNN was there to do interviews.
        Aviation Day is 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. on April 21 at the State Capitol. A reception follows at 5:00 p.m. at the Department of Commerce.
        The OSIDA board voted to allocate funding for the Operations and Control Center at the Oklahoma Spaceport. This will cost close to a million dollars.

--Nottes by Oklahoma Space Alliance Secretary Syd Henderson

Yuri's Night Events

        The OU Chapter of SEDS (the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) celebrated Yuri's night this year with a video Journey to the Edge of the Universe on April 10, and a lecture by Dr. Melchor J. Antuñano, Director of the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City, on the "Physiological, Environmental and Operational Risk Factors for Commercial Spaceflight Participants" on Yuri's Night itself. SEDS had earlier planned to do a telescope night on the South Oval but didnt have enough participants with telescopes to make it worthwhile. (Perhaps they should do something with the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club?) Oklahoma Space Alliance funded the refreshments (which turned out to be pizza) and the video. Syd Henderson attended both events and Tom Koszoru attended the lecture.
        The video was a National Geographic special which takes you progressively outward, beginning with the Moon, planets, nearby stars, forming planetary systems, etc., until you reach quasars and the Big Bang. The narrator delights in all the different things in outer space that can kill you.
        Dr. Antuñano distributed disks about CAMI and a booklet with information on the physical effects of space.

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