NSS: E-mail the White House
Enough talk. Now there is something we can DO!
The "Mars rock" and the "Space Summit" have given us a unique window of opportunity to remind the U.S. and the world that space is for people, not just robots.There are two very specific things we -- each and every one of us -- can do to get humans back into the solar system. And they won't take a lot of work. But they must be done:
1.E-mail the President to put humans back in the solar system space program.
2.Write or e-mail the Vice President to include NSS, as representing the public, in the December "Space Summit."The instructions are below; the future is in our hands.
TWO E-MAILINGS NEEDED:
Letter or E-Mail to the Vice President
It is vital that the National Space Society be at the White House's December "Space Summit" if the public concerned with the human future in space is to have a voice.Our leadership, including both Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin and space engineer Robert Zubrin, should both be there.
It is important that Vice President Al Gore, who is chairing the summit, be informed of the necessity of an NSS presence. Please send letters to Vice President Gore at Old Executive Office Building, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20501, or E-mail to
The "Space Summit" needs to go beyond the narrow consideration of robotic Mars exploration to the beginning of a human Mars program by recommending "a Phase A study" to determine the lowest cost method of achieving that. A Phase A study would review alternative concepts and settle on a preferred mission architecture and give a reasonably reliable estimate of costs.
E-Mail to the President
The new National Space Policy released on September 20 no longer includes the Bush administration's goal of expanding "human presence and activity beyond Earth orbit into the solar system." Humans are losing their place in any real program that's heading for space.While the National Space Policy is a useful overview, we are concerned with its lack of vision. BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 1, -- BEFORE THE WHITE HOUSE SPACE SUMMIT TAKES PLACE -- it is imperative that all pro-space citizens let President Clinton know of our disappointment with this turn of events.Please send an electronic or written letter to President Clinton as soon as you can. Use the following points to create your letter. Be firm, but be polite. Please limit your message to one screen or your letter to one page.
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Among the points you may wish to include:
Other Info to Include:
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NSS Washington- Area Mars Events
National Space Society Members and Friends: It's a Mars Two-Fer!! Don't miss these two exciting events sponsored by the NSS!
#1: SPACE SUMMIT FORUM: MARS AND THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. SPACE PROGRAM
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 1996, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
WHERE: House of Representatives Science Committee Hearing Room
WHAT: An independent gathering of experts before a public audience to discuss the next steps for Mars as evolving from robotic exploration to humans.
This event will feature a wide-ranging discussion of the programmatic elements of sending humans to Mars, including precursor robotic missions. Major themes include:
COST: The forum is free and open to the public.
WHO: Among the featured speakers:Dr. Scott Pace, space policy analyst, Space Forum Moderator
Dr. Geoffrey Briggs, Center for Mars Exploration, NASA Ames Research Center
Dr. Michael Griffin, Orbital Sciences Corporation
Mr. Kent Joosten, NASA Johnson Space Center
Hon. Harrison Schmitt, Apollo astronaut-geologist, former U.S. Senator
Dr. Gerald Soffen, Director of University Programs, Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Gordon Woodcock, Boeing (ret.)
Dr. Lowell Wood, physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. S. Pete Worden, former Director, Science, Tech and Advanced Concepts, National Space Council
Dr. Robert Zubrin, Pioneer Rocketplane, author, "The Case for Mars"
LATEST INFO: http://www.nss.org/ or call 202-543-1900
#2 LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: WHAT MIGHT MARTIAN FOSSILS TELL US?
WHEN: Friday, November 22, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater
WHAT: A symposium about the cultural, intellectual, theological and policy implications of evidence of possible fossils of ancient life forms from Mars. It will provide an opportunity for the public to express itself about an appropriate response to the Mars meteorite findings prior to the White House summit. Topics addressed include an analysis of the meteorite findings, what steps to take to prove the findings valid, the implications of alien life, international interest and response, and how to put the findings in broad perspective.
WHO: Among the featured speakers:
COST: None. The forum is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Send name, organization, address, phone/fax/e-mail to
LATEST INFO: http://www.gwu.edu/~spi
NSS Letter-Writing Campaign
Do You Know Someone Famous? NSS Needs Signatures for Letter to Clinton
As part of our "On to Mars" campaign, NSS is producing an Open Letter in support of a human mission to Mars. The NSS is asking space activists to think about people in your sphere of influence whose name on our letter might help influence Clinton.
Please think about opinion leaders in your community -- elected officials, scientists, academics (college or university presidents and/or professors), business leaders, sports heroes, media personalities -- who might be recognizable to Clinton and who would agree to your request to lend their visibility to our message to the President. The NSS is already contacting astronauts, scientists and celebrities at the national level.
Here are points you can use to describe the "Open Letter" project to your potential recruit:
Instructions for Obtaining and Sending Signatures:
Questions? Contact Karen Rugg at NSS: 202-543-1900, ext. 177 or
Open letter from the National Space Society to President William J. Clinton
Thirty-five years ago your predecessor John F. Kennedy clearly established the United States as the world technology leader by sending the human race to the Moon.
This year serious evidence of past life on Mars has been unveiled. This may well be one of the single most important discoveries of this century. Robotic probes are a useful follow-up to this find, but only human hands, human eyes, and human minds operating on the Red Planet will ever be able to ferret out the full measure of the secrets that Mars has to offer.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, urge you, Mr. President, to immediately call for NASA to plan and implement a human mission to Mars which will be the beginning of a sustained program of human exploration and eventual settlement of the Red Planet.
The United States and its friends clearly have the ability to make such a program happen. We have the opportunity to open a New World to humanity; one full of wonders yet to be discovered and history yet to be made. It is time for the United States to lead human exploration yet again.
(signature; please use black or blue felt tip pen)
(please print name here; be sure to include middle initial)
(please print title, company and/or organization to be listed beneath signator's name)
"From the Garage to the Solar System"
Our October lecture was given by the Boston Chapter's Vice President - Lynn Olson. The talk was titled From the Garage to the Solar System: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Settling Space.
Besides the high cost of payload equipment, space venture is also inhibited by the high cost of launches, despite the lowering cost of propellant. Lynn concludes that "huge cost reductions in both payloads and launch are possible."
An Entrepreneurial Path
He went on to discuss each phase in detail, ending with missions to Mars, the Asteroids and beyond.
Companies pulling out of the "Garage"
Thursday, November 7, 1996"Space Museums"
by Jeff Foust
Nearly a quarter-century has passed since the first era of the Space Age -- the period from Sputnik through the Apollo moon landings -- has come to a close. An entire generation of Americans has grown up without firsthand experience with this exciting era of American history. This makes the role played by space museums more important than ever, as they provide a key link between past space efforts and future space hopes. Jeff Foust will look at a number of space museums across the country, including the Kansas Cosmosphere, the National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Air Force Museum, and the Smithsonian's 150th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition, to see how each museum is preserving our past space heritage. Many pictures of the museums and their exhibits will be shown.
Thursday, December 5, 1996"The Case for Mars"
by Robert Zubrin
Thursday, January 9, 1997"Challenger Centers"
by Bruce Matson
PASA meets regularly for a business luncheon and formal meeting from 1-3pm, the third Saturday of every month at Smart Alex Restaurant, Sheraton University City, 35th & Chestnut. 2 hours free parking with validation.
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