Coming Events and Meetings

Following is a list of future events that Chicago Society for Space Studies will either be sponsoring or participating in. The program(s) are listed in chronological order. CSSS members are notified by email of CSSS meetings and sponsored events. CSSS membership is free so there is no reason not to join. For details, see our membership page.


Return to Jupiter: NASA's Juno Mission
Date:Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Adult Classroom (on the 2nd Floor),
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and CSSS member Bill Higgins will be giving the presentation Return to Jupiter: NASA's Juno Mission which offers insights into NASA's Juno spacecraft and the science it will be performing as it orbits Jupiter. General discussion, including an update on March Storm, will follow the program.

This program is free and open to the public.



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Previous Chicago Society for Space Studies Special Events


The Space Year in Review Program and Party
Date:Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Rasmussen South Meeting Room (on the 2nd Floor),
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: The annual CSSS year-end party includes light refreshments, free materials, and the 2016 Space Year in Review presentation given by CSSS Vice President Larry Boyle. The presentation, which starts at 1:00pm, will be followed by general discussion. The library opens at 12:00 noon and all are encouraged to arrive before the start of the presentation.

This program is free and open to the public.

CSSS Year-end Business Meeting
The party and presentation will be preceded by a brief CSSS business meeting. The business meeting will begin at 12:30pm in the same room. CSSS members and anyone interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend and/or participate.



The Impact of Space Policy on Space Settlement
Date:Sunday, October 09, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: This meeting of Chicago Society for Space Studies features the presentation The Impact of Space Policy on Space Settlement. This talk explores the impact today's space policies have on the future of space settlement and how these policies can either advance or delay the day that permanent human space settlements become a reality. Also discussed will be the relevance of the Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016 (H.R. 4752, aka SEDS Act) and the proposed draft legislation for a gapless transition from ISS to private space stations in LEO. Our speaker will be CSSS President Jim Plaxco. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

This event is a registered World Space Week event.

This program is free and open to the public.



Prospects for Interstellar Travel
Date:Sunday, June 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: Mankind has always dreamed of traveling to the stars and as technology advanced, dreams became studies for interstellar travel. However, none of these plans were ever carried-out because of three major obstacles – Technology, Energy, and Economics.

Prospects for Interstellar Travel looks at these issues and others that must be addressed and resolved before interstellar travel with humans can be seriously considered.

The talk will look at starship design requirements, what a starship might look like, and how it might be propelled to relativistic velocities.

This talk will also describe what is currently known about nearby Earth-like exoplanets and will provide an example of an expedition to a solar system 24 light years away.

Prospects for Interstellar Travel is presented by CSSS' special guest speaker David Raske. Dr. Raske holds a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1965 he worked on the NASA Apollo program and in 1967 he designed the Boiling Water Reactor pressure vessels for the Monticello MN and Vermont Yankee nuclear power plants. He has taught engineering mechanics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In 1975 he joined Argonne National Laboratory and worked on advanced nuclear power and safe transport of radioactive materials for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Raske is the author of 94 papers and published reports and 46 seminars.

This program is free and open to the public.



Space is Open For Business:
Business Opportunities on the High Frontier
Date:Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: CSSS is honored to have as our special guest speaker David Hurst, entrepreneur and CEO and Founder of Orbital Transports. Mr. Hurst's presentation Space is Open For Business: Business Opportunities on the High Frontier focuses on the recent growth in the commercial space industry and the rise of NewSpace companies as well as how new technologies and new ways of doing business in space are rapidly changing the marketscape and opening up new opportunities for space-related and space-scalable businesses. You don't want to miss this presentation.

This program is free and open to the public.


The Space Year in Review Program and Party
Date:Sunday, December 06, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: The annual CSSS year-end party includes light refreshments, free materials, and the annual 2015 Space Year in Review presentation given by CSSS Vice President Larry Boyle. The presentation will be followed by general discussion.

This program is free and open to the public.

CSSS Year-end Business Meeting
The party and presentation will be preceded by a CSSS business meeting. The business meeting will begin at 12:15pm in the same room. CSSS members and anyone interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend and/or participate.

The NSS Enterprise in Space Project
Date:Sunday, October 18, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: NSS Enterprise in Space is an ambitious multi-year project to build and launch a satellite carrying approximately 100 student designed experiments to low Earth orbit on a mission lasting approximately one week. The satellite will then return to Earth and go on tour.

Speaking to us about the Enterprise in Space project will be EIS Education Program Manager Lynne Zielinski, and EIS Deputy Education Program Manager Frances Delutri. Their presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. To learn more about the project in advance of the meeting, visit the Enterprise in Space web site.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. CSSS has the Adult Classroom reserved from noon until 3:00pm so feel free to arrive early and stay late to socialize and talk about space exploration with all assembled.


The Pluto, New Horizons Pluto-Palooza
Date:Sunday, July 19, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: The world is abuzz over the NASA New Horizons mission flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. CSSS President Jim Plaxco will explore New Horizon's discoveries as well as looking at the history of Pluto's discovery and its demotion by the International Astronomical Union from planet to dwarf planet status.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Help CSSS promote this event by downloading and distributing our Pluto New Horizons Program Flyer.


GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones
Date:Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description: CSSS is honored to have Richard Easton, one of the authors of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones as a speaker to discuss his book. GPS Declassified looks at the development of GPS starting from its beginnings as a Cold War military technology through to its use today as a consumer product. Quoting from the book's description "the authors examine how military rivalries influenced the creation of GPS and shaped public perceptions about its origin. Since the United States’ first program to launch a satellite in the late 1950s, the nation has pursued dual paths into space—one military and secret, the other scientific and public. Among the many commercial spinoffs this approach has produced, GPS arguably boasts the greatest impact on our daily lives." The book's rating on Amazon is 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.


Space Year in Review
Date:Sunday, December 07 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Adult Classroom, Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL
Description: The annual CSSS Christmas Party will feature the presentation 2014 - Space Year in Review by CSSS Executive Vice President Larry Boyle. The presentation will be followed by general discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
This program is free and open to the public.


CSSS Sponsors Gateway to Space Conference
Date:Nov. 7-9, 2014
Location: Crowne Plaza, St. Louis, Mo.
Description: Chicago Society for Space Studies is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Gateway to Space Conference being held in St. Louis. For additional information, see CSSS Sponsors Gateway to Space Conference.


Economy and Exploration: Why Deep Space is Vital to Advancing U.S. Leadership Speaker Forum
Date:Tuesday October 07, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL
Description: CSSS is a supporting organization for this very special event organized and sponsored by the Deep Space Alliance. This event, which is free and open to the public, is a rare opportunity for Chicagoans to attend a forum on space development and U.S. space policy.
For complete details see Economy and Exploration: Why Deep Space is Vital to Advancing U.S. Leadership Speaker Forum


Star Party at the Karl Henize Observatory
Date:Saturday June 28, 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Karl Henize Observatoryr
Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine IL
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Description: This CSSS event is a field trip to the Harper College Karl G. Henize Observatory in Palatine IL in order to participate in the observatory's open observing session. This is a great opportunity for children to be exposed to observing the night sky through a large telescope - specifically a Meade 14 inch diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT).
This event is free and open to the general public so be sure to invite friends, family, and children to attend.
Note: this is a fair weather only event.


Space Elevators: A Revolution in Access to Space?
Date:Sunday March 23, 2014
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Adult Classroom, 2nd floor
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description:A space elevator is a proposed type of space transportation system whose main component is a cable anchored to the Earth's surface and extending into space. It is designed to permit vehicle transport from the planet's surface to space - and back, bypassing the need for rockets.
Our featured speaker is Mr. Larry Bartoszek, P.E. of Bartoszek Engineering. Mr. Bartoszek's presentation will cover the Edwards and Westling space elevator design and construction scenario, and some conceptual design work by Bartoszek Engineering on the first construction climber.
As always, CSSS events are free and open to the public so invite your friends and family to join us. Complimentary copies of Ad Astra, the premier magazine of space development and space settlement, will be available.
You can help us to promote this event by distributing our Space Elevator Meeting Flyer. Thank you.

2013 Space Year in Review
Date:Sunday December 29, 2013
Time: 12:15pm to 2:30pm
Location: Adult Classroom, 2nd floor
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL
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NOTE: The library opens at Noon on Sundays.
Description:CSSS Vice President Larry Boyle will be giving his 2013 Space Year in Review presentation in which he summarizes the significant space events of the year.

This meeting will also serve as our annual Christmas party complete with snacks and refreshments. Complimentary copies of Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society, will be available. Festivities will conclude with a short business meeting.

As always, CSSS events are free and open to the public so invite your friends and family to join us as we talk about the year's important space events.

Life At The Mars Desert Research Station
Date:Sunday June 09, 2013
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Rasmussen South Meeting Room
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL
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Description:Mars Desert Research Station Commander Kent Nebergall will speak about his experiences at the Mars Desert Research Station. The Mars Desert Research Station is a two-story simulated Mars base in the Utah desert that has helped NASA, universities, international crews, and others develop new methods and technologies for living on the Moon and Mars. Mr. Nebergall, an Astronomer on crew 32, was Commander of crew 124 in 2013 supporting work for NASA and the European Space Agency. Hear about the adventures and misadventures of almost living on Mars!
You can download a CSSS Mars Desert Research Station Meeting Flyer PDF for your records or to use to help CSSS promote this event.

Admission is free and no registration is needed.


The NewSpace Frontier
Date:Sunday April 28, 2013
Time: 11:45am to 1:00pm
Location: Winnetka-Northfield Library
Winnetka, IL
Description:The Chicago Society for Space Studies (CSSS) will co-host along with NSS Illinois North Shore and Chicago Space Frontier L5 Society a presentation on The NewSpace Frontier covering space tourism, the private launch industry, and the promise of private/commercial space exploration and development.


Behind the Scenes at the Adler Planetarium
Date:Sunday October 9, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Location: The Adler Planetarium
Chicago, IL
Description:The Chicago Society for Space Studies (CSSS) will host a behind-the-scenes tour of the Adler Planetarium on Sunday October 9, 2011 at 1:00pm. Because the tour is limited to 25 people, reservations are required. To make reservations or for further information, please email Karen Mermel at kmermel on yahoo.com.

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