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RAMADAS: “Yard” and Work site Canopies for Lunar Outposts

[Ra•ma•da (Ra MAH da) - a Spanish word common throughout U.S. treeless plains and desert areas for the shade-providing shelters at roadside rest stops.]

Ramadas

The sketches available of various Moon Base designs, be they the product of NASA think tanks or of outside sources, share an ivory tower penchant for neglecting patterns of likely land use in the immediate vicinity, in the front and back "yards" of principal base structures.

Usefulness of Terrestrial Lavatubes in a Lunar Analog Research Station Program

As promising as lunar lavatubes are for the future of lunar settlements, in the early days of the frontier, it is more likely that the main settlement complex will be on the surface, covered with a regolith blanket, and that a nearby lavatube will be used for area-hungry unpressurized applications such as warehousing and storage, tank farms, and even industrial parks. Sealing and pressurizing a cave is a daunting task that may not be attempted for some time.

NASA has ended all funding for Biological "Advanced Life Support"

According to Gary Mitchell, Director of the NSCORT (NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training) program at Purdue University, with team affiliates at Howard and Alabama A&M University, the program launched in 2002 with a 5 year, $10 million commitment from NASA, has now been shut down early because of pressures on the overall NASA budget.
http://center.e-enterprise.purdue.edu/wps/portal/_s.155/2007

Lunar Analog Outpost News 10/29/06

We have been brainstorming the future directions of the Moon Society's Moonbase Analog Program.

Thanks to our friends in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who are scouting the way for us, it is beginning to become ever clearer how we should proceed.
http://www.calgaryspaceworkers.com/thehabitat.html
http://www.calgaryspaceworkers.com/octobernewsletter.html

The Calgary Space Workers are now an affiliated organization of the Moon Society.