What’s New in the Moon Society?

Frontlines Masthead
Volume 2010, Issue October
Published October 14, 2010

Management Council Actions & Discussions
Town Meeting Discussions
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 31st 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

October 6th Meeting --  there was only an informal meeting as the President was out of town without internet access.

The next Management Committee Meeting will be on October 20th
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.


Ongoing collaborations with other organizations:
new ! - Open Luna Foundation - We have listed Open Luna Foundation in our Lunar Directory (see the Destinations Menu) for some time. The Open Luna Foundation seeks to return mankind to the lunar surface, and to do it in such a way that it is accessible to everyone. While the goal of a non-government moon base is similar to the Artemis Project, its research approach is not proprietary but open source and one of our specific aims is to reach out to the community and educational systems to spread interest, enthusiasm, and involvement.
In his recent trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to present former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with the Moon Society's University of Luna Award, Director of Project Development David Dunlop had the opportunity to meet with Open Lunar Foundation founder Paul Graham (now living in London, Ontario) several times, and they discussed a number of ways our two organizations can collaborate. Stay tuned for specific collaboration efforts. Paul was Peter Kokh's commander on Peter's first crew assignment (crew #34) at the Mars Desert Research Station in 2005, the year before our Moon Society exercise (crew #45) there in 2006.
new! - SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
SEDS is having its annual conference this year at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana (UICU) 140 miles south of Chicago, the weekend of November 5-7th. President Peter Kokh and Director of Project Development David A. Dunlop are registered and intend to present a spectrum of engineering design competitions, open to SEDS chapters and to other student groups. Prize money would be donated by the Moon Society and the Lunar Reclamation Society from recently received bequest funds. We will be seeking cosponsorship from other groups as well.This initial set of engineering design competitions will focus on the challenge of exploring lava tube skylights that have recently been discovered on both Moon (in the maria lava seas) and on Mars (on the slopes of  its great shield volcanoes.)
ExploreMars.org is a new "project-focused organization. As we personally know both its President (Artemis Westinberg) and Executive Director (Chris Carberry), we are already discussing specific collaboration projects.

American Lunar Society: An organization of amateur astronomers interested in observing the Moon. We have a 2nd project proposal in the definition stage that we will be seeking to publish in a future issue of Selenology, their quarterly, which all members are welcome to download (member username and password needed)

The National Space Society:
In 2005, we helped an aging couple from South Carolina to arrange in their will, a bequest to The Lunar Reclamation Society, The Moon Society, and The National Space Society. They have both now passed on, the will has gone through probate, and a same size check has been received by all three. I will be lobbying hard that this money be set aside for collaboration projects. There is a precedent: all three organizations were equal cosponsors of the Moon Society moonbase simulation exercise in Utah at the Mars Desert Research Station in early 2006

First we wish to honor the memories of Mr. and Mrs. Pietraskiewicz of Walhala, South Carolina for their generosity. They had approached us some five years ago when they were in the process of revisiting their will. Now they are both departed and the will has been probated, and the check in our account. It was their intention that we use this gift wisely to advance the day when the Moon will become a lunar frontier.

The Moon Society and the Lunar Reclamation Society (publishers of Moon Miners' Manifesto) are looking at a number of bite-size projects that will advance this goal. They include research initiatives in experimental lunar agriculture as well as a number of engineering design competitions. Also under consideration are society exhibits, and conference involvement. These ideas are now in the early stages of definition. We will keep members posted.

Moon Miners Manifesto & Other Moon Society Publications

MMM #239 October issue is on schedule for publication on or around October 1st.

MMM #240 November will close MMM's 24th year

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)

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

The MMM-India Quarterly #8 is on schedule for publication in October.
All "M3IQ" issues may be freely downloaded from this address
MOONSCAPES first two issues have been published and sent to all current email addresses on file in mid-August and mid-September.
The third issue will be published shortly. If you have not received a copy, write moonscapes@moonsociety.org
You can always unsubscribe at any time.

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We are excited about this project and the possibilities of reaching more people this way.
If we have a current email address for you in our database, you will receive a copy
There is an automated "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of each issue, should you prefer not to get further issues

NOTE: f you are a user of Verizon'x or Earthlink's spam-blocking services
and do not check requests to whitelist certain Moon Society addresses (president@moonsociety.org, teamdirector@moonsociety.org, kokhmmm@aol.com), you will not receive it.
Any "blocked" email addresses will be removed from our database;  cooperation is a two-way street1

Your input on the first and future issues will be much appreciated.

MMM Themes Collections -
The following issues have been published:
We are working on the following
  • The Lunar Economy (Exo-economics)
  • At Home on the Moon
  • Lunar surface activities
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
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.
The Glossary is an "Explore Me First" guide, not just to MMM but to 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 Summer 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 (Green Bay, WI). 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, contact 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
LATIN AMERICA - visit our Español page - our Spanish language clone is in very early stages of construction
Puerto Rico
The Moon Society cosponsored Puerto Rico Space Congress which was to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 23-27, 2010, has been cancelled because of below-minimum registrations. This is a disappointment, but not unexpected given the current economic times.
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 Quintano 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.
news!  -  Moon/Mars Atacama Research Station - In the aftermath of Chile's recent Earthquake, focusshifted  elsewhere, but behind the scened, organizational activities of a Chilean Center of Excellence continued. The spotlight is back on this effort and the Chilean government has indicated its strong support.

The Institutional lead has shifted from the University of Atacama in Copiapo, to the University of Antofagasta in the port city of that name. Robert Zubrin in his recent visit to the country tried to delete the first M (Moon) out of MMARS, but that is unlikely to happen. If he should prevail, however, this will become another narrowly focused MDRS like facility, not the super facility we have been outlining. We will have to wait and see what happens.

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 Español."

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.

On August 16th, Argentina announced the creation of its own Space Agency, complete with a planned launch facility at the Puerto Belgrano Naval Station situated next to Punta Alta, near Bahía Blanca, about 700 km (435 mi) south of Buenos Aires. The country will build its own satellites and rockets.

MMM-Spanish Quarterly Protect Update
- June 7, 2010
"Manifiesto Mineros de la Luna Trimestral" - proposed title, translation double checked
proposed Spanish Language masthead
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-Español-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 should be published in 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, 6th, and 7th issue of Moon Miners' Manifesto - India Quarterly - "M3IQ" as we have come to call it.
Eventually, M3IQ will get a new name and a new look and be 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 in Delhi,  and has a presence in Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal, and soon in Pune and Kolkata.
Those interested in helping create Moon Society chapters in India should contact

Contact: moonsocietyindia@gmail.com
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.

Space Tourism Month April 2011
- Space tourism will be the focus of our April 2011 issue of MMM, #244, and of the Spring issue of our Science-Fiction magazine, Moonbeams.  Submissions welcome (moonbeams@moonsociety.org)

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 - 40th anniversary of Apollo 15 - 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: October 6th & 20th, November 3rd and 17th