ISDC 2018 Planning Meeting followed by OASIS Board Meeting, September 17, 2017 – Let’s make it a successful conference!

Come to the planning meeting for the International Space Development Conference 2018!

The meeting will be followed by an OASIS Board Meeting

When: Hotel Tour 1 pm, Planning Meeting 2 pm, OASIS Board Meeting 3:30 pm
Where: Salon 201, second floor of the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

The annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the keynote event of the National Space Society (NSS), bringing together leading managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and business people from civilian, military, commercial, entrepreneurial, and grassroots advocacy space sectors, to work toward the common goal of developing a spacefaring civilization. ISDC has attracted up to 1200 attendees from over 20 countries, and has featured renowned speakers.

Next year’s meeting will take place in Los Angeles, CA. Here’s a golden opportunity for OASIS members and other local space activists to make it a success!

To find out more about the planning meeting, click here: ISDC 2018 planning meeting invite 8-4-17

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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

(Check out our Facebook page!)

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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Tell us about your viewing of the solar eclipse!

On August 21, 2017, all of North America got to see a solar eclipse. People in these areas got to see it in its totality.

Did you travel to see the eclipse? Or do you have any other stories to share?

We’d like to post those stories here on our website or in The Odyssey!

Please send your stories to oasis [at] oasis-nss [dot] org. Thanks!

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OASIS Annual Picnic, August 19, 2017. A good time was had by all!

OASIS Annual Picnic at Polliwog Park, August 19, 2017. Great people and lots of event planning! Watch for future events coming out of planning meetings such as this one. Clockwise around the table from bottom left: OASIS member (and go-to for STEM events) Dean Davis, OASIS Membership Chair Arlene Busby, OASIS Board Member David Bliss, NSS Chair of the Executive Committee Mark Hopkins, ISDC event planners extraordinaire Mike Kobrin and Aggie Kobrin, OASIS’ newest member Tri Caodo, OASIS Vice-President Lisa Kaspin-Powell, OASIS member (and former board member, we’re trying to drag him back) Gareth Powell.

Photo: OASIS President Seth Potter


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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

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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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

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!

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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:

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