Chicago Society for Space Studies
2004 Activities

During 2004, the Chicago Society for Space Studies was active educating the public about space exploration, both human and robotic, and the new NASA "Vision for Space Exploration". There were 23 public education programs, 6 meetings, 2 field trips, 2 Moon Base construction meetings and 1 barbecue. The average attendance at chapter meetings was 8 and the average attendance at public education programs was around 35. What follows is a brief overview of the activities we were engaged in during the course of the year 2004.

Date Activity Description
1/7/2004 Public Education,
Evanston Library
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
1/13/2004 Public Education,
Glenview Library
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
1/18/2004 Public Education,
Niles Library
With an audience of some 50 people, Jim Plaxco gave a one hour presentation "Mars Exploration Rovers". This was followed by a panel discussion "New Vision for Space Exploration" featuring Jim Plaxco, Jeff Liss, and Larry Boyle.
1/27/2004 Public Education,
Rolling Meadows Library
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
2/3/2004 Public Education,
Schaumburg Library
Jim Plaxco made a one hour presentation on "Mars Exploration Rovers".
2/10/2004 Public Education,
Northbrook Village Presbyterian Church,
Boys Scout Troop 67
Jim Plaxco made a one hour presentation on "Mars Exploration Rovers" to a scout audience of approximately 100. In addition, a short presentation of 3D images of Mars was well received and handouts were distributed to all in attendance.
2/20/2004 Public Education,
Men's Club of Friendship Village,
Schaumburg
Jim Plaxco gave his "Mars Exploration Rovers" presentation to an audience of 30 people.
2/29/2004 Chapter Meeting,
Omega Restaurant,
Niles, IL
A business meeting was held to discuss chapter activities and to plan for future events.
3/3/2004 Public Education,
Deerfield Library
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
3/11/2004 Public Education,
Morton Grove Library
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
3/19/2004 Public Education,
Lake County Astronomers
Larry Boyle gave his presentation "2003 Space Year In Review" to the Lake County Astronomers club.
3/28/2004 Field Trip/Meeting,
Adler Planetarium,
Chicago IL
About 15 people joined in on our field trip to the Adler Planetarium.
4/10/2004 Public Education,
SF Convention,
Rosemont IL
Jim Plaxco participated in a panel discussion on the "Bush Space Initiative" at the ToBeContinued Science Fiction Convention.
4/24/2004 Chapter Meeting,
Lou Malnatis,
Schaumburg IL
A business meeting was held to discuss chapter activities, plan for future events, and partake of some excellent pizza.
4/24/2004 Field Trip,
Harper College
About 10 CSSS members made a field trip to Harper College in Palatine IL to attend the Astronomy Day activities being held there by the Northwest Suburban Astronomy Club.
5/23/2004 Chapter Meeting,
Panera Bread,
Niles IL
A business meeting was held to discuss chapter activities and to plan for future events.
6/5/2004 Public Education,
Lincolnwood IL
Jim Plaxco participated in the panel "The Future Mars: Red, Green, or Blue Planet?" at the Duckon Science Fiction Convention.
6/12/2004 Public Education,
Illinois Institute of Technology
The CSSS contacted the Illinois Institute of Technology and made arrangements to have NSS Executive Director George Whitesides present Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James Lovell with the NSS' Heinlein Award, the society's top award. Mr. Whitesides presented Captain Lovell with the award before an audience of approximately 1,000, who were there as a part of a special alumni event.
6/17/2004 Public Education,
Motorola, ED/CAS/SSC Societies of IEEE,
Schaumburg, IL
Jim Plaxco made his presentation on "The Future of Human Space Exploration" at a meeting of the IEEE held at Motorola's corporate headquarters.
6/19/2004 Summer Barbecue/Meeting,
Robert Jeske Home
Lunar Display Project starts (a working model of the moon with rovers in connection with the Bush Initiative)
7/19/2004 Public Education,
Highland Park Library, Highland Park IL
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
7/20/2004 Public Education,
Indian Trails Library, Wheeling IL
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
7/21/2004 Public Education,
Wauconda Library, Wauconda IL
Jim Plaxco made his presentation on "The Future of Human Space Exploration" as a part of the Wauconda Library's monthly public programming.
8/8/2004 Chapter Meeting,
Omega Restaurant, Niles IL
A business meeting was held to discuss chapter activities and to plan for future events.
8/27/2004 Public Education,
Men's Club of Friendship Village,
Schaumburg IL
Jim Plaxco gave his presentation "The Future of Human Space Exploration" to the Men's Club of Friendship Village.
9/22/2004 Chapter Meeting,
Omega Restaurant, Niles IL
A business meeting was held to discuss chapter activities and to plan for future events.
9/23/2004 Public Education,
Skokie Library
John Vittallo gave his presentation "The Cassini Mission to Saturn".
9/27/2004 Public Education,
Schaumburg Library, Schaumburg IL
Jim Plaxco gave his presentation "The Future of Human Space Exploration" as a part of the Schaumburg Library's public programming.
10/27/2004 Public Education,
Planetary Studies Foundation Henize Science Center,
Crystal Lake IL
Jim Plaxco gave his presentation "The Future of Human Space Exploration" to a group of mostly Harper College students at the Henize Science Center.
11/13/2004 Public Education,
Windycon SF Convention
Jim Plaxco and Bill Higgins participated in the panel "Current News in Planetary Science and Astronomy" at the Windycon Science Fiction Convention.
11/14/2004 Public Education,
Windycon SF Convention
Jim Plaxco gave his presentation "Mars as Art" at the Windycon Science Fiction Convention.
11/20/2004 Chapter Meeting,
Omega Restaurant,
Niles IL
A business meeting was held to discuss chapter activities and to plan for future events.


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