OASIS Hotline is being phased out!

Hello all,

The OASIS hotline is no longer going to be used by the end of 2014.

Please check the website for all information, or email oasis [at] oasis-nss [dot] org.

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National Space Society Encourages Virgin Galactic To Press On

The National Space Society (NSS) and OASIS extend their support to Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites over the tragic loss of SpaceShipTwo and offer their heartfelt sympathy to the families involved and to everyone who worked on that program.

“We are extremely honored that Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides served on the NSS team as our Executive Director and we all stand by him in this time of difficulty,” said Mark Hopkins, Chairman of the NSS Executive Committee. “We expect that the cause of the accident will be found and fixed so that the Virgin Galactic dream of ‘opening space to tens of thousands of people’ can become a reality.”

NSS encourages Virgin Galactic to continue moving forward. NSS has been a consistent supporter of private efforts to develop space commercially, including both orbital and sub-orbital tourism. Economic returns from spaceflight are necessary for humanity’s long-term future in space.

NSS notes that fatal accidents during both the testing of aircraft and their operation were relatively common during the early days of commercial aviation, and now it has happened in commercial space flight. America was always built on the courage of those who dared to explore new frontiers. From Lewis and Clark to the Apollo astronauts, great men and women have tested themselves against the frontiers of their age.

The frontier of space is far from tamed. The men and women of Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites are engaged in one of the great efforts of our time: opening space for all humanity. That is a noble pursuit and we are all thankful for their work and for their sacrifice.

NSS Executive Vice President Paul Werbos sums up: “This is a sad moment for the space tourism industry and the families of the pilots. The Scaled Composites pilots are true heroes who risked their lives to blaze a trail to a better future for everyone.”

http://www.nss.org/news/releases/NSS_Release_20141031_VirginGalactic.html

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Gateway To Space 2014 – A Regional NSS Space Development Conference

St. Louis Space Frontier, a chapter of the National Space Society, will host “Gateway to Space 2014,” a regional space development conference on November 7-9, 2014 in downtown St. Louis. The three-day conference will be packed with out-of-this-world panels, keynotes, sessions, seminars, tours, and special events.

Registration is now open!

Read more here

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NASA Television MAVEN Orbit Insertion Coverage

How and why has Mars been been losing its atmosphere over billions of years? This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to answer this question. And soon it will enter orbit!

NASA Television coverage of the MAVEN orbit insertion begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT and concludes at 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 21. The orbital insertion is targeted to begin at 9:37 p.m. The program will be carried on NTV-1 (Public) and NTV-2 (Education). A clean feed for media will be carried on NTV-3 (Media Channel). The media feed will contain views of the MAVEN Mission Support Area only, without graphics or interviews.

A post-orbit insertion news conference is targeted for about two hours after orbital insertion.

Click here for more MAVEN information

For NASA Television downlink information, scheduling information and streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Neptune has another visit, 25 years later…

On Monday, August 25, New Horizons crossed the orbit of Neptune, 8 years and 8 months after launching…and just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2′s visit. 

A cosmic coincidence?

Next stop: Pluto or bust!

Full story here

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What happens to an astronaut after coming back down to Earth?

A new sitcom may have some funny answers!

ABC just committed to the pilot production of An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, based on astronaut Chris Hadfield’s memoir…read more

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When NASA launched Stardust, they had no idea how to retrieve its samples…

On August 14, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley announced an amazing discovery from NASA’s Stardust probe: During its deep space voyage, the probe had captured seven tiny pieces of interstellar rocks, making them the first confirmed samples of intact dust from beyond the Solar System.

However, most of us don’t appreciate how difficult it’s been for the researchers to dig those particles out of the probe, let alone figure out what they are…read more 

 

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See Cygnus Cargo Carrier’s successful return to Earth

On Sunday, August 17, Cygnus returned from its voyage to the ISS—in a triumphant streak of fireworks! Congratulations to Orbital Sciences!

Click here for the full story and some stunning photos.

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NASA Announces Science Instruments for Mars 2020 Rover Expedition to the Red Planet

Read more!

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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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