Moon Society hails very successful conclusion of SMART-1 mission

SMART-1, less the fuel it consumed on its lazy corkscrew path to the Moon by ion drive, weighed only 300 some kilos. Of that 19 kilos comprised the set of seven instruments, some flown for the very first time, that would add invaluable new data mapping the Moon's surface for key elements, notably calcium, and finding in that data confirming evidence about the Moon's origins.

But the SMART-1 Mission Team controllers were smart themselves. They found a way to turn the rest of the probes bulk mass into a unique instrument as well.

The Solar System becomes a Gated Community

Today, August 24th, will go down in astronomical history as the day little, but still fascinating, Pluto and its three moons got kicked out of a now Gated Community. The Gate & Fence is a definition chosen to exclude any world that does not fit the pre-1930 demographics of the Solar Club.

To do this, the International Astronomical Union [IAU] took the definition chosen by its committee tasked with creating a definition of a “Planet”

“a body orbiting the sun that was big enough so that gravity would overcome internal forces and squash it into a roughly spherical shape.”

Powerpoint Slide Show of Artemis Moonbase Sim


During our recent Artemis Moonbase Simulation exercises at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, it was Gerry Williams of Mars Society San Diego who was the voice of CapCom for about half of the two-week mission.

Now Gerry has taken a pick of the photos taken during the mission and put together a Powerpoint Slide show.

Help us redesign the Moon Society Website

Three years ago, member John Schrock led an effort to redesign the Moon Society front page at

It was a welcome improvement.

In the past year and a half, we have added more menu options and features. But whether it is a matter of layout, color, or content, "what's new" doesn't jump out at the casual visitor. We have had a problem changing the "changing picture" regularly and that has not helped.

Welcome to the Moon Society Blog!

Welcome to the Moon Society Blog!

This is our official announcement/blog feed that started in 2006 and continues into 2018 and beyond!

The first main event that will be covered will be for Artemis Moonbase Simulation One. The Artemis Moonbase Simulation will be running from February 25th, 2006 - March 13th, 2006 and we will be posting daily updates on this blog during the mission and pre-launch updates as they happen.

After the simulation is complete we're looking forward to postings from crew members describing events from a more personel point of view.