This has been another year of growth, if not in membership
numbers. certainly in the scope of Moon Society activities.
There are six (6) sections to this report:
- Treasury Report and Funding Proposals
- Positions and Policy
Membership numbers remain steady, new members joining
at about the same rate as some older members fail to renew.
But considering the economic
situation, we are fortunate that there has not been significant decline
in our numbers.
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.top
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.
Report and Project Funding Proposals
treasury balance has grown significantly thanks to a one-time bequest
from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Pietraskiewicz of Walhalla, South Carolina.
That means that we are free to be on the
lookout for new projects that require funding. Prizes for contests and
competitions are one option.
The Lavatube Skylight Explorer Engineering Competition is one such project.
It calls 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.
Another Competition idea involves cubesat type solar sail satellites
that, boosted to Geosynchronous orbit by rocket, would then use solar
power to sail to the Moon and go into lunar orbit to demonstrate the
ability to maintain orbit by solar power alone - lunar orbits decay
because of mascons gravitational interference and are short-lived as
they run out of station-keeping fuel. Solar power could be a way to
overcome this problem.
$2100 is currently pledged towards this effort:
$500 each from the Moon Society, the Lunar Reclamation Society, and
National Space Society (all receiving equal bequests) as well as by
OpenLuna.org, along with $100 from the Oregon L5 Society.
The hitch in moving forward with this competition is in finding a
suitable location for demonstrations. At first we had some interest
from NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio for the use of their 510 foot drop
tower, but their interest seems to have evaporated. A possibility yet
to be explored is a 300 ft plus shaft to the Deep Tunnel storm water
system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A similar amount of money has been initially
pledged for this project, but because it involves demonstration in
space, not here on Terra Firma, the threshold for entering such a
competition is orders of financial magnitude higher.
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 demonizing solves nothing.Saving
for our proposed Lunar Analog Research Station
project is another.
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.
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.
We had been exploring options that would
require low land 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.
Currently, the perceived cost threshold is too
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
An International Lunar Research Parktop
We are continuing to look for ways to promote 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. 20-25Replacing our Table-top Solar Power Beaming Demo Exhibit (photo)
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
Sheffield, England. Dave foresees three phases:
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.
2011 Update: Dave Heck is looking into the possibility of PISCES (Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems ) adopting
this project as a part of its analog research efforts on the slopes of
Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island.
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.
exhibit we build in 2008 and introduced at ISDC 2008 in Washington DC
has been exhibited perhaps a dozen times since. It quickly became
apparent that the gossamer solar panels were much too fragile to
continually unpacked, assembled, disassembled, repacked and shipped. We
discussed the need to redesign this unit - at least the most fragile
components - in Moonscapes #9 May, 2011The Challenge of Projects
We have already published an "online kit"
so that others could replicate this Space Solar Power Demonstration -
the more exhibits out there, the more people will see it and learn
about Space Solar Power. In this "kit" we pointed out the fragility of
the unit and asked those trying to replicate it to experiment with
alternative materials and designs.
It is essential that we go
through this exercise as well if we want to keep exhibiting this
many-times-repaired exhibit. Duck tape repairs can only prolong its
exhibit lifetime so far.
There are many great project opportunities for the Society to do
something that would move us forward towards our goal of establishment
of industrial settlements on the Moon.
However, each project takes a
dedicated team, and those already active
in ongoing projects have there hands full.
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!
(2) will complete its 25th year of continuous publication, ten issues a
year, with the November issue, #250. While individual back issues (in
electronic pdf file format # 145 forward) remain username/password
protected, all the non-time sensitive articles from the first 21 years
are republished in the MMM Classics series, freely available to anyone.
MMM Classics #22 will be available by year's end.
"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 Theme issues and the MMM
Classics issues to others.
We have recently finalized and approved 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, conveys the rights to the name
Miners' Manifesto" and all transferable copyrights and publication
rights to the Moon Society. In practice, nothing will change, and LRS
will continue to publish the newsletter, and 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.
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.
This document was approves and
signed at the July 5th, 2011Management Committee meeting and
subsequently signed by Scotty Gammenthaller for the Moon Society, and
by Peter Kokh for the Lunar Reclamation Society.
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
instead." Hey, dreams make the world go round!
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. With the 11th issue, July 2011,
we have further internationalized the space news section, adding
"Elsewhere in the World" to the previous sections "Elsewhere in Asia"
and "Elsewhere in the Commonwealth" and have added the email addresses
of our international members to the distribution list. These
publications are free access PDF file downloads and all current and
former members are free to download them.
the emerging Moon Society India team that had been trying to register
MSI as a non-profit in India (a much more involved and intimidating
process than it is in the US) had all but dissolved - they are all
young and need to put work and careers first. But they have urged us to
continue with the publication and we are willing to do so.
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
Moonscapes: 2010 issues - 2011 issues
Our new formatted-email
newsletter, sent to all currently valid email addresses in our
database, is freely available to anyone who sends us their
current email address. We will
maintain a separate email list, so that anyone can subscribe or
unsubscribe at will.
A Spanish language Quarterly? [proposed masthead]
Moonscape brings news and commentary articles, and complements
the content of
Moon Miners' Manifesto and our other publications. We try (but do not
promise) to publish monthly.
Another somewhat daunting publication project has
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 had been the lead design consultant until the University of
Antofagasta (the major port city in northern Chile near where MMARS
would be built) took over management of the project.
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 spanish@moonsociety
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.
- 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
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
in general, except for chapter initiatives, NSS is not "project
focused," they remain an exceptional partner on many levels.
An effort to design and build a first non
government-owned outpost on the Moon with some similarities to the
abandoned Artemis Project OpenLuna.org has shown considerable interest
and enthusiasm in working with the Moon Society on various projects
including analog activities and engineering competitions
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 landscapes 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.
New in 2011: ExploreMars.org recently co-hosted with the National Space
Society, a "Mars
and ISS Conference in Washington , DC to explore ways to use
the International Space Station to prepare for manned missions
to Mars. Some of their ideas will also help develop technologies and
methodologies needed for human missions to the Moon.
Space Nursing Society (wikipedia)top
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 email@example.com
with "collaboration" in the subject line.
If you have a question about anything in this report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
with "annual report" in the subject line.
Chapters are a primary way to organize members in support of the Society and its Goals. top
Chapters are the best way to organize and carry out Public Outreach Events
- Many types of Projects are best pursued by individuals in real contact with one another,
that is, in local teams. This is especially true of physical projects
where parts and systems need to be coordinated and tested. Yet, as our
successful Space Solar Power Demo project showed, some non-physical,
non-hands-on aspects of an otherwise physical project can be farmed out
to whomever, wherever.
- In person meetings better energize
those working on a project, and better motivate them to advance their
contributions on a timely basis.
The Moon Society's Chapter Network has been growing too slowly.
conferences, some aspects of which can easily be put together at a
distance, require on site teams to provide local support, liaison with
hotel staffs and schools and local supporting organizations.
is because the membership level has been holding steady instead of
increasing. This is to be expected during the current adverse economic
conditions which affect a significant minority of the population.The Chapters we have remain strong
We have lost outposts in Longview, TX and Montreal, Quebec, as well as a campus chapter in Green Bay, WI
We have vigorous chapters in Metro St. Louis and in Metro Phoenix
We have a joint Moon Society/National Space Society chapter in Houston -
a case were both previously independent chapters found themselves with
neatly matching sets of strengths and weaknesses, both having
much to gain from pooling their talents and resources.
Besides this one blended chapter, we have joint ("partnering") Moon Society Outpost/National Space Society chapters (an Outpost is one or more persons trying to become a full chapter) in
- Portland (Oregon L5 Society)
- Milwaukee (Lunar Reclamation Society)
- Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN (Minnesota Space Frontier Society)
- San Diego (San Diego Space Society)
- Dallas Fort Worth (NSS-North Texas)
- Note: Joint or Blended NSS/Moon Society Chapters were approved by both organizations in the joint Affiliation Agreement signed in 2005.
- In addition, members of the following NSS chapters receive Moon Miners' Manifesto and are thus exposed to Moon Society news, projects, and goals
- Chicago (Chicago Space Frontier Society)
- Philadelphia (Philadelphia Area Space Alliance)
- Sheboygan, WI (Sheboygan Space Society)
- Denver (Denver Space Society)
- Los Angeles (OASIS)
- Outposts (one or more persons seeking to grow into a full chapter)
we have lost outposts in Longview, TX and Montreal, Quebec, as well as
a campus chapter in Green Bay, WI we still have Outposts in the
following metro areas
- Memphis, TN
- Nashville, TN
- Knoxville, TN (Hey, Go Tennessee!)
- Indianapolis, IN
- San Francisco South Bay Area, CA
have had to Campus-based chapters now both dissolved (Brigham Young U.
in Provo, Utah and College of the Menominee Nation in Green Bay, WI)
are, however, many large metro areas in which we have no representation
at all. Of these, the most frustrating case in the Washington DC Metro
area, where we have more active members than in any other Metro area,
but no organization. We have asked Metro DC members to consider
collaborating with the very active NSS-DC chapter.Chapter Exhibits
"What can we do to help our chapters with their projects?"
has been a recurring discussion item in Moon Society Management
Committee Meetings (1st and 3rd Wednesdays, monthly) this past year.
Chapters who have project ideas that Moon Society funding could help realize, should consult the Moon Society "Project Guidelines."
Obviously, those projects which other chapters might want to replicate,
will be more attractive proposals for funding. These projects can be of
may kinds: exhibit and outreach materials, research programs, etc.Having Exhibits that catch the eye and arouse curiosity, and which, explained, can change attitudes and open minds, are
invaluable to a chapter and make it easier for chapters to attract new
members and open more doors, and find more outreach opportunities.
NSS-TMS chapter/outpost in Milwaukee, the Lunar Reclamation
Society/Moon Society Milwaukee Outpost, an equal beneficiary of the
aforementioned bequest, is willing to fund development of some exhibits
that have proved to be a big draw for both Moon Society and
National Space Society chapters in the past.
The LRS "Gravity Bricks"
in particular. There are about 30 sets around the country (one on Devon
Island!), all produced in Milwaukee, including Milwaukee, St. Louis,
Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth.
LRS is out of the required
2x4x8" "10-hole" bricks needed (four for each set) but is
considering restocking. Shipping has been expensive, but if we divide
the set into 2 "if it fits, it ships" free boxes, this deterrent should
be greatly reduced. The LRS goal would be to supply all interested
chapters of the Moon Society, National Space Society, and other
LRS and the Moon Society are also considering supplying chapters with Podium Signs and Banners, pending selection of a design approved by all (or most) chapters.Chapters that have suggestions on desired Projects, Exhibits and Outreach Materials should contact email@example.com
Other exhibits are under consideration, to be made in and shipped from Milwaukee. For example the small lightweight Moon/Mars Homestead exhibit
that made its debut in Chicago at Mars Convention 2004. The much larger
(36"x10"x80") and heavier (80? lbs.) model made for ISDC 1998 (and
displayed again at ISDC 2010 in Chicago) is too expensive to ship and
to time-consuming to duplicate.
Policy and Positions
Changing Times: Challenges for Space Supporters and
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
Proposed Position Papers
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.
Now with the last Space Shuttle flight to ISS over, many younger space
enthusiasts and those older enthusiasts new to the effort,
seem to be greatly disappointed and discouraged. Yet the shuttle
program is ending because organized space enthusiasts. alarmed at the
inefficiencies and high costs and lack of incentive to do things the
right way, campaigned successfully to get Congress to enact a "Space
Shuttle Sunset Act." We did this because the sooner the Shuttle Era was
force-ended, the sooner more rationally designed, more efficient, and
drastically less expensive commercial systems could reach maturity and
take over. After all, free enterprise is the American way, and as proud
as we were of the Space Shuttle system, it was anything but a
manifestation of the free enterprise spirit.
But with new emphasis placed on the right
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.
Progress made by Space-X on its Falcon 1, Falcon-9, and Falcon Heavy
launchers and Dragon Capsules has been encouraging. We are watching
other commercial launch and crew vehicle providers with interest as
well as the inflatable modules being developed by Bigelow Aerospace,
and plans for orbital refelling stations. These developments will bring
down costs dramatically. NASA had no incentive to contain costs. Indeed
the more money NASA needed to spend in more congressional districts,
the happier the politicians.
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
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
As outgoing President of the Moon Society,
wish to thank the members and leaders of this great organization for
the support they have given me over the past seven years, and for the
confidence they have demonstrated. I have given it my all. Now is a
time I wish to concentrate more on the publications area
will not be disappearing. I am committed to this organization and will
continue to concentrate on our publications, support our projects and
chapters. And as I will be taking over the frequently vacant position
of Secretary, I will retain a vote on the Management Committee.
For the incoming President Ken Murphy
urge all members and leaders to give him the fullest cooperation and
support. It is time to turn the Society over to new leadership. I am
delighted than Ken, a multi-talented and energetic individual, has
stepped forward to take the helm.