Dear NSS Florida Space Coast Members and Friends,


National Space Society Florida Space Coast Chapter Minutes and Notes, March 14, 2006 Meeting


Time:  5:30




Paddy Cassidy's Irish Pub

Cocoa Beach, FL




Jen Bailey

Fred Becker

Keith Britton

Robert Driscole

Rick Fischer

Carol Moore

John Moore

Ross Tierney


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


We need volunteer support to provide 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.  This will be running from 12:30 to 3:30.  If you can help, please let us know.  So far we have four volunteers.


2.  Space Walk of Fame Museum in Titusville to Close, But Not Until Hosting Yuri's Night 2006 on April 12.


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 the museum section on May 28 or 29.  Then on June 14 or 15, the gift shop in front will close.  June 28 is when the location will be completely empty.  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 had a wide-ranging discussion of all matters related to historic preservation of the space program:  Air Force Space Museum, Orlando Museum and Science Center, BCC Planetarium, Astronaut Hall of Fame, Florida Space, KSC Visitors Center.


We will have our NSS Florida Space Coast Yuri's Night and STS-1 celebration at the Space Walk of Fame on April 12.  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.  A local radio station will be broadcasting from the museum that evening.  We are also hoping to get an invitation out to all Brevard county high schools.  We are working now on publicity for the event.


3.  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.


4.  April 20 Atlas Launch Public Viewing Event With LISATS


We are planning to repeat our table with Ad Astras at the next launch on April 20.  We are investigating the idea of alternate locations such as Cocoa Beach or Jetty Park.  Launch is currently set for 4:25.  (The Shuttle is now set for July 1).



5.  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


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.