Jan 6 - Former Shuttle Flight Director and NASA Alumni League member Rob Kelso talked about the various animals and insects that have had a part in the space program....and WHY. Video presentation - Zoom Meeting
Nov 4 - Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON, an Austin-based construction technologies company pioneering in construction-scale 3D printing, discussed how 3D printing is an essential part of humanity's toolkit to go to the Moon and Mars to stay. Video Presentation - Zoom Meeting
Oct 7 - Carl Brainerd (retired), formerly with Link Flight Simulation, described the Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS) complex used to train all Shuttle crews, and specifically the disassembly and current Motion Base restoration effort. Restoration Presentation charts. - Zoom Meeting
Sept 2 - Dr. Brian Crucian, lead scientist for NASA’s Immunology research, discussed changes to an astronaut’s immune system during spaceflight, as well as developing countermeasures to help mitigate the clinical risks for astronauts during long-duration mission. - Zoom Meeting
Aug 5 - "Stopping a Pandemic with Spacesuit Technology" - NAL member Dr. Larry Kuznetz, chief scientist and designer for Planetary Protech, discussed developing a pathogen-protected suit to defend against present and future pandemics. - Zoom meeting
July 1- "Apollo's Lessons" - Space historian Andrew Chaikin talked about his work for NASA on the human elements of success and failure in spaceflight projects, focusing on the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. - Zoom meeting
June 3 - John Couluris, Program Manager for Blue Origin's Human Landing System, discussed Blue Origin's concept for their vehicle to land American astronauts on the Moon. - Zoom meeting
May 6 - NAL member Jerry Ross described some of the beautiful pictures of Earth that were taken during his seven Space Shuttle missions. "Around the world in 90 minutes" - Zoom meeting
Nov 5 - Dr. Scott Greenald, Senior Vision Scientist in NASA's Cardiovascular and Vision Laboratory presented "How a headwind fluid shift in weightlessness may cause spaceflight-associated neuroocular syndrome (SANS). - Zoom meeting.
Oct 1 - Torin McCoy, Branch Chief, Environmental Sciences Branch, Human Health and Performance Directorate NASA gave a talk about Lunar Dust Toxicity - Zoom Meeting
Oct 10 – SOCIAL & DINNER – Guest speaker was JSC Deputy Director Vanessa Wyche.
Oct 3 – Larry Bell, Director Emeritus of the Univ. of Houston Central Campus Sasakawa Space Architecture School.
Sept 5 – Steven Gonzalez, Technology Transfer Strategist presented “JSC Tech Transfer: The Latest on Partnerships and Start-Ups.” After this, Charlene Gilbert, Intellectual Properties Portfolio Manager, discussed the efforts of the JSC Tech Transfer Office to formulate an Intellectual Property strategy to support US Commercial Space companies.
August 1 – “Orion Program Update”, Charlie Lundquist — Orion Deputy Program Manager.