Summary of February 2019 NSS North Houston Space Society Meeting – Space Infrastructure & High School Astronaut Contest

At our February 2019 meeting, we had about 30 people attend. Anita Gale was our guest speaker. She spoke about space infrastructure and how the ideas that had been part of the “future history” of the Space Settlement Design Contest are now becoming reality.

In recognition of her efforts and in thanks for coming and speaking at our February meeting, she was presented with the following:

It is an Ecosphere, a completely self contained ecosystem. It has algae that absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and food. The miniature shrimp use the oxygen and eat the algae. It is a materially closed world. These ecospheres usually last for 2 years without problems, but some have been lasted as long as 20 years.

The earth is like the ecosphere. It is small compared to the rest of the universe and it is materially closed (mostly). The significance of this gift is that Anita is helping humanity break free of our materially closed world and to start using the resources of the solar system.

Here Nathan explains:

We also had Mallesh Maharana attend the meeting. He is the winner of the 2018 Space Vacation contest. And he has won a ZERO-G Experience.

Here Nathan explains the program and Mallesh discusses his entry.

It was a great meeting, and I look forward to seeing you at the March 2, 2019 meeting.

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