What’s New in the Moon Society?

Frontlines Masthead
Volume 2010, Issue July
Published July 9, 2010

Management Council Actions & Discussions
Town Meeting Discussions
Elections 2010
Moon Miners' Manifesto, other Publications
Chapters & Outposts   
International Presence                   
Meetings Calendar

Pre-Frontlines Reports
All Reports
Frontlines past issues:
2008 2009 2010



May (no report)

About Frontlines

This is our 28th 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

June 16th Meeting -
MMM Continuity - The first discussion, started by Scotty Gammenthaler, was about the status of formulation of a document transferring publication and copyrights and ownership of the name for Moon Miners’ from The Lunar Reclamation Society, the publisher from the beginning, to The Moon Society. Peter promised to have proposed language ready for the next Management Committee meeting for further input so that the Board could be presented with final language at the next Board meeting on August 18th.

Image links to other sites on our homepage in the right hand column need some additions, deletions, and alterations. The suggestions made by Peter Kokh were approved. As of July 9th, they had not yet been put into effect.

Ongoing collaborations with other organizations were reviewed, and will be expanded, if and when we can find partners to collaborate on projects of interest to the Moon Society.

July 7th Meeting -

Membership Report - Our membership continues to grow which is an encouraging sign that most members have not been discouraged by the recent change of direction in NASA's program. The leadership is itself encouraged that the Obama Administration  is putting research money in the right places to get us in a better position to ensure that when we do return to the Moon, it will be for keeps, not just another Flags and Footprints dead-end exercise.

MMM Continuity
- At stake are the interests of The Lunar Reclamation Society (current publisher), The Moon Society (number one client), and the National Space Society, LRS' parent organization. The topic of discussion was suggested arrangements for The Lunar Reclamation Society, our partner NSS chapter in Milwaukee, to turn over rights to the name "Moon Miners' Manifesto, and MMM publication rights and copyrights to the Moon Society, to ensure the continuity of MMM should the Milwaukee NSS chapter dissolve.

Peter Kokh submitted proposed language as requested at the previous meeting. This language includes contingency clauses to return rights to LRS, should the Moon Society dissolve first, and to pass rights to MMM on to the National Space Society, should The Moon Society not be able to find an editor and get MMM back in print for a year after the present editor became unable to continue. In the meantime, LRS will remain the publication agent, and continue to be the agent to deal with other NSS chapters (currently eight) now also served by MMM. Again, nothing will change in the way MMM is published, except the rights to MMM, and responsibility to keep MMM going, should either the current editor and/or publisher be unable to continue. The plan will be presented to the LRS board for approval, and if this is forthcoming, to the TMS Board at its August 18th meeting.

We then discussed ideas of ways to celebrate Spaceweek, October 4-11, 2010, that would earn us some badly needed publicity. No concrete proposals were offered, so this topic will remain on the agenda.

The next Management Committee Meeting will be on July 21st

The 3rd Annual Membership Meeting will be on August 11th on Skype - see below

The next Quarterly Board Meeting will be on August 18th
If you would like the Management Committee to consider a new initiative or idea, contact president@moonsociety.org
Town Meeting Discussions  and our Annual Membership Meeting

NOTE: The next Quarterly Town Meeting is set to be held on Skype group chat Wednesday November 10, 2010
The next Quarterly window, August 11th is the scheduled slot for our 3rd annual Membership Meeting.
The time is Time: 9-11 pm ET, 8-10 pm CT, 7-9 pm MT, 6-8 pm PT Wed = 2-4 am Thurs UT (GMT)
Town Meetings will be held the week before the Board Meetings in February, May, and November - that is, three times a year - There is a calendar listing Society Meetings at the bottom of the Conferences 2010 page. You may download this one-page ready-to-print calendar with several artwork options from the bottom of our Downloads Page.
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. But Skype 4.1 is okay! 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.

Moon Society Elections 2010

The ballots are out. They have been circulated both in MMM (May issue) and by email.
While we do not have any contested positions this year, our volunteers deserve a vote of confidence.

Please do vote!

Ballots must be returned by August 1st to be counted
Ballots can be emailed to secretary@moonsociety.org
Or mailed to The Moon Society, P.O. Box 940825, Plano, TX 75094-082

Moon Miners Manifesto & Other Moon Society Publications

MMM #236 PDF file June 2010 issue was published June 2nd, 2010.

The MMM-India Quarterly #7 was published July 1st, 2020.

MMM is not published in January or July MMM is not published in January or July (to give the editor a semi-annual burnout prevention break and time to get recharged)

MMM #238 is schedled for publication in early August

Members can download MMM pdf files here and Selenology pdf files here (username password required for both) 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-India Quarterly #8 is set for publication in October this year.
All "M3IQ" issues may be freely downloaded from this address
MMM Themes Collections - http://www.moonsociety.org/publications/mmm_themes/
The following issues have been published:
We are working on the following
  • Lunar Analog Research
  • The Lunar Economy (Exo-economics)
  • At Home on the Moon
These Theme Issues are, like the Classics, free access pdf files, no member username and password needed. See download address above.

These publications will appear as we find time to put them together. A fringe benefit of organizing all past articles by theme, is that it can serve as preparation for an eventual “MMM the Book.” That is a project title, not the book title, which will be determined later.

Introducing new, special "Vector" pages:
Members and visitors may wonder what the Moon Society stance may be on interrelated space issues. The following pages are now online:
Yet to come:
  • http://www.moonsociety.org/astronomy/
  • others?
We hope to make these pages accessible by direct link from our homepage. The current idea is to add a "Vectors Menu" just below the "Destinations Menu" in the right hand column of our homepage.

An Introductory version of the new MMM Glossary
[!!! new address !!!] was published May 19th, 2009. The illustrated introductory version lists over 300 terms, some new words, some old words given no meaning. New entries are being added from time to time.

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.

Moonbeams #7 is still open for submissions:  The editor  is Chuck Lesher, of Moon Society Phoenix.
If you have a "high frontier" tale in you, work it out and email it to moonbeams@moonsociety.org

To download the first six issues, 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.
2010 1-sheet Meetings Calendars have been published, in 7 artwork versions, 4 horizontal, 3 vertical
Just print on card stock and frame
A new issues of Selenology has been published.
The Spring 2010 issue of this newsletter from our affiliate The American Lunar Society can be downloaded from this directory, using your Moon Society member username and password - http://moonsociety.org/members/selenology/


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

Society Chapters come in two versions: Community-based (St. Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Tucson) and Campus based (College of Menominee Nation - Green Bay Campus). The San Diego Outpost has four members and meets every other month, but has not organized (selected officers.)

Volunteers are attempting to form chapters in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville (all in Tennessee) and in Indianapolis, IN, and Dallas-Ft Worth, TX, and in the Washington DC metro area. If you live in one of these areas and would like to be involved, contatct chapters-coordinato@moonsociety.org

The Houston chapter has now combined resources and meetings with the NSS Houston (Clear Lake) chapter. The Milwaukee Outpost now has four member but will not organize separately, but continue to  meet conjointly with the Lunar Reclamation Society NSS chapter which has been partnering with the Moon Society, and with Artemis Society International before it, since 1995.
An updated look at chapter events.
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.

International Chapters - see below

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 ample help and direction, including names and addresses of current and former members in your area (xx miles form your zip code location.)

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 Scene
Puerto Rico
The Moon Society is cosponsoring the Puerto Rico Space Congress to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 23-27, 2010. The conference is shaping up nicely and looks to be an exceptional one.
Mexico has finally approved its own Space Agency, AEXA, and is deciding on a headquarters site. The government and has picked a launch site in Quintanoo Roo State in the Yucatan Peninsula on the Carri bean Coast just north of Belize.

The state of Jalisco (Guadalajara) is bidding for the AEXA HQ site, and is considering a space theme park north of Guadalajara that will include a lunar analog facility open to tourists; the MexLunarHab. We have been working in Mexico through our agent, Jesus Raygoza.
CHILE - Moon/Mars Atacama Research Station - Right now, in the aftermath of Chile's recent Earthquake, focus is elsewhere, but behind the scened, organizational activities of a Chilean Center of Excellence continue.
If the Moon Society's role in Chile is to expand beyond a merely advisory one, we need to develop a family of chapters within Chile to play a supporting role at MMARS.  And we need to clone the Society "in Espaņol."
Our decision to spin off a Spanish Language Moon Society website and to create a number of papers and flyers in Spanish, should help promote this effort, as well as to promote the creation of Spanish-language Moon Society chapters in Mexico and in Chile, the two nations in which our efforts are currently concentrated.

MMM-Spanish Quarterly Protect Update - June 7, 2010
"Manifiesto Mineros de la Luna Trimestral" - proposed title, translation double checked
Dave Dunlop, Moon Society Director of Project Development and Society President Pater Kokh, have worked on a plan to advance this project. Peter will1) solicit articles from known Spanish-speaking colleagues,
1) Solicit articles from known Spanish-speaking colleagues,
2) Have Goggle translate existing and new MMM articles
3) Provide or suggest some illustrations
4) Perhaps a fresh appeal to members for a volunteer editor
5) Consult with NSS, who might want to cosponsor such a publication
This project needs not just a special Editor but an Editorial Team with members from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, and other interested countries, including someone from the Spanish speaking community in the U.S.

In the meantime, we will address the items listed above.

Apropos, the Puerto Rico Space Congress, which the Society is cosponsoring, is October 24-27.
And the 6th Space Conference of the Americas (CEA) will be  in the city of Pachuca, the capital of the central Mexican state of Hidalgo. November 15-19, 2010.

It would be great to have the first MMM-Espaņol-Quarterly edition ready for both events, but that seems an improbable goal at the moment (which, of course means that we will give it a college try.)
See MMM-India Quarterly - a free access pdf file newsletter

MMM-India Quarterly #7was published July 1st. M3IQ #8 is set for October.
The Newly announced Moon Society India is moving swiftly to come into its own. Indian writers have contributed a major portion of the 5th issue of Moon Miners' Manifesto - India Quarterly - "M3IQ" as we have come to call it.
 Eventually, M3IQ will either become an all-India publication or be replaced with a new publication put together inside India. This is as it should be, and we in the Moon Society look forward to the Moon Society India organization coming into its own, with pride and satisfaction.
(2) From Moon Society India leader Pradeep Mohandas
The Moon Society India is in the final stage of  incorporation,  and had a major presence at the SEDS India Conference April 11-12, in Vellore, 113 km west of Chennai in Tamil Nadu state, and 150 km east of Bangalore. Together with the Moon Society (International), they have started a Book Drive to collect (from US/Canadian members) books on Space, the Moon, even Mars, that we no longer need to keep in our personal libraries. For information, contact president@moonsociety.org. We hope to collect a bunch at ISDC 2010 in Chicago at the end of the month.
Those interested in helping create Moon Society chapters in India should contact

Contact: moonsocietyindia@gmail.com

SPINNING OFF A Spanish version of the Moon Society Website, and a Spanish language edition of Moon Miners' Manifesto
- "Sociedad Lunar" y "Manifesto de Mineros de Luna" (the editor's amateur translation attempt.)
The Moon Society Management Committee has given its support to this proposal. But more than a vote is needed. We do not have the team to pursue this goal. Instead, we must recruit such a team. We have recruited Jesus Raygoza of Mexico City who has both a wide knowledge of and interest in Space affairs and is fluent in both English and Spanish to start the process as soon as we send him a list of web pages and documents needing translation. Jesus has been working in Mexico build a Moon Society presence there as well as campaign for the creation of AEXA, a Mexican Space Agency with a small but effective budget. (Espaņol)

We are looking for proficient English to Spanish Translators, webmasters, and editors.

On December 17th, we put up a temporary Spanish Homepage placeholder

The Society is involved in Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as Chile, it makes sense to  prepare outreach materials for Spanish speaking countries, including the growing Spanish speaking population within the United States. The United States is now the 2nd largest Spanish Speaking Country in the Western Hemisphere (after Mexico), and soon worldwide (eclipsing Spain).

If you can help in any way or point us in the right direction, please contact us
Write: president@moonsociety.org
Subject line: Spanish
Subject line: Spanish "at large chapter" in the USA
Subject line: Mexico
Subject line: other Spanish-speaking nations
Subject line: etc.
The member-organized Moon-Mine Project in central Sweden which we have been support, is encountering problems with the owner of the property,  and Niklas Jarvstrat, project organizer is becoming discouraged. He may move to Oxford, England, UK and will look into usable abandoned mine sites in that country.

The Moon Society is looking more International every day.
Events: Annual Events, ISDCs and more.

Spaceweek 2010
- October 4-10. If you have ideas of what we can do "special" and "noteworthy" to celebrate this occasion, please send them our way. (president@moonsociety.org) We need to make plans soon!

May 20-23, 2011 -
International Space Development Conference: ISDC 2011 in Huntsville, AL
This time the dates are for the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend
More information to follow.
July 26 - August 7th, 2011 - we are considering a number of contests and competitions


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 Committee 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: January 20th, February (and March) 3rd and 17th