Nova Spotlight Award Winners @ Barbara Bush Library on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2PM

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. This will be a special meeting to celebrate the winners of the Nova Spotlight Award Winners from the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH).

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) or join us online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

The meeting will be on Saturday, March 9,

2024 at 2PM (US Central Time).

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks
2:15 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
3:00 PM – Nova Spotlight Award Winners from the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH)
4:00 PM – End of Meeting at the Library
5:00 PM – Informal get together at PJ’s Coffee near the library

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nss-north-houston-space-society/

Touching the Edge of Space with Clint Thomsen @ Barbara Bush Library on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2PM

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting to learn about touching the edge of space. The picture to the right was taken by a high altitude balloon launched by a high school class. Our featured speaker Clint Tomsen has organized this project with multiple classes. He will be sharing his experiences.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) or join us online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

The meeting will be on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2PM (US Central Time).

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks
2:05 PM – Touching the Edge of Space: A teacher’s quest to connect students with the wonders of space through high-altitude ballooning with Clint Tomsen
3:00 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
3:40 PM – Socializing
4:00 PM – End of Meeting at the Library
5:00 PM – Informal get together at PJ’s Coffee near the library

About our Featured Speaker: Clint Tomsen

Clint Thomsen is a STEM educator based in Tooele, Utah, specializing in Cyber Security, Computer Systems and and Radio Frequency Technologies. He developed a passion for all things “space” as a small child while watching Space Shuttle coverage with his father. Using old hand drawings and old electronics parts, he built a replica bridge of the Starship Enterprise in his childhood bedroom.

While on a religious mission to the former Soviet Union in his late teens, he made a pilgrimage to the landing site of Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok 1 capsule. This experience sparked a fascination with human spaceflight and spacecraft telemetry.

After a career in Information Technology, Clint took a teaching job at a local high school, where he introduced his STEM students to the wonders of space and radio. Each year since 2016, he and his students have built and launched radio trackers to the stratosphere via high altitude balloon. In 2023, his class was selected for a direct amateur radio contact with the International Space Station to take place in April of this year.

When he’s not in the classroom, Clint enjoys camping and traveling with his wife and 6 children. Most of those trips are to Florida’s Space Coast to watch rocket launches. It’s a good thing his family are good sports!

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nss-north-houston-space-society/

Below is the Flyer for the meeting. Let people know about the meeting by printing out a copy, post it on a bulletin board or give it to a friend.

Summary of January 20, 2024 Meeting – Featuring Building Axiom Station with Megan Yang

At our January 20, 2024 meeting we had Nathan Price give a review of the North Houston Space Society over the years. He also talked about the purpose of the group to promote a better understanding of the opportunities that space offers for humanity and for us individually. Greg Stanley gave an overview of recent space news. His monthly talk makes it easier to keep up on the latest space developments. And our featured speaker, Megan Yang, from Axiom come and talk about building Axiom Station. Below you can see the recordings of each of these talks.

Why We Meet – Nathan Price

Monthly Space News – Greg Stanley

Building Axiom Station – Megan Yang

Megan Yang’s family immigrated to the US from Taiwan in 1999. She followed in her father’s footsteps as an engineer and majored in chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, then moved to Houston after graduation. At Axiom Space, Megan is the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Water Accumulation and Treatment Assembly (WATA) Group Lead, where she oversees hardware design for the water system that recycles astronaut urine, sweat, and condensate, and turning them back to clean water for various crew use, including for drinking. In this role, she provides technical input and oversight of her group’s project scope, cost, and schedule.

Axiom Space is building the world’s first commercial space station, Axiom Station. Construction of Axiom Space’s first habitation module for the commercial space station is underway and is on track to launch its first module to the International Space Station by 2026. Megan Yang, the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Water Accumulation and Treatment Assembly (WATA) Group Lead, will talk about her role and experience designing the space station to support continuous human presence living in space after the International Space Station’s (ISS) deorbit, which is planned for 2030.

Recording of December 9, 2023 Meeting

How Air Traffic Control Operations are Affected by Space Travel – Holly Cron & Jesse Strickland

Brief overview of normal air traffic operations. Followed by a discussion of how high velocity, vertical travel (rockets!) affect those operations.

Holly Cron

  • Houston ARTCC Air Traffic Controller since 2012
  • NATCA Pilot Outreach Liaison
  • FAAST Service Provider
  • Commercial and Instrument pilot since 2006

Jesse Strickland

  • Houston ARTCC Air Traffic Controller
  • Instrument pilot

Building Axiom Station – Megan Yang from Axiom Space @ Barbara Bush Library on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2PM

[Note: This is the 3rd Saturday in January. Because of library holiday schedule, we moved the meeting]

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) or join us online Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

The meeting will be on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2PM (US Central Time).

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks
2:15 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:45 PM – Featured Speaker: Building Axiom Station – Megan Yang – Axiom Space
3:40 PM – Socializing
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

About Our Featured Presentation: Building Axiom Station

Axiom Space is building the world’s first commercial space station, Axiom Station. Construction of Axiom Space’s first habitation module for the commercial space station is underway and is on track to launch its first module to the International Space Station by 2026. Megan Yang, the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Water Accumulation and Treatment Assembly (WATA) Group Lead, will talk about her role and experience designing the space station to support continuous human presence living in space after the International Space Station’s (ISS) deorbit, which is planned for 2030.


About Our Featured Speaker: Megan Yang

Megan Yang’s family immigrated to the US from Taiwan in 1999. She followed in her father’s footsteps as an engineer and majored in chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, then moved to Houston after graduation. At Axiom Space, Megan is the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Water Accumulation and Treatment Assembly (WATA) Group Lead, where she oversees hardware design for the water system that recycles astronaut urine, sweat, and condensate, and turning them back to clean water for various crew use, including for drinking. In this role, she provides technical input and oversight of her group’s project scope, cost, and schedule.

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nss-north-houston-space-society/

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How Air Traffic Control Operations are Affected by Space Travel @ Barbara Bush Library on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2PM

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) or join us online Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

The meeting will be on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2PM (US Central Time).

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks
2:15 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:45 PM – How Air Traffic Control Operations are Affected by Space Travel – Holly Cron & Jesse Strickland
3:40 PM – Socializing
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

How Air Traffic Control Operations are Affected by Space Travel – Holly Cron & Jesse Strickland

Brief overview of normal air traffic operations. Followed by a discussion of how high velocity, vertical travel (rockets!) affect those operations.

Holly Cron

  • Houston ARTCC Air Traffic Controller since 2012
  • NATCA Pilot Outreach Liaison
  • FAAST Service Provider
  • Commercial and Instrument pilot since 2006

Jesse Strickland

  • Houston ARTCC Air Traffic Controller
  • Instrument pilot

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nss-north-houston-space-society/

Keep Space Exciting! @ Barbara Bush Library on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2PM

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) or join us online Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

The meeting will be on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2PM (US Central Time).

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks
2:15 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:45 PM – Keep Space Exciting!! – Nathan Price
3:40 PM – Socializing
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nss-north-houston-space-society/

Wally Funk and the Mercury 13 @ Barbara Bush Library on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 2PM

Join us for our Monthly NSS North Houston Space Society (http://NorthHoustonSpace.org) meeting. Connect with others who are excited about exploring the cosmos, learning how to use the resources of space to improve human life, and who want to go and spread humanity to the rest of the universe.

This will be a hybrid meeting. Come in person at Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379) or join us online Via ZOOM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85216600533

The meeting will be on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 2PM (US Central Time).

2:00 PM – Opening Remarks -Nathan Price
2:15 PM – Recent Space News – Greg Stanley
2:45 PM – Wally Funk & The Mercury 13 – Christean Kapp
3:40 PM – Socializing
4:00 PM – End of Meeting

Wally Funk & The Mercury 13

Join us in uncovering the incredible story of aviation and space pioneer Wally Funk who was part of the Mercury 13 astronaut program, was denied to fly for NASA, had a fantastic aviation career, and made it into space 60 years later! Find out also which famous Science Fiction hero made female astronauts at NASA a reality.

About our Featured Speaker: Christean Kapp

Christean Kapp studied aerospace engineering at the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, and the NIT in Trondheim, Norway. He works in turbomachinery and has lived and worked on three continents in the oil and gas and power industries. He has consulted with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy on ESG-related topics. He currently lives in Houston and is a NSS Space Ambassador conducting numerous space presentations.

About the Meeting

Meetings are open to all age groups and interest levels. Come explore with us the potential that developing and exploring space has to better life here on earth and to open up new frontiers creating new perspectives that can help enrich the human experience.

The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, we support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

Website:  http://NorthHoustonSpace.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NssNorthHoustonSpaceSociety/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nss-north-houston-space-society/