The US House of Representatives will soon be voting on the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, legislation that will determine the direction of NASA for the next three years. The SEDS-USA executive board encourages members of the general public, industry, and students to evaluate the differences between the two versions and form their own opinion on this crucial matter.
SEDS-USA is now accepting entries for the SEDS Video Ad contest. We challenge you, your friends, or your club to develop an awesome ad for SEDS-USA that shows the world what our organization is all about! Compete with other students around the country and possibly around the world to create the best possible ad for SEDS and win some sweet prizes.
The SEDS chapter at University at Buffalo in New York just started a campaign on Pepsi's Idea 50K website asking Pepsi for the funding to rebuild their run-down campus astronomical observatory. They would like the funds to rebuild the current old 12' by 12' building with a newer, bigger building that will house their telescopes and allow them to do a lot of public astronomy outreach. Go to http://pep.si/bXRWIT to vote for their idea (may use Facebook login).
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA) is excited about SpaceUp DC, an unConference being held in Washington D.C. this weekend, August 27-28, 2010, and encourages any interested students to attend. The SpaceUp unconference is working to bring together all types of space enthusiasts at our nation's capital including regular people interested in space, students, and rocket scientists from NASA and private companies. The idea of an unconference (similar to a barcamp) is to allow all these people to participate and collaborate on vaulting humankind into space, a mission that cannot be done by engineers and scientists alone.
Here on the SEDS-USA board, we felt like it would be a good idea to help chapters start the new school year off right. To help old chapters as well as new chapters, we created a list of the favorite group activities of SEDS members past and present. Hopefully you get some great ideas from this 1-page compilation.
SEDS-USA is proud to announce the release of its 2nd Quarter edition of our magazine, the NOVA! This edition features an article on ISDC, some chapter updates, and much more as well as the return of the usual Alumni Spotlight, This Month in Space, and Blast from the Past. Please check it out here!
Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Responding to O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy
After over a year and a half of service, Basant Sagar, SEDS-USA’s current Director of National Projects, is stepping down from the executive board. A special election will be held shortly to select a new Director of National Projects for SEDS-USA.
Interested in going to “Mars”? Ben Corbin (MIT SEDS) and Joshua Nelson (DSS SEDS) are looking for SEDS members interested in joining an expedition to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). The MDRS is a Mars analog station in the desert near Hanksville, Utah. Crews of six student or professional researchers spend between 2-4 weeks in Martian simulation, conducting research in multiple disciplines.
Ideally, the first all-SEDS MDRS expedition would serve either a two or four week rotation at MDRS in January 2011.