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The WSH Crew goes Slack – 2019 Edition
22. November 2019

For some time now, we have been trying out a new way of communication behind the scenes of the WSH Crew with Slack, a very powerful messaging and collaboration tool in the style of an IRC chat. Because a moderated Slack channel will be shown on screen in the Weekly Space Hangout and Astronomy Cast from now on, we would now like to invite all community members to the WSH Slack.

Joining the Slack is easy! Just write an email to slack@wsh-crew.net to receive an invitation with all further details. We will vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you have joined the community with or your Youtube or Twitch handle in your request. Once you have joined, you will have access to the WSH Slack, which not only has the live chat channels for the WSH and Astronomy Cast, but also a general area, a guest suggestion corner, an off-topic channel just for chatting and much more. The same house rules as in the community also apply in the Slack chat. 

Now that Google+ has closed and our former home is gone. the Slack channel has become our primary home, but we also set up a new Forum on our own website which you can join instead of our old community. Another place affiliated to us where some of us meet is the CosmoQuest Discord which is open to join for everyone.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the Community, on Slack or via Email!

Help NASA Choose Samples from Bennu!
31. May 2019

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission is asking the public to help find the best place on asteroid Bennu to collect a sample for return to Earth for study. You can help by going to Bennu.cosmoquest.org and marking the locations of small rocks, boulders, and craters in high resolution images. In addition to finding safe places to grab a rock, your data will also help identify other scientifically interesting features on the asteroid.

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The WSH Crew says Goodbye to Google+
1. March 2019


As you may have heard, Google announced last year that its social network Google+, which we have called our primary home since the WSH Crew was formed back on June 26, 2014, will be closed in 2019. The original plans called for the so-called Sunsetting in August 2019, but on February 1, Google informed all Google+ users that all Google+ accounts and pages would be shut down on April 2, 2019, and all content would start to be deleted at that time.

Fortunately, the WSH Crew has already been slowly migrating towards Slack as our primary means of staying in contact, so we would like to invite all community members on Google+ that haven’t already joined into our Slack. Please write an email to slack@wshcrew.space to receive an invitation with all further details. We will still vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you had joined the community with or your Youtube or Twitch handle in your request – but all friends of the WSH Crew, viewers on Twitch and Youtube and soon to be former Google+ Community members are welcome!

The reason we are asking for everyone to join the Slack is that so we can start the migration to our own self-hosted forum that will be the replacement for the Google+ Community. In late November, we made the executive decision that we would be migrating the WSH Crew G+ Community to a self-hosted forum – an option that would provide us with an ad-free, secure environment over which we would have complete control. We have been testing the forum software since mid-January even before the announcement of the new Google+ closure date came on February 1, so the forum is already in very good shape. We are currently still in a testing period during which members of our Slack community are invited into the forum to run it through its paces, with our target date for public opening being no later than March 1, 2019.

Please everyone join us in our two new dual homes, the Slack and the Forum! 

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via Email or on our Slack!

The WSH Crew goes Slack – 2018 Edition
1. January 2019

For some time now, we have been trying out a new way of communication behind the scenes of the WSH Crew with Slack, a very powerful messaging and collaboration tool in the style of an IRC chat. Because a moderated Slack channel will be shown on screen in the Weekly Space Hangout and Astronomy Cast from now on, we would now like to invite all community members to the WSH Slack.

Joining the Slack is easy! Just write an email to slack@wsh-crew.net to receive an invitation with all further details. We will vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you have joined the community with or your Youtube or Twitch handle in your request. Once you have joined, you will have access to the WSH Slack, which not only has the live chat channels for the WSH and Astronomy Cast, but also a general area, a guest suggestion corner, an off-topic channel just for chatting and much more. The same house rules as in the community also apply in the Slack chat. 

The WSH Slack is not meant to replace our Google+ Community – but with the coming closure of Google+ in 2019 the Slack may become our primary home for a while to continue  supporting the hangouts and projects the WSH Crew is affiliated with. We have not yet made any firm plans how to replace the Google+ Community, but we will build a new place for us in some shape or form over the next year!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the community or via email.

The AC500 Weekend is coming on Sept 15-16, 2018
5. June 2018

In case you missed it, the 500th episode of Astronomy Cast is fast approaching and we at the WSH Crew are planning a weekend-long event to help celebrate this milestone with Fraser, Pamela, members of the Crew, and, of course, our loyal viewers.

All fans of Astronomy Cast are invited to join us in Edwardsville, IL, on September 15 & 16 to participate in a special weekend full of science and astronomy-related festivities, culminating in the live recording of the 500th episode of Astronomy Cast.

You’ll meet both Pamela and Fraser, along with folks from the WSH Crew and the CosmoQuest families. As an added bonus, Fraser is planning a special live Q&A episode of one of Universe Today‘s shows.

Show Livestreams for the AC500 Weekend:
» Weekly Space Hangout: Saturday, September 15 – 19:00 UTC
» Astronomy Cast Episode 500 Live Celebration: Sunday, September 16, 18:00 UTC

Other weekend activities are being discussed and planned, such as fluid painting of tiny planets with Pamela (small additional fee for supplies will apply), and outings to local attractions (guests are responsible for their own admission charges). Weather permitting, there will be stargazing Saturday evening. And who knows, maybe Eddie will make an appearance or two throughout the weekend!

For more information including pre-registration for the event, please go to the following page on the Astronomy Cast site:

» AC500 Weekend on AstronomyCast.com [Registration closed!]

Learning Space is Back!
3. May 2018

CosmoQuest is bringing back the Learning Space online show!

We’d love for you to be a part of it. Starting May 3, we’ll be producing weekly episodes that  go over the news, and both highlight a special guest and introduce an astronomy-related product that we think our audience of astronomy lovers will like.

Our first episode back is Thursday, May 3 at 16:00 UTC, Noon Boston, 5pm London, 9am Vancouver! Our guest will be Fraser Cain, and I’ll be talking to him about how he moved from the world of startups to the world of space.

Episodes will be recorded live on Twitch.tv/CosmoQuestX each Thursday at either Noon Eastern / 16:00 UTC (odd dates) or 9pm Eastern / 01:00 UTC Friday (even dates). They will also be archived on YouTube on our CosmoQuest channel. Our goal is to create a show where people can catch up on the news, be part of an in-depth conversation, and learn about the best products out there for learning and doing astronomy.

The Learning Space Patreon Page is also becoming active again and will start billing pledges monthly starting on June 1st. If you no longer want to support the show with Patreon, we totally understand! Please cancel your account by May 28 so that you don’t accidentally get charged.

We really hope that you will be part of this new show.

Server Migration has been successfully completed!
21. April 2018

UPDATE: The migration to our new host is complete and appears to have happened seamlessly! As you poke your way around, if you find anything amiss, please let us know. If you have a wshcrew.space email, we will get you the information to access your account through the webmail interface as well as the settings to update your email client via Slack direct message.

We are in the process of changing host server companies, and the process is going to be starting any day now. As a result, if you visit this website, you may experience outages due to the migration. This cannot be helped because it takes time for settings to propagate through to all the various servers out there.

ADDITIONALLY – if you have and use a wshcrew.space email address, you will have to either update your email client’s settings with new information, or go use the new host’s webmail interface. Once we have that information it will be available in out Slack, where you can also ask or direct message us if any questions should occur.

Your WSH Crew Admin Team

The Weekly Space Hangout 2017-2018 Season
30. November 2017

It’s September already and that means the Weekly Space Hangout is coming back from the summer hiatus – but this year there will be a few changes to make the show even better!

• The show will now be broadcast live on Wednesdays at 5pm PT / 8pm ET / 12am UTC

• The season premiere will be on Wednesday, September 13 at the new broadcast time

Morgan Rhenberg, Kimberly Cartier and Paul Matt Sutter will all return as permanent co-hosts

Guest interviews will sometimes be recorded in advance, but there will still be live guests

We realize that the changed broadcast time will be difficult for Europeans to watch the show since it will be in the middle of the night, but this was the only way to bring everyone together and it will give the North American audience a chance to watch the show live. The Weekly Space Hangout will, of course,still be available as a recording afterwards and the WSH Crew is working on a system to allow viewers to submit questions before the broadcast or a guest interview recording.

Stay tuned and watch this space for announcements! The WSH Crew Calendar and Schedule will be updated regularly and we will keep everyone informed in the Community and our Slack too.

The WSH Crew goes Slack
11. May 2017

In the last couple of months, we have been trying out a new way of communication behind the scenes of the WSH Crew with Slack, a very powerful messaging and collaboration tool in the style of an IRC chat. Because a moderated Slack channel will be shown on screen in the Weekly Space Hangout and Astronomy Cast from now on, we would now like to invite all community members to the WSH Slack.

Joining the Slack is easy! Just write an email to slack@wsh-crew.net to receive an invitation with all further details. We will vet each applicant to avoid spammers and trolls and for this reason we would like to ask everyone to include the Google+ profile you have joined the community with in your request. Once you have joined, you will have access to the WSH Slack, which not only has the live chat channels for the WSH and Astronomy Cast, but also a general area, a guest suggestion corner, an off-topic channel just for chatting and we may even create more channels as we go along. The same house rules as in the community also apply in the Slack chat. 

The WSH Slack is not meant to replace our Google+ Community – it is simply an alternate, faster way to communicate with each other and to support the hangouts and projects the WSH Crew is affiliated with. So don’t worry, we will not close down our primary home and will continue to post all the space news, information about the hangouts and more in the Google+ Community!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the community or via email.

New Journalist & Guest Lists and other Updates
4. April 2016

It’s Spring and we’ve done a minor overhaul of the website with some changes and additions:

• Completely new Journalist and Guest index pages, with lots of links and other information.

• The old Journalist overview from the Links page is superseded by the new Journalist Index.

• There’s a new Hangout Central page which now has the links to all Hangout-related subpages.

• The HANGOUTS button in the main menu now goes to Hangout Central, where all links are available. The legacy address www.wsh-crew.net/hangouts will still point to the current schedule index.

• The CALENDAR link has been replaced by a COMMUNITY link in the main menu. The calendar page is still accessible over Hangout Central and the  legacy short addresses www.wsh-crew.net/calendar and bit.ly/wshcalendar.

• The Beginner’s Guide to Watching G+ Hangouts on Air has been taken offline because things have changed so much with the switch to the Youtube Livestream format that it was not relevant anymore.

• The main page subtitle now reads WEB PORTAL instead of SUPPORT PAGE.

That’s all – we hope everybody likes the improvements and we always welcome comments, suggestions and even bug reports over in our community! Please note that some of the internal files of the website has changed and if you see something weird, reload the webpace and/or clear your cache because there might be an outdated CSS file in your browser.

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