Sept 17, 2008 Society's 1st Annual Membership Meeting

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!

Solar Power Beaming Demonstration Unit Makes Debut

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

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.

FCC denies license for 1 W demo

Experimental Licensing Branch
445 12th Street, S.W., Room 7A-321
Washington, D.C. 20554

May 07,2008

Attn: Robert S Gammenthaler
Moon Society, Inc
P.O. Box: PO Box 940825
TX 75094


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


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.

Moon Society Progress Report & Update 02.15.2008


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

Direct Link:

Keeping Your Moon Base Dust Free (Without Hiring Martha Stewart)

Dusty Astronaut (Moon)

Despite its beautiful, "crispy" appearance, lunar dust can be a nuisance to both man and machine, clogging gears and irritating lungs.

Now it looks as if scientists have developed an innovative way of removing these pesky particles without the need of hiring a professional lunar duster.


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