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

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Good day.

Since this is a "lunar-update" list, maybe we should look at the idea of a "Lunar Base".

Even before the present move to go back to the Moon, there were those that wanted to do so, it just wasn't in the politics to do much about it. In the USA, the time and money has been spent in LEO, and in sending probes to various heavenly bodies. Value to be had, but not on the Moon.

To talk about going to the Moon to set up permanent outposts was sort of back room talk while looking over your shoulder to see who was watching.
(well maybe not that dark)

We have mentioned books that have come out of meetings BACK WHEN, well a few years back anyway. Thought I would see what was readable on the Internet for the subject "Lunar Base", and Google was cooperative. 212,000 hits in
(0.06 seconds). For the key words "Lunar Bases", not quite as many, only 47,900 in (0.07 seconds).

I guess this would indicate that something has been written about the subject.

One of those books that was made from a conference back in 1984 (just seems like yesterday unless you were just born then) is -

Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century

Lunar Bases. and Space Activities of the 21st Century. coverpage, Papers from a NASA-sponsored, public symposium hosted by the National Academy of Sciences ... - 4k - Cached - Similar pages

I copied the material from the cover page and some information on the Astrophysics Data System (ADS), a NASA-funded project, which maintains three bibliographic databases.

You might want to look at those links if you are looking for material to read or your students are doing research.

Check out the Table of Contents for "Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the
21 Century" and see what they were discussing.

I am going to read some of the articles and see what was being talked about a year after I started supporting the space effort at NASA Ames. Memories.

If you don't have time for all that, you still might like to look at the "Prologue" as the problems with the politics of the time may still come back to hinder going back to the Moon. There is a future to be looked at.


And speaking of the future Lunar Bases, Larry Klaes passed a reference to an article that has. A few what ifs, and might be's, but something to consider. Even if China only goes around the Moon, it will show the World that others can do it. Putting down on the surface would just be in the details.
- LRK -


- Fly Me To A Red Moon

Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Mar 28, 2006 - The revisions to China's human spaceflight program in 2006 have been astonishing. China has completely revised its timetable and specific mission objectives for the next four launches in the Shenzhou program. But do the changes in the Shenzhou program run deeper than dates and technicalities?


Given a nudge last January, could you have whipped up a proposal to go to the Moon for $50 mil?
- LRK -

NASA Considers Stowaway Finalists for LRO Launch

By Brian Berger
Space News Staff Writer

With extra room available on the rocket that will launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in late 2008, NASA is evaluating four proposals for low-cost spacecraft small enough to be stowaways on the mission.

NASA plans to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on either an Atlas
5 or Delta 4 rocket in October 2008. Mark Borkowski, director of NASA's Robotic Lunar Exploration Program, said either rocket should have room for another 1,000 kilograms worth of secondary payloads.

Not wanting to waste what essentially amounts to a free ride to the Moon for one lucky spacecraft, NASA asked its 10 regional field centers in late January to submit proposals for low-cost hitchhiker missions beneficial to the U.S. space agency's lunar exploration goals.

"There are a lot of pieces of information we'd like to have about the Moon and if we can get any of that information sooner and at a lower cost, that would be an advantage," Borkowski said.


While the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's launch vehicle will have room for multiple secondary payloads, Borkowski said only one of the four finalists - if that - can expect to make the cut.

"It's ambitious to free up budget for one," he said. "Freeing up budget for two might be a bridge to far."

Borkowski said the field center-led teams were given a budget target of $50 million and an "absolute upper limit" of $80 million for doing their proposed mission. NASA would fund the mission out of the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program budget, which would grow to $272 million in 2007 under the agency's spending request now before Congress.

Neither Borkowski nor the field centers would say much



Thanks for looking up.

Larry Kellogg

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Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century


Papers from a NASA-sponsored, public symposium hosted by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29-31, 1984

edited by W.W. Mendell

published by
The Lunar and Planetary Institute

TL799.M6L83 1985 919.9'104 86-50
ISBN 0-942862-02-3

* Table of Contents

* Index

* Associate Editors

Copyright C 1986 by the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Made available electronically by the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
This work relates to NASA Contract Nos. NASW-3389 and NAS-9-17023. The U.S.
Government has a royalty free license to exercise all rights under the copyright claimed herein for Governmental purposes. All other rights are reserved by the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Published by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, 3303 NASA Road One, Houston, TX 77058-4399. Printed in the U.S.A. Library of Congress CIP data available from the Library of Congress, CIP Division, or from the publisher.

Cover illustration: two inhabitants of the Moon overlook an advanced lunar installation from a museum construction site. The original, primitive lunar base lies to the left of a large electromagnetic launch facility, which dominates the vista. An array of solar dynamic generators on the horizon supplement the power from a nuclear reactor to operate greenhouses, industrial processing plants, scientific research laboratories, and a spaceport. Artist: Pat Rawlings, Eagle Engineering Co., Houston, Texas.

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Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Title: Prologue
Journal: In: Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century. Houston, TX, Lunar and Planetary Institute, edited by W. W. Mendell, 1985, p.1 Bibliographic Code: 1985lbsa.conf....1.

[Looks like these are images of the pages so just go to their site. - LRK -] Snip




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