• 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!

  • A Waxing 21st Century Moon

    Welcome to The Moon Society's upgraded website!  After some phenomenal work from our web team, James, Scotty, Rose & Mike, we've got a new website design to better work with the myriad ways that people now access the World Wide web.

    This is but a start.  We've also been quietly working on securing our financial position, including an audit of our finances.  We've been putting together theme issues of Moon Miners' Manifesto that we'll soon be releasing for e-readers.  We've been putting together "Lunar Laboratory" STEM exercises that bring a Moon theme to science projects.  We're revisiting our marketing materials to update them and make them more appealing.  Our ISDC tracks are attracting attention by focusing on near-future aspects of our Moon like the Cislunar Econosphere and Lunar Lava Tubes.

    And we've got some science projects we're working on, like a Lava Tube Field Exercise to test communications architectures for robotic explorers that will be ramping up subsequent to this year's ISDC track.  A longer term science project is the use of a Solar Sail to provided communications with Lunar polar locations.

    Leadership of The Moon Society also continues to be active in Lunar Outreach & Education, not just through the ISDC, but also in their communities and in publications.  Educating the citizenry of Planet Earth about the value and uses of our Moon for the benefit of us all is one of the key ways that The Moon Society can pave the way for humans living and working on the Moon.

    In the near future we will be launching a membership development campaign.  A key issue faced by all space advocacy groups is the ongoing aging of our membership bases.  While youngsters are happy to "Like", or "Share" or "+1", or "Thumbs Up", this does not translate into membership.  We need to change this.

    If you know someone who is interested in the Moon, make them a member.  Trying to think of a gift for someone?  Give them a Moon Society membership.   Do you know a bright youngster with the potential to make a difference, point them to our new website.

    It is our membership that makes things happen.  Let's grow that membership, so that we can achieve greater things.  

  • The Moon Society hosts an ambitious Lava Tube Track at this year's ISDC

    May 22, 2013

    The past few years, the Moon Society has been hosting the Moon Track at the annual International Space Development Conference sponsored by the National Space Society. This years ISDC is being held in San Diego, CA May 23-27th over the Memorial Day Weekend.

    This Track will be on Thursday May 23, 2013, Lunar Lava Tube Exploration and Analog Workshop “Lava Tubes Earth, Moon and Beyond”
    The Challenges of Earth Lunar and Mars Lava Tube Exploration push existing capabilities and are worth doing, as JFK said, “not because they are easy but because they are hard.”

    The presentations of this Lava Tube Workshop include discussions on:

    1. Planetary Science
    2. Planetary Protection and Cave Protection
    3. Astrobiology
    4. Engineering Architecture and Design
    5. Instrumentation and In situ Data Processing, Analysis and Artificial Intelligence
    6. Analog and Precursor Activities
    7. Terrestrial Research and Commercial On-Ramps
    8. Education and Public Outreach

    [Information above provided by Track Co-ordinator David Dunlop]

    We hope to make each of these presentations available on the internet after the conference

    To help set the mood, MMM Editor, Peter Kokh, who could not make it to this year's event, contributed a Lava Tube Exhibit for the Moon Society's Exhibit table.

    The interior of this winding lava tube section can be viewed from both right and left ends, and via a cutaway of an elbow bend from the front.

    Modeled inside are a "town settlement for 500 people" and a tower structure poking through a skylight opening, as well as some warehousing. The interior is lit by a string of battery powered LED lights inside a clear plastic tube slung from the tube ceiling. The tube itself is carved into 11 layers of 3/4" insulation foam board.

    The background image has two parts: above is a scene from the Apollo 17 mission as the astronauts were preparing to leave the Moon for the last time: "the end of the beginning." The lower half of the background image looks into two terrestrial lavatubes. The message is not to judge the Moon by its surface: there is abundant sheltered volume below!

    Text alongside the background image talks about lava tubes on the Moon: how they were formed and where we will find them, etc.

    Text on the "apron" in front of the exhibit, explains what the viewer is looking at inside.

    The open green box toward the back of the right hand side is the LED control panel.

    Instructions to replicate the exhibit are available on request from Peter Kokh.

    After ISDC, the lightweight 15 lb, 24"x36"x9" exhibit will go to Dallas for the upcoming annual Moon Day event.

  • Introducing the "To The Stars International Quarterly"

    http://www.moonsociety.org/international/ttsiq/T2SIQ_1_Oct2012.pdf - http://www.nss.org/tothestars/

    Update: Issue #2 published January 19, 2013 - http://www.moonsociety.org/international/ttsiq/TTSIQ2_January2013.pdf

    Bookmark this Directory to find added future issues: http://www.moonsociety.org/international/ttsiq/

    2012.10.08 How the idea of this publication was born: At an August 25, 2012 meeting of the National Space Society International Committee in Lake Grove, IL outside Chicago, with Dave Dunlop (committee chairman) and four others from the National Space Society, we discussed how NSS could reach out internationally.

    Dave and I feel strongly that the idea of reaping a boatload of foreign paid memberships is a pipe dream - lower standards of living, high postage for hard copy mailing, currency exchange rates which "punish those who are outside North America" - and when it comes to forming chapters, laws in some countries (India among them) which explicitly do not allow formation of Indian chapters of non-Indian organizations.

    The opening suggestion was to simply change the "I" in M3IQ (Moon Miners' Manifesto India Quarterly) from India to International and email this publication to the hundreds of foreign students in NSS email database. But the India project is close to my heart, and I wanted to keep the current title, organization, and feel . My counter offer was to use 90% of the same edited material in each new M3IQ and rearrange it by topic rather than by space faring country, with a new masthead for distribution via the NSS International list-serve.

    I proposed to drop the MMM in the title and replace it with TTS - "To the Stars" as that is the translation of the Latin name of NSS hard copy quarterly, Ad Astra, implying a connection to NSS (but with Moon Society co-sponsorship). TTSIQ will publish the same reports that are in the concurrent Moon Miners' Manifesto India Quarterly issue, but rearranged in these headings:

    1. Earth Orbit and Mission to Planet Earth
    2. Cislunar Space and the Moon
    3. Mars and the Asteroids
    4. The rest of the Solar System
    5. Starbound
    6. Teachers & Students Section

    To The Stars International Quarterly #1 was co-published with Moon Miners' Manifesto India Quarterly #16 on October 8, 2012, with 2 access addresses, given above.

    In addition to the National Space Society and the Moon Society (both mutually affiliated since ISDC 2005), OpenLuna.org and the Space Renaissance Initiative are listed as original co-sponsors. We are hoping that SEDS, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, will join us.

    The significance of this extended publication venture is that collectively we will reach many more people around the world.

    NSS is interested in growing its international membership.

    The editor, however, is interested in enthusing more people all around the world about the possibilities and potential of space exploration and development, letting people elsewhere organize their own pro-active societies.

    PK

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