AIAA Houston Section Awards Dinner Meeting – June 26th

Join the AIAA Houston Section and Astronaut Clay Anderson for the last dinner meeting of the 2013-2014 AIAA Houston Section Year.  Mr. Anderson will discuss his experiences on both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station in a talk titled “The Dream of a Lifetime!”. In addition AIAA Houston will make a presentation of the Yuri’s 5km fundraising results, the Spirit of Apollo Scholarship will be awarded, and a presentation of Awards for those in the AIAA Houston Section will take place. Furthermore, Dwayne O’Brien, of the band “Little Texas,” will be singing at this dinner meeting. Join us!

About Astronaut Clay Anderson:

Anderson joined the JSC in 1983 in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division, performing rendezvous and proximity operations trajectory designs for early space shuttle and International Space Station missions. In 1988, he moved to the Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) as a Flight Design Manager, leading the trajectory design team for the Galileo planetary mission (STS-34) while serving as the backup for the Magellan planetary mission (STS-31). In 1989, Anderson was chosen to be supervisor of the MOD Ascent Flight Design Section and, following reorganization, the Flight Design Engineering Office of the Flight Design and Dynamics Division. In 1993, he was named the Chief of the Flight Design Branch. From 1996 until his selection, Anderson held the post of Manager, Emergency Operations Center, NASA Johnson Space Center.
A veteran of two space flights, Anderson has logged 167 days in space and 38 hours and 28 minutes of EVA in six spacewalks. During his 152-day tour of duty aboard the station, Anderson performed three spacewalks, two with crewmembers of STS-118, totaling 18 hours, 01 minute. Anderson’s second flight on STS-131 on Space Shuttle Discovery (April 5 to April 20, 2010) executed a resupply mission to the International Space Station, launching at night from KSC. Anderson performed three EVAs during this mission and logged 20 hours and 17 minutes of extravehicular activity.


UPDATED (6/24/2014 – 10:00 pm) – We apologize as our Dinner Option has sold out but we do have a limited number of seats without Dinner available below and hope that you will join us for a pleasant evening.

May/June 2013 Horizons Available

The May/June 2013 issue of Horizons is now online (17 MB PDF, 56 pages at, 8 MB low resolution PDF file).  Horizons is the newsletter of the Houston Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The cover story is, “The Biggest Myth about the First Moon Landing” by Paul Fjeld, space artist, including an original acrylic painting for our cover illustration. This issue also contains an article by Harold Larson on the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a synopsis of our May 2013 Annual Technical Symposium by Dr. Steven E. Everett,  and two articles by Daniel R. Adamo, astrodynamics consultant, “Highway in the Sky (Speed Limit 7.7 km/s)” and “Rendezvous Endgame.” Our new partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society continues in this issue with an article about how to make your own astronomer’s chair. This issue concludes with part 6 of 8 from Man Will Conquer Space Soon! This is our page by page high resolution reprint (28 MB PDF available as a separate file) of the 1952-1954 Collier’s series of magazine articles from a team led by Wernher von Braun.