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.

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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.

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

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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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James Milton Busby, space historian and advocate (1954-2016)

JimBusby2The space community has suffered a great and profound loss. James Milton Busby, a dedicated space advocate and historian,  and a great friend to many spacers and science fiction fans, passed away on June 1, 2016. Now Jim gets to go roam all the stars and planets and phenomena to which he introduced so many of us.

Mike Glyer, Hugo Award-winning editor and publisher of the long-running science fiction fan newszine File 770, graciously allowed the sharing of Jim’s story:


Space flight historian James Milton Busby died June 1 after a lengthy hospitalization. He was 61 years old, and had suffered many health problems in recent years.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene, a longtime Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society member. They married in 2012.

James volunteered and consulted with the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles on the 1980 redesign of their aerospace museum. He was hired in 1984 as a museum assistant and was employed there until 2003. The museum awarded James with an Honorary Doctorate degree of Space Science Information.

He was part of the Organization to Support Space Exploration, the first group to do historical recreations of the Apollo Moonwalks. In 1979 they became involved with Rockwell International’s speakers bureau in Downey, Ca. where James was master of ceremonies for the open houses and astronaut visits to the plant from 1979 until he plant closed in 1999.

In 1994, he assisted in the Universal film Apollo-13 and participated in the Tom Hanks-produced Apollo miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as a technical advisor, historian — and actor. He appeared as a “pencil tapping Lunar Module designer” in the fifth episode, “Spider.”

James was employed in 1999 by the Space Frontier Foundation as Director for its International Lunar Conferences for two years.

He also worked in space suit sales and rentals at Global Effects in Hollywood.

He served on the History Committee for the American Astronautics Society, and frequently wrote for Space Times magazine and Apogee Publishers Mission Report book series.

In 2006 he joined XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, Ca, to rebuild their media relations.

Late in life he was part of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation of Downey, CA and had been trying to raise funds to represent ALF at Spacefest VII next week in Tucson.

The family would be grateful if you would make a donation in Jim’s memory to continue his life’s passion to educate and preserve space to the Aerospace Legacy Foundation.

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Watch a Blue Origin launch for the first time! Sunday, June 19, 7:15 am PDT

Sunday will mark the fourth time that Blue Origin will launch and land its New Shepard rocket, which is being developed to take passengers on suborbital space flights. So far, we haven’t gotten to see any of their launches. According to a tweet from CEO Jeff Bezos, the company is aiming to launch on Friday and the launch will be live streamed at the company website,

So far they’ve launched and landed successfully three times.

But what if something goes wrong? On this flight, something will go wrong…on purpose. Two of the parachutes are set to fail during descent, to test the backup systems to make sure people would be safe in such a scenario.

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Art Meets Space Science in “Harley Cortez: The Artist as Spaceman”

OASIS co-sponsored "Harley Cortez: The Artist as Spaceman", a meeting of the artist and space science communities.

On May 14, OASIS, Three Dimensional Science Learning and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section co-sponsored “Harley Cortez: The Artist as Spaceman,” a meeting of the artist and space science communities. Over the course of the evening, artists and scientists found that they had more in common than previously realized. They share a love and enthusiasm for their work, and see its beauty.  The photo shows the OASIS and AIAA-shared table. Left to right behind the table: OASIS member Gareth Powell, OASIS vice president and AIAA LA-LV newsletter editor Lisa Kaspin-Powell, AIAA LA-LV Programs Co-Chair Dana Puschell.

The festivities were hosted at The Paper Agency Art Gallery, a creative art collective in downtown Los Angeles.

From left: MC Rick Garcia, Harley Cortez, Dennis Wonica, Nahum Melamed, Andrea Diamond, Jeff Puschell, and

From left: MC Rick Garcia, Harley Cortez, Dennis Wonica, Nahum Melamed, Andrea Diamond, Jeff Puschell, and Cody Comrie.

A crowd that united the art and the science communities welcomed an interactive space science panel: Dr. Nahum Melamed (Aerospace Corporation: Planetary Defense from Asteroids); Ms. Andrea Diamond (Executive Vice President of Education, STEAM Enrichment Inc., NASA Certified Educator); Mr. Dennis Wonica (President/Owner, LaserLight Networks Inc.; Chair, AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Enterprise Program). Moderator: Mr. Harley Cortez. Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Rick Garcia (Membership Co-Chair, AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section). Cody Comrie, pictured at the far right, is partner at The Paper Agency along with Dave Frey.

The art and science communities are saddened to announce the passing of The Paper Agency owner and founder Dave Frey, a conceptual designer and artist. Dave and his team worked selflessly and tirelessly to make “Harley Cortez – The Poet as Spaceman” a collaborative event between the AIAA LA-LV section and NSS-OASIS; as the first-of-its-kind STEAM event in Downtown Los Angeles, the evening’s programming was a brilliant success. Dave and his gallery team put forth tremendous effort in providing key architectural support in gallery space, painting, hammering, building, cleaning, offering technology hardware and software logistics in bringing together the art and science communities under one roof on the night on May 14, 2016. It is interesting to note that this event also happened to coincide with National Astronomy Day. The energy was social, open and electric in a community merging two amazing communities. The evening agenda covered everything from conversations between art and science with an interpretive discussion panel, technical discussions by Dr. Nahum Melamed on Near Earth Objects – Asteroids and even a presentation by famed Dr. Jeff Puschell on satellite earth mapping and global perspectives on climate change. Dave and the AIAA LA-LV team were in the midst of discussing future collaborative gallery projects on a MARS art and music theme tribute event (David Bowie, SPACEFACE animation film and dedicated technical presentations on MARS). Having worked with Dave, we are at a huge loss; however, we know that he would have loved for the show to continue. To continue such events will only be a fitting way to honor Dave’s memory and further details are planned. For more information please contact Rick Garcia of the AIAA LA-LV section: rickpositive76 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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You are invited! Passage To Mars – Special Screening! May 31 – June 5


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