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Oklahoma Space Alliance NSS Update, August 2006.

August 19th Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at the Koszorus’ house in Norman. Prospective members are also welcome. Their house is at 514 Fenwick Court in Norman.
         David Craig has sent us a disk of programs that he has recorded from NASA Podcast which we view at the meeting. I will bring also my movie on the history of the Hubble Space Telescope
         To get the meeting either: (1) Take the Robinson Street west exit off I-35. proceed west to 36th Street where you will turn left, and go south until you turn left on Rambling Oaks (about half a mile north of Main Street). Fenwick Court is the third street on the left. Tom's house is the last on the left side, or (2) Take the Main Street west exit off I-35, proceed west past the Sooner Fashion Mall, and turn right at 36th Street, and go north until you turn right on Rambling Oaks (about half a mile north of Main Street). Fenwick Court is the third street on the left. Tom's house is the last on the left side.

Agenda for August 19:
1)              Introductions (if necessary)
2)              Read and approve agenda
3)              Read and approve minutes (March and April)
4)              Read and discuss mail
5)              Old Business
          a)              Tom Koszoru attended the 2006 International Space Conference in Los Angeles and will be reporting on what transpired there.
          b)              Radio Quiz
          c)              ISDC 2007
          d)       Syd has a new DVD that came with the August Sky & Telescope which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.
6)            New Business
          a)      David Craig has sent us two disks of programs from the NASA web site to view at this and future meetings.
          b)      Opportunity to co-sponsor the NSS Space Settlement Art Contest (see below).
7)           Create New Agenda

Minutes of July 2006 Meeting

          Oklahoma Space Alliance was to have a meeting and party at the SoonerCon science fiction convention in Oklahoma City on July 15, but since only Tom Koszoru and Syd Henderson showed up for the meeting, we went directly for the party. Syd Henderson had reserved the room and was the host for the party. Steve Browne [not Andrew Heaton, as earlier written--SFH], a summer reporter for the Oklahoma Daily interviewed Tom and Syd about the Oklahoma Space Alliance and the National Space Society. The party itself ran from 8:00 p.m. past 11:00 p.m., and we had up to seven or eight people pretty steadily through the night, with perhaps thirty or forty dropping by.
For more information about SoonerCon, see Syd Henderson’s review on the Oklahoma Space Alliance website: http://chapters.nss.org/ok/osanss.html.

Opportunity to assist national project

          From Jim Plaxco: “The National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar Committee is in the
process of establishing a Space Settlement Art Contest. The purpose of this contest is to generate new artwork illustrating future space settlements in the solar system. Twelve winning entries will be selected to illustrate the 2008 Space Settlement Calendar to be published by a major calendar publisher.
           As an incentive to attract and reward artists for their participation in the contest, the committee is offering a variety of prizes to the winning artists.
          Our committee would like to offer chapters a chance to participate in this project as project sponsors. In return for a cash prize contribution of $200 dollars, the chapter will be recognized as a sponsor of the Space Settlement Art Contest and the 2008 Space Settlement Calendar. The chapter will be identified on both the Space Settlement Art Contest web site and in the printed calendar.
           If your chapter would like to participate in this project, please contact Jim Plaxco at jplaxco@astrodigital.org before the end of August.”

Space-Related Panels at FenCon

          The NSS of North Texas folks (hosts for the 2007 ISDC which OSA has agreed to work for) will be involved in panels at FenCon this September. Cliff & Claire plan to attend, and can offer a ride if someone else would like to come along. The convention runs Sept. 22-24, but we won’t be coming back until Monday afternoon, the 25th. For FenCon information, see www.fencon.org.

OSIDA Meeting Changed

         The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority meeting which had been scheduled for August 9 has been postponed until August 23. The meeting will still be held in Oklahoma City at the Department of Transportation in the Commission Room at 1:30 p.m.
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Oklahoma Space Alliance Officers, 2006 (Area Code 405)

Tom Koszoru, President                                     366-1797 (H)
John Northcutt, Vice-President                           390-3476 (H)
Syd Henderson, Secretary & Outreach Editor    321-4027 (H)
Tim Scott, Treasurer                                           740-7549 (H)
Claire McMurray, Update Editor      329-4326 (H/Ans. machine) 863-6173 (C/no messages please)

OSA E-mail Addresses and Web Site:

claire.mcmurray@sbcglobal.net (Claire McMurray, new address). Claire also has a new mailing address, and expects to host a chapter meeting “soon.”
T_Koszoru@cox.net (Heidi and Tom Koszoru)
sydh@ou.edu (Syd Henderson)
ctscott@macconnect.com (Tim Scott)
john.d.northcutt@tds.net (John Northcutt)
lensman13@aol.com  (Steve Galpin)
dmcraig@earthlink.net (Nancy and David Craig).

        Update is edited by Claire McMurray
        E-mail for OSA should be sent to sydh@ou.edu.  OSA members who wish to have their e-mail addresses printed in Outreach, and people wishing space-related materials e-mailed to them should contact Syd.

To contact Oklahoma Space Alliance, e-mail Syd Henderson.
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
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