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

PETER SWAN Space Elevators book cover

Click above image to see where to buy the book!

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.

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EVENT: Operational Space Weather Comes to You

When: Thursday, July 31, 6:00 pm.

Where: Northrop-Grumman, 1 Space Park, S Café, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Speaker: Kent Tobiska, Director of the Utah State University Space Weather Center (SWC), President and Chief Scientist of Space Environment Technologies (SET), and President of Q-up, LLC.

This is an AIAA ENTERPRISE PROGRAM of Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section.

Register at

RSVP by: 6:00 pm on July 30.

FREE Parking. Attendance fee: Regular $12, Student $6.

Light refreshments served. Bring: Your business card. Cards will be distributed via e-mail after the meeting. Handouts, marketing material about your business for distribution at a table. Info about events, meetings of interest to group.

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EVENT: Mars Exploration Update

When: Friday, July 25 and August 1, 8:00 pm.

Where: John Drescher Planetarium, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the show 1/2 hour prior to showtime, or in person at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus; 8 a.m. to 12 noon Mon-Wed). Shows (except selected guest lectures) are held in the John Drescher Planetarium, located on SMC’s Main Campus in Drescher Hall Room 223. Admission to a single show or lecture is $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under).

For the double-bill price of $11 ($9 seniors and children), you can enjoy both the Night Sky Show and the evening’s scheduled Feature Show or Guest Lecture. All shows are in the Planetarium, room 223 on the 2nd floor of Drescher Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

Parking is FREE all across campus, even in staff parking areas, on Friday nights while shows are being given.

For schedule information contact the Events Office at: (310) 434-3005 or email: events [at] smc [dot] edu.

For further information, visit or call (310) 434‑3005.

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July 20, 1969, 20:18 (45 years ago today) is reporting on all the events tonight to celebrate The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, especially a webcast by Slooh. Hustle on over to 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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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

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

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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

Why not like SpaceX on Facebook?

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