Welcome to the Chicago Society for Space Studies

NSS 2014 Award of Special Merit For Speaker Programs

Winner of the
NSS 2015 Award of Special Merit For Speaker Programs,
NSS 2014 Award of Special Merit For Speaker Programs,
NSS 2008 Public Outreach and Education Award,
NSS 2006 Award for Public Outreach (shown above)

Next CSSS event: Sunday, December 11, 2016.
Annual Party and Space Year in Review Presentation

A once a year tradition that is free and open to the public.

Our previous event: Sunday, October 09, 2016.
The Impact of Space Policy on Space Settlement

A presentation about the impact space policy has on the future of space development and space settlement.

Important Update - July 7, 2016: Join CSSS in the Home District Space Policy Activism Blitz in Illinois

Our previous event: Sunday, June 19, 2016.
Prospects for Interstellar Travel

A special presentation by David Raske, formerly of Argonne National Laboratory and a veteran of the NASA Apollo program.

Our previous event: Sunday, March 20, 2016.
Space is Open For Business:
Business Opportunities on the High Frontier

A special presentation by Orbital Transports CEO David Hurst.

The Chicago Society for Space Studies has been actively promoting the exploration of space and educating the public about space exploration and the solar system since 1977. For more information about our organization, its mission and officers, visit the About CSSS section of our web site.

As a pro-space organization, the CSSS has sponsored the appearance in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs of astronauts, a cosmonaut, and a variety of space industry professionals, as well as producing our own original programming.

To find out about our upcoming events, as well as a number of our past programs, visit the Activities section of our web site.

As a part of our educational mission, the Chicago Society for Space Studies maintains a Speakers Bureau. Our speakers have provided space exploration related presentations to youth groups, astronomy clubs, libraries, museums, and schools in the Chicago area. If you have a group that would like to learn more about space exploration, please see our Speakers Bureau page for details.

To find out how you can help the Chicago Society for Space Studies promote space exploration in the Chicago area, please check out our Membership page.

No space site can be complete without some space related resources. To that end we have created a Articles section for our visitors.

We hope that you find our web site useful and that you will consider joining us in our efforts to educate the public about the many facets of space exploration, both human and robotic. We also suggest that you visit the web site of our parent organization: the National Space Society.

Apollo 13 astronaut James Lovell, Jim Plaxco, and NSS Executive Director George Whitesides and the Heinlein Award

Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James Lovell, CSSS Vice President Jim Plaxco holding the NSS' Heinlein Award, and NSS Executive Director George Whitesides before the formal award ceremony at the Illinois Institute of Technology on June 12, 2004.

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