Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Good evening.

We will be flying back to Missouri this week end and will be gone for the week so probably no posts for a bit.
- LRK -

Sander Goossens sent me a post about a book written by Michel van Pelt about Space Tourism and thought that some of you might be interested in the topic and possibly the book. Will snip some links below should you care to check it out.

- LRK -

Space Tourism
Adventures in Earth Orbit and Beyond
Pelt, Michel van
2005, XVI, 224 p. 73 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 0-387-40213-6.

Sander Goossens
National Astronomical Observatory
2-12 Hoshigaoka
Iwate 023-0861


Books help to speak an idea into existence.

Some cultures re-tell their dreams and look at them to see into the future. Some folks write their dreams down and make books that can entertain and provide the inspiration for someone else to think up new ideas and ways to get things done.

There have been books written about Mars and the Moon that had people in them. Telling stories around a campfire or sharing a written piece can make us feel part of a community.

Thanks Sander for sharing. Hope to hear more about your work with SELENE too. Would like to see Japan launch to the Moon. You did it before, can do again, YES!

Larry Kellogg
larry.kellogg at

About this book

Many scientific papers and popular articles have been written on the topic of space tourism, describing everything from expected market sizes to the rules of 3-dimensional microgravity football. But what would it actually feel like to be a tourist in space, to be hurled into orbit on top of a controlled explosion, to float around in a spacecraft, and to be able to look down on your hometown from above the atmosphere?

Space tourism is not science fiction anymore, Michel van Pelt tells us, but merely a logical step in the evolution of space flight. Space is about to be opened up to more and more people, and the drive behind this is one of the most powerful economic forces: tourism. Van Pelt describes what recreational space travel might look like, and explains the required space technology, the medical issues, astronaut training, and the possibilities of holidays to destinations far, far away.

This is a book for everyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to space: a dream which, according to van Pelt, may not be so far from becoming a reality. Consider it the armchair traveler's guide to the coming boom in space tourism.

Written for:

General science readers, space enthusiasts, anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to space


Snip of the review:
"Michel van Pelt's book is a cheerful assembly of miscellaneous personal
astronaut experiences, ambitious business plans, old dreams and new
ambitions, mostly about adventures in low-Earth orbit. Might humans one day
holiday on the moon? Could a lunar Olympics one day produce high jumps of
9.4m? Dream on. Don't forget, he says, that you are already on a spaceship,
fitted with everything you need already, dashing at 18 miles a second around
the sun, and circling the Milky Way at 135 miles a second. Enjoy the trip."


Book Review: Space Tourism - Adventures in Earth Orbit and Beyond
Summary - (May 20, 2005) At the end of a hard day's work, taking time to enjoy the accomplishments somehow makes the blood, sweat and tears less than what they were. When the trials and labours of building a space faring infrastructure are complete, then the opportunity to relax and enjoy this capability will surely lighten the memories of its development as well. Michel Van Pelt in his book, Space Tourism gives us a glimpse of how this leisure activity may take shape and he also highlights some of the hard work needed to get there.

Through the book, Van Pelt discusses the technical issues of space flight and pleasant issues of leisure time in space. In a neutral, analytical view, he considers technical issues, starting with the history of space activities, the progressive development of launch vehicles, existing state of the art capabilities and the steps needed to enable the space tourism industry. Practicalities like radiation dosimetres, pressure suits to counter g forces, pre-flight training and group interactions also get attention. These and other technical details are faithfully extended from current or historically established technology. However, launcher reusability is favoured without much supporting justification. Also, some of the later discussion about warp drives, transporters and faster than light travel seem a little out of place and add an incredulous tone to an otherwise rational and even presentation.


Planetary and Lunar Missions Under Consideration
These missions are still in study or definition phases and may undergo significant changes before launch.

SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer)
Lunar Orbiter and Lander

Launch Period: 2006
Agency: ISAS, NASDA - Japan

SELENE will carry 13 instruments including imagers, a radar sounder, laser altimeter, X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and gamma-ray spectrometer to study the origin, evolution, and tectonics of the Moon from orbit. The 2000 kg launch-mass spacecraft will be carried by an H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center. The spacecraft consists of three separate units: the main orbiter, a small relay satellite, and a small VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) satellite. The orbiter is a rectangular box carrying the scientific instrumentation, measures about 2.1 m by 4.2 m, and has a mass of roughly 1600 kg. The relay satellite is an octagonal prism and will be used to transmit communications from the orbiter to Earth. The VLBI satellite is the same shape as the relay satellite and will be used to conduct precise investigations on the position and precession of the Moon.

SELENE will take 5 days to reach the Moon, where it will be put into an initial 120 x 13000 km polar orbit. The relay satellite will be released into a 100 x 2400 km orbit and then the VLBI satellite will be released into a 100 x 800 km orbit. The orbiter will then be lowered to its nominal 100 km circular orbit. Selene will carry out observations for approximately one year.

More detailed information on SELENE



SELENE(SELenological and ENgineering Explorer), developed in the first ISAS/NASDA joint lunar program, will be launched by H-IIA rocket in 2006(FY). The major objectives of the mission are to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and evolution and to develop the technology for the future lunar exploration. The mission, which is the largest mission to the Moon after the Apollo program, will consist of a main orbiting satellite at about 100km altitude in the polar circular orbit and two sub satellites (Relay Satellite / VRAD Satellite) in elliptical orbits with apolune at 2400km and 800km. The orbiters will carry instruments for scientific investigation of the Moon, on the Moon, and from the Moon.


and you may want to get that job on the Moon with GOOGLE if you didn't read about it on the last post.
- LRK -
Google Copernicus Center is hiring

Google is interviewing candidates for engineering positions at our lunar hosting and research center, opening late in the spring of 2007. This unique opportunity is available only to highly-qualified individuals who are willing to relocate for an extended period of time, are in top physical condition and are capable of surviving with limited access to such modern conveniences as soy low-fat lattes, The Sopranos and a steady supply of oxygen.

The Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E.) is a fully integrated research, development and technology facility at which Google will be conducting experiments in entropized information filtering, high-density high-delivery hosting (HiDeHiDeHo) and de-oxygenated cubicle dwelling. This center will provide a unique platform from which Google will leapfrog current terrestrial-based technologies and bring information access to new heights of utility.

- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -



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