This has been another year of growth, perhaps not in membership
numbers. but in the scope of Moon Society activities.
is actually down 5% from a year ago, but considering the economic
situation, we are fortunate that the decline has not been much greater.
percentage of members not renewing remains higher than it was before
the economic downturn, but new people are joining in numbers that
largely offset that loss.
We remain blessed to have a high
proportion of our members, near 15%, actively contributing to Moon
Society efforts directly, or doing space-related projects on their own.
This is an "activism rate" about three times that reported by most
other space organizations.
At our September 16, 2009 Management
Committee Meeting, we approved a plan to allow current (not new)
members to renew for 3 years at a time for the price of 2 years. If
your rate is
$35/year, you will be able to renew for 3 years for $70. If your rate
is $20/year (senior/student/ with electronic newsletter only) you will
be able to renew for 3 year for just $40. If your rate is $60 (outside
North America with hardcopy newsletter) you can renew for 3 years for
$120. We trust that this provision will be a popular option, and it
reduced our membership processing load.
who take advantage of this offer will also receive a 20th Anniversary
Moon Miners' Manifesto CD.
Thanks to former Vice-president Charles Radley, members can now get a Moon Society Visa card from Capital One.
Mailings of these CDs will begin on August 2nd.
treasury balance has more than recovered from the investments made in
2007 for (Moon Colony) video
productions and in 2008 to design and build our tabletop solar power
beaming demonstration unit.
That means that we are now on the
lookout for new projects that require funding. Prizes for contests and
competitions are one option.
A recent suggestion, one that we have proposed to
the new project-focused ExploreMars.org,
would be a Design Engineering Competition for a specially designed
rover that could winch itself down (and back up) into a lava tube
skylight, several of which have now been found on both the Moon and
Mars. Successful Design Engineering Challenges need worthy prizes to
attract the talent required.
See "Planet Earth & Space
Conference" below for another project that may be worth
for our proposed Lunar Analog Research Station
project is another. Such
a project would require substantial funding, perhaps in partnership
with other organizations. We continue to brainstorm options that would
let us get started in a phase by phase manner but which would allow us
to support valuable analog research from the start. It would also
require a program management team which we do not yet have in place.
Our Website - The Changing "Featured Image" just above the
Moon Society Announcements Section
As of August 11, there is an updated announcement on our homepage about this.
The Changing Images Feature on our homepge is
currently under revision.
This feature is designed to acquaint the
member and visitor with ideas that illustrate the possibilities of
settlements on the Moon.
Until now, when you clicked on the featured image,
you get a larger
one, and most of the time there is some
we are in the process of doing is to add links to articles in MMM or
publications such as the MMM Classics volumes, that give a more
explanation of the illustrated concept. The idea is to acquaint the
member or visitor with the
vast amount of older published material that already exists, most of it
are currently 133 images in this library, 124 or 93% of them with active
links to articles that give further information on the subject of the
image. Dozens more to
come, and our goal is a 100% with active links.
An example is
We personally have a habit of checking the homepage daily, just to get
the latest space news.
Click on teaser image or accompanying text above and
see what you get.
Now there is one more feature. When you click on the featured image on our homepage
and get a larger or more developed image, you will be able to click on that in turn,
and get a document that contains further information.
So go to the homepage and try it there!
Why not get into that habit as well, and while you are at
it, click on the changing feature image.
If this is about a topic that you are not familiar with, explore the
This Changing Featured Image Library has become another publication
effort, and with the MMM Glossary, a way to explore the topics we have
been talking about, a way for new members and visitors to find out how
comprehensive the Moon Society's vision is.
An International Lunar Research Park
the past year, we began brainstorming in earnest, the concept of an
International Lunar Research Park, quite a different critter from a
national moonbase. See MMM
#228 pp. 6-8 and/or MMM-India Quarterly #2 p. 20-25
Apollo Mission 40th Anniversary Observances
International partnership brings a measure of
invulnerability to Congressional budgetary mischief. And bringing
together at one location contributions by several national space
agencies, allows each to concentrate on different research areas,
instead of duplicating efforts. In this concept, a contractor
consortium would build the spaceport, and all facilities needed by the
various national outposts in common. The result would be a much larger
and more capable installation, focused on research aimed at bringing
lunar-building materials needed for expansion online. This would be the
kind of installation that could conceivably morph over time into the
first industrial settlement on the Moon.
At ISDC 2010 in Chicago over th
Memorial Day Weekend, Dave Heck of Boeing St. Louis and the Moon
Society St. Louis Chapter, gave a presentation based on his personal
familiarity with the world's largest industrial Research Park in
Dave foresees three phases:
had earlier proposed that a Workshop to further develop this concept be
put on the program for ISDC 2010 in Chicago, but this suggestion was
turned down. Dave Heck's program was shifted at the last minute from
Friday afternoon to Thursday afternoon when attendance was much lighter
than it would have been on Friday. These are the breaks.
virtual ILRP - a website that would keep track of all ongoing research
essential to the successful establishment of industrial settlements on
the Moon. This would be very similar to the University of Luna Project
proposal, for which we had not found the backing to continue
- A real
Research Park here on Earth where the needed technologies could be
further researched, tested, and demonstrated - somewhat of a Lunar
Analog Research Station on Steroids.
- The establishment
of the first International Lunar Research Park on the Moon.
proposed Art Competition to illustrate the concepts of an International
Lunar Research Park had been discussed in a Management Committee
Meeting but did not get further, awaiting a definition of design
constraints that would apply. Now that we
can fund attractive prizes, we need to take up this idea again.
We held an Apollo 13 Essay Contest with the theme
"Manned Space Exploration is worth the Risk"
A Lunar Analog Research Station and Program
The entries all made valid points. For more, check out Apollo
13 Essay Contest Report.
We have chosen to skip Apollo 14 in an effort to put together a better
observance of the Apollo 15 mission, the first in a truly "scenic" area
(Hadley Rille in the Lunar Appenine mountain range) and the first
mission with a rover. We are currently working on an
mentioned above, at this stage we are exploring options that would
require land low acquisition costs, low construction costs, and low
The lower we can get the threshold cost, the better the
this dream becoming a reality. We are looking at a modular design that
can be deployed phase by phase, as well as adaptation of
structures; seasonal rented sites, rather than a permanent site; and
also at research programs for which a special "moon-like" terrain would
not be needed.
Right now, the perceived cost threshold is too high.
But there are many options to look at. It is not our goal to mimic the
Mars Desert Research Station and program. We want to do much more, but
manner that costs less, at least initially. If you want to join our
brainstorming team, write
firstname.lastname@example.org with "analog program" in the
A "Planet Earth & Space" or "Mother
Earth / Father Sky" Conference
years ago, responding to an EPA funding offer for conferences dealing
with Climate Change, an NSS-Moon Society Team (George Whitesides,
Loretta Hidalgo and Mark Hopkins for NSS, Peter Schubert and Peter Kokh
for the Moon Society), brainstormed and then submitted a proposal for a
conference aimed at starting a conversation between space enthusiasts
and environmental activists. Both groups have the survival of humanity
and of our beloved home planet at heart. But we keep talking past one
another. Mutual demonization solves nothing.
There are many great project opportunities such as that recently
outlined in a ShiftBoston report.
However, each project takes a dedicated team, and those already active
in ongoing projects have there hands full. Without more
volunteers, including Project Managers to take the lead, we can only do
so much. In short, we are not in need of new project ideas.
are in need of new project volunteers!
We had even located a very willing "bridge" sponsor in the Earth
and Sky Foundation.
There were 17 submissions and only two slots, and our proposal was not
one of the lucky two. But Dr. Schubert and I are still very much
interested in this project. We need to identify the minimum
money to get the stalled ball rolling again. This would be a
candidate for Moon Society funding.
will complete its 24th year of continuous publication, ten issues a
year, with the December issue, #241. While individual back issues (in
electronic pdf file format # 145 forward) remain username/password
protected, all the non-time sensitive articles from the first 20 years
are republished in the MMM Classics series, freely available to anyone.
MMM Classics #21 should be available by year's end.
Policy and Positions
"Continuity" - Moon Miners' Manifesto has served the Moon Society from
its founding in July 2000, and its predecessor organization, Artemis
Society International since September 1995. As such, continuity of this
publication is of vital importance to the Society.
Themes - We launched our new MMM Themes issues, collections
of articles from the early years (1-20 i.e..
December 1986 to November 2006) based on themes, starting with two Mars
issues. You can see and download the current selection of MMM
This directory does not require a username and password for entry, and
members are encouraged to spread the word about these and the MMM
Classics issues to others.
the July 7, 2010 meeting of the Management Committee, we decided on the
language of a document by which the Lunar Reclamation Society (our
"partner" NSS chapter in Milwaukee, WI), publisher of MMM from the
start in the fall of 1986, will convey the rights to the name "Moon
Miners' Manifesto" and all transferable copyrights and publication
rights to the Moon Society. In practice, nothing would change, and LRS
would continue to publish the newsletter, merge member data from the
Moon Society and several participating NSS chapters into a
combined database, and arrange for printing.
purpose of the transfer of rights is to cover the situation that would
arise if either the Lunar Reclamation Society should dissolve, and/or
should the current editor from the beginning, Peter Kokh, not be able
to continue in this capacity.
An "MMM Glossary"
of old words given new meanings in MMM, and of new words where no
existing word would do to convey an idea, has been published and
expanded. Additional entries are planned to the 300 now posted.
There are three conditional
clauses: one would return ownership to LRS should the Moon Society
dissolve while LRS was still functional, or turn it over to the
National Space Society should both LRS and TMS dissolve; or to turn the
rights to MMM over to NSS should the Moon Society be unable to find a
replacement editor and resume publication within a year.
expected that this document will be ready for the Board to approve and
sign at the August 18th meeting. Meanwhile, the current editor intends
to continue "until the day comes when he can move to the
first lunar settlement and begin putting out The Mother Moon News
continues to be a success and a big hit in India. Published on a
quarterly schedule (January, April, July, October. These publications,
in pdf format, are available to anyone. In November 2009, we announced
the formation of our new autonomous affiliate: Moon Society (India)
which will focus recruiting efforts on technical university campuses
for a start.
Vector Pages: for those curious on how the Moon Society stands on Mars,
the Asteroids, Research,
Space Tourism, Art,
and other topics, we have created some new pages with links to more
information. The new Art page is a thumbnail type Gallery of existing
Moon-related artwork which we hope will help members and visitor
visualize some of the concepts involved in our vision of the Lunar
At the time of this
report, we are getting ready to introduce our new formatted-email
newsletter which will be freely available to anyone who sends us their
current email address. The contest to come up with a name is over, and
the winning entry, "Moonscapes" was sent in by Dan Hawk of Green Bay,
WI. Dan will receive a free one year renewal of his membership. The
contest to design a banner for the new newsletter ends on August 7th,
but we are already delighted by an early entry by Loyd Knox of Oklahoma
who will receive a three year renewal.
A Spanish language Quarterly? [proposed masthead]
will bring news and commentary articles, and complement the content of
Moon Miners' Manifesto and other publications. It will be published
when we have just enough material, and not yet too much. We will
maintain a separate email list, so that anyone can subscribe or
unsubscribe at will.
Another somewhat daunting publication project is
under consideration, a Spanish Language Quarterly.
The Moon Society has been active for some time in Mexico, and more
recently in Chile - the Moon/Mars Atacama Research Station, for which
we have been the lead design consultant. And we are cosponsoring the
Puerto Rico Space Conference in late October. Consider also that the
United States may have the second largest Spanish-speaking population
in the world, after Mexico and before Spain!
Check our Mexican
Space Society page and our Spanish
information page. These pages are a humble start. We will need to build
a capable team to realize this goal. To volunteer, write email@example.com
and/or check out our Volunteering
Members can download special one-page
on which Moon Society Management Committee, Board, Town Meeting, and
Annual membership meeting dates are noted. These calendars come in both
landscape and portrait format and with a variety of picture options. Go
to our Downloads page and scroll to the
bottom of the page.
October 13, 2009 - The Moon Society Management
Committee unanimously endorses Buzz Aldrin's Proposal for a Lunar
Infrastructure Development Corporation
- Alerted in advance by Buzz Aldrin, we have been first to support this
major initiative which jives well with our own International Lunar
of Course, Spring 2010 - Many Moon Society members were disheartened
when the Obama Administration announced that there was not enough money
to continue the Constellation program and to realize the goal of a
permanent manned moonbase. However, we were encouraged by the
Administration's choice of programs in which to invest some of the
freed money: technologies needed to open space and commercial
transportation. To reassure our members that "all was far from lost,"
on May 8, 2010, we released our statement "A Lunar Frontier - Things are Looking Better
Mike Griffin's own words, Constellation was "Apollo on Steroids." What
we feared was that the current Moon Program would suffer the same fate,
becoming "Flags and Footprints on Steroids." The Moon Society
is anything but a dictatorship and there are those who would disagree.
But with new emphasis placed on the right technologies, formerly
ignored, it seems possible that we (an international space
agency partnership working with and through commercial companies)
could be on the Moon, with a more substantial presence, well before the
sure-to-be-delayed Constellation Program would have reached the Moon
with a token installation.
is an area which has been neglected in since 2004, not for lack of
interest, but in the competition for attention of so many other
"urgent" projects. If you would like to help craft position papers on
any of the following issues (or suggest an issue of your own) please
and put "position papers" in the email subject line.
Astronomy on the Moon
Coordinating Moon & Mars Exploration
Space Tourism on the Moon
The Commercial Route to Opening the Moon
Human-Robot synergies in Exploration and Development
Robotic Exploration of Lavatubes on Moon and Mars
Lunar Outpost Location Options
Creating Terrestrial Business Plans for Technologies needed on the
The Economic Case for the Moon: Exports for Profits
An Economic Case for Mars
Space Transportation 2.0
Note: we wouldn't suggest a topic (in the list above) for which we
didn't already have some ideas.
a paper on another topic - Note, we can easily create
email-lists for each position paper team
- Sometimes joining
forces and combining talents makes sense. First a history, then notes
on where we are as of this year.
American Lunar Society
have a history of collaborating with ALS that goes back 23 years when
the Lunar Reclamation Society and ALS cosponsored a design competition
for a telescope that one could use from within the comfort of a
pressurized lunar homestead. A design constraint was that electronic
import of images from surface instruments to an interior view screen
was "cheating." Three interesting designs were the result
In 2005, the Moon Society became an official cosponsor of ALS Moon Observing Certificate Program,
offering it to our members and website visitors.
same year we began making our publications (in pdf format) available to
each other's members. Moon Society members can freely download issues
This year, ALS accepted a proposal by Peter Kokh for publication in the
summer issue of Selenology: "A National Park System on the Moon?"
The idea behind this paper is that to avoid another "Tragedy of the
Commons" such as the Space Debris situation in low Earth orbit, we need
to define constraints and protocols which will allow us to develop the
Moon while respecting the Moon's beauty and preserving it for future
generations. This paper was meant as the start of a discussion and we
are hoping for much input from ALS members with which we can craft a
second more developed paper for wider dissemination. If we could get
the world community to adopt such a system of protocols. that might
defuse the fear many people have that if we open the Moon, we will end
up trashing it.
The Summer 2010 issue of Selenology in which the paper is printed,
should be released for inclusion on our website in a few
when the computer of the Selenology editor crashed, he lost all past
issue pdf files. We were able to send him our duplicate files.
Miners' Manifesto began as the newsletter of the Milwaukee Lunar
Reclamation Society chapter of the L5 Society, six months before the
L5/National Space Institute merger into what is now The National Space
Society at ISDC 1987 in Pittsburgh. Four months prior to the merger, I
got the list of SE Wisconsin members of NSI from Lori Garver, and we
became the first integrated NSS chapter three months before the merger.
No other NSS chapter's NSS association goes that far back, though
several chapters such as OASIS (Los Angeles) and Seattle L5 Society
Moon Miners' Manifesto started serving Artemis
Society International in September 1995, and its successor The Moon
Society as of its founding in July 2000.
The upshot is that collaboration between The Moon Society and NSS is a
2005.05.22 The Moon Society and The National Space Society Sign an
by which the Moon Society becomes an Autonomous Affiliate of NSS. We
wrote the agreement and they signed it without a single change.
the end of the year, NSS signed on the Moon Society's Simulation
Exercise at the Mars Desert Research Station, held in early 2006,
contributing matching funds (at the same level as the Lunar Reclamation
Society and Moon Society's commitments).
In 2007, we cosponsored NSS Space Calendar Art Competition.
We have cosponsored NSS's annual ISDC and chaired the Moon track of
2009, NSS paid for the production of one thousand CDs of Moon Miners'
Manifesto's First Twenty Years for inclusion in the ISDC 2009
registration packets. At this conference, Moon Society President and
MMM Editor Peter Kokh was given NSS' prestigious Gerard O'Neill Space Settlement Award. Peter had
been previously honored by a position on the NSS
Board of Advisors.
in general, except for chapter initiatives, NSS is not "project
focused," they remain an exceptional partner on many levels.
early as 1987, a future member of SFF, which would be founded the next
year, began donating computer equipment to enhance the publication
quality of MMM. Soon, MMM was listed on the SFF website as one of its
umbrella projects. Evidently, SFF found MMM editorial positions kindred
to their own.
Then in 2000, Moon Society Founder Gregg Bennett
made an arrangement with SFF for our founding convention to immediately
follow their annual convention at the same hotel, Ceasers Palace, in
Las Vegas. The financial arrangements were apparently not observed, so
there has been some bad feeling on the part of early Moon Society
leaders. While we personally remain on cordial terms with several
Foundation leaders, we have as yet not collaborated on a project of
In the past year, when the future of the
International Space Station was in doubt, we offered to join forces
with SFF and resurrect a decade old plan they had for
privatization/commercialization of the station. SFF listened, then
thanked us, but there has been no follow-up.
Together, in February 2008, we launched the Google Group: Railroading on Moon and Mars.
The idea was to brainstorm the engineering options to the point where
we could attempt to interest railroad buffs at large who might never
have thought of the practicality of Railways on the Moon or Mars. But
we didn't manage to attract many fellow brainstormers and the project
We had since suggested cooperating with their
design project for an orbital refueling station, but it did not get
past the suggestion stage.
Recently, we suggested a join effort
to launch a design competition for a rover that could winch its way
down (and back) into a lavatube skylight on Moon or Mars. But there has
been no response. However we have found another
Back in 2002, Paul Swift and I launched the Mars
Society "Mars Aviation Task Force".
hoped to involve many terrestrial experimental aviation buffs thinking
that the idea of being able to fly on Mars would make the planet more
"real" to the public. This effort failed to attract anyone.
In 2004, The Moon Society cosponsored the Mars Society Convention, held
that year in Chicago. We had a great exhibit with several flyers about
Moon/Mars collaboration. Few attendees paid any attention. But it was
at this convention that we learned that the Mars
Desert Research Station could be rented for crews from other
organizations. The next year I got on a regular Mars Society Crew (#34)
to learn what I could about MDRS and to determine whether this would be
a good environment for a Moon Society "moonbase simulation."
Well, the MDRS setting screamed "Mars,"
but I thought that we could nonetheless do some useful moon-relevant
projects and exercises there, and with the Lunar Reclamation Society
kicking in one fifth of the demanded "rent" and both the Moon Society
and NSS matching that donation, we were on our way. Our "Artemis
Moonbase Sim 1" exercise, Crew #45,
took over the premises, February 26 - March 11, 2006. While paying "$7k
rent" is hardly what one would call "collaboration," these two crew
experiences in tandem helped us determine what we would do the same, and what we would
definitely do differently, had we our own analog station.
On our crew we added a "module" to the complex: the Heinlein Memorial
Tunnel, a PVC frame "virtual" tunnel between the Hab and the Greenhab
so that crew members could go from one to the other without a
spacesuit, pretending that they were in a pressurized corridor. The
MDRS Engineering Team which had preapproved the design and its
installation were appreciative, but it didn't earn us a rebate on our
year there is a new "Mars Kid" on the block, run by two people we know
personally, Artemis Westinberg and Chris Carberry. ExploreMars.org is
project-focused and very interested in the proposals I have sent to
An engineering design competition to
a rover that could winch its way down into a lavatube skylight, map
what it "saw" by radar at various levels of descent, then winch its way
back to the surface.
have suggested other joint projects without getting into details. We
look forward to fruitful collaboration with ExploreMars.org
We have now found more than a half
dozen lavatube skylights on both Mars and the Moon. Most people think
of both worlds as dusty rubble piles, differing mainly in color. If we
could acquaint them with the extensive networks of "hidden valleys" on
both worlds, ready shelters for extensive settlements, industrial
parks, agriculture, warehousing, and archives, then both worlds might
suddenly seem more interesting and livable. The inspiration for this
self-winching rover is NASA's AXEL. Video
- Note this rover has a short cable. A cable hundreds of yards/meters
long might have to be made of nanofibers. Designing the rover and its
instruments for minimum weight would be essential.
Space Nursing Society (wikipedia)
came familiar with this group while putting together the program for
ISDC 1998 in Milwaukee. Two years ago, I approached former Executive
Director Linda Plush with the idea of collaboration. Moon Miners'
Manifesto has had many articles about how pioneers could make
themselves at home on the Moon, and other articles equally relevant to
psychological health, as well as articles on lunar sports and other
activities that promote physical health. They did publish an abstract
of one long article. But while Linda urger her Board to accept the Moon
Society as a collaborator, apparently she did not prevail.
you have a suggestion about another organization with which we might
enter into a productive collaboration, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with "collaboration" in the subject line.
If you have a question about anything in this report, please contact email@example.com
with "annual report" in the subject line.