OKLAHOMA SPACE ALLIANCE

A Chapter of the National Space Society

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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.

March 2020 Update (pdf format)
March 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
Space Priorities (pdf format)

March Meeting:

The March meeting has been cancelled due to concern about coronavirus.

Minutes of February 2020 Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met at the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on February 8, 2020. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Adam Hemphill, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, Rosemary Swift, Steve Swift, Joe (didn’t get last name) and Syd Henderson. OSA President Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting.  He also did an Update with links to the online videos he presented. This can be found online at http://osa.nss.org/Update2002.pdf so I’ll just cover the highlights.
            We watched a video of the sections of the State of the Union address on the new Space Force and the Artemis project.
            The House of Representatives authorization bill would extend ISS to 2028 rather than 2024.
            Companies involved in commercial space don’t like NASA keeping control of the Moon Landing.
            We watched the SpaceX abort test and the landing of the capsule. Since the abort test was successful, SpaceX is on track to start sending astronauts to the International Space Station.
            We watched a video on Space Debris.
            We watched several episodes of This Week at NASA.
            The first class of Artemis astronauts has graduated.
            The Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed that IC 1101 is the largest known galaxy. It is a billion light years away and has a radius of two million light-years and a mass of 100 trillion suns. [In comparison, the Milky Way has a radius not more than a hundred thousand lightyears and a mass no more than 1.5 trillion times that of the Sun.] The giant galaxy has been nicknamed the Godzilla Galaxy.  I was going to say that Hubble discovered it, but IC 1101 was discovered in 1790 by William Herschel, although it wasn’t revealed to be a galaxy until sometime around 1932.
            We watched a video on the history of Chinese launch vehicles.

            We currently have $936.93 between the cash box and the bank account.

 --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.

March 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2020 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)
June 2019 Update (pdf format)
July 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2019 Update (pdf format)
August 2019 Update (pdf format)
September 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2019 Update (pdf format)
October 2019 Update (pdf format)
November 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
November 2019 Update (pdf format)
January 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2020 Update (pdf format)
February 2020 Update (pdf format)
March 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2020 Update (pdf format)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2019 Meeting
Minutes of February 2019 Meeting
Minutes of March 2019 Meeting
Minutes of April 2019 Meeting
Minutes of May 2019 Meeting
Minutes of June 2019 Meeting
Minutes of July 2019 Meeting
Minutes of August 2019 Meeting and Apollo 11 Celebration
Minutes of September 2019 Meeting
Minutes of October 2019 Meeting
Minutes of November 2019 Meeting
Minutes of December 2019 Meeting
Minutes of January 2020 Meeting
Minutes of February 2020 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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