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Minutes of April Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance held its regular monthly Meeting on April 8 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were Steve and Karen Swift, Russ Davoren, Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, Brian Swift, Rosemary Swift, Rachelle Thibodeaux, Dennis Wigley, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Steve Swift presided over the meeting.
         Since this was our meeting closest to Yuri’s Night, we had our Celebration of Human Space Flight at this meeting.

What’s Happening in Space: (This is online as part of the April Update: http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1704.pdf.)
         Article: “We May Have Just Witnessed the Dawn of Truly Commercial Spaceflight” by Eric Berger, http://arstechnica.com. The birth here is the first launch of a spacecraft into orbit by a reusable commercial rocket. We watched a video of this launch and landing by SpaceX.
         NASA now has a searchable online library full of pictures, located at https://images.nasa.gov.
         Jupiter has a co-orbital asteroid that orbits retrograde with respect to Jupiter’s orbit. This means that it passes through both clouds of Trojan asteroids and comes close to Jupiter as well.
         We watched the Delta IV launch of WSG 9.

Business Meeting:
         We have $1083.38 in the checking account and $257 in cash. We voted to reimburse Steve for the cost of dessert for the Celebration.
         Rachelle is graduating from UCO.

Celebration of Space Flight.
         We watched a few-seconds long video of Yuri Gagarin’s launch.
         We watched a video of Gagarin with a photographic tour of his house.
         We watched a video of John Glenn’s first orbital flight.
         We watched a video of space launch facilities.
         We watched a video of American launch failures, many (but not all) of which occurred before Alan Shepard’s launch.
We watched a video of Neil Armstrong on an Australian talk show.
         Claire has permission to say that “Greening the Galaxy” is from Oklahoma Space Alliance.
         We had desserts to celebrate space flight.

 

--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray.
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Norman, OK 73070
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