November 18, 2008 - With the successful launch and arrival in lunar orbit of Chandrayaan-1, India has become the latest member of the "Lunar Club."
Above: Cover of Introductory Issue
The Historic Role of Science Fiction
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:
By Peter Kokh, President
As a new feature in the Moon Society’s recent bylaws revision of February 6th, as reported in MMM #212, February 2008, Moon Society Journal Section (p.9), this year, on the third Wednesday evening of the month after Society elections are finalized, we will launch our first Annual Membership Meeting.
Save Wednesday evening, September 17th!
06-14-2008. Our Solar Power Beaming Demonstration was finished in time to make its debut at the International Space Development Conference in Washington DC on Saturday, May 31st.
Photos from the conference:
Assembled Unit - Paul Blase, who put the unit together, stands at the side
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.
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.
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.
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
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.