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  New York Space Society

    Chapter of The National Space Society                             



PresidentHarold Egeln


Harold is a journalist, working as a full-time staff reporter for the Courier-Life weekly newspaper group in Brooklyn, since April 2005. He is host of the weekly "JobsTV" program on Brooklyn Community Access Television. He worked as a media aide for a NYC Council-Member from Oct.2004 to Apr. 2005. Harold worked for the "Home Reporter" and "Brooklyn Spectator" weekly newspapers from 1989 to 2004, and was also an environmental columnist ["Eco-Frontier'] and editor for the "Downtown" arts newspaper in Manhattan from 1992 to 1995.


Previously,from 1984 to 1989, he was the staff executive director of a large nonprofit peace advocacy organization, the New York Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy ( now “Peace Action”), coordinating the work of seven chapters within the city and liaisoning with other groups and the national office in Washington, DC. (There were 7,000 members in the city.) He has been a peace and human rights activist and organizer since the late 1960s, leading grassroots groups, publishing newsletters, doing media work, and organizing meetings, conferences and rallies.

Egeln has a lifelong deep interest, since early childhood in Irvington, NJ, in the space program, astronomy, cosmology and science fiction, and by the mid-1980s he joined the National Space Society, the Planetary Society and L-5 Society. He is working on a book about the human dimensions of space travel and cosmology. Harold is the director/founder of S.P.A.C.E., a research group for
anomalous phenomena, founded in March 1992. He has lived in Bay Ridge,Brooklyn since 1982.


Vice President – Manny Pimenta


Manny has been actively involved in space advocacy for over 7 years. He joined the Space Frontier Foundation in 2000 and attended his first Return To The Moon Conference (RTM II) In Las Vegas in July. Two years later, Manny ran the fourth Return To The Moon Conference (RTM IV) in Houston as Conference Chairman, and then RTM V in Las Vegas. He has served on the Board of Directors and ran the Space Frontier Foundation Return To The Moon project for 3 years. He has been an Advocate with the SFF for over five years and is currently the Advocate Director.He also joined ProSpace, a citizens lobbying organization, and has participated in the annual March Storm lobbying drive in Washington DC for the past six years.Manny has an Electrical Engineering degree from NJIT and a Master’s in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has worked in telecommunications, material handling, and military radar systems. He found it astonishing that we had been to the Moon almost 40 years ago and, in this age of high end computer games, the Internet, and advanced consumer graphics, we still did not have an interactive virtual model of the Moon. All this amazing NASA data just sitting on the shelf, not being enjoyed by the people who actually paid for it (the taxpayers) seemed like an unfortunate waste. So he decided to create Lunar Explorer as a way to bring the richness of the information and experience of Space to everyone. Much of his inspiration comes from having been born in Lisbon, Portugal and the rich legacy of discovery and exploration that made Portugal one of the world powers of the 15th century. Exploration is the primal drive of the Human species and Manny believes that the 15th century spirit should be re-awakened as we set out to colonize Space..He has presented at many Space Conferences and events, ha spoken at NYU and at Rutgers University on large scale permanent Lunar bases, and often visits schools in his area to talk to children about how important Space Settlement is to our Survival and Prosperity as a species. One key message that he always leaves with his audiences is that everyone has something to contribute to the Grand Adventure of Space Settlement and exploration and, if they have an interest, there are unlimited opportunities to participate.   


Honorary Executive VP – Edward Belbruno    


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Edward Belbruno is a graduate of the Courant Institute of New York University, where his advisor was Juergen Moser. He is a Visiting Research Collaborator in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. His areas of interest are celestial mechanics, dynamical systems, dynamical astronomy, and aerospace engineering.


He has always loved outer space, and his work led to the first application of chaos theory to space travel — spectacularly demonstrated in 1991 when his calculations rescued a Japanese spacecraft that would have missed the Moon without  the assistance of his theoretical work applied to this immediate problem


   the photo by Maia Reim


 Belbruno is president and founder of the company Innovative Orbital Design, Inc. and he holds many international patents on routes in space.  He has published numerous papers in the fields of mathematics, aerospace engineering, dynamical astronomy and he has three books in  process. Capture Dynamics and Chaotic Motions in Celestial Mechanics is his latest book. He consults regularly with NASA, and recently has appeared on NBC's Today Show twice to discuss space related issues.


He is also a professional artist who has held many one-man shows worldwide, including in Paris, Rome, Turin, Los Angeles, Minneapolis,  New York, Boston, and Washington. His oil paintings are in major collections, including NASA headquarters' executive collection in  Washington. He loves sports, particularly fixed spin cycling and boxing, which he says keeps him on his toes.




Secretary - Eugene Cervone


My name is Eugene Cervone and I am the Secretary of the National Space Society's New York City Chapter.  I am married and my wife and  I have lived in Canarsie, Brooklyn since 1981.  I am a graduate of Nassau Community College and have developed a keen passionate interest in America's space exploration program since the Russians launched the first Sputnik ("Fellow Traveler") on October 4, 1957 and NASA was born a year later.  I've read extensively about the early astronauts and history of NASA and its various manned space exploration missions over the  last four decades, especially the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960's and early 70's


Since the early 1990's, I've been a proud, loyal member of the National Space Society, Planetary Society and Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.  I've attended various events involving space-related activities in the New York City area and Washington, DC for the spectacular collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 into Jupiter and 25th Anniversary celebration of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.  I wrote a feature article entitled "Riding   the VASIMR Rocket to Mars & Beyond", which appeared in the March/April 2000 issue of Ad Astra magazine.



Treasurer – Fran Cervone

   Bio coming soon


Contributing ScienceWriter –John Pazmino   


John has been the author of SpaceWalk ( What’s Up In The Sky), a monthly page on our chapter website,  for over a year now.   He is an Active member of the Amateur Astronomers Association(AAA) at which he has given many lectures. Although a hydroelectric engineer by career he  spends much of his  time educating people on the wonders of our City(NYC) and our Universe.


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