OASIS @ Endeavour!

OASIS will be having a day out at the California Science Center, and we’ll also be taking a tour around the Shuttle Endeavour. Come along and meet us there, it’ll be a grand day out.

3D printed Space Shuttles

OASIS Tchotchkes


Saturday, July 26, noon picnic
OASIS Board Meeting
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Space Shuttle Tour info
Flier front and back

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July 20, 1969, 20:18 (45 years ago today)

Space.com is reporting on all the events tonight to celebrate The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, especially a webcast by Slooh. Hustle on over to Space.com for all the info.

Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.

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EVENT: WISE mission update

When: Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 pm.

Speaker Series from AIAA Orange County Section: “New and Wiser” NEOWISE-R with Ned Wright, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA, and Principal Investigator of the WISE mission.

Free for pre-registered AIAA Members;  $5 for others

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FREE EVENT: ‘Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and Way Forward’

When: Saturday, August 16, 3:30 pm.

Where: Long Beach Public Library, El Dorado Park Branch, 2900 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808. NB: This event is not library sponsored.

FREE admission.

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Mars day madness!

Mars Day 2014 was a load of fun for the general public who attended, especially the children. Our intrepid National Space Society OASIS volunteers who helped the Mars Society worked very hard, as did all the other volunteers. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

Mars Day volunteers setting up the activity: Driving a rover across Mars.

Mars Day volunteers setting up the activity

  I helped out on the driving a Mars rover activity, and it was a blast! The radio controlled cars used had 3D printed panels to make them look like the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, traversing an impressively sculpted landscape littered with impassable rocks. All ages had a go at a deceptively simple task; to navigate from the lower right starting point to two checkpoints (at craters) and finally to the giant Olympus Mons volcano on the center left.


If you missed Mars Day 2014, I strongly suspect from the positive response there will be a Mars Day 2015. If you can’t wait that long then we have some NEW EVENTS on the way, such as our picnic at the Shuttle Endeavor, and an OASIS sponsored talk on the awesome technology of Space Elevators – which is FREE!

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Opening: Apollo 11 Lunar Laser Ranging Simulator Exhibit

OASIS is honored to share a special announcement from Hildreth “Hal” Walker, co-founder and president of the A-MAN, Inc., STEM International Science Center in Inglewood.

We are very pleased to announce the opening of the Apollo 11 Lunar Laser Ranging Simulator Exhibit at the headquarters of A-MAN, Inc., STEM International Science Center in Inglewood.


Lunar Laser Ranging System Exhibit

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EVENT: Mars Day 2014

When: Saturday, July 19, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Sponsored by the Mars Society Los Angeles. Columbia Memorial Space Center. Mars Day 2014, a day of fun and educational activities that the whole family can enjoy, is centered around the exploration and settlement of Mars. Kids will learn the various aspects of a successful mission to Mars (from launch and landing) to the requirements for a successful colony and the search for life on the Red Planet. Special feature: “Voyage to Mars”, a simulated Mars mission. For 13 years and up. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LxlffbzHLbNk26ZjDWE7ZuHwwphbeAKgbhzimlWQauU/viewform

Also featuring special guest speaker Dr. John Callas, MER Project Manager, JPL.

Admission: $5 (free for children 3 and younger). For more details on Mars Day 2014, visit http://losangeles.marssociety.org/?page_id=454

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Project Prometheus: Students get to fly code on a vertical takeoff and landing rocket

Masten Space Systems in Mojave, CA is offering students an opportunity to fly code on a vertical takeoff and landing rocket (such as Xombie) on Project Prometheus.

In summary, there is a Raspberry Pi computer on board that is connected to a sensor suite that will be defined and provided by Masten. Continue reading

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SpaceX: 10th Falcon 9 launch

Congratulations to SpaceX on a successful launch. Link

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FREE EVENT: ‘Revealing Saturn: Cassini’s Tenth Year’

When: Thursday and Friday, July 17 & 18, 7:00 pm.

Speaker: Dr. Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist.

Thursday,July 17: The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL. 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA

Friday, July 18: The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA

Lecture webcast — http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.cfm?year=2014&month=7 at scheduled time.

For further information, phone (818) 354-0112 or visit

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FREE EVENT: ‘Curiosity’s Flat Tire on Mars, and What We Did About It’

When: Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 pm

Speakers: John Grotzinger, Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist. Matt Heverley, Curiosity Rover Driver.

Where: Beckman Auditorium, California Institute of Technology.

For more information, email events [at] caltech [dot] edu, or call (626) 395-4652. The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

For more details, visit http://www.caltech.edu/content/curiositys-flat-tire-mars-and-what-we-did-about-it

For a campus map, visit http://www-prod-storage.cloud.caltech.edu.s3.amazonaws.com/Caltech_Map.pdf

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