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Who We Are

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is the central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Space Society, one of the largest space advocacy groups in the country, and has existed for more than 20 years. Our purposes include promoting the exploration and development of space, educating the public to current events in space and the usefulness of an active space program, all with the intent of promoting a space-faring civilization.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance hosted the 23rd Annual International Space Development Conference on May 27-31, 2004. We previously hosted three Regional Space Development Conferences, assisted with earlier ISDCs, put displays in malls, hosted lectures, sponsored television interviews, hosted viewing nights, worked with other space-oriented groups and maintained local contact with the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance helped out with the 2007 International Space Development Conference which was hosted by the National Space Society of North Texas in Dallas Texas from May 24 - 28, 2007, and put together a commemorative exhibit for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. This exhibit ran through July of 2009. (See below for details.)
        We do bimonthly newsletters called Outreach and Update to keep our members informed of current developments in space and upcoming events they might be interested in. Editor of Outreach is Syd Henderson and editor of Update is Claire McMurray.

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is now on Facebook at Oklahoma Space Alliance

July 2015 Outreach (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

January 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
February 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

Oklahoma Space Alliance August Meeting.

            Steve Swift is in the hospital this week and is unable to do Update, so I’m sending this out as a meeting announcement.

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will be hosting a PlutoPalooza party on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Earl's Rib Palace, 920 SW 25th St, Moore, OK. This is between the 1-35 west Frontage Road and Telegraph Road, a couple of blocks south of Harry Bears. Telephone number is 793‑7427.
         After a brief business meeting, we will celebrate the successful July 14 flyby by New Horizons of Pluto and its moons, including videos, news stories, discussions and free desserts. New Horizons has already rewritten what we thought we knew of Pluto and Charon, which are turning out to be surprisingly varied and dynamic worlds despite also being only about 50 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) above absolute zero. (Not counting the south polar region, which is currently in darkness, where it is really cold.)

Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting
Place:   Earl’s Rib Palace
Moore Oklahoma
2:00 PM

  1. Introductions
  2. Discuss Business
    1. Summary of July Meeting
    2. Review OSA Accounts
    3. August Blitz
    4. OSA Charter
  3. What's Happening: Current Space News, Pictures, Videos & Links, Pluto Party
  4. PlutoPalooza Party. Oklahoma Space Alliance will be providing dessert.

            Minutes of July Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on July 11. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Jim and Peggy McBride, Rosemary Swift, Tim Scott, Steve Galpin, Jerry and Stephanie Thibedeau, Dennis Wigley, Russ Davoren and Syd Henderson.
            Hugh Cook, the editor of Space News, says the Space Station is not just an outpost but a way station on the way to access of the Solar System.
            New Horizons is flying by Pluto this week. We will have our Pluto celebration next month after the data has started coming in,
            Chris Cassidy has been promoted to head of the Astronauts Office. He has been in the astronaut corps since 2004. He has spent 184 days in space and 20 hours on EVA.
            We watched videos of the Falcon 9 explosion, and the launch of a Progress module to the Space Station.
            OSIDA has a mission statement on their new website, http://airspaceportok.com.
            India launched five satellites on one rocket. We watched a video.
Business meeting:      
           We have $994.18 in the checking account and $257 in cash.
            OSA has a charter, but Steve has never seen it [I don’t remember seeing it myself.] NSS has a copy. OSA’s officers will meet to go over it.
            Peggy went to the Cosmosphere, got a tattoo, and met Tom Stafford as part of a commemoration of the Apollo-Soyuz mission.
            --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Outreach & Update

       Outreach and Update are the newsletters of Oklahoma Space Alliance. Outreach is published in odd-numbered months and is sent both by post and by e-mail.Update is published in even-number months and is sent by e-mail. The December Update is often replaced by a meeting announcement election ballot, in which case the November minutes will be published in the January Outreach. You must be a member of Oklahoma Space Alliance to receive Outreach by post unless you are on our courtesy list. To receive newsletters by e-mail, contact Syd Henderson at the address at the bottom of the page. The newsletters listed below are slightly edited to turn them into web pages.
        Outreach is edited by Syd Henderson, and Update by Steve Swift.

July 2015 Outreach (pdf format)

January 2013 Outreach
February 2013 Update
March 2013 Outreach
April 2013 Update
May 2013 Outreach
June 2013 Update
July 2013 Outreach( pdf format)
August 2013 Update (pdf format)
September 2013 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2013 Update (pdf format)
November 2013 Outreach (pdf format)
December 2013 Update (pdf format)
January 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2014 Update (pdf format)
March 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2014 Update (pdf format)
May 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2014 Update (pdf format)
July 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2014 Update (pdf format)
September 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2014 Update (pdf format)
November 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2015 Update (pdf format)
March 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2015 Update (pdf format)
May 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2015 Update (pdf format)
July 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of February 2013 Meeting
Minutes of March 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of April 2013 Meeting
Minutes of May 2013 Meeting
Minutes of June 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of July 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of August 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of September 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of October 2013 Meeting
Minutes of November 2013 Meeting & Christmas Party*
Minutes of January 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of February 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of March 2014 Meeting*
Notes on April 2014 event*
Minutes or May 2014 Meeting
Minutes of June 2014 Meeting and June 18 Special Meeting*
Minutes of July 2014 Meeting
Minutes of August 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of September 2014 Meeting
Minutes of October 2014 Meeting
Minutes of November 2014 Meeting
Minutes of December 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2015 Meeting
Minutes of February 2015 Meeting
Minutes of March 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of April 2015 Meeting
Minutes of May 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of June 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of July 2015 Meeting

*Includes notes on OSIDA meeting

Minutes of previous meetings

Activities of Oklahoma Space Alliance in 2006

Activities of Oklahoma Space Alliance in 2007

Activities of Oklahoma Space Alliance in 2008

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.
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