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THE MOON SOCIETY June 11,2004
East 17 Street, Suite 203, Brooklyn, New York 11230-6011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ian Randal Strock, Director of
MOON SOCIETY AND SPACE EXPLORATION ALLIANCE
CALL FOR "THE MOON, MARS, AND BEYOND"
In an unprecedented show of unity, the Moon Society and thirteen more of the nation's premier space
advocacy groups, industry associations, and space policy organizations have teamed up to form the Space
Exploration Alliance. The SEA's first project is to support the effort to refocus NASA's human space activities
toward exploration, including a return to the Moon and moving on to Mars and beyond.
President Bush's "Moon, Mars, and Beyond" initiative dovetails perfectly with the Moon Society's tenet
that it doesn't take a
government to launch people into space. We echo the sentiment that NASA's proper
role in the development of space is long-term research, development, and
exploration. This initiative, a long-term, feasible plan to permanently inhabit
the Moon and send people to Mars, is precisely the type of effort for which NASA
was formed. It is the type of project that causes people to strive; a fitting goal for a great society.
Near-term industrialization and the commercialization of
space are best left to the private sector, and in this, we applaud Scaled
Composites' upcoming first commercial launch of a manned spacecraft. It is this
commercialization to which the Moon Society strives; NASA has blazed the trail
into space, and now we expect companies to turn that trail into a superhighway while NASA continues blazing
trail ever farther into the heavens.
The organizations involved in the SEA include: Aerospace
Industries Association, Aerospace States Association, American Astronautical
Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, California Space
Authority, Florida Space Authority, the Mars Society, the Moon Society, National
Coalition of Spaceport States, National Space Society, the Planetary Society,
ProSpace, Space Access Society, and Space Frontier Foundation.
Collectively, these groups can count
almost one million Americans as members or as employees of member companies.
Their first goal as a group is to work for broad support of the new national
vision for space exploration outside low Earth orbit. They also intend to
aggressively refute the false impression that "Moon, Mars, and Beyond" is too
expensive for this country to take on. They will demonstrate how modest but
steady growth in our national
expenditures on space can move the nation toward these important goals, and highlight the benefits those
As space exploration becomes
increasingly integrated with every aspect of life here on Earth, this new focus
on exploration will provide myriad advances in science and technology, as well as untold economic
It will also
serve as an inspiration to our nation's youth. Given those benefits and the many
more that lie in store, this new program of human space exploration beyond low
Earth orbit is a vital link to the future of the United States and the world.
The Moon Society
non-profit educational and scientific foundation formed to further scientific
study and development of the Moon, located on the web at www.MoonSociety.org. Some of the Society's goals
* Creating a space-faring civilization which will
establish communities on the Moon.
* Promoting large-scale industrialization
and private enterprise on the Moon.
* Promoting interest in the exploration,
research, development, and habitation of the Moon.
* Stimulating and encouraging the development and
space technologies on Earth and in space.
* Promoting collaboration between
various societies and groups interested in developing and
utilizing the Moon.
Links to the current 14 members of SPACE
EXPLORATION ALLIANCE (SEA)
Aerospace Industries Association - http://www.aia-aerospace.org/
Association - http://www.aerostates.org/
Astronautical Society - http://www.astronautical.org/
of Aeronautics and Astronautics - http://www.aiaa.org/
California Space Authority
Space Authority - http://www.floridaspaceauthority.com/
Society - http://www.marssociety.com/
the Moon Society -
of Spaceport States - http://www.spaceportstates.org/
Society - http://www.nss.org/
the Planetary Society - http://www.planetary.org/
ProSpace - http://www.prospace.org/
Space Access Society -
Foundation - http://www.space-frontier.org/
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