Chicago Society for Space Studies Activities

The Chicago Society for Space Studies engages in a number of activities. These activities include meetings, field trips, public education events via our Speakers Bureau, and our moon base project.

Next CSSS meeting: Sunday March 24, 2019.
Using Antimatter to Reach the Stars

This event is free and open to the public.


Recent Past CSSS Public Meetings

Note that all CSSS meetings are free and open to the public

Sunday December 2, 2018.
Annual Party and Space Year in Review Presentation

Annual party and 2018 Space Year in Review program.

Sunday, June 24, 2018.
The History of the Universe Starting with the Big Bang

A presentation exploring the evolution of our universe.

Sunday, April 22, 2018.
The History of the Space Program

A presentation exploring the history of the space program.

Sunday December 3, 2017.
Annual Party and Space Year in Review Presentation

A once a year tradition.

Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Return to Jupiter: NASA's Juno Mission

A presentation about the NASA Juno mission to Jupiter.

Sunday, December 11, 2016.
Annual Party and Space Year in Review Presentation

A once a year tradition.

Sunday, October 09, 2016.
The Impact of Space Policy on Space Settlement

A presentation about the impact space policy has on the future of space development and space settlement.

Important Update - July 7, 2016: Join CSSS in the Home District Space Policy Activism Blitz in Illinois

Sunday, June 19, 2016.
Prospects for Interstellar Travel

A special presentation by David Raske, formerly of Argonne National Laboratory and a veteran of the NASA Apollo program.

Sunday, March 20, 2016.
Space is Open For Business:
Business Opportunities on the High Frontier

Featuring a special presentation by Orbital Transports CEO David Hurst.

Coming Events

To find out about upcoming meetings and events, visit our Coming Events page.

Also, be sure to join one or more of our social media groups as they will have postings regarding other Chicago area space events. Our social media groups are:


Spacewatch was originally the print newsletter mailed to all CSSS members. In addition to covering CSSS activities, it provided reporting on significant space news. After many years of publication and the growth of access to comprehensive space news via the Internet, publication was discontinued. One consequence of this action was the decision to eliminate compulsory membership dues, as the bulk of those dues had gone towards covering publication costs.

Spacewatch is now an e-newsletter published quarterly that focuses on local activities. Anyone can freely subscribe. For additional information and to preview sample back issues, visit the Spacewatch subscription and sample issues page

Past Events

A summary of our past activities is available for:

To see a list of some of our pre-2004 activities, visit our Past Events page. You can also read the details of our Mars on Earth program that featured Robert Zubrin in person. We also have available a review of our 2001 Space Exploration Roundtable event as well as our CSSS Field Trip to Fermi Lab in March 2006.

Speakers Bureau

To arrange for one of our speakers to give your group or organization a space related presentation, visit our Speakers Bureau.

Project Moon Base

In 2004, we embarked on a project to create a modular, expandable model of a moon base to serve as an educational tool. You can read about this project at our CSSS Moon Base Armstrong Project page.

To find out how you can help the Chicago Society for Space Studies promote space exploration in the Chicago area, please check out our Membership page.

We Speak Space
If your group needs a speaker or program, see our
Speakers Bureau

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