Submitted by kokhmmm on
To The Stars International Quarterly #9 is ready to download. 117 pages full of the space news of the past three months plus articles.
This time, instead of condensing the original text of the article, for most news items, we have "bulletized" the information. We hope that you finds it easier to get the information you want. . Please feel free to pass this on to others, and/or to send us the email addresses of others, including schools, who might enjoy this free quarterly publication.
To those of you who get the black and white hardcopy version of Moon Miners' Manifesto, the publisher, the Milwaukee Lunar Reclamation Society, a joint chapter of the Moon Society and of the National Space Society, apologizes for the delays experienced in mailing out the August and September issues. This was due to a financial mix-up. The August issue should be in the mail shortly, followed by the September issue, then the November issue. We are taking steps to see that this sort of problem does not happen again. Thanks for your patience.
We are looking for an assistant editor, one who could take over in two years, after I retire once MMM #301 is in the mail - 30 years! - I will continue to contribute articles but not put the entire 20 pages together.
MMM/To The Stars Editor, Peter Kokh
Submitted by Lunadyne on
There are any number of plans for the exploration of space out there in the marketplace of ideas. In the absence of much real-world progress, there is an inclination to plan for when there might be progress in the future. This often becomes a competition in the marketplace of ideas as agendas come into play, and some aspects of space exploration (and maybe development) are highlighted to the detriment of others as personal goals come into play.
One effort to address this was the Integrated Space Plan, which tried to take a meta approach to looking at our space efforts and determine which activities and technologies fed into what aspects of humanity's move out into the Solar System. Which aspects of exploration and development should be highlighted? How might they connect? What can help enable what else? Where are the synergies?
The Integrated Space Plan (ISP) was created in the 1980s as a wall-sized poster that ended up in universities and aerospace offices across the country and around the world. Its voluminous content encouraged exploration of how different goals could be achieved, almost like the technology tree structure of many civilization-type video games. It also encouraged many systems engineers, who thrive on complexity.
Now it's time to revisit the Integrated Space Plan for a new generation of future space explorers, and update it for the new companies, new technologies, and new ideas in regards to things like the cislunar economy, interplanetary superhighways, and relevant resources.
The Kickstarter project to update the ISP can be found on the web at:
With one week left to go in the campaign, Ron Jones and his team remain about $4,000 shy of their goal. With your pledge, we can help this iteration of the Integrated Space Plan include the Lunar aspects of what we need to work on to get ourselves and life itself out into the cosmos.
[Full Disclosure: Moon Society President Ken Murphy is a partner in a company invested in Integrated Space Analytics, which is running the Kickstarter campaign project.]
Peter Kokh candidate for Heinlein Award!
Our long-time editor of Moon Miners' Manifesto, Peter Kokh, has been named one of the candidates for the National Space Society's Heinlein Award. Peter, who also happens to be member #2 of NSS, has a legacy of supporting Moon development efforts, and this is a good way to get him recognized for such.
If you're a current member of NSS, head on over to:
and cast your vote for Peter!
2015 Annual Meeting
Our 2015 Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 12th from 9-11pm Eastern time, 6-8pm Pacific time. On the Agenda:
(i) Introduction of the Leadership Team
(1) State of the Society - membership levels, financial status
(2) Membership initiatives - strategies for getting our membership levels up amongst the younger generations
(3) Publicity & Communications - updated materials for distribution, support for chapters
(4) Projects - Lunar Lava Tubes, Lunar Solar Sail, website update, MMM editorial team, and more
(5) Website Review - we've got a new website; what are your thoughts?
(6) 2015 ISDC Moon track - our tracks themes on the Cislunar Economy and Lunar Lava Tubes have been right at the forefront of Lunar thinking. It's time to start planning for the 2015 ISDC - Space Renaissance
All members are encouraged to visit the MOO page and get familiar with the interface. We'll see you in the Auditorium on August 12th!