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To determine whether or not the Moon Society should undertake Lunar Analog Research Activities, we proposed to rent the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) for the purpose of conducting lunar outpost simulation exercises. Moon Society crews of six persons each would undertake a variety or research projects over two week periods at this facility outside of Hanksville, Utah. The experiences and lessons learned by our crews will allow us to better design and outfit our own research station as part of Project Leto. This project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Mars Society.
In order to become familiar with the Mars Society's Utah facility, Society President Peter Kokh joined MDRS crew #34 in February, 2005. This experience was essential to serve as a reality check for what kinds of projects a Moon Society Crew could fruitfully undertake at MDRS.
Latest Updates and News Our Mission is a "Success"
Our PowerPoint Slide Show: Download this 11.7 mb production graciously created for us by one of our mission volunteer CapComs, Gerry Williams of Mars Society San Diego.
Or Download the pdf file version of this slide show.
Read our 8/13/2006 Blog post:
Five months after our 1st Moonbase Exercise
Read our 10/01/2006 Blog Post:
Candidate Analog Sites for a Lunar Research Station
We have now clearly defined the logical differences between a lunar analog research program and a Mars analog research program, and have set out to "define" and "design" what a Moon Society Lunar Analog Program might be like.
Check out our PowerPoint Slide show (pdf version) which continues to be a "work in progress." This effort will continue until we have a well-thought out and fully costed multiphase program to show to potential financial sponsors.
Note: In September 2009, the Society became involved in designing the proposed Moon/Mars Atacama Research Station to be constructed in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile in 2012. We were to be listed as a cosponsor. This project has now been taken over by the University of Antofagasta, in Antofagasta, Chile, and is out of our hands. However, our work on this project has advanced considerably the designs and research goals for our own proposed analog station. But this is a goal that remains out-of-reach for now, for lack of resources needed to find a suitable site, and to begin phase 1 construction.
These are some of the specific areas of research that can be advanced by a logical Analog Research Progam:
- Research in lunar building, manufacturing, and construction materials (ISRU - on site materials research) - primary elements in moon dust - basalt products (1) (2) - glass - "luna cotta" - cement/concrete - glass-fiberglass composites
- modular architecture systems - Hybrid Rigid Inflatable modules
- solar access & outside views - (1) (2) (3)
- Lunar surface construction systems
- Shielding Systems (1) - (2) - (3)
- Lunar surface transportation systems - roads - squirrel cages - cycles - coaches - rough terrain spiders - railroads
- modular bioshpeherics systems (air and water cycles, volume/plant ratios)
- airlock systems - liquid airlocks
- space suit systems (1) (2)
- Amateur astronomy under lunar conditions
- Experimental lunar agriculture - breeding plants that adapt well to the lunar dayspan/nightspan cycle 4+ weeks long - that will provide food and other recycled products - transforming moondust into good agricultural soil
- Lunar Arts & Crafts Research
- Integration of teleoperated systems to reduce the need for costly support of on site personnel (1) (2) (3)
- Power storage systems
- Dust management systems (1) (2)
- Materials recycling systems
- Site management systems
- Development of Export Products
Lunarpedia - Our Moon-Wiki Project
October 5, 2006: This is an initiative that a circle of members have discussed during much of 2006 before deciding in September to make it happen. We had our grand unveiling in January 2007.
The Lunarpedia is an open-source, wiki-type replacement for the proprietary Artemis Data Book. We know many of our older members who joined us in the Artemis Society years, 1994-2000, have missed working on the Artemis Reference Mission™ and the Artemis Data Book™. We are betting that without proprietary limitations, www.Lunarpedia.org will be much more successful.
The object is to create a "buffet" of options that will allow enterprises with funding to pick and choose whatever suits their own mission plan. In other words, we care more that there is a first for-profit lunar outpost than we care who builds it.
First conceived in early 1991, and the subject of a poorly attended workshop at the 1998 International Space Development Conference in Milwaukee, this project has been the object of considerable development since June 2006, and made its grand debut at the 2007 ISDC in Dallas, TX.
The work of Society President, Peter Kokh and Director of Project Development David A. Dunlop, the University of Luna Project has been seek to engage students and enterprise in advancing the readiness state of the many technologies that will be needed for human presence on the Moon to become truly permanent and self-supporting as part of an expanded Earth-Moon economy. The "ULP" will be a Moon Society "spin-off" in that it will have its own website, officers, and Board of Directors.
However, the effect of the University of Luna Project will be to keep al other Moon Society projects on focus and on target, for maximum effectiveness, advancing the day when human civilians will be on the Moon to stay.
Current Status: we have not been able to put together the considerable resources needed to pursue this effort. It may well be subsumed under the International Lunar Research Park Project [Discussion - Presentation].
As an offshoot, since ISDC 2007, we have been giving out University of Luna Awards to researchers and scientists who have done outstanding work in areas of research that are needed to realize our goals.
The editor of the society's newsletter, now past its 20th anniversary of continuous publication, ten issues a year, has embarked on an ambitious project to archive the non-time sensitive material from past issues, one year at a time, up to three years shy of the current year. As of November 2011, the first twenty-two volumes of the MMM Classics will be online, as freely accessible pdf files.
In September 2009 we embarked on a parallel project, the MMM Classic Themes, which will gather all the articles of the flirt twenty years subject by subject. As of September 2009, two volumes on Mars and two on "Eden on Luna" with topics about lunar mini-biospheres and their environmental features are online, also as free download pdf files.
We have also launched an MMM Glossary, defining new words used in MMM, and old words used in a new sense. This is on the Lunar Reclamation Society (NSS Milwaukee) Site.
In August 2010, we transformed the "Changing Images" feature on our homepage to a tool for members and visitors to explore the various topics treated by Moon Miners' Manifesto over the years.
A long term project of the editor with the project title "MMM the Book" is in early stages of definition and organization. The current proposed title is: "A Pioneer's Guide to the Lunar Frontier." There is no completion time line for this project. However, the Classics Themes project has been undertaken to facilitate defining an organizational plan for the book.
At the 2007 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) held in Dallas, Texas, we began an ambitious project to videotape interviews with various people connected to the Back to the Moon movement. The brainchild of Director James Gholston, videotaping was done by member Chip Proser and son Noah, with David Dunlop and James Gholston asking initial and follow-up questions. Over seven hours of video was shot, all of it against a green screen so that we could add appropriate backgrounds later.
Thirty-some videos are now online, created from this material that promote the Moon Society, its vision and its goals! You need to have Flash player downloaded to your computer to see them. One of them is also on our MySpace.com website. We are greatly indebted to Moon Society member and Advisor Chip Proser for all his work and effort in creating these outstanding promotional Moon Colony Videos, and to Board member James Gholston for having the vision to suggest we undertake this effort.
Chip Proser continue to churn out additional supporting videos on his own.
In 1993, Moon Miners' Manifesto sponsored a brainstorming project on the possibilities for Railroads on the Moon. Eight persons from around the country had input. The paper was published on the Lunar Reclamation Society (publishers of MMM for the Moon Society and other clients) website. Read Railroading on the Moon.
Now, fifteen years later, it is time to revisit this exciting possibility. As railroads are a surface transportation option for Mars as well, we turned to a Mars-focused organization that had already signaled its interest in collaborating with the Moon Society, MarsDrive. They immediately accepted our proposal and within two days we had put up a jointly sponsored Google Group: Railroading on Moon & Mars. We welcome widespread involvement.
As of 2010, this project has become dormant, attracting no new contributors
Space Solar Power Beaming Demonstration
We have undertaken to design and build a table top demonstration of a solar power satellite beaming microwave power to a rectenna as part of our promotion of 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. This is our first "hands on" "bending metal" project. We hope to have it ready to demonstrate at ISDC 2008 in Washington DC in late May. We are fortunate to have the critical expertise needed within the society. You can track our progress here.
Update September 3, 2009 - see the link at the top of this page for the Online Kit we have put together to help others duplicate our Solar Power Beaming Desktop Demo Unit.
with other organizations can be an effective strategy and tool in producing successful projects.
The flagship project of the Artemis Society was The Artemis Project™, an effort ongoing since 1994 to design, fund, and deploy the first private lunar base for commerce and tourism. Here is a brief overview of The Artemis Project. ASI members were enthusiastic about it and helped develop the Artemis Project Reference Mission™.
When the membership was transitioned to the new Moon Society, after its founding in July, 2000, there was an effort to continue focus on The Artemis Project™, as a "Flagship Project." However, the proprietary character of the Project made this impractical, and all further progress came to a halt as one ASI team after another disbanded in discouragement.
The Moon Society and Artemis Society International remain affiliated (but separate) organizations. The Artemis Society International website has unfortunately become fossilized with no one to maintain it. In January, 2007, members of The Moon Society launched an open-source substitute for the Artemis Project Reference Mission™, an online Wiki-type encyclopedia of all things "Moon, past, present, and future. This project is the Lunarpedia at www.Lunarpedia.org - see Lunarpedia entry above.
Note: OpenLuna.org - the Open Luna Foundation - with whom we collaborate, is an open source (non-proprietary) approach to the same goal: establishment of a private enterprise outpost on the Moon.
In the summer of 2006, a student intern group operating under Dr. Peter J. Schubert, a Moon Society Board member, endeavored to fill some of the gaps in the Artemis Data Book. The project was conducted at the Packer Engineering offices in Naperville, Illinois.
Check out their work - some articles will need revision before posting to the Artemis Data Book, or to our newly launched MoonWiki Lunarpedia
Since then, (as of 2010) the Artemis Data Book outline and all published articles have been removed from the asi.org website. Thus all efforts to improve this project are now moot.
Project LETO [L.E.T.O. = Lunar Exploration & Tourist Organization] was to have been the first major long term project for the Moon Society. This is a strategic plan to build a full-scale simulation of an initial lunar exploration base. It would be marketed for outreach purposes, analog research, and as a tourist destination.
A "full-scale simulation of an initial lunar exploration base" is not necessarily the same as a Lunar Analog Research Station. In the latter, to avoid costs irrelevant to the research program, it is not necessary to exactly model a first lunar exploration base, except where needed to support the research program. If money were no object, we could do both. Instead, we must pick our battles, choose which aspects and features to simulate, and which to ignore as irrelevant to the research.
As a proposal to combine a tourist center with research station activities, Project LETO presupposes that these two different types of activity are compatible. Every indication is that tourist activity would shatter the concentration of research station crews, there being ample anecdotal evidence from the Mars Society's experiences at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. But a mock up station at the visitors center, where the pubic can watch activities at a remote research station via live web cams, might be the better solution. Such a solution would make it unnecessary to make compromises either as to the location of the tourist center or as to the geologically appropriate location of the research station. Further, under this plan, the research station could have web cam access to a multiplicity of research stations scattered around the globe.
The Project LETO plan also begs the question of which should come first: a tourist center to bring in money and new members, or a research station. There can be no question about the paramount importance of both. As to which should come first, perhaps the best answer is both, with tourist center and research station both being built in phases, growing in parallel, however closely or remotely collocated. Our priority is to define and design exactly the kind of Analog Research Station that we need to pursue our goals of research, development, and demonstration, find an appropriate site, with hard choices being made with due consideration to land cost and logistics of construction and support. Then we can take up the idea of visitors centers, and yes, why not more than one. If the connection is made via web-cams, an inexpensive visitors mock up moonbase could be replicated in several tourist traffic nodes or wherever donor-sponsors wanted to place them.
Because money is an object, and Project Leto as conceived would cost an order of magnitude larger capitalization, our focus is on continuing to refine our design for a phase by phase realization of an initial lunar Analog station. See a presentation on the current state of this work-in-progress brainstorming effort. PDF file Slide Show- PowerPoint Slide Show
Note: This blend of Theme Park and Lunar Analog Research is being pursued in Mexico under our colleague Jesus Raygoza B. near Guadalajara in Jalisco state. (see SEM)
The first project announced by the Moon Society was a design contest for a lunar flag. This contest was closed after several months, as only one entry had been submitted.
This was to have been a collaboration with a new initiative begun by members of the Mars Society in the summer of 2004 to "identify and demonstrate the technologies" that, using local resources, would allow us to move swiftly from an initial outpost to permanent settlement. A significant number of the technologies needed on Mars will be of relevance to establishing settlements on the Moon as well. There will, of course, be some technologies needed on the Moon that will not apply to Mars, and vice versa.
However, Moon Society members had access only to the high-noise level general discussion list, and not to the inner circle of brainstorming activity, which would have been necessary if we were to learn anything from this activity. At some time in the future we could embark on our own parallel project. As the University of Luna Project (above) makes progress, the Research & Development that it promotes and supports would lay the foundations for such an endeavor.