Central to the NSS space political outreach and education programs are the annual March Storm and Home District Congressional Visits, also known as Fall Fury. These activities make it possible for space enthusiasts from around the country to meet with elected officials and their staffs to discuss matters of space policy.
March Storm is the premiere annual citizen-run space advocacy event. Each March, space enthusiasts from around the country are brought together in Washington DC to advocate on behalf of space exploration by meeting with senators, representatives, and their staffs. Developed by the Alliance for Space Development, this annual DC event uses policy positions developed jointly by the National Space Society, Space Frontier Foundation, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and others.
NSS also plays a key role in a second annual space policy activity. For the Home District Congressional Visits, also known as Fall Fury, NSS, in conjunction with the Alliance for Space Development, works with space activists in their home communities to coordinate nation-wide meetings with senators, representatives, and congressional staff in their home district offices. This annual event was created to accommodate individuals who are otherwise unable to travel to Washington DC to participate in March Storm - with the meetings scheduled based on the participant's availability.
In addition to March Storm and Fall Fury, NSS advocates on the Hill via the NSS DC Representative who plays a key role in developing NSS legislative strategy, representing NSS at DC events, attending space-related hearings, doing organizational work for March Storm, and, most importantly, holding regular meetings with key Representatives, Senators, and staffers.
Donations made in support of NSS advocacy activities are used to support the NSS DC Representative as well as the creation of briefing materials, the development of training materials, the administration of training sessions, and other costs associated with the March Storm and Fall Fury programs. For additional information, visit the NSS Legislative and Grassroots Action Center.
NSS is an independent nonprofit nonpartisan educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Our vision: People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and using the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.