February 2019 Meeting Report

The Clear Lake Area Chapter met on February 18, 2019 in the conference room of the Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park. We heard from Nathan Price, the president of the North Houston NSS chapter as well as an active member of our chapter. Nathan has some big ideas and both chapters are looking at projects we can work on to introduce other groups in NSS and elsewhere as to what’s going on here in Houston. Stay tuned!

Our next scheduled chapter meeting is currently set for Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Bay Area Community Center conference room. Make sure your taxes are done!

Christmas Party 2018 – Saluting 50 Years of Apollo 8!

Anita Gale Residence
18506 Upper Bay Road
Nassau Bay, Texas

Anita Gale is hosting our Chapter’s annual Christmas Party in her home at 18506 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, across NASA 1 and down the road just a few blocks from the Space Center this Sunday, December the 16th beginning at 5:30 pm. Come and join us for a happy holiday celebration!

We’ll be having hearty appetizers and finger foods as well as Anita’s legendary selection of adult and soft beverages. In-kind contributions of food and snacks will be eagerly accepted, along with homemade desserts! (Note: A themed cake is coming!)

We would appreciate an RSVP email to info@nss-houston-moon.org so that we know how many to plan for. No charge for the party, but contributions towards the refreshments will be accepted with our thanks. Children are welcome with appropriate adult supervision; Anita describes her home as “kid-friendly but not kid-safe.” Please note that adult beverages will be available, so plan accordingly.

Movie Night 2018!

Double Feature Movie Night!
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
3:00-10:30 p.m

Anita Gale Residence
18506 Upper Bay Road
Nassau Bay, Texas

Anita Gale is hosting our Chapter’s November “Movie Night” in her home at 18506 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, across NASA 1 and down the road just a few blocks from the Space Center on Saturday, November the 10th from 3:00 p.m. through 10:30. This year’s get-together will be a Double Feature of Science Fiction and Science Fact!

We’ll begin shortly after 3:00 p.m. with our Science Fact entry, a viewing of the 2016 motion picture Hidden Figures. This acclaimed film tells the story of three brilliant mathematicians who provided invaluable service to NASA during the Mercury program…and who all happened to be ladies of color! After that film we’ll have our dinner break with sandwich fixings and chips, then we’ll return to Anita’s TV room for some rip-rollicking Science Fiction…the very best of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan!

We’ll have the popcorn machine going throughout; Anita will have her legendary spread of adult and soft beverages; and you’re all invited to bring along your leftover Halloween candy!

We would appreciate an RSVP email to info@nss-houston-moon.org so that we know how many to plan for. No charge for the event, but voluntary contributions towards the refreshments will be accepted with our thanks. Children are welcome with appropriate adult supervision.

More information is available by sending an email inquiry to info@nss-houston-moon.org.

October 15th Annual Meeting Report

The annual business meeting of the Clear Lake Area National Space Society and Moon Society Chapter was held in the conference room of the Bay Area Community Center on October 15th, 2018. A quorum to do business under our current bylaws was present.

The current slate of officers and directors was renominated; as no other nominations were offered these candidates were elected by unanimous consent. Please see our “About the Chapter” page for detailed information. Our other major order of business was finalizing details for our “Movie Night” coming up next month. Once again, Anita Gale has generously offered to host us in her home on Saturday, November 10th. Our movie night will be a double feature: We will begin with Science Fact in the film Hidden Figures, the 2016 movie about the brilliant mathematicians who helped with the early Mercury program and were all ladies of color. We will follow that up with a classic Science Fiction space opera, the 1982 motion picture Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan. The program will get underway shortly after 3 p.m.; there will be a dinner break featuring sandwich fixings and chips between features.

See you there!

Summer Social, August 18th, 2018!

Anita Gale Residence
18506 Upper Bay Road
Nassau Bay, Texas

The Clear Lake Area National Space Society and Moon Society Chapter will be hosting our annual Summer Social at the home of Anita Gale on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 from 1 pm to 7 pm. This year we will be holding a cookout with burgers and hot dogs; we welcome contributions of veggies and side dishes. The swimming pool will be open; feel free to take a dip!

There is no charge to attend, but voluntary contributions to offset the cost of food and refreshments will be accepted with our thanks. We would appreciate an RSVP email to info at nss dash houston dash moon dot org for planning purposes. Y’all come!

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed one day to Sunday, August 19th…same times, 1 to 7 pm. If conditions are questionable, check this web site for the official word.

We’re Back!

For those of you who attempted to access this web site in the past couple of weeks and got only the giant sucking sound, I apologize. Our website was formerly hosted with IX web hosting, but they sold out to Site 5 who raised prices and changed terms of service and did other generally nasty stuff. I think…I hope!…that I’ve repaired all the damage by now. Currently I’m self-hosting, but I plan to seek out another provider such as (possibly) Digital Ocean in the near future. Please let us know of any future “hiccups” you might encounter in our service!

 

Next Meeting: April 16th, 2018

The next regular meeting of the Clear Lake Area National Space Society & Moon Society chapter will be on Monday, April 16th in the conference room of the Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park. Doors open at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments, sodas and bottled water will be available. The address is 5002 NASA Road 1; Seabrook, Texas. The Community Center is north of NASA 1, away from the lake; enter through the side door adjacent to the parking lot as the main entrance may be locked after 5:00 p.m.

The NSS Chapters Assembly has requested our input on some agenda items, including the proposed nomination of Senator Bridenstine as NASA administrator; proposals to aid the Puerto Rico chapter as they recover from Hurricane Maria; alternative plans/uses for the ISS as it nears end-of-life; and discussion of the Scott Kelly “twins study”. Feel free to voice your opinions on these topics and to bring up additional matters which may be of interest to the CA at our meeting.

We will also be discussing proposals for social events this summer. See you there!

Next meeting: Monday the 19th, 7:00 p.m.

The next regular meeting of the Clear Lake Area National Space Society & Moon Society chapter will be on Monday, February 19th in the conference room of the Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park. Doors open at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments, sodas and bottled water will be available. The address is 5002 NASA Road 1; Seabrook, Texas. The Community Center is north of NASA 1, away from the lake; enter through the side door adjacent to the parking lot as the main entrance may be locked after 5:00 p.m.

 

Clear Lake Area Chapter Continues Texas Blitz

The Clear Lake Area NSS & Moon Society Chapter added yet another chapter to an already successful 2017 Texas Legislative Blitz. After meeting with Congressman Gene Green (D-TX29) in July and with Jeannie Kranz, a key staffer to Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX36) in October, our briefing team had a very productive meeting with Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX14), whose district spans the Texas Gulf Coast from Beaumont through Galveston to Freeport, on the morning of Friday, December 15th in his League City office. We discussed the proposed Cis-Lunar Commercialization Act and the SEDS Act which has been introduced by Mr. Rohrabacher of California at some length. We also had time to briefly discuss the NEOCAM telescope for monitoring near-Earth space from the Earth-Sun L1 point which has been proposed by JPL. The Congressman engaged us throughout and even quizzed us to determine our grasp of the points we were discussing.

Photo below, left to right: John Cook, constituent of district TX-14; Congressman Randy Weber; Eric Bowen, CLA-NSS/MS chapter president; David Cheuvront, NSS Policy Committee.

Congressman Randy Weber Briefing Team

Christmas Party! Monday, December 11th 6:00 p.m

Anita Gale Residence
18506 Upper Bay Road
Nassau Bay, Texas

Anita Gale is hosting our Chapter’s annual Christmas Party in her home at 18506 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, across NASA 1 and down the road just a few blocks from the Space Center on Monday, December the 11th beginning at 6 pm. Come and join us for a happy holiday celebration!

We’ll be having hearty appetizers and finger foods as well as Anita’s legendary selection of adult and soft beverages. In-kind contributions of food and snacks will be eagerly accepted, along with homemade desserts!

We would appreciate an RSVP email to info@nss-houston-moon.org so that we know how many to plan for. No charge for the party, but contributions towards the refreshments will be accepted with our thanks. Children are welcome with appropriate adult supervision; Anita describes her home as “kid-friendly but not kid-safe.” Please note that it’s a very large home and adult beverages will be available, so plan accordingly.

Note: A date of Saturday, December 16th was issued while this event was in pre-planning status. After consultation with our hostess, we elected to change the date to Monday, December 11th. Please disregard any earlier communication with the Saturday date.