Actions & Discussions
including new look for website 2ndary pagesMoon Society Elections 2009
Town Meeting Discussions
including an Apollo Moon Party eventApollo Moon Party Report - next?
Moon Miners' Manifesto, other Publications
Chapters & Outposts
The Society's primary focus Creation of an International Lunar Research Park open to space agencies of all nations, as well as contractors, entrepreneurs, and universities.
Supporting research and development of building materials (metal alloys, glass, glass composites, concrete, ceramics, etc.) from the more abundant elements in moondust (regolith, or rock powder blanket that covers the Moon. We would advance this research by pursuing the spin-up process.Spin-up: pre-developing the technologies that will be needed to move beyond the initial Earth-dependent footholds established on the Moon or elsewhere. Entrepreneurs can do this profitably, here and now, by ferreting out Earth markets for such technologies, thus billing the consumer for “spin-up” -- loading the shelves in the process with the technologies we anticipate needing -- instead of billing the Space Budget (and tax-payers) for “spin-off.” NASA, because of budget constraints, confines itself to R&D of hardware and systems needed for short and intermediate range goals.After some concerns were addressed, there appeared to be broad and strong support among the Leadership Council members for this recast of the Society's goals and efforts
Read: Beyond NASA's Goals issued on July 20, 2009, the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. There is an image link to this report on our homepage.
Several Moon Society Chapters and Outposts reported successful Apollo Moon Parties.top
At the same time, other Chapters and Outposts had diffiuclty staging an event with only a few months lead time.
We think we should try again!
And this time we will have more months to plan more carefully! I think it would be a big mistake, and risk the same ho-hum reactions in the public with each new Apollo mission, to do an AMP for each one of them. On the other hand, all the odd # missions are notable and suggest special ways of handling the event:
- A11 - the first!
- A13 - near disaster - theme "Space is worth the risk"
- A15 - Lunar Rover Debut - Manned Lunar Rover design competitions (unpressurized, pressurized)
- A17 - the last - Lessons from Apollo missions mandate that we must return, this time to stayThe 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13 near disaster and successful recovery
Sunday April 11 - Saturday April 17, 2010 - The emergency occured on April 13th, 1970
OUR THEME: "Space is worth the Risks" - The pioneering of every froniter brought with it many risks. People did die, and in the end it was worth it. None of us who live in the Americas or Australia would be living here, if our ancestors had not accepted deadly risk as a acceptable price for the opportunity to live a more meaningful building a new frontier. We cannot allow those who have become danger-shy to impose that risk-aversity on anyone else! Volunteers have the right to risk their lives for opportunity.
- The "deadly" Moon and how we will meet all the challenges and learn to handle them as if by second nature even as all forntier-pioneering folk before us have done. Comparison to the home country of the Eskimo and Innuit in the arctic.
- Disadvantages are the key and the clue to turn them into Opportunities
- A poll on the acceptability of risk, by age, demographics, income, etc.
- The Movie Apollo 13, the Book Apollo 13, patches, other memorabilia
- A list of Books and Films about similar heroism (Shakleton's call, and misadventures)
- Appearnaces or video snippet from Jim Lovell, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinese, others
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 (under constriuction) 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.
INDIAEvents: Annual Events, ISDCs and more.
See MMM-India Quarterly - a free access pdf file newsletterCHILE - Planning for the proposed Moon Mars Atacama Research Station coninues. If you wish to be involved or just update, join our google group: http://groups.google.com/group/moonmars
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 three issues of "M3IQ" which response has included three inquiries about setting up Moon Society chapters in India. We are also picking up regular members (for MMM) of Indian origin living in the USA.
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.
As we have also been involved in Mexico for some time, and now have an inquiry from Colombia, it now makes sense to look for English to Spanish Translaters so that we can prepare outreach materials for Spanish speaking countries.The Moon Society is looking more International every day.
The member-organized Moon-Mine Project in central Sweden which we support is making major advances.
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! Chicago 1989 was a super-ISDC and the same people are bringing us this one. We can only expect the biggest and best ever.