This meeting was attended by Jeff Berkwits, Jesse Clark, Patrick
Purcell, Dave Rankin, James Roth, and Gerry Williams.
- PAST EVENTS -
Saturday, February 2nd: TMS-SD set up our
and operated our San Diego Mars
Rover in the main exhibit gallery at the Reuben H.
Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park in support of a
Weekend Talk Series
lecture by a JPL representative on the current Mars and Saturn exploration probes.
Friday, February 18th: "The Man Who Fell to Earth"
with David Bowie was this month's Mars Movie Night.
Friday, February 25th: Gerry Williams took our
San Diego Mars Rover out
for a Rover Run at the Horizon Christian Preschool in the Clairemont Mesa area. The two
classes of preschoolers were enraptured with the MER Video and with getting a chance to drive our
Saturday, February 26th: The TMS-SD Annual Banquet
was held at the Oceanside location of Killer
Pizza From Mars. Both Shannon Rupert Robles and
Patrick Purcell took home the coveted
"Martian of the Year" award, with John
Stone receiving (in abstentia) an award for Outreach Support and
Tim Sommer receiving (also in abstentia) an achievement award
for his design and construction of our analog Mars Suits.
Bottom: Shannon Rupert Robles, Bettina Davis, Edith Purcell
Middle: Jesse Clark, James Roth, Patrick Purcell
Top: Gerry Williams, Israel Lidsky, Dave Rankin, Manny Robles
At Killer Pizza From Mars, Oceanside CA
Photo by Violetta Purcell
Wednesday, March 2nd: The San Diego Astronomy Association
(SDAA) held their
"STARS IN THE PARK"
public telescope viewing event. However it was an unfortunately cloudy night with the
SDAA only setting up one telescope that evening. Everything
was wrapped up about 7:30pm when we started to get noticeable precipitation. We're looking
forward to next month's event, which will take place just after Daylight Savings Time begins for
the summer, allowing us to run our
San Diego Mars Rover prior
- UPCOMING EVENTS -
The Saturday, March 12th Science Educators Conference
has been CANCELLED.
Shannon Rupert Robles will perform a one week stint as the
Commander of MDRS Crew 36 to the
Mars Desert Research
Station (MDRS) in Utah starting on May 13th. She will command the first all woman
crew at any of the MARS project stations.
The Mars Movie Night for this month on Friday March 18th
features Tom Baker in "Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars" (which, incidentally, was
made two years before the two Viking spacecraft arrived at Mars).
Saturday, March 19th is the The Science and Education
Partnership (STEP) outreach at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Corona, CA.
We are standing in for the Greater Los Angeles Mars Society Chapter, who is working the
Sally Ride Science Festival at CalTech the
same day. We'll be taking the
San Diego Mars Rover and
talking to teachers.
Easter weekend, Friday, March 25th through Sunday March 27th is
ConDor XII Sci-Fi Convention at the Mission Valley
Mariott hotel. TMS-SD will have our
set up, and we'll offer three program events: Gerry Williams
will host a two-hour multimedia program called "Mars in the Movies"
on Friday evening at 8pm; Dave Rankin,
Jeff Berkwits and Gerry will present "A
Year on Mars With The Mars Rovers" at 1pm on Saturday; and Dave, Jeff and Gerry will
regroup at 5pm for "Mars Analog Research Station: Season
2004/2005". All three presenters will also participate in other panels throughout
the three days of the convention.
EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS offers lots of answers and
opportunities for girls from all over San Diego County at an all-day program at UCSD on Saturday,
April 2nd. Workshops from Archeology to Zoology will enable hands-on explorations in science,
mathematics, and technology. Girls will have the chance to talk with others who share their
interests and will have college women studying in science and technology as mentors for the
whole day. TMS-SD members will lead three sessions on
Mars Exploration with the
San Diego Mars Rover.
The San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) will host their
"STARS IN THE PARK"
public telescope viewing event outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.
The setup is at 6:30pm, and the event runs from 7:00pm past 9:00pm (weather permitting). It
coincides with "THE SKY
TONIGHT" Planetarium show in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at 7:00pm.
TMS-SD members will be there for public outreach activities
from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, with the San
Diego Mars Rover operating during daylight hours.
The next REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING of
TMS-SD will be 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday, April 8th at our
usual location, Studio 106.
Saturday, April 9th features a SPECIAL EVENT at the The San Diego
Aerospace Museum when they host their monthly
including TMS-SD members and the
San Diego Mars Rover from
noon to 3:00pm in the lobby area. NOTE: Admission is FREE! today. (I told you it
Yuri's Night World Space Party is
on April 12th. The world will celebrate the anniversary of the first human in space,
Yuri Gagarin. This event is being headed up by
Jesse Clark. We will be extending an invitation to as many of
the local space enthusiasts and companies as we can find to participate. In addition to
celebrating 44 years of human spaceflight, we'll be looking into forming a grassroots umbrella
organization for all San Diego spaceflight groups. An invitation should go out toward the end
of this month, and we'll find a venue suitable for a larger group in the Greater San Diego area.
TMS-SD will be presenting "Roving
The Red Planet", a lecture for the
Weekend Talk Series at
the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park from 1:00pm - 2:00pm in their Community
Forum. TMS-SD will also have our
and the San Diego Mars Rover
operating in the Science Center from Noon to 3:30pm.
Astronaut Sally Ride presents
TOYchallenge 2005, a national toy design
challenge for 5th-8th graders, and a chance for teams of imaginative kids to create a new toy or
game (a great way to learn about science, engineering, and the design process. This event
will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, April 30th at
San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park.
TMS-SD members will be there with the
San Diego Mars Rover.
In late May or Early June, there are plans for an
Maintenance Mission. It will be headed up by Shannon
, with the predominantly San Diego Crew being at the Hab
for a Friday through Sunday work party. Gerry is discussing
more video training films to be shot there.
We're gearing up for Comic-Con 2005
International Convention (July 13th through 17th) with two presentations and a fan table,
as in past years. Please be thinking about who we can invite to our general Mars panel as guest
August 11th through 14th is The
8th International Mars Society Conference, which will be held at the University of
Colorado, Boulder. San Diego is looking to be well
represented: Gerry and Jesse
have discussed driving up with our
San Diego Mars Rover and
and Mars Suits
. We're also thinking of hosting a panel on how to be a cool MS chapter.
- PROJECT STATUS REPORTS -
The San Diego Mars Rover: is working fine with only cosmetic
touch-ups between events.
Mars Suit Taskforce: TIm
Sommer will turn over all the construction materials for our two Mars Suits. The
chapter has decided to use some of our discressionary funds to finish both suits for
Comic-Con. The second suit
will be re-tailored and adjusted for those with smaller body types.
Gerry, Jesse and
Patrick have expressed interest in following up on finishing
We've decided that we'll be offering a Mars Suit training class (or two) for those interested in
wearing the suits at our outreach events. Right now only Tim, Gerry and Jesse are able to use
Public Relations: Nothing to report. However in late summer
things will start to heat up with the launch in August of the
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and
the 2005 Mars Opposition around
TMS-SD Shirts: Our first shirt vendor has evaporated, and
Tim was able to get his money back from his credit card
company. We decided on a new shirt style and Tim will place the orders. Once we get the shirts,
Tim will forward them on to Cherrie Bird for embroidery.
Ideally we'll have them in time for
New Display Board: Jesse
Clark presented a series of new designs for our display booth that incorporate two
17" flat-panel displays in a tubular framework configuration and will utilize our new 4-panel
display board as well. Lighting is included. Jesse hopes to have the basic design prototyped
by the Yuri's Night World Space
Website Updates: Gerry
is keeping our Chapter's Website updated on a
monthly basis, and he is poking at learning DreamWeaver in order to redesign the entire site
at some time in the future.
- OTHER ACTIVITIES AND TOPICS -
Treasury & Finance: $454.65 in the Mars kitty, with some
ear-marked for use toward getting our Mars Suits finished.
Hartmann Book Sales: Only one book was sold during the past
month during our outreach events. We are just five books away from our break-even point, with
another 17 books to be sold all together.
TMS-SD Podcasting: No progress has been made on a possible
TMS-SD Podcast. It was noted that
SciFI.com is now podcasting some of their
weekly news stories.
New TMS-SD Events & Activities: Nothing to report.
On-Campus chapters & younger members recruitment: Nothing to report.
- OPEN DISCUSSIONS -
Combined San Diego Space Advocacy Group:
Jesse will be leading the drive to found a combined space
advocacy umbrella group at the upcoming
Yuri's Night World Space Party.
Gerry and Patrick will be
Other Mars Topics: We discussed some of the current
Mars Exploration Rovers'
- WRAP UP ACTIVITIES: -
Lego Rover Building: Patrick
and Jesse took another hour-long round at assembling the
Mars Rover. We're talking about having a "barn-raising" day where we come in and just
work on this Rover until its finished. Gerry ran some
videos on the big screen during this time.
Show and Tell: Gerry
projected some of Jeff Wayne's Musical "War of
the Worlds animation tests, a few movie trailers (including
Cruise/Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" teaser,
and some Star Wars fan-fic video,
Star Wars Episode III:
"The Lost Hope". We also looked at a high resolution trailer for
"The Mars Underground".
We broke up for the evening a bit after 10:30pm.