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

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Walk or Ride on the Moon? - Who designs the nextLunar Rovers?
January 20, 2006

Good evening,

I asked how did you watch the launch of the New Horizons and Daniel Fischer
in Germany said he watched the BBC World TV and listened to the audio from
NASA TV via telephone.

I commented to him that I thought the BBC had some good reporters during the
Apollo missions and that I enjoyed reading "The Moonlandings: An Eyewitness
Account" by Reginald Turnill.

Was just reflecting on the quality of our reporting today.

The Moonlandings An eyewitness Account - Foreword by Buzz Aldrin

And when we go back with humans again, how will we get around?
- LRK -

The Great Moonbuggy Race will be held in April and looks like you are too
late to register.

Press Releases and Photographs from years past. - LRK -

Real Rovers

Will the Moonbuggy racers be designing our next rovers?


Lunar rovers past and future

by Anthony Young
Monday, April 5, 2004

In his January 14, 2004 speech at NASA Headquarters proclaiming a new vision
of United States space exploration, President Bush announced a return to the
Moon by 2020 with a renewed commitment of lunar exploration. Notwithstanding
the political (read: funding) minefields that await, future astronauts
returning to the moon will most certainly have a lunar rover to fulfill
their tasks. How different would it really be from the 1972 model? To get
the answer, a bit of history is in order first.


When we go back, and we better, what will the next movers look like? How
will you climb down into a dark crater or climb a mountain? How will you
sift the fines for minerals or dig into a lava tube? What will excavate
your trench for you lunar lab?

What will be the power source for your motivators?

What will your driving clothes look like?

Just think what could be accomplished if we put down our battle axes and
started designing tools to develop the Moon, asteroids, and other planets.
A lot of ideas on napkins and discussions around the kitchen table.

Wouldn't it be fun!!!

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Your suggestions could show up here. :-) - LRK -

NASA Announces 13th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

Date Released: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Source: Marshall Space Flight Center

What: NASA's 13th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

Who: High school students race Friday, April 7; college students race
Saturday, April 8. Prizes awarded for the fastest vehicles and to the teams
with the best technical solutions.

When: Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, 2006

Where: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Ala.
To attend: To attend, media should contact the Marshall Public and Employee
Communications Office at: (256) 544-0034 no later than 4 p.m. EST Friday,
March 31.

NASA gives students from around the world an opportunity to design, build
and race their own human-powered "moonbuggies." The event was inspired by
the NASA designers of the Lunar Roving Vehicle used by Apollo astronauts.
Students race their own buggies over a half-mile course. For supporting
materials and photographs from the 2005 event, visit:

For more information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:
The Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was an electric vehicle designed to operate
in the low-gravity vacuum of the Moon and to be capable of traversing the
lunar surface, allowing the Apollo astronauts to extend the range of their
surface extravehicular activities. Three LRVs were driven on the Moon, one
on Apollo 15 by astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin, one on Apollo 16 by
John Young and Charles Duke, and one on Apollo 17 by Gene Cernan and
Harrison Schmitt. Each rover was used on three traverses, one per day over
the three day course of each mission. On Apollo 15 the LRV was driven a
total of 27.8 km in 3 hours, 2 minutes of driving time. The longest single
traverse was 12.5 km and the maximum range from the LM was 5.0 km. On Apollo
16 the vehicle traversed 26.7 km in 3 hours 26 minutes of driving. The
longest traverse was 11.6 km and the LRV reached a distance of 4.5 km from
the LM. On Apollo 17 the rover went 35.9 km in 4 hours 26 minutes total
drive time. The longest traverse was 20.1 km and the greatest range from the
LM was 7.6 km.

Apollo, 737 part of Roger Koch's career
Boeing official always took family to moon launches

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Times Staff Writer
Among the memorabilia Roger Koch saved from his career in public relations
at Boeing Co. is a bag of press passes from several moon launches.

Koch, who was 83 when he died Jan. 2, would attend the launches to report
Boeing's role in the space industry, which included building the lunar

He would always take his family to the launches, and his son, Eric, can
still remember the hot blast from the massive Saturn rockets as an Apollo
flight lifted off.

Boeing Celebrates Apollo 11 30th Anniversary (back in 1999 - LRK -)

Working together before we were working together. One of the threads of
common heritage that ties together the people of Boeing is also one of the
watershed events of the 20th century: landing a human on the moon. More than
30 years before the people of Boeing, Boeing North American (the former
Rockwell aerospace units) and McDonnell Douglas came together as The Boeing
Company, they worked together to make possible Neil Armstrong's first step
on the moon on July 20, 1969. Just as the International Space Station is
doing today at Boeing, Apollo 11 brought together the great energy, grand
visions and strong passion of Boeing people working on a U.S. space program
that was going full tilt. These people took great pride in being part of
this adventure of a lifetime.

>From October 1968 through July 1969, the United States launched five Apollo
missions: Apollo 7 made the first flight to Earth orbit; Apollo 8 made the
first orbit of the moon; Apollo 9 and 10 tested the Lunar Module; Apollo 11
landed men on the moon. In 10 months, the great team of more than 300,000
workers from 20,000 companies in 50 states focused their innovation, daring
and speed on the unprecedented history-making effort.

Boeing built the first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle, integrated the
overall 363-foot rocket, and designed the Lunar Roving Vehicle. North
American Rockwell designed and built the Saturn V second stage, the Command
& Service Modules, and its Rocketdyne division built all the main engines
used on the Saturn V. McDonnell Douglas built the Saturn V's third stage.


July 16, 1969

"We Came In Peace For All Mankind... "

The people of Boeing continue to work at the forefront of space achievement
by imagining and planning for amazing exploits of the next century.
We work toward the commercial development of space, which will be driven by
low-cost access to orbit.

We dare to dream of further exploration of our solar system and the far
reaches of the universe. Today as one company, Boeing employees lead the way
in space, based on more than 50 years of building the very foundation that
has pioneered America's space efforts.

01/20/06 12:10 PST

The director of NASA Ames Research Center has announced his resignation in a
memorandum sent to center employees earlier this week.

G. Scott Hubbard has been director of the Moffett Field facility since 2002,
managing 4,000 employees and a budget of approximately $775 million. He has
worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since 1987 and
was the originator of the 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission in which the robotic
vehicle Sojourner transmitted new images of the Earth's closest planetary

In his memo, Hubbard said that new NASA Administrator Michael Griffin wants
to name his own director at Ames.

"As is often the case when there is any change of administration, the new
leader wants his own team. In discussions with Mike Griffin before the
holidays, we agreed that the future of Ames should be set by a center
director of the administrator's choosing,'' Hubbard said.

Ames spokesman Mike Mewhinney would not comment on Hubbard's departure
beyond confirming the authenticity of his memo, which was posted on the
unofficial NASA watchdog Web site at .
Ames plans to issue a news release next week about Hubbard. The naming of
the new Ames director will be announced by NASA headquarters in Washington,
D.C., according to Mewhinney.


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