What’s New in the Moon Society?

Volume 2009, Issue June
Published June 11, 2009 - ISDC 09 report ammended June 16, 20009

Management Council Actions & Discussions
including new look for website 2ndary pages
Moon Society Elections 2009
Town Meeting Discussions
including an Apollo Moon Party event
Project Teams
Moon Miners' Manifesto, other Publications
Chapters & Outposts   
International Presence                    
Meetings Calendar

All Reports
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no May issue

About Frontlines

This is our fifteenth issue. Frontlines is a formatted monthly Moon Society news report that comes out each month just after the first (of two) Management Council meetings each month, and/or after the publication of the month's issue of Moon Miners Manifesto. These reports are being archived, so members and visitors can check past reports.

Frontlines reports on Society activities, efforts, and projects. You pay your dues, and have a right to know what we are doing to make your membership worthwhile, and to address your interests in a place for humans on the Moon.

We have been making steady progress on a wide variety of fronts. We want you to hold us accountable for continuing to do so!


Current Management Council Actions & Discussions

May 6th meeting: We discussed a proposal to allow month by month memberships but decided that this option would be a burden for those doing membership processing while not likely to gain us enough new members to make it worth while. An alternative half-year "trial" membership might be discussed at a future meeting.
Our new website (new page template) is up except for the homepage which will come later, and except pages for which the new template is not suitable.

We discussed our role with respect to the Space Renaissance Initiative, and after some misgivings were aired to everyone's satisfaction, we decided to continue supporting this effort, thanking VP Charles Radley for taking the initiative in this regard.

We discussed progress with the Apollo Moon Party effort, noting the growing number of announced events.

Shaun Moss, candidate for a Board position, mentioned that he might be moving from Australia to the US at some time down the road.

May 20th meeting: After convening an official board meeting, we voted to appoint Annie Bynum of Little Rock Arkansas to the open position of Secretary. Annie had volunteered, but does not have the membership time in to qualify as a candidate for election.

We discussed the suggestion brought up earlier by Dave Dunlop and Peter Kokh to expand the Board from 5 to 7 members in order to make room for more International members, but decided that we should wait until the projected growth (in India, for example) materialized.

June 3rd meeting: (log not yet available as of publication time.)

Moon Society Elections 2009 Ballot - please email or mail your ballot as soon as possible. Ballots will be counted on August 1st. Even though there are no contests this year, your ballot is a much appreciated "vote of confidence" in Society leadership.

Moon Society Officers:

Vice-President:[  ]  Charles F. Radley, incumbent, (Portland, OR) for a two year term, ending in 2011
Treasurer: [  ] Dana Carson, (Baltimore, MD) incumbent, for a two year term, ending in 2011

Moon Society Directors:

[  ] Scotty Gammenthaler, Chairman of the Board, incumbent, (Princeton, TX) for a two year term, ending in 2011
[  ] Shaun Moss, (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) for a two year term, ending in 2011
[  ] James Roger, (Longview, Texas) for a two year term, ending in 2011

Remaining Office and Director posts will be up for election next year – 2010

We thank retiring officers for their service :
James Gholston, David A. Dunlop

While, once again, we have only one candidate per open position, we are fortunate to have excellent people running. They deserve your support. New officers will take their seats at the August 5th Board Meeting.

Ballots must be receive before August 1st:
Either by email to elections@moonsociety.org

Or  by mail to:
Moon Society Elections
P.O. Box 940825
Plano, TX 75094-0825

Current Town Meeting Discussions

Our 6th Town Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 8th

June 10th Town Meeting Report - held on Skype

1) There was no real discussion about the upcoming Apollo Moon Party events.

Don: Jacques (President Moon Society Phoenix) explained the predicament that led to canceling the planned Moon Society Phoenix Apollo Moon Party at the Phoenix Challenger Center. The problem was plain and simply timing.  They missed the chance to advertise for _free_ using the Challenger Center.  Without advertising, there would have been anemic attendance, and the chapter could not have gotten firm commitments from the other three organizations waiting for its final agreement with Challenger. If they had had just 45 days more of lead time, Challenger had news and magazine outlets waiting for the info.  The chapter just weren't ready.  Greg at the Challenger Center had embraced the AMP and was feeding me opportunities for free materials, we were negotiating shared fees, and event possible entry in the Science museum. Running out of lead time is a common enough problem in planning chapter events. Phoenix gets an A for effort, however, and a members only party will be held at chapter VP Chuck Lesher’s home instead.

2) Moon Society invited to participate in planning the Mars/Moon Atacama Research Station in northern Chile.

Maria Catalina
(Skype name: CommanderCatalina) of Bonita, California (San Diego) asked permission to join the Town Meeting shortly after we began. Maria was the first K12 commander for MDRS (crew 80 check link for photo and short bio.)

She is preparing for the new Research Station (MMARS) and is looking to build an advisory team. They will be using a Hercules Cargo plane (without wings) to serve as a horizontal Hab, and using the cockpit cabin for flight simulations - we  commented that this was a great idea, and that the focus should be on research and not on the appearance of the hab.

It is for this reason (picking a specific site and help with designing the interior of the Hercules-Hab, that they have approached us (the Moon Society, and Peter Kokh in particular). TATA is assembling a team to go to to Chile in September when All the presidents meet at a congress and Maria wishes to include the Moon Society president on the team. The first trip, in September, is a recon to Santiago and then we will visit the Atacama site for our moon analogue. This trip will include all costs out of San Diego and back paid for by the Chilean Air Force. [Editor: If this is for real, I’ll hitchhike from Milwaukee to San Diego if need be!]

The goal date for initial presentation of the resulting MMARS plan is for the Chilean Bicentennial in Santiago September 18, 2010, when the General of the Air Force down there will announce the new Chilean Space Agency. The General specifically asked for Moon Society involvement in all this.

TATA’s first meeting with the General is Friday, June 12th. The Astronaut Teacher Alliance is creating the framework for the new Chilean Space Agency, with respect to education and outreach. TATA has great connections with ALL of the observatories in Chile. MMARS will be constructed near the Inca de Oro Observatory and ALMA (near the point where the borders of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina come together)

The mayor of Copiapo is putting up the team - all expenses paid.

Because MMARS is a TATA project, they have been to busy to put up a project website to date.

The American Embassy in Chile is a part of the bilateral agreement made between the California Governor and the President of Chile.

Comment: This is an exciting development and it is our new Town Meeting forum that brought this to our attention.

Our next Town Meeting is on July 8th and will be held on Skype group chat.
Time: Wednesday 9-11 pm EDT, 8-10 pm CDT, 7-9 pm MDT, 6-8 pm PDT
Time: Thursday 2-4 am GMT (UK, Ireland), 7:30-9:30 am NDT (India), 1-3 pm AEST (Eastern Australia)

If you do not have Skype, please go to www.skype.com and download this free software. Do not download Skype 4.0 as on that version, group chat is not allowed. When you register for it, you will be prompted to select a "Skype name" this can be your name in the format "firstlast" all lower case, or you can pick a nickname.

go to the top menu and click on Contacts, "Add a Contact" and search for Peter Kokh
and select peterkokh, and add to your new contacts list. Then, when you want to join the meeting, just click on his name in your contact list and you should immediately find yourself in the Town Meeting group chat.

Further instructions for joining the Meeting via Skype will be forthcoming.

Project Teams
Check out the Project Teams Discussion Area on the Moon Society Forum
There has been a lot of activity on the LUNAX (Experimental Lunar Agriculture Team)


Moon Miners Manifesto & Other Moon Society Publications

MMM #226 was published June 9th - www.moonsociety.org/members/mmm/

Members can download MMM pdf files here (username password required) If you have no username and password, or have forgotten it, please contact us as soon as possible and we'll get you up and running

MMM Classics #20 was published May 14th - Now the First 20 Years are available in this format, covering issues #1 Dec 1986 through #200 Nov 2006. Each volume of the MMM Classics contains all the non-time-sensitive material from a single publication issue. The MMM Classics can be freely downloaded by anyone without a Moon Society username and password.
During our July semiannual publishing break (No July MMM), we hope to put out two special issues of the MMM Classics, collecting all the Mars-theme articles from years 1-10 and years 11-20 respectively. Development of a Martian frontier, apace with development of a lunar frontier, seems to us necessary for the economic viability of both, as trading partners.
An Introductory version of the new MMM Glossary, was published May 19th. The illustrated introductory version lists over 300 terms, some new words, some old words given no meaning. Many more entries are "under construction" or at least on the "to enter" list.

Many people have asked us to produce a "subject index to MMM."

As the glossary grows and matures, it will become just that or a working substitute.

But perhaps even more essentially, it will serve as a guide to the wide-ranging content of MMM, which many new members, not bothering to read through the MMM Classics, will not fully realize after just their first year's ten issues.

We might even push the Glossary as an "Explore Me First" guide not just to MMM but the hopes and aspirations and goals of The Moon Society.

MMM-India Quarterly. We hope to publish the 3d issue this month (June 2009) a month off schedule because of the time spent preparing for ISDC. This publication is a free access pdf file available to our members and friends everywhere, not just in India.

Moon Society Fiction - 3rd Issue of "Moonbeams" was published May 14, 2009, under Editor Chuck Lesher.

If you have a "high frontier" tale in you, work it out and email it to moonbeams@moonsociety.org

To download the first issue, go to the archive site. Moonbeams issues are freely available in pdf file format, and members and visitors are welcome to circulate them freely and widely. The purpose is to provide fictional illustrations of what life could like on the Lunar Frontier and elsewhere within the Solar System.


Chapters & Outposts Report
- see the updated map of Moon Society Chapters and Outposts
Also check our regularly updated Chapter Events page

Welcome to our New Outpost in Nashville, TN - where members Chuck Shlemm and Mike Holmes are already doing major public outreach. They hope to recruit a third member soon and become a full-certified chapter! Great going, guys!

Society Chapters come in two versions: Community-based
(St. Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Tucson) and Campus based (College of Menominee Nation - Green Bay Campus)

An Outpost consists of one or more members in a local community that serve as (a) local contact(s) for area members and prospective members of the Society, and which have not yet met the qualifications to be given a chapter charter. To establish an outpost and become a local contact person for the society, write the Chapters Coordinator. There is no reason why a prospective campus chapter cannot start as an outpost, one or more not-yet-organized members.

Outpost Formation Plug - take a look at our Chapters & Outposts map [http://www.moonsociety.org/chapters/chapter_outpost_map.html]

If you live in an unrepresented area, why not take the plunge?

We are ready to give you plenty of help and direction, including names and addresses of current and former members in your area (xx miles form your zip code)

There is plenty of material and how-to information on the Space Chapters Hub website that we share with the chapters of The National Space Society and The Mars Society..

Write: chapters-coordinator@moonsociety.org

International Presence
See MMM-India Quarterly - a free access pdf file newsletter

President Peter Kokh and Director of Project Development, a team that doubles as Editor and Assistant Editor of MMM-India Quarterly, have been encouraged by the reaction in India to the first two issues of "M3IQ" which response has included three inquiries about setting up Moon Society chapters in India.

We see enormous potential and considerable enthusiasm. To move this effort up a notch, we've added a link on the "About the Society Page" and a fresh page introducing our expanding initiatives within India.

This effort is still in the infancy stage, but the only policy that makes sense is an actively progressive one. In the end, it will be individuals and groups within India who make this effort their own, that will make this a successful venture.

We have taken advantage of sizable student groups from India attending the ISDC in 2008 and again in 2008, and with as many contacts in India as we can find.

Contact: mmm-india@moonsociety.org
CHILE - See the Town Meeting Report for June 10, 2009 above

Events: Annual Events, ISDC, other conferences, other events and observances

International Space Development Conference: ISDC 2009 was held May 28-31 in Orlando, FL.

Our David Dunlop chaired the Moon Track.
Dr. Peter Schubert chaired the Climate and Space Track
Presenters included Peter Kokh in three tracks (above plus Art Track), Dave Dunlop and Dan Hawk in the Moon Track

Moon Society President Peter Kokh was awarded (photo) (photo - everyone wanted to pose with Peter) the National Space Society's Gerard O'Neill Space Settlement Award for his 23 years of work in Moon Miners' Manifesto, sketching how future pioneers could make themselves at home on the Moon, Mars, in space settlements, and elsewhere in the Solar System. The award had previously been given to Harrison Jack Schmitt (Apollo 17) in 2007, and to President Bush's science advisor John Mahrburger in 2008. The award was given at the Friday evening banquet at ISDC, but because many people had bought banquet tickets for Saturday, understanding that the even would be given then, the presentation was repeated, something unprecedented.  

A CD, "Moon Miners' Manifesto - the 1st 20 Years" of MMM Classics - was in every registration packet and we hope that leads to more subscriptions and memberships. A possible book was discussed.

Our booth in the exhibit room received a lot of attention
Dan Hawk, representing the Green Bay 'chapter and College of Menominee Nation, provided the rocket exhibit which really attracted a lot of attention and made our  booth a literal standout. Dan had also arranged for the Lunar Lava tube base model from WI Space Grant Consortium headquartered at UWGB.

Dan also presented work on the Lunax project with pictures of the plants grown in lunar simulant and examples of simulant and investigations of Groveland mine tailing as a potential analog material

The Moon Society booth was also  used for the backdrop of the a TV interview with Buzz Aldrin.
Moon Society participation in the Space Solar Alliance for Future Energy (SSAFE)  meeting - Dave Dunlop was an active participant and also took part in the space solar power planning sessions at the end of the conference including emphasizing the importance of connections with the environmental
focus with space based energy.

Charles Radley, Keith Henson, and Dave Dunlop also had some significant discussions regarding Keith's work on a new Skylon Associated proposal for reducing launch costs for SBSP - more on that in a future issue of MMM.

Fred Becker of the host Florida chapter had worked closely with Dave Dunlop in preparing for ISDC and hosted an Art Track in which Peter Kokh spoke about is 1994 experiments with paint materials that could be made entirely from the elements common in moondust, and spoke about future directions for this research and the importance of the artist's role in making pioneers feel "at home" in the lunar environment.

Future showings of our Solar Power Beaming Demonstration Unit
We have discussed exhibiting the unit during the Milwaukee Apollo Moon Party, July 18, 19th but this depends on security issues

Dr. Peter Schubert has had discussions with the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry about a role for our exhibit in their planned  "Future of Energy" exhibit.

Meanwhile, Dave Dunlop and Peter Kokh have put production of an online kit (how to build your own solar power beaming demo unit) on the front burner as interest is very high.

International Space Development Conference: ISDC 2010 will be held May 27-31st (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago, IL
As Chicago is a 90 mile hour and a half commute from where most of the Moon Society (and Lunar Reclamation Society) exhibits are stored (in Milwaukee) we expect to provide a major contribution to the exhibit room. And as we have worked closely with the conference organizers for over twenty years, we expect a good chunk of presentation opportunities as well.

Hotel room rates and conference registration rates will be considerably lower than those in Orlando.
The hotel is brand new - The Intercontinental O'Hare. (map) (Hotel's in Chicago's downtown "Loop" have a very hight hotel tax.)

Chicago has excellent air connections to everywhere. (Flights to Midway will involve higher transit costs to the hotel which is near O'Hare.) Plan now on coming, or at least keep the dates open!

Publicity Report

MMM Library subscriptions project courtesy of the Lunar Reclamation Society, publishers of MMM. We have received 6 so far. If you would like to have MMM go to your local library, send ch/mo for $10 (one year) to the publishers,

“Lunar Reclamation Society”
PO Box 2102
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(include the name and address of the library)

Looking for volunteers to put out fliers at various space conferences and science fiction conventions they may be attending. Let us know about space conferences and science fiction cons that you are planning to attend. Write president@moonsociety.org


CALENDAR for Leadership/Management Council/Town Meetings

We meet on the ASI-MOO on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday nights monthly, 9-11 pm ET, 8-10 pm CT, 7-9 pm MT, 6-8 pm Moon Leaders room. Directions from the Commons: "north", then "moon-leaders"

Anyone may choose to audit our meetings and to contribute input to discussions. Use your Moon Society username and password, or sign in as a guest. Note: let us know in advance so we can tell the Door Dragon to let you in!
NEXT: June  17th, July 1st and 15th