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“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. - Carl Sagan

Status of manned space in 2021

Since it has been a while since our last meeting, I’d thought I would post a status of manned space for 2021. I’m recovering from a 4 day Internet and Uverse TV outage and glad to be connected to the information torrent again.The Inspiration 4 crew of 4 returned to an Atlantic splashdown off the…
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Notes from Our 10th Anniversary Party/Meeting on July 30, 2021

It was great to get back to an in-person event after a long 17 months of Zooming. Dean, Keith, Phil, Hank and I were present. This was our 76th meeting. We were celebrating our 10th anniversary of meetings. The first one was on July 21, 2011. I started off by displaying the pile of notes…
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Notes from the MASS Zoom meeting on June 4, 2021

We had a quorum with Keith, Hank, Harry, Silvio, Phil and myself there for our 75 meeting and 11th one using Zoom. A missed communication kept Dean away and Beth was meeting at the same time with her analog space mission team that will be getting together in Poland this July. Keith did the honor…
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Notes from MASS Zoom meeting on April 23, 2021

Another good group participated for our 74th meeting. Dean, Keith, Hank, Harry, Silvio and I were there for our 10th meeting using Zoom. We again recorded our meeting and I’m proud to announce that with the aid of Keith’s expert video editing our first meeting on YouTube already has more than 100 views. Watch out…
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Notes from MASS Zoom meeting on March 26, 2021

We had a good turnout for our 73rd meeting. Dean, Keith, Phil, Hank, Harry and I were there for our 9th get-together on Zoom. We were now comfortable enough with Zoom to have Keith record the meeting. We’ll see how well our meeting translates into video format after Keith gives it a once over.To lead…
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Notes from MASS Zoom Meeting on February 26, 2021

We had a good group with Keith, Silvio, Phil, Hank, Jim P., Dean and myself present. With our new start time of 7:30 PM, I was proud that we finished up at 9:30. I think monthly Zoom meetings are helping me keep the get-together to a 2 hour limit. Our first order of business was…
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Notes for MASS Zoom Meeting on January 29, 2021

We had a record turnout for our 71st meeting and the 7th on Zoom. Keith, Dean, Beth, Chad, Silvio, Hank, Harry, Dennis, Beth’s mom, Bonnie, and Beth’s friend from Green Bay, WI, Lisa, and myself, set a record of 11 people on the call. We started a little later at 7:30 PM to accommodate Dean’s…
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Notes for MASS Zoom Meeting on December 11, 2020

We had another good turnout for our 70th meeting and the 6th one using Zoom. Keith, Phil, Silvio, Hank, Beth and Chad joined me in a 2 hour 15 minute summary of events happening in space and astronomy. First order of business was to announce the entries for our next MASS Prize, this time it…
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Notes for MASS Zoom Meeting on November 13, 2020

We had great participation. Dean, Keith, Silvio, Phil, Hank, Jim Plaxco, Harry and I were all on the zoom meeting for 2 1/2 hours. This was our 69th meeting and the 5th one using Zoom. I’m still waiting for the time we can all participate in person. Nothing beats the give-and-take of an in-person get…
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MASS Meeting Notes from the Zoom Meeting on August 28, 2020

We zoomed again. Keith helped as co-host and Beth, Chad, Dave and Harry participated. We also had a special participant, Jim Plaxco, President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies, who added his knowledge on the topics we were discussing. First topic was concern about the Space Camp organization going bankrupt. Beth is a two…
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MASS Meeting Notes for October 18, 2019

Silvio, Dave, Harry and I were in attendance for our 63rd meeting.It was ironic that after 8 years we are still waiting for the first manned launch of the Commercial Crew program. A person could have gone through high-school and college in that time. But I assured the group that the first manned flights are…
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MASS notes from ApolloPalooza Party, July 19, 2019

This was our 62nd get-together and our 8th anniversary. It was our second meeting as an “eating” event, following our PlutoPalooza 4 years ago. Dean and his wife, Laura, Phil and his wife, Lin, Keith, Dave, Silvio, my wife Carol and I were in attendance. We enjoyed Portillo’s beef sandwiches, chopped and fruit salads, a…
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MASS Meeting Notes for June 14, 2019

Dean, Phil, Keith, Phil and I were in attendance for our 61st meeting. I started the event with a series of questions. The first question was who knew what this picture was? Only a couple of people knew that it was the recent picture of the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy…
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MASS Meeting Notes for March 29, 2019

We had a good turnout for our 60th meeting with Dean, Phil, Harry, Keith, Silvio, Dave and myself. With so many of the old-timers present, we had to pose for a quick photo in front of the TV with my new presentation software Google Slides showing Starman heading out to an orbit beyond Mars in…
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Casual Space – Podcasting

Join Beth Mund, on her new Space Podcast: Casual Space Podcast  !!! She’s bringing stories that inspire, and the topic of technical space sciences down to Earth for us all, to help us embrace her experiences, science topics impacting us all, insights, and great interviews on this new and innovative Space Podcast! Make sure to…
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MASS Meeting Notes for July 20, 2018

We had a good turnout with Dean, Keith, Dave, Jim A. and myself in attendance. We started our 7th anniversary meeting with some of our recent experiences. I had finished COD astronomer Joe DalSanto’s two astronomy courses each consisting of 12 well produced videos available on YouTube. The course titles are “Stars and Galaxies” and…
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MASS Meeting Notes for April 13, 2018

We were a small group with only Silvio, Dean and myself in attendance. I started the night by sharing my neutrino knowledge that I acquired from a recent COD talk. Neutrinos were first proposed in the 1930s but not detected until the 1960s. About 65 billion neutrinos pass through each area of your body the…
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MASS Meeting Notes for December 1, 2017

Dean, Keith, Silvio, Harry, Phil and I were in attendance for our last meeting of 2017. I kicked the meeting off by describing how Carol and I had watched the ISS flyover the previous night around 5:15 PM while we were walking the Prairie Path. Just as the ISS pasted the zenith, we saw another…
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MASS Meeting Notes for September 8, 2017

What a delightful meeting we had! Even though I was a little under the weather with a UI, everyone’s feedback on the eclipse and the attendance of Beth and her husband Chad added some great discussion to the topics. With Dean, Silvio, Phil, Jim A., Keith and I in attendance, it was a great turnout.…
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MASS Meeting Notes for June 2, 2017

This was our 51st meeting! Again a long 14 weeks between get-togethers. Keith, Silvio, Harry, Dave, Phil, Jim A. and I were in attendance, so it was a great turnout. We were going to shoot for a new Guiness Record for “Number of Topics Discussed” because I had notes for 38 defined topics and 8…
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Looks like 2017 will be a very good year for rocket launches

I never realized that Trump’s picture would be emblazoned at the top of our website for over 3 months because my meeting notes from November 11th were the last update and we did a short story on what his election might mean for the space industry and NASA. So this short article is to help…
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MASS Meeting Notes for June 17, 2016

This was our 47th meeting. Phil, Silvio, Dave, Dean and I were in attendance. Silvio and I related our presence at the Cernan Space Center relaunch on May 24, 2016. There were quite a few dignitaries present, including a couple of mayors and the Triton College President. The last SkyWatch had good news, Dan Troiani…
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MASS Meeting Notes for May 6, 2016

Keith, Phil, Dave, Dean and I were in attendance for our 46th meeting. We started the meeting with a quick review of a couple of Internet astronomy resources. One resource is from an astronomer, Chris Impey, of the University of Arizona. His site TeachAstronomy has a good mix of short text and video clips. Chris…
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MASS Meeting Notes for April 1, 2016

Dave, Jim A., Phil, Silvio and I were in attendance for the 45th meeting. Both Dean and Keith were not able to come due to work commitments. We went with Plan B and hopefully Keith can present his space colonization paper at a future meeting. I did show everyone his article “Space Colonization, What Are…
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MASS Meeting Notes for February 19, 2016

Dave, Silvio, Keith, Dean and I were in attendance for the 44th meeting. It was great to see everyone for the first time in 2016. Since Pluto was discovered the day before on Feb. 18th, 1930 and my discovery was on the same day-of-year but in 1949, we celebrated with a bottle of Rogue “Mango…
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MASS Meeting Notes Dec 11, 2015

Harry, Keith and I were in attendance for the 43rd meeting. Unfortunately it was a new low in attendance. MassCosmos.org web site comments: the site looks fantastic, with sections “about us” and “deans blog” we can drop the “under construction” tag, Keith should add himself to “about us” as designer with his picture News from…
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MASS Meeting Notes Nov 6, 2015

MASS Meeting Nov 6, 2015 Last meeting was 9/25/15, 6 weeks ago, attendees Dean, Phil, Harry, Dave, Sylvio & I (6); Today is our 42nd meeting, in attendance special guest Kevin (our 2nd professional astronomer), Keith, Phil, Sylvio, Ed, Jim A. and Sophia and I (9) Started Meeting with music video “Over the Horizon” produced…
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MASS Meeting Notes Sept 25, 2015

MASS Meeting Sept 25, 2015 Previous meeting was 8/14/15, in attendance Dean, Phil, Harry, Jim A. & I (5); our 41st meeting; Library with Dean “Shine on Harvest Moon” Monday 9/28/15 7-8 PM I’m taking 4 courses online: Calculus of Ohio State Univ., Geology from Univ. of Illinois, 2 astronomy courses – “The Evolving Universe” from CalTech &…
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MASSCosmos.org

Hello, my name is James Mueller, co-founder with Dean Mikolajczyk of the “Midwest Astronomy and Space Society” (MASS).  You have reached our website!  This site is currently being updated at this time.  Please come by later in the week as we update the system.  Thanks again, for stopping by! – Jim