|May 1-14, MDRS
Crew 40 assumes occupancy of the Hab at the
Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
for two weeks in a full-simulation international mission (an all-female crew nicknamed
"Mona Lisa"). This is the FINAL crew of MDRS Season 4. The Hab will reopen for
Season 5 in November.|
On Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 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 held
on Friday, May 13, 2005 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Studio
- OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS -
Our monthly Mars Movie Night" for May will be the classic
film "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"
The San Diego Aerospace Museum will host
their annual "Space Day" on Saturday, May 21st from 10am to
- Building on the success of our first Space Day, and celebrating the recent addition of the
Apollo 9 command module, Space Day will feature demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on activities
with local and national space industry experts. Last year, we had representatives from The
California Space Authority, Kaiser Electro-Optics, NASA, JPL, San Diego DART,
The Mars Society, SPAWAR, and others.
- Also included in Space Day will be our 3rd Annual "Imagining the Future of Flight"
Exhibition. Children up to the age of 18 can build and display their own ideas about what future
space flight will look like. No kits allowed! All entries will be displayed at Space Day, and
there will be an awards ceremony for all participants during the Space Day celebration. There
will be drawings for cool prizes like flight simulator rides, Museum memberships, books, and
more, but you must be present to win.
- TMS-SD members and the
San Diego Mars Rover from
10:00am to 4:00pm in the lobby area.
Tentatively scheduled for the weekend of June 3-5th, TMS-SD member
Shannon Rupert Robles will be heading up a 3-day Off-Season Maintenance Mission to
the Mars Desert Research Station
in Utah with a crew from San Diego.
Also tentatively scheduled for our REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING of TMS-SD
on Friday, June 10th is an outdoor barbecue party. Location is yet to be determined
(but will probably be either at TMS-SD member Dave Rankin's or Gerry
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. Special Guests under discussion for our combined panel include
Dr. Michael Caplinger from Malin Space Science Systems (Mike
has been on our Comic-Con panel since our first one in 2001); Dr.
Gregory Benford (author/scientist); astronomer Dennis
Mamanna; and Mars Society president Dr. Robert Zubrin
. We're also looking at getting a representative from Aeraspace Corporation in Temecula.
Any other suggestions for potential panelists are welcome.
The 8th International Mars
Society convention, which will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, August
11-14, 2005 is fast approaching. Among the TMS-SD members
who have expressed interest in attending are Jesse Clark, Shannon
Rupert Robles and Gerry Williams. We're thinking of giving a presentation on how
to be a truly "kick ass" Mars Society chapter.
- PROJECT STATUS REPORTS -
The San Diego Mars Rover: is suffering some problems with
its onboard wireless video camera -- the signal has degraded significantly at the last
outreach. It was decided to purchase a new camera in time for the SDAM event on April 9th,
which Gerry had installed by the time of this meeting. The new camera gives the Rover a
smoother, sleeker look than the old boxy camera did.
Mars Suit Taskforce: Tim Sommer has turned over the bulk of
the Mars Suit material to Gerry. Gerry has lined up a seamstress to put the finishing touches
on the first (most complete) suit right away, and to take over the building of the second suit.
Both suits will need some adjustable sizing modifications to fit differing body types.
- Gerry, Jesse and Patrick have expressed interest in following up on finishing the hardware on
- Israel became our fourth person to qualify in our suits at the April 9th event at the SDAM.
Public Relations: Gerry will be interviewed as part of
The Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack program dealing with the soundtracks for Mars movies
on KFJC 89.7 FM from the Foothill-De
Anza Community College campus in San Jose, California from 9:00am to Noon on Saturday, April 16,
2005. This program will be webcast outside the San Jose area.
New TMS-SD Shirts: Tim reports that the new shirts have
been ordered and are to be drop-shipped to the seamstress for embroidery with our TMS-SD logo.
New Display: Jesse reported on the new framework for our
TMS-SD display booth, being constructed out of 3" ABS tubing. Gerry has been printing new images
for the collapsible backboard, but has not started installing them. Jesse says he's aiming for
having the display ready for a shakedown cruise at the SDAM's Space Day on May 21st.
Website Updates: Gerry is keeping our chapter's website up to
date on a monthly basis. He's also busy learning DreamWeaver and plotting a website makeover for
some undisclosed time in the future.
- OTHER ACTIVITIES AND ITEMS -
Treasury & Finance: Our current treasury is
healthy, with $80-90 earmarked for the new camera for our Mars Rover. Other upcoming costs will
include work on our Mars Suits.
Hartmann Book Sales: No sales were made this month. We have
17 books available (and 12 books is our break-even point). We discussed some other selling
options, especially nearing the Mars Opposition in early November.
TMS-SD Podcasting: We've done a little more research into
the possibility of a TMS-SD Podcast. We discussed some content and a lot about the necessary
hardware/software. We'll be going into more detail at next month's meeting.
New TMS-SD Events & Activities: The group seemed to be quite
satisfied with the amount of outreach (and its quality) we are currently performing. However it
is evident that we'll need to increase our active membership base if we plan to do more of our
"3-Ring Circus" events with our Display Table, Mars Rover and Mars Suits. It is difficult to do
this with just four people.
- On-Campus chapters & younger members recruitment was discussed, but no decisions were made.
- Brian Enke of the Rocky Mountain Mars Society was quizzing us about how to become involved in
the types of outreaches that we've been getting. I discussed our connections with him, and I
suggested heading up a panel at the next Mars Society Conference on how we (San Diego) do
- Ryan Zelnio of the NorCal Mars Society has been in contact with us regarding our Mars Rover --
he's trying to get the Northern California groups to build one of their own for outreach.
- OPEN DISCUSSIONS -
Combined Space Advocacy Group in San Diego: The Yuri's
Night World Space Party event will orbit around forming an umbrella group for San Diego county.
We've invited groups from the space advocacy areas, education, and industry to join us. This
group would be loosely based on a similar group near San Francisco,
- Coming up with a suitable (yet sexy) acronym for such a local group has given us many amusing
minutes of head scratching as well as head shaking. :-)
- WRAP UP ACTIVITIES -
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 and Jeff ran some videos on the big screen during this time.