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 ( 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:

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.


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.

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