Actions & Discussions
Town Meeting Discussions
Moon Miners' Manifesto, other Publications
Chapters & Outposts
New Board member appointed to vacancy - As Board Member James A. Rogers of Longview, TX will be leaving shortly to join the armed forces, and as he had suggested that Bryce Johnson of Rockford, Illinois be appointed to serve the rest of his term, the Board voted to confirm Bryce in this position. Welcome to our team. Peter Kokh had first met Bryce in 1987 and was delighted to have him aboard.December 15th Meeting
We had received a request from a disabled veteran asking if we would extend our $20 discount membership (MMM in electronic PDF format only) offered to students and seniors, to disabled veterans. There was very strong support for this suggestion and it passed overwhelmingly. The next step is to let the various Veterans agencies know about this offer.
Moon Society India has indicated that they may be ready to take over Moon Miners' Manifesto -India Quarterly ) beginning with the scheduled April issue. The publication would have a new name and new look. M3IQ #9 is scheduled for publication January 20th.
Lavatube Skylight Explorer engineering competition. We will be inviting additional sponsors. On board are The Moon Society, Lunar Reclamation Society, National Space Society (each contributing %500 in prize money) plus Open Luna Foundation, and SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.) To be contacted: such as American Lunar Society, AIAA, ExploreMars.org, MarsDrive, The Mars Foundation, and NASA-Glenn in Cleveland (preliminary contact made.)
The Lunar Solar Sail cubesat engineering competition is still in the definition stage. This is a complex project and we will be dividing it in phases to be run in succession.
A number of people were not able to attend and we had an informal meeting with freewheeling discussion of many topics. Sessions like this sometimes lead to productive results.The next Management Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 5th
If you would like the Management Committee to consider a new initiative or idea, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
SEDS - Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
With SEDS in mind, Peter Kokh and Dave Dunlop will be putting to the Moon Society Board a proposal to amend the bylaws to create a new class of membership: student chapters, in which the student chapters, not its members, become members of the Moon Society. But SEDS students would have access to the electronic version of MMM for the duration of their membership in the SEDS chapter. After they graduate or move on, we would have an attractive "first year" membership registration offer for them. The details of this proposal are yet to be worked out, to minimize pitfalls of abuse and other problems.The National Space Society:
Next year's SEDS SpaceVision Conference will be held in November, 2011 at the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The Moon Society plans to stay involved.
In addition to our collaboration on these two engineering concept competitions, we will be announcing shortly our collaboration with NSS on the Kalam-NSS Energy Initiative that has been very much in the news of late. This is a proposal to accelerate demonstrations of space-based solar power, and to address the technological challenges involved. In the background would be a new collaboration between the United States and India on this effort. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is the former president of India. Previously he had been a major rocket scientist at ISRO, India's Space Research Organization. Kalam sees the benefit not only as limitless clean power, but also as a way to provide clean drinking water to the billions of people living in areas where there is simply not enough water, let alone clean water.
Our future role in this will be to call attention to the economic advantages of using lunar resources instead of terrestrial ones, for construction of the great bulk of components for solar power satellites and for Geosynchronous platforms that could host hundreds of individual communications and other satellites, thus decongesting GEO and ensuring continued economic growth of Earth's Econosphere. We will also contribute by calling for development of clean launchers to launch SPS systems coming from Earth. Not to do so defeats the environmental benefits of SPS systems.
MMM #241 December issue PDF file was published December 3rd. The hardcopy version was mailed December 13th. This issue begins MMM's 25th yearIntroducing new special "Vector" pages:
The format for this issue was given a partial new look.
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 21st volume of the MMM Classics has been published,
collecting all the non-time sensitive articles from issues #201-210.
We maintain a minimum lag of three years from the current publication year,
in order to maintain the incentive to maintain membership in the Society.
All MMM Classics volumes, one per each publication year, can be freely downloaded, in pdf format from http://www.moonsociety.org/publications/mmm_classics/
The MMM-India Quarterly #8 was published late in October. Issue #9 is scheduled for January 2011.
All "M3IQ" issues may be freely downloaded from this address
MOONSCAPES first four issues have been published and sent to all current email addresses on file.
The fifth issue will be published shortly.
If you have not received a copy, write email@example.com
These issues are archived online at: http://www.moonsociety.org/publications/moonscapes/2010/
You can always unsubscribe at any time by simply clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each issue.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 - http://www.moonsociety.org/publications/mmm_themes/
The following issues have been published:
We are working on the following
- Mars 1 & 2
- Eden on the Moon 1 & 2 - (environmental themes)
- Select Editorials
- Lunar Analog Research - published September, 2010
These Theme Issues are, like the Classics, free access pdf files, no member username and password needed. See download address above.
- Lavatubes on Moon and Mars
- The Lunar Economy (Exo-economics)
- At Home on the Moon
- Lunar surface activities
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.
Members and visitors may wonder what the Moon Society stance may be on interrelated space issues. The following pages are now online:
- http://www.moonsociety.org/art/ - the idea behind this page is to help members and visitors visualize the possibilities!
- http://www.moonsociety.org/humor/ - under construction
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.
If you have a "high frontier" tale in you, work it out and email it to email@example.com 1-sheet Meetings Calendars have been published, in 7 artwork versions, 4 horizontal, 3 vertical
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.
Just print on card stock and frame
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.
LATIN AMERICA - visit our Espaņol page - our Spanish language clone is in very early stages of constructionINDIA
Moon/Mars Atacama Research Station - .There was a sudden announcement of an opportunity for funding by the Chilean Space Agency and the University of Antofagasta, and we rushed to meet the deadline. A number of things beyond our control interfered, and as of this writing, we are not sure that our application was received in time.
An expedition to pick the site is planned for March 2011. The land is owned by the European Southern Observatory which operates the ALMA Radio Telescope array in the area.
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 will:
1) Solicit articles from known Spanish-speaking colleagues,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.
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
In the meantime, we will address the items listed above.
Apropos, 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.
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.
This time the dates are for the weekend before Memorial Day WeekendJuly 26 - August 7th, 2011 - 40th anniversary of Apollo 15 - we are considering a number of contests and competitions