Society Gears up for More Action with Project Teams

From Society President Peter Kokh
August 16, 2008

At the August 6th Management Council meeting in the moon-leaders room of the ASI-MOO online chat-room environment, in discussing recent major member-ship growth, the effect of aggressively pursued carefully thought out projects took center stage.

In the past two years, two projects in particular absorbed the lion’s share of Society leaders’ attention:

Reauthorizing the Vision for Space Exploration

On May 7, 2008, George Whitesides, Executive Director of our affiliate organization, The National Space Society, read a prepared comprehensive and in depth presentation on the future goals of the American Space Program before Congress.

His audience was a US Senate Subcommittee - the Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which was having a special hearing on the subject.

Growing Plants on the Moon

A cool article Thursday April 17th titled Plants thrive on Moon rock diet. In short the scientists took crushed anorthosite a type of rock similar to rock on lunar surface and planted marigolds in it. The marigolds didn't do very well in the plain anorthosite. But in the anorthosite that they added bacteria to, the marigolds grew very well. Apparently the bacteria extracted minerals from the anorthosite such as phosphate that the plants were able to use.

Remembering Arthur C. Clarke

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke

I grew up in the 1950s as an avid reader of science fiction. Right from the beginning, I took such a liking to stories by Arthur C. Clarke that I bought everything he put out.

Unlike many others, who fantasized about things impossible, Clarke always wrote with his slide rule in hand (prehistoric prototype of the calculator for all you young'uns out there who missed the good old days.) Everything he wrote had that tangible touch of realism.

Railroading on Moon and Mars

by Peter Kokh

Most of us are familiar with the critical role that railroads played in opening up the American West. The story was repeated, with some differences, in Canada and Australia. And with the railroads came the benefits of the Industrial Revolution. The railroads extended communications (telegraph) and by providing access to the territory they passed through, predeveloped the land.

How railroads can help

Introducing our Table Top Solar Power Beaming Demonstrator Project

The National Space Security Office report, released October 10, 2007, that concluded that erecting a Solar Power Satellite network in GEO could provide the only pathway to true energy independence for the United States, further suggesting that the only affordable way to do that would be to use construction materials made on the Moon, or made in space from lunar materials.

Together with the National Space Society we joined a thirteen member alliance to promote this goal.

Moon Society Progress Report & Update - Feb 2008

Link: http://strabo.moonsociety.org/reports/society_update_02-15-2008.html

A fresh Moon Society Progress Report & Update is now online, both on the Moon Society front page center column society news area and in the Reports section

There are handy links to anchors for each section of the report, as it is lengthy, and the table at the top will allow you to zip back and forth to the sections that grab your interest.