International Space Development Conference 2020 – May 28-31

Come out to ISDC 2020, whose theme is Continuing the Journey!
Thursday May 28 – Sunday May 31
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas-Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, Dallas TX

To find out about our speakers, click here

To find out about what exciting topics will be featured, click here

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OuteRimCon – the MiniCon – Exploring the Imagination of Science! February 29, 2020


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Call for contributions to the website and The Odyssey

Here’s a call for contributions to the OASIS website and The Odyssey! Write about local space events and STEM events, and send us photographs too! The Odyssey has been on a long hiatus but is coming back – but material is needed! Thanks!

Please send to the newsletter editor Lisa Kaspin-Powell

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Solar Orbiter lifts off! February 10, 2020

Artist’s rendition of the Solar Orbiter facing the Sun. Copyright: Spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Sun: NASA/SDO/ P. Testa (CfA)

On February 10, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter blasted off atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Cape Canaveral. Over the next 7 years, the Solar Orbiter will capture the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles and its far side, gathering data about solar activity. Specifically:

  • How the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere – the layer surrounding our solar system
  • How the Sun’s magnetic field and solar winds are generated
  • How to better predict solar storms and eruptions that disrupt the Earth’s weather
  • How these disturbances affect the solar system in general

Advances in heat shield technology will enable the 10 science instruments to collect more data in real time at 26 million miles away from the Sun; this proximity is necessary to gather data about how the heliosphere is generated and controlled.

These data will complement the Parker Solar Probe as well as ground telescopes to give us an unprecedented global view of the Sun.

The ESA is leading the mission, with considerable participation by NASA.

Read more about the ESA Solar Orbiter mission here


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OASIS and Aerospace Legacy Foundation at LosCon46, November 29-December 1, 2019

TOP From left: Arlene Busby, Seth Potter
BOTTOM From left: Kathryn Sullivan, Arlene Busby, Valerie Frankel, Neal Hallford, Gary Westfahl

This fall, OASIS continued their tradition of participation in the Los Angeles Science Fiction Convention. LosCon 46 took place on November 29-December 1, 2019 at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel. OASIS has a long history with LosCon, providing panelists to a wide variety of tracks and meeting the other guests at their fan table. This year, OASIS shared a fan table with the Aerospace Legacy Foundation (, which promotes and preserves the history of aerospace in California while looking to its future.

Dr. Seth Potter, OASIS Chapter President, was very busy participating in several panels at LosCon, and in fact was the moderator for two of them. In “The Moon, Mars, Asteroids: When, Why, and How?” the panel discussed these bodies as manned mission targets in the near, medium, and farther future, and also discussed the possible technologies that could get us there. Along with Potter, the panelists were Timothy Cassidy-Curtis (engineer), Robert Gounley (NASA-JPL), and Sandra Stoller (Aerojet Rocketdyne).  Potter was also the moderator for “Class M Planets: Exoplanet Discoveries,” for which the panel also consisted of Dr. Ashish Mahabal (Caltech/JPL) and Lenny Dorsky (JPL).

In “No Tow Truck Beyond Mars,” the panelists discussed how we go boldly where there’s no one around to fix things. They told stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. David Rosing (JPL) was the moderator, with panelists Potter, Ashley Stroupe (JPL), Kim Steadman (JPL) and Cassidy-Curtis.

In “The New Views of the Universe: Extra Dimensions, Dark Matter and Cosmic Adventures,” Potter was a panelist along with Dr. James C. Glass (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) (moderator), Sean Carroll (Caltech), Gregory Benford (University of California at Irvine), and Dr. Mahabal (Caltech/JPL).

Arlene Busby, who serves as Aerospace Legacy Foundation President and OASIS Membership Chair, has a long and rich history with LosCon, serving in various capacities over the years. She was the conference chair of LosCon 38 and programming chair at several other conventions, and served as a speaker/panelist many times over. She is also the conference chair of OuteRimCon, a convention that unites science fiction with science and STEM education, which took place for the first time in October 2017, and will take place again in February 2020. Keep your eyes on the OASIS website and on for further developments!

Busby was a panelist on “All Things Doctor Who” along with Gary Westfahl (science fiction author, Professor Emeritus at the University of La Verne), Neal Hallford (Swords & Circuitry Studios), Valerie Frankel (Mission College, SJCC), and Kathryn Sullivan (author).  They talked about their favorite episodes, favorite Doctors, favorite villains, favorite sayings, the current Doctor, and some of the episodes from season 11 of the new Doctor.

Thanks to Craig Rogers and Curt Steindler and the rest of the OASIS volunteers! Apologies if any volunteer names were missed – they will be added.

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Come join us at OuteRimCon, where science meets science fiction! October 13-14, 2018.

Presented by the Aerospace Legacy Foundation
Exploring the Imagination of Science!

OuteRimCon is a Aerospace, Science & Science Fiction Convention

We are kid friendly with STEM, Panels, Presentations, Art Show

Dealers Room and Special Events

Visit for our list of guest speakers!

Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA 90242

Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm

At the door
Rates: Adult Weekend $45.00 per person
Adult Weekend Military Discount $40.00 per person
Child Weekend 12yrs – 17yrs $15.00
Children 11 yrs and Under Free

Saturday Only:
Adult $35.00 per person
Military Discount $30.00 per person
Child Weekend 12yrs – 17yrs $15.00
Children 11 yrs and Under Free

Sunday Only:
Adult $25.00 per person
Military Discount $25.00 per person
Child Weekend 12yrs – 17yrs $10.00
Children 11 yrs and Under Free

After October 5th payments will only be accepted at the door.

We hope you will join us at this fun and educational convention!

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Come join OASIS Saturday June 30 for Planetary Defense & Asteroid Exploration Mini-Conference 2018, followed by a happy hour!

The event described below, organized by the local section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), may be of interest. OASIS and the Aerospace Legacy Foundation will have a joint exhibit table there, so if you attend, be sure to say hello. Afterward, the OASIS members, and anyone else interested, will head over to the nearby Redondo Beach Pier for drinks and food. We will try to get into Barney’s Beanery, but if it is too crowded, we will go elsewhere. If you miss the AIAA event, please feel free to meet us at the Pier. Look for us at Barney’s Beanery. If we are not there, please text Seth Potter at (310) 245-2592, and he will text you our location. Those who join us can order as they please, and we will all need to pay our own way. The pier is walking distance from the library, but it will probably be necessary to move your car out of library parking when the library closes after the AIAA event.

Saturday, June 30, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
AIAA LA-LV Mini-Conference Series: Planetary Defense & Asteroid Exploration Mini-Conference 2018
With featured presentations and panel discussions by

Dr. Nahum Melamed, Project Leader, Aerospace Corporation
(Planetary Defense & Asteroid Exploration / International Asteroid Day Introduction)
(NEO Deflection App)

Dr. Niraj Inamdar, Associate Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation
(The Story of Our Solar System as Told By Asteroids)

Col. Charlie Vono, USAF Retired
(Keeping Complex Systems Working for Decades)

Dr. James Horkovich, Director, Directed Energy Program, Schafer Corporation
(The Promise and Reality of Directed Energy for Defense)

Philip Groves, “Asteroid Impact” IMAX Producer & Writer, Apophis Pictures, LLC
(Planetary Defense Education Through Media)

For the speaker biographies and topics, and to register, visit

Redondo Beach Public Library (2nd Fl. Meeting Rm.)
303 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

$35 AIAA Professional Member Price
$40 Non-AIAA Member -Regular Price
$25 AIAA Student / Educator Member Price
$30 Non-AIAA Member -Student / Educator
$20 Presentation Only -No Meal
(No Refund within 7 days of the event)

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The OASIS Social at the Cosmic Brewery was a great success! January 13, 2018

The OASIS Social at the Cosmic Brewery was a great success!

They had a telescope event in front (they have such events every Friday and some Saturdays “Tacos and Telescopes”), a pop-up taco stand (they have other pop-up food stands at other times, such as vegan), space-themed art, a TV playing Star Trek TNG episodes, and pour your own beer so you can pour your own flights. We closed down the place – the event started at 3 pm and OASIS folks and guests stayed until 10 pm.

And the place is pet friendly. Several people had doggies there. The place also hosts pet adoptions and had fliers about pet adoption event.

They also host special events. OASIS will likely host one there in the future!

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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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The October 2017 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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