Dear NSS Florida Space Coast Members and Friends,


National Space Society Florida Space Coast Chapter Minutes and Notes, February 14 Meeting


Time:  5:30




Paddy Cassidy's Irish Pub

Cocoa Beach




Fred Becker

Robert Driscole

Ross Tierney


1.  Pluto Launch Public Viewing Event With LISATS


We had a successful event hosting a table at the LISATS viewing site for the launch of Pluto New Horizons.  Thanks to NSS headquarters, we had a good supply of Ad Astras to give out to the public.  We also created some membership brochures.  LISATS appreciated our presence and we hope to grow this activity for future launches.  We had the table up both days, January 17 and 18.  Here is the link to LISATS:


2.  Space Walk of Fame Museum in Titusville to Close.  NSS to meet there Feb 28.


The Space Walk of Fame is being built in Titusville at Spaceview Park.  Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it features engraved plaques and monuments for the early space program.  The organization also has an educational role and has established a space museum.  Due to a large rental increase at their mall site, they will have to close the museum and put everything in storage.  They will need about 2000 square feet of climate controlled storage, and some secure storage.  They will close in April or May.  Currently they are hoping to work out an arrangement that will have them moving to a new location.  If that does not work out, then the museum will indeed go into storage.  They can use help with keeping the word out there for their primary task of completing the Space Walk of Fame.  The Project Gemini monument is the next part to be put up there.  They can use ideas for the museum too.  Meanwhile, they have these events in work:


- A Space Art contest for Brevard County students.


- A Project Gemini Reunion at the end of April.


We will have a follow up chapter meeting at the SWOF on Tuesday, February 28, at 5:30.  Everyone is invited to come and see what it is all about and celebrate what they have accomplished so far.


3.  Space Shuttle STS-1 Crew Event at KSC Visitors Center To Feature NSS Table, April 7


We are invited to have an NSS presence at a special gathering of famous astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Shuttle launch.  This will be held Friday, April 7, .  We will have a table with volunteers, Ad Astra magazines, NSS literature, and NASA literature.  We will require a lot of literature for this so pre-staging of all this will require a lot of help.  We will get a crowd estimate in order to be ready to support.  We have:  a table, and about 50 remaining Ad Astras.  We will need:


NSS shirts for the volunteers

NSS caps for the volunteers

A banner for the table

NSS membership brochures

Ad Astra magazines

NASA literature on STS-1, crew photos

Idea:  create a logo or pin to jointly celebrate STS-1 and Yuri Gagarin's flight, both of which occurred on April 12 Volunteers for the table and event


4.  Yuri's Night, NSS Event to be at Space Walk of Fame, April 12 (tentative)


We are tentatively planning on holding our NSS Florida Space Coast Yuri's Night and STS-1 celebration at the Space Walk of Fame.  This will be part of our discussion at the February 28 meeting there.  This is the 45th anniversary of humanity's first flight into space by Yuri Gagarin, and the 25th anniversary of the launch of the world's first reusable spaceship.  Needed:


A moon rock on loan.

Online access to participate in the world online chat.

More be discussed on Feb 28.


5.  Yuri's Night, FIT and Embry Riddle Events.


We will provide what support we can to the Yuri's Night celebrations to be held at Florida Institute of Technology and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) will be participating in this.


6.  NSS Space Development Conference, ISDC 2006, May 4-7


The annual national NSS conference is coming up and will be in LA this year.  See:


With that, the meeting adjourned.


Fred Becker

VP and Secretary


Prior meeting topics.


1.  Space Spring Break


An initiative for a nationwide campaign for a Space Spring Break for students is on the agenda for a possible future project.  The concept is to hold an educational and fun event for students.


2.  Zero-G Flight Educational Outreach


Another possible future project may be for our chapter to raise funds to sponsor a local educator to fly weightless on the Zero-G Corporation vehicle.


3.  Action:  Someone to author the "NSS Space Coast Guide to NASA Launch Viewing."  It turns out that Robert Osband from LISATS has already compiled a web site that is along these same lines:  This will not be ready for the next launch.


Reference on Ongoing Events


1.  Chapter Monthly Social


Our chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.  These meetings are held at Paddy Cassidy's in Cocoa Beach.  Paddy's is located in the Publix shopping center near Ron Jon's Surf Shop.


2.  Speaker Meetings


We will also have quarterly speaker meetings to be widely publicized.  These will take place at the Florida Space Authority headquarters in Cape Canaveral.  This is located on the north side of the port, near the Navajo missile display and NASA South Gate.  The next speaker is to be announced, selected by Sue Gaines.


A possible speaker might be Guenter Wendt, who we could ask to speak at a venue in Titusville.


3.  National Space Club luncheons.