The National Space Society of North Texas

Join us!is a Dallas / Ft Worth area chapter of the National Space Society. We meet every 2nd Sunday of the month at Spring Creek BBQ off Beltline & 183 in Irving, TX at 3:30pm-5:00pm. Business meetings run from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

Our meetings & presentations are free and open to the public, but membership has its perks! Members help support our public outreach programs, get the monthly chapter newsletter, and national members get a copy of NSS Ad Astra magazine.

WHAT: Monthly Meeting & Presentation

WHEN: 2nd Sunday/monthly
3:30pm-5:00pm Presentation
5:00pm-6:00pm Business Meeting

WHERE: Spring Creek BBQ
3514 W Airport Fwy,
Irving, TX 75062
(183 & Belt Line Rd, SW corner)

What do we do?

NSS-NT members attend many public outreach events throughout the year like our annual Moon Day event at the Frontiers of Flight Museum,

Ken M talks to kids at Yuri's Night at the Noble Planetarium, Ft. Worth, TX. April 11, 2015
Ken M talks to kids at Yuri’s Night at the Noble Planetarium, Ft. Worth, TX. April 11, 2015

Astronomy Day at UT-Arlington Planetarium, annual Yuri’s Night celebration, and many exhibits, lectures, classes and demonstrations at various museums and venues like the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Perot Museum, Noble Planetarium, C R Smith Museum, and much more in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

We also attend schools–public, private, home schooled, etc.–and other organizations to promote science, engineering and space. If you’d like to speak to someone about hosting us at your site or event, please email us at nssofnt@yahoo.com. Our services are free because space and science are our passion.

See our Events page for past events and our Events Calendar for upcoming events.

NSS of North Texas Statement of Purpose

The National Space Society of North Texas is a community of people from all walks of life who:

  • advocate the creation of a spacefaring civilization
  • understand the benefits that accrue from space exploration
  • promote further probing of the next frontier
  • encourage commercial space enterprise
  • promote and support education in the space sciences

We believe that Space is for the benefit of all humanity. That it demands the highest government and private sector priority. That those who participate in our efforts to stake claim to the new frontier will begin the process by which Mankind will become a true space-faring species. We believe the dreams of those who would wish to go further will move us closer to realization of our goal; just as our practical discoveries have always supported our dreamers.

NSS is a community of people who advocate the creation of a spacefaring civilization; understand the benefits that accrue from space exploration; promote further probing of the next frontier; and encourage commercial space enterprise, research, and development.

The National Space Society of North Texas (NSSofNT) is the local North Texas Chapter of the National Space Society (NSS). We meet every 2nd Sunday at Spring Creek BBQ in Irving, Texas. See our “Join Us” page for more info.

You may contact us by email:

Grace R talks to Moon Day attendees
Grace R talks to Moon Day attendees

NSSofNT@nssofnt.org

or write us at:

NSSofNT mailing address is:

National Space Society of North Texas
P.O. Box 541501
Dallas, TX 75354

NSSNT @ Yahoo!

NSSNT has a Yahoo! group for space enthusiasts. Moderated for membership, the group allows interested participants to keep up to date about space-related events, share space news and information, and communicate with others who share their passion for space. Check us out atNorthTexasSpace@yahoogroups.com

To find us around the web on social media, check out our Socialize page.

About NSS:

National Space Society logoThe National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.  Founded as the National Space Institute (1974) and L5 Society (1975), which merged to form NSS in 1987 (see merger proclamation), NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space.  NSS has over 12 thousand members (and more supporters) and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world.  The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.

For U.S. tax purposes, NSS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit corporation.  All donations to NSS are fully tax deductible (as allowed by your local laws).

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Chapter of the Year 2014 Trophy
NSS Chapter of the Year 2014 Trophy! 

History of NSSNT:

Twenty Years of NSS in North Texas

by Curtis Kling

The National Space Society has had an active presence in North Texas for twenty years. In 1987, four chapters were formed – two in Dallas, one in Fort Worth and one in the suburbs between the two cities known as the Mid-Cities area. Mid-Cities NSS held its first meeting in October, 1987, and chose Tom Hayden as its first president.

Three current members of NSS of North Texas participated in the founding – Christine Becker of Fort Worth Space Society, Al Johnson and Carol Johnson (no relation) of Mid-Cities NSS. Another long-time member, Curtis Kling, joined the Mid-Cities chapter at its second meeting. Mr. Kling took over as editor of the chapter’s newsletter, The Mid-Cities Spacecraft, in September, 1992, and has proudly served as editor ever since.

Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, two chapters had folded, leaving Mid-Cities NSS and Dallas Space Frontier Society to represent North Texas. Another chapter got started at aerospace company E-Systems in Greenville, Texas – east of Dallas – by Trent Telenko, but did not last long.

In conjunction with a major exhibit about Soviet space technology at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in 1991, Mid-Cities NSS arranged for astronaut Don Thomas to speak at the museum. The chapter also set up displays about American and Soviet space accomplishments at libraries in the suburbs of Irving and Arlington. The mayors of these cities proclaimed October and November, respectively, of 1991 to be “Soviet Space Month,” thanks to the chapter’s efforts.

With the loss of the Dallas Space Frontier Society, the Mid-Cities chapter became the only survivor. In April, 1995, the chapter changed its name to the National Space Society of North Texas in order to reflect their expanded role in the region. The newsletter was also renamed to be The North Texas Spacecraft.

A significant milestone was achieved when NSS of North Texas hosted the Southwest Regional Space Conference on March 16, 1996, at a hotel in Arlington, Texas. The theme of the conference was “Space Station: Two Years and Counting.” Mrs. Johnson, who organized it, was a systems engineer at Loral Vought Systems (since acquired by Lockheed Martin), which was assembling the heat rejection system, including radiator panels, for the International Space Station at a facility in Grand Prairie. A tour of that facility was provided to conference attendees. More than 70 people attended and there was press coverage of a lecture by Don Thomas, who came at the chapter’s request.

In April, 2002, the Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Irving, contacted chapter president Lou Mazza to inquire if NSS of North Texas would like to rewrite their Space Exploration Merit Badge Handbook. The chapter eagerly accepted the task. The 88-page booklet was published by the end of 2003.

For the past 20 years, NSS members in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have dedicated themselves to educating the public about the merits of manned space activities and the mission of the National Space Society. Having now tackled the ISDC, NSS of North Texas anticipates more exciting adventures in the 21st century!