NAL-JSC Member Education

Past NAL Programs

2018

  • Jan 4 – Space Shuttle Astronaut Jim Wetherbee, Discussion and Book Signing for “Controlling Risk – In a Dangerous World”
  • Feb 1, 2018 – Tracy Lamm from Space Center gave an update on activities at Space Center Houston
  • March 1 – “Chasing Poor Man’s Space Probes”, a discussion on the study of meteorites and what we learn from them – Dr. Everett Gibson
  • April 5 – Joe Caram/SE&I Lead for Deep Space Gateway
  • May – No program
  • June 7 – NASA Alumni League President Wayne Hale – “Update on the NAL National Organization”
  • June 18 – Dinner & Social – “NAL-JSC – Your Impact on the Community”
  • July – No program

2017

  • Dec 7 – JSC/Jesse Buffington, “NASA’s Progress and Planning in Exploration EVA”
  • Nov 7 – Social & Dinner – “History of the MOL Program”, Dr. John Charles
  • Nov 2 – STS-5 Reunion “Photos” and “Part 1 Video – Vance Brand’s mission overview”, “Part 2 Video – Panel Discussion”. The panel included Vance Brand, Flight Director Tommy Holloway, Payloads Officer Mike Hawes, Training Manager Ronnie Lanier, Program Office Leonard Nicholson, and NASA Headquarters Jon Michael Smith
  • Oct 5 – UHCL Dr. David Garrison – Overview of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • Sept 21 – UHCL Robotics tour at UHCL Presentation 1, Presentation 2
  • Sept 7 – Cancelled
  • Aug 22 Social & Dinner – “Center Director Update” – Dr. Ellen Ochoa/JSC Center Director
  • Aug 3 – “JSC’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter: Several Projects Applying Space Technology to Help in the Developing World“, Jack Bacon
  • July 18 Social & Dinner – “Orion Program Update without videos, small PDF download”  “PowerPoint Charts with Videos, large download”, – Program Manager/Mark Kirasich
  • July 6 – “History of Underwater/Neutral Buoyancy Training for Astronauts”, Dr. John Charles
  • June 1 – Frank Hughes presented his Apollo 13 class that he teaches at Lone Star College
  • May 4 – Social & Dinner – “Long-term care for those with Azheimer’s and memory issues” – Anne Neelon, Executive Director of Autumn Leaves of Clear Lake
  • April 14 – “Dream Chaser”, John Curry -Dream Chaser Program Director/Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Mar 7 – Social & Dinner – “ISS program Current Status and Outlook” – Kirk Shireman/Manager International Space Station Program
  • Mar 2 – “Eva Suit Design Status” – Amy Ross
  • Feb 7 – “Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Exploration”, Doug Archer

2016

  • Jan 7 – “The Ordinary Astronaut” – Clayton Anderson, Astronaut and Author
  • Feb 4 – The Changing Face of JSC – Renovation, Innovation, New Buildings – Joel Walker, Director of Center Operations
  • Mar 4 – “Space Enviroment Simulation Lab (SEL) Chamber A Reactivaton and JWST Testing”
  • Mar 15 – “Recent Findings About Pluto and Ceres – Texas-sized Planets” – Marc Fries
  • Apr 7 – “The Changing Face of ISS” – Jeff Arend
  • May 5 – “Very Recent Pluto Flyby results and Developing a Micro gravity Instrument for ISS”, Dr. Marc Fries
  • June 2 – Joel Walker, Director of Center Operations, conducted an onsite tour of the newly renovated buildings at JSC.
  • June 7Remembering Columbia: Building the NEXT Greatest Generation”, Belinda Gay from The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA “Remembering Columbia” Museum in Hemphill Texas
  • July 7 – “A New Moon Rises: a 21st Century View of the Moon from LRO”, Dr. Samuel Lawrence, NASA Exploration Integration and Science Directorate
  • Aug 4 – “The Value of the Moon” – Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetery Institute
  • Sept 1 – “DNA Sequencer on ISS”, Dr. Aaron Burton, Principal Investigator
  • Oct 6 – “JSC History: Cradle to Grave”, Speakers – John Uri, JSC History Office Manager and Lauren Meyers, JSC History Collection Archivist, UHCL Neuman Library
  • Nov 3 – “Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) Talk and Tour”
  • Nov 15 – NAL Fall Dinner/Social – Preliminary Results of NASA’s Twins Study, Dr. John Charles, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program
  • Dec 1“Hope 1: Space Suit Project” Gordon Andrews/Strategic Communications Group