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May 2006 Meeting Minutes (5/20/2006)

The May 2006 MASA meeting was held on the 8th at the Science Museum.  17 people attended.

Big planes on skies and other cool stuff.

  • Russ Durkee gave a presentation about the 2+ months that he spent living and working at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antartica from Oct-Dec 2005.  Russ shared a lot of photos with us, and it was fascinating hearing about how people live and work at the bottom of the world.
  • Activities at the station support science at research.  The station sits atop 9,000 feet of ice.  When Russ was there, the temperature was about -65 F.
  • To get there, Russ flew from MPS to Denver to LA to Auckland, New Zealand to Christchurch, New Zealand then by C-17 to McMurdo base and then by ski-equipped C-130 to the pole.
  • Russ talked about his duties there as a meteorologist.  He also talked about the science being done at the station, and how people lived and worked in such extreme conditions.
  • Thanks Russ!  Great presentation!

MASA stuff

  • The May 27 launch will be at the Nowthen field.  Yes, this is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
  • The next MASA meeting will be on June 1.  The topic is finding your rockets in those pesky cornfields.  Please bring along any tips, tricks, equipment (buzzers, trackers, etc) that you may have to share.
  • Mark Thell showed off a rocket that he built from a giant plastic MGD beer bottle.  He also had a couple Gemini Titan models.

(Alan Estenson)

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