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.

Former MMM Contributor Stan Love on Atlantis Mission

Stan Love, a member of the Seattle LUnar Group Studies (SLuGs), an activity group of the Seattle L5 Society back in the late 1980s, will be aboard Atlantis, scheduled for the delayed STS-122 mission to the International Space Station on February 7th.

In the 1988-1990 time frame, members of the Seattle L5 Chapter of NSS received Moon Miners’ Manifesto as a membership benefit, regularly sending contributions.

Moon Society congratulates China on successful launch of Chang'e-1 probe towards the Moon

October 24, 2007: XICHANG - The launch of China's first lunar probe Chang'e-1, on a Long March CZ-3A booster, was successful, a Chinese official announced Wednesday evening at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Li Shangfu, director of the Xichang launch center, made the announcement after the orbiter successfully entered the earth orbit and unfolded its solar panel, paving the way for its transfer to the lunar orbit.

We oppose any Congressional ban on "Humans to Mars" programs

Fellow Moon Society Leaders, fellow Moon Society members, and others who actively support a human return to the Moon and the establishment of an Earth-Moon economy;

The proposed Congressional ban on spending for "Humans to Mars" programs would seem to be in our favor. But as is often the case, first assessments can be quite off the mark.

On this matter, there are two schools of opinion
1) Hurray! We want to go to the Moon, not Mars!
2) Banning research on humans to Mars involves banning research that we need to SETTLE the Moon, not just revisit it.

2007 Membership Drive

July 28, 2007 - The Society's Leadership Council, at its July 18th meeting, put together a dual incentive plan for this year's membership drive. The drive is aimed not only at encouraging new members to join the Society, but to encourage former members to rejoin us.