OuteRimCon Needs You!!

OuteRimCon (October 7-8) is seeking able and eager volunteers!!!

We are seeking Staff to run several departments (click each for details):

If you are interested please contact Arlene Busby at arlene [at] outerimcon [dot] com

Staff rate for the weekend is $25.00.

We welcome and appreciate your help and hope you will be able to join us at OuteRimCon.

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Come to OuteRimCon to celebrate science and science fiction this fall! October 7-8.

OuteRimCon: Exploring the Imagination of Science

Presented by the Aerospace Legacy Foundation

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On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Aerospace Legacy Foundation will present a new convention called OuteRimCon. We are extending an invitation to you to join us in celebrating Science/Science Fiction.

The convention will be held at the Columbia Memorial Space Center:
12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA 90242
Hours: Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm

To find out how to register and learn more about the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, click here

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OASIS Board Meeting and Potluck Picnic! Saturday, August 19. Open to all.

OASIS Board Meeting and Picnic
Saturday, August 19
Board Meeting: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Picnic 12:30 PM to approximately 3 PM
Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
Come one, come all!

 The next meeting of the OASIS-NSS Chapter Board will be at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, August 19 (that is, our usual 3rd Saturday of the month) in Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, followed by our annual picnic. Brown bag or bring an item to share!

 Look for our banner, either “National Space Society” or “OASIS”.

 Among the items we would like to discuss at the meeting will be support for upcoming events, including:

 –  Sixth Annual NASA-JPL Mars Rover & Cassini Updates & LA/OC Society Expo, Northrop-Grumman “S-Cafe”, Redondo Beach, Sept 16, 2017, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 – OuteRimCon, a space science and STEM education convention, presented by the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, to be held at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey (adjacent to where the Rockwell/Boeing plant used to be), Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8, 2017; see http://www.outerimcon.com/.

Loscon 44, a science fiction convention with science programming as well. November 24-26, 2017 (Friday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend), Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

International Space Development Conference (ISDC, the NSS annual convention), Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX, May 24-27, 2018.

– Space-related meetups in the Los Angeles area.

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OASIS is recruiting for a volunteer to be Treasurer

OASIS wishes first of all to thank Karin Ward, who has served diligently and faithfully for many years as our Treasurer.  Karin will be stepping down this fall, so we are on the lookout for a new Treasurer. The candidate’s name will go on the OASIS Election Ballot in October.

You need to be an OASIS member – if you aren’t and would like to join, click here

If you are interested in serving as the OASIS Treasurer, please send an email to oasis-leaders [at] oasis-nss [dot] org

Many thanks!

And thanks again, Karin!


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The November 2016 Odyssey was emailed out to the OASIS members!

To OASIS Members: please check your email to make sure you got it.

If you did not get it, please email lisakaspin [at] att [dot] net


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OASIS to Land at LosCon 43: Be a Part of the Action! November 25-27

Like meeting new people?
Like talking about space to space and science fiction enthusiasts?
Here’s your opportunity!

The 43rd annual Los Angeles Science Fiction Convention (LosCon) will be at the LAX Marriott from November 25-27 (Thanksgiving weekend). The theme will be “Starship LosCon.”

OASIS is proud to be providing space programming and a fan table. Joining us at the table will be the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of aerospace history and promotion of our aerospace future. OASIS is truly honored to collaborate with ALF.

We need volunteers to help us at the table. Spend an hour or so at the fan table chatting up con-goers. Talk to party guests about OASIS activities. If you’re a shutterbug, we’d love to have pictures! If you attend any especially interesting talks, we’d love to see a write-up! We want both for The Odyssey and for our website.

And the best part is that you’ll have fun in the meantime!

PLEASE NOTE that if you are interested in volunteering, you MUST purchase a membership. You will not be allowed inside the door without a valid membership. To register online, visit
You can also register at the event.

For more information, please visit http://www.loscon.org/43

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to OASIS President Seth Potter at: president [at] oasis-nss [dot] org

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Come support team Titan Rover, Cal State Fullerton’s team, in the University Rover Challenge!

We are Titan Rover, a multidisciplinary team of over 40 engineers and scientists at Cal State Fullerton striving to compete in an international competition for the second straight year. The competition, called the University Rover Challenge, is hosted by the Mars Society and Protocase and is conducted annually at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, UT. The mission is to create a robotic device capable of assisting the first astronauts that arrive on Mars. The Rover would thus need to traverse a rough terrain and allow astronauts to accomplish tasks and collect scientific data from an enclosed habitat.

Titan Rover in general helps to train and mentor the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Click here to learn more and to donate!

Visit us on Facebook

Add Titan_Rover on Snapchat.

Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/titanrover

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Please help preserve the history of space advocacy!

The grass roots pro-space movement has long worked for the day that outer space will be open for everyone to live, work and play. Much of the video history of the movement, however, exists only on old analog tapes in the closets, drawers and garages of the volunteers who recorded it.

Long-time OASIS member David Bliss has been part of the movement since joining the L5 Society in 1986, and from 1990 until 2007 he volunteered his time and skills to videotape the National Space Society’s annual International Space Development Conference as well as events sponsored by local NSS chapters.

The NSS is putting together a digital video archive for access by the society leadership and researchers. The physical media is then sent on to a Museum in New Mexico for long term storage.

While some of Bliss’ footage has been transferred to DVDs and donated to the archive, the process has been slow and video tapes do not last forever. Money is needed for supplies and maintenance of aging equipment to speed things up so this footage can be preserved before it is gone forever.

By supporting this Patreon Campaign you will be providing the funds needed to digitize this footage and prepare it for long term storage, preserving this record of the pro-space community.

Click here to donate: https://www.patreon.com/SpaceActivistArchive

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Please help send Dr. Jim Busby’s ashes to space!

Click here to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/2dfwqnw

I am Arlene Busby, widow of Dr. James M. Busby, who died on June 1, 2016.  As an aerospace historian people would seek out my husband for his vast knowledge and expertise.  Jim would get a childlike grin and gleam in his eye as he taught children and adults about the space industry past and present.  Anyone that engaged Jim in a space conversation was in for a delightful and fascinating lesson. Jim received much respect from Space Historians, Astronauts and Engineers alike regarding his knowledge and his Reverence for the subject of aerospace.

Despite his great love for this industry he also had an empty place in his heart.  Jim would look up in the sky with wonder and sadness because he knew that while he lived he would never make it to the place he always wanted to go SPACE.

I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to the love of my life than to send a token amount of his ashes into space.  The money you give will go towards making this happen.  There is a flight in November, 2016.  Room on this flight is limited.  So, I will need the money as soon as possible to reserve a space for him.  If I miss getting his ashes on this flight he may have to wait 2 or more years for another opening.

My husband was and is everything to me.  In order for me to honor him and our deep love for each other I cannot think of a more appropriate way to make his dream of space travel come true.

I hope you can find it in your heart to help me accomplish this so I can help him fulfill his lifelong dream.

Thank you for your generosity.

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Come honor the memory of Dr. Jim Busby! August 13, 10 am – 12 noon

On Saturday, August 13, the Columbia Memorial Space Center will honor Dr. James M. Busby with a plaque and remembrances.

10 am – 12 noon

Please join us to help celebrate Jim’s life.

If you have any questions, please contact Arlene Busby at arlenejbusby [at] yahoo [dot] com

Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
(562) 231-1200

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