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

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Lunar Workshops and Conferences

So who is thinking about going to the Moon?

Would appear that a number of folks are.

Seems to be alright to talk about it also.

Listed some references to workshops and conferences coming up.
- LRK -

A snip from an earlier lunar-update post that I thought cause some discussion. Was wondering why "YOU" would want to go to the Moon or Mars.

Only one comment about living in a "lava tube" on the Moon wouldn't be so bad if it was a mile across.
- LRK =

> Good evening,
> Reading others writings and thinking about my warm house as it rains
> outside, and I wonder who would like to live on the Moon or Mars or on
> a Spaceship to the stars.
> neither would a trip to Mars. If you never grew up living in an igloo
> or a house built on permafrost (now melting into the ocean) why would
> you want to go live in a lava tube on the Moon or an ice cave on Mars?

So I think we need some better maps of the Moon and locate some lava tubes that might be in a location suitable for a Lunar Base.
- LRK -


Sinuous Rilles and Lava Tubes
Vallis Schroteri Lava tubes are caves on the moon, formed when molten rock flowed over the surface after a major meteor strike or a volcanic event early in Luna's history. They are geological interesting, but their greatest treasure lies in the promise of protection they offer for human lunar settlements.

Sinuous rilles appear to be lava tubes that formed on surface of the moon, and then collapsed. Some may be frozen lava channels that never formed into a tube. No intact lava tube has been found on the lunar surface, though many sinuous rilles appear to be partially collapsed lava tubes. Geological theory protects that we will find intact lava tubes beneath the lunar surface, perhaps as deep as a mile and perhaps as large as half a mile in diameter and hundreds of miles long.

The photograph at the left is the largest known sinuous rille on the moon, Vallis Schroteri, located near 26°N 208°E on the plateau of Aristarchus crater. Vallis Schroeteri si about 160 km long, up to 11 km wide, and 1 km deep. North is toward the top of the photo.

Because they could be so important to lunar settlement, lava tubes are addressed in several sections of the Artemis Data Book. In this section, we are concerned with the known geology and scientific parameters of lava tubes. In other sections we discuss how to find them, how to use them, and their importance to the lunar community.


If you have read Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy you see the Martian settlers doing quite well in large ice caves and large underground caves.
Now that is fiction, but, what if?

If you go to any of the lunar conferences, would be interested in hearing about what sites are being considered for our Lunar bases.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up.

Larry Kellogg

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Gateway To The Moon


37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 13–17, 2006, League City, Texas

Workshop on Surface Ages and Histories: Issues in Planetary Chronology May 21–23, 2006, Houston, Texas



Stated Objective: To establish a large scale, economically viable, permanent human settlement on the Moon within the next 25 years.

The Return to the Moon (RTM) Project is a self explanatory, long term goal of the Space Frontier Foundation. The project encompasses all of the Foundation's efforts geared to achieving this goal.

In keeping with the Space Frontier Foundation's stated mission of "opening space exploration for all humanity within our lifetime" there are three crucial aspects to the RTM project goal of a lunar settlement:

1. It must be large scale so that it is accessible to the greatest
possible number of people from every cross section of the population.
2. It must be economically viable (i.e. profitable). Profitability is
key to ensuring permanence. "If it pays, we will stay."
3. It must be done within our lifetime: we want to see an operational
settlement within the next 25 years.

If our efforts are successful, then normal everyday people may have a real shot at visiting the Moon in our lifetimes. If you are a little older than 40, the chance still exists that you could have the opportunity to take that trip of a lifetime.


Ecliptic Conference Activity and Events 2006 Snip

Jul 20-22 Return to the Moon VII Conference
Las Vegas, NV
Organized by the Space Frontier Foundation

Jul 9-12 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit
Sacramento, CA
Organized by AIAA, ASME, SAE and ASEE; Sponsored by Aerojet

May 4-7 25th International Space Development Conference
Los Angeles, CA
Co-hosted by the National Space Society and The Planetary Society

Apr 27-29 CubeSat Workshop
San Luis Obispo, CA
Hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Apr 24-27 4th Responsive Space Conference
Los Angeles, CA
Organized by AIAA

Apr 3-6 22nd National Space Symposium
Colorado Springs, CO
Organized by The Space Foundation; Multiple co-sponsors


Calendar of U.S. Moon conferences and meetings - 2006

37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPI)
March 13-17, 2006
League City, Texas

International Space Development Conference 2006 (NSS)
May 4-7, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

Return to the Moon Conference 2006 (SFF)
July 20-22, 2006
Las Vegas, NV

Mars Society Convention (Mars Society)
August 3-6, 2006
Washington, DC

Space Frontier Foundation Conference 2006 (SFF)
October 7-9, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

Stanford on the Moon Conf. 2006
October, 2006
Stanford, CA

March 5 - 8, 2006
Earth & Space

Final Program Brochure(PDF)

The Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers invites you to make plans to participate in our TENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION, and OPERATIONS IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS.

At this Conference, you will be among experts from a variety of disciplines and have ample, enjoyable opportunities to discuss exploration, engineering, construction, and operations in challenging environments on Planet Earth, in Space, and on other planetary bodies such as the Moon and Mars. Technology transfer is a key goal of this Conference.

This year a special attraction is being added to the Earth & Space 2006 Conference. The 2nd NASA/ARO/ASCE Workshop on Granular Materials in Lunar and Martian Exploration will be held as an integral part of the Conference.





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