Chicago Society for Space Studies
Previous 2007 Activities

During 2007, the Chicago Society for Space Studies has either sponsored or participated in the following activities.

DateActivityDescription
01/30/2007Public Advocacy,
The Outer Planets: Missions and Discoveries, Roselle Public Library, Roselle IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation about the planets of the outer solar system and associated planetary missions.

02/02/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images, Northwest Suburban Astronomers, Hoffman Estates IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

02/09/2007Public Advocacy,
Planets of the Inner Solar System, Skokie Valley Astronomers, Deerfield IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation about the inner solar system.

02/21/2007Field Trip,
Astronaut Farmer, Classic Cinemas York, Elmhurst IL

Jim Plaxco, in conjunction with NSS and the Astronaut Farmer movie promoters arranged for a free screening of the movie for area NSS and CSSS members.

02/23/2007Public Advocacy,
CSSS Outreach Meeting, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL

Jim Plaxco and Nicki Timian held an outreach meeting at the NEIU Student Union.

03/01/2007Public Advocacy,
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling IL

Jim Kovac and John Vittallo gave a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to Saturn and its moons.

03/27/2007Public Advocacy,
Mars Missions and Mysteries, Cary Area Public Library, Cary IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation about Mars and the Mars Exploration Rovers.

04/21/2007Public Advocacy,
Imaging Mars, Astronomy Day, Harper College, Palatine IL

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation explaing the imaging processing associated with Martian imagery with a focus on data from the Mars Global Surveyor and Viking Orbiter missions.

05/03/2007Public Advocacy,
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Grayslake Public Library, GrayslakeIL

John Vittallo gave a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to Saturn and its moons.

05/08/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images, Bartlett Public Library, Bartlett IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

05/18/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images, Lake County Astronomical Society, Volo Bog State Natural Area Visitor Center, Ingleside IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

05/20/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images, IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

05/26/2007Public Advocacy,
Imaging Mars, International Space Development Conference, Dallas TX

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation explaing the imaging processing associated with Martian imagery with a focus on data from the Mars Global Surveyor and Viking Orbiter missions.

05/26/2007Public Advocacy,
The NSS Space Settlement Art Contest, International Space Development Conference, Dallas TX

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation about the National Space Society Space Settlement Art Contest and Calendar Project.

05/26/2007Public Advocacy,
Selling Space: The Waterfall Approach to Public Outreach, International Space Development Conference, Dallas TX

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation outlining how space activist organizations can improve their outreach efforts.

06/09/2007Public Advocacy,
The NSS Space Settlement Art Contest, DucKon Science Fiction Convention, Naperville IL

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation about the National Space Society Space Settlement Art Contest and Calendar Project.

06/09/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe According to Monty Python, DucKon Science Fiction Convention, Naperville IL

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation analyzing the astronomy and cosmology of Monty Python's Galaxy Song.

06/09/2007Public Advocacy,
Space Art: Voyage to a New Frontier, DucKon Science Fiction Convention, Naperville IL

Jim Plaxco chaired a discussion on the aesthetic of space art and how artists must balance imagination and reality.

06/10/2007Public Advocacy,
Imaging Mars, DucKon Science Fiction Convention, Naperville IL

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation explaing the imaging processing associated with Martian imagery with a focus on data from the Mars Global Surveyor and Viking Orbiter missions.

06/13/2007Public Advocacy,
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Naperville Public Library , Naperville IL

John Vittallo gave a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to Saturn and its moons..

06/14/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images,Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

06/19/2007Public Advocacy,
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn,Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights IL

Jim Kovac and John Vittallo gave a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to Saturn and its moons..

06/21/2007Public Advocacy,
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield IL

John Vittallo gave a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to Saturn and its moons..

06/24/2007Public Advocacy,
The Intelligent Travelers Guide to Mars, Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, Lombard IL

Jim Plaxco gave a 2 hour presentation summarizing our knowledge of Mars and the importance of space exploration.

06/29/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images, Aurora West High School, Aurora IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

07/09/2007Public Advocacy,
The Universe in Images, Algonquin Area Public Library, Algonquin IL

Jim Kovac gave a presentation using images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes.

07/19/2007Public Advocacy,
The Outer Planets - Missions and Discoveries, Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL

Jim Kovac - an exploration of Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune from the Galileo and Voyager missions. Attendance=50

07/24/2007Public Advocacy,
The Outer Planets - Missions and Discoveries, Wood Dale Public Library, Wood Dale, IL

Jim Kovac - an exploration of Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune from the Galileo and Voyager missions. Attendance=25

08/07/2007Public Advocacy,
Galaxies, Nebulas, and Stars in the Universe, Morton Grove Public Library, Morton Grove, IL

Jim Kovac - incredible images made possible by the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra Space Telescopes along with a discussion of Dark Matter in the Universe. Attendance=21

08/24/2007Public Advocacy,
Building Martian Spacecraft, At Home in Your Spare Time, Mars Society Conference, UCLA

CSSS member Kent Nebergall gave a talk, also done at the Heinlein Centennial, that discusses the uses of common spreadsheets and downloadable free tools from the Internet in doing advanced spacecraft design.

08/24/2007Public Advocacy,
Mars Sample Return Proposal, Mars Society Conference, UCLA

As part of the MarsDrive Mars Sample Return contest, CSSS member Kent Nebergall discussed a design solution he created. The discussion covered the general problem and solution space for Mars Sample Return and related technologies.

08/24/2007Public Advocacy,
Mars Sample Return Proposal, Mars Society Conference, UCLA

As part of the MarsDrive Mars Sample Return contest, CSSS member Kent Nebergall discussed a design solution he created. The discussion covered the general problem and solution space for Mars Sample Return and related technologies.

09/08/2007Public Advocacy,
Music Institute of Chicago Blast Off Concert, Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL

Jim Plaxco narrated a travelog with an audience countdown of a child's journey to outer space as a part of a free family open house and concert. Attendance=300

09/13/2007Public Advocacy,
Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL

Jim Kovac and John Vittallo - amazing images captured by the Cassini-Huygens mission of Saturn, its rings, and moons. Attendance=50

10/26/2007Public Advocacy,
The Outer Planets - Missions and Discoveries, Northwest Suburban Astronomers, Hoffman Estates, IL

Jim Kovac - an exploration of Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune from the Galileo and Voyager missions. Attendance=70

10/26/2007Public Advocacy,
Space Update 2007, HalloweeM (Chicago regional Mensa gathering), Arlington Heights, IL

CSSS member Kent Nebergall gave a talk discussing what the various government (and now private) space programs have accomplished in the past year, what they have planned for the next year, and the long term goals of each. His talk concluded with a discussion of the economic impact that space is increasingly having in the world economy.

10/27/2007Public Advocacy,
A Midwinter On Mars, HalloweeM (Chicago regional Mensa gathering), Arlington Heights, IL

CSSS member Kent Nebergall discussed the two Mars Society Mars base simulators, his two weeks as part of Mars Base Crew 32, and the recent advances made by work at these bases.

11/06/2007Public Advocacy,
Imaging Mars, Naperville Astronomical Association, Naperville , IL

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation about robotic mission imaging of Mars. Attendance=90

11/08/2007Public Advocacy,
Apollo Missions to the Moon.Lake Bluff Pubic Library, Lake Bluff, IL

Larry Boyle. Review of Manned Moon Missions. Attendance=6

11/10/2007Public Advocacy,
The Lunar Barrier, Windycon Science Fiction Convention, Rosemont, IL

Jim Plaxco participated in a panel discussion on the future of human exploration of the Moon. Attendance=45

11/10/2007Public Advocacy,
The Vision for Space Exploration, Windycon Science Fiction Convention, Rosemont, IL

Jim Plaxco moderated a panel discussion on the future of the Vision for Space Exploration. Attendance=40

11/09/2007Public Advocacy,
Worlds of the Solar System, Antioch Upper Grade School, Antioch, IL

Jim Kovac - an exploration of Mars with the Mars Exploration Rovers and Jupiter and its incredible moons for the combined 6th and 7th grade classes and science teachers. Attendance=360

11/11/2007Public Advocacy,
Politics in the Future, Windycon Science Fiction Convention, Rosemont, IL

Jim Plaxco participated in a panel discussion concerning politics and governance for a multi-planet, multi-star system civilization. Attendance=30

11/15/2007Public Advocacy,
Mars -- Missions and Mysteries, Bloomingdale Public Library, Bloomingdale, IL

Jim Kovac - exploration of the Red Planet with the Mars Exploration Rovers as well as a discussion of lingering questions and mysteries. Attendance=21

11/16/2007Public Advocacy,
Review of the Year in Space, Lake County Astronomy Club, Innsgaside,, IL

Larry Boyle. Review of What Happened in Space in 2007. Attendance=50

12/02/2007Public Advocacy,
Review of the Year in Space, CSSS Christmas Party, City, IL

Larry Boyle. Review of What Happened in Space in 2007.

12/06/2007Public Advocacy,
Space Solar Power for Earth, Hanover Township Senior Center, Bartlett, IL

Jim Plaxco gave a presentation on Space Solar Power and Lunar Solar Power. Attendance=22

12/07/2007Public Advocacy,
Worlds of the Solar System, Sunnydale Elementary School, Streamwood, IL

Jim Kovac - an exploration of Mars with the Mars Exploration Rovers and Jupiter and its incredible moons for the 4th grade class and teachers. Attendance=26

12/14/2007Public Advocacy,
Touching Mars, Chicago Astronomical Society, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL

CSSS member Kent Nebergall talk "Touching Mars" discussed NASA's recent and planned work with robotic spacecraft to Mars, the status of human mission plans to Mars, and his two week duty at Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.



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