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2016 Space Remembrance Day January 28, 2016

Posted by Bryce Walden in Activities at NSS Region in the SciLands, Concert, Discussion, Events, Events, Parties, and Observances, Observances, Performances, SciLands, Second Life.
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National Space Society in Second Life (NSS in SL) Announces:

2016 Space Remembrance Day
Sunday, January 31, Noon to 2:00 pm Pacific Time
At the “Space Remembrance Walk” adjacent to the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Library and Archives

Space Remembrance Walk

Space Remembrance Walk at NSS in Second Life

Space Remembrance Walk at NSS in Second Life

Join us at Noon to remember those who gave their lives making our dreams of space a reality, advancing the day people will live, work and play in thriving communities beyond the Earth. We will discuss astronauts and crews, test pilots and civilians: all those we lost along the way; also space risks, accidents and disasters, and how they affect space exploration and development.

Then from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) space musician Cypress Rosewood will perform a live Memorial Concert. Legendary composer-performer Cypress Rosewood creates musical magic with flutes, guitars and synthesizers throughout the SL world and is a metamedia treat to see live, in concert.

Cypress Rosewood

Cypress Rosewood: Live Music Performances On The Grid

Cypress Rosewood: Live Music Performance On The Grid

There is no charge. Donations are welcomed, however, by Cypress Rosewood and by NSS in SL (NSS donations are tax-deductible).

Please join us for this annual event and this year’s special concert. Worldwide public is invited.

As always, those not already familiar with Second Life, a computer Virtual Reality platform, should go to http://secondlife.com a couple of days in advance to go through tutorials and become familiar navigating “in-world”. Press the “Play for Free” button to set yourself up with an “avatar” and free software client, then after going through basic orientation you can paste this URL into your browser to attend the Space Remembrance: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/105/141/3005. Clicking on the map reference in the image will launch Second Life (if not already running) and teleport you right to the site. Participation in Second Life is free.

Do not be alarmed if seating appears limited. We are experts at making more seating. Sitting is preferred, actually, because it reduces CPU load and allows more avatars to attend.

Notice: Space Remembrance Day in Second Life is not formally affiliated with NASA’s Day of Remembrance, held this year on January 28, the 30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Unlike NASA’s Day of Remembrance, our Space Remembrance Day in Second Life is not limited to the United States, but is humanity-wide in scope, because we feel Space Development is a species-wide imperative.

Second Life Science Fiction Convention — 2015 February 20 – March 01 March 1, 2015

Posted by Bryce Walden in Buildings & Things, Events, Second Life.
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Bunker With A Heart: Apollo 17 MuseumThis Exhibit Won Third Place for Themed Exhibits at the Con. Trophy received 2015 03 12. Build permanently moved to Tranquility Base level at NSS in SL.

National Space Society was able to secure a 32m x 32m “open-air booth” at the Second Life Science Fiction Convention, February 20 to March 01, 2015. This year’s theme was “Future Sci-Fi Resort”. After some brainstorming, our team decided to build on our success with the Apollo 11 Landing Site display from 2014. We started with a basic bunker design from Asterion Coen of Paris, and built up an “Apollo 17 Visitor’s Center Museum”. The pressurized building would be emplaced on the Moon adjacent to the preserved Apollo 17 site, last of the Apollo explorations.

We requested, and were given, a small parcel located on “high ground” so we would be visible from afar while staying within the 42m building height restriction.

Inside the Museum, we included an Apollo Flight Profile poster; publicity photo of the crew; and some Apollo memorabilia including the crew patch, final memorial plaque, a full-size Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) and full-size Lunar Excursion Module (LEM lander). Overhead in “outer space” a sculpture representing a launched Apollo stack rose into the sky. In the enclosed screenshot, our P’rng Flagstaff waves from the entrance. A wave of welcome, and of farewell to Leonard Nimoy, who died February 27, near the end of the Convention.

Visitors received the following greeting when they passed through the entrance:


“Welcome to the Apollo 17 Visitor Center and Museum, sponsored by National Space Society.

“The Center is built just outside the Apollo 17 site, which is preserved as it was left. It was dedicated on December 7, 2072, on the 100th Anniversary of the launch of the last Apollo flight.

“Within are exhibits from the days of Apollo. Touch the displays for more information. Consider the daring and bravery of these explorers using mid-20th Century technology.

“Enjoy your visit to this museum of “The End of the Beginning” of lunar exploration. Feel free to ask our volunteer docents any questions. Thanks for visiting!”


After the Convention, the organizing committee presented a trophy to NSS in Second Life for “2015 Best in Theme 3rd Place”, a great showing given there were several dozen exhibitors. This prize-winning set is preserved on a section of the Tranquillity Base site at NSS in Second Life, specifically http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/169/168/3675 .