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

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Welcome to CoLab - You too might help us go to the Moon

You were were expecting to go to the Moon, but the construction date is in question.
What can you do right now to help planning for your Lunar Base?
How about joining a meeting in a virtual community that NASA is working on.

I received an e-mail from Jeroen Lapre' about a meeting he attended in
San Francisco, CA this last week. I missed it although is looks like we
all could attend a virtual CoLab that is a dedicated "island" in the 'Second Life"
online virtual world.

I signed up to see what it looks like.
Will have to learn how to get my bearings.
If you see CdrLuna Korabase, don't give him a bad time.
[even if he looks lost]

If you don't feel like walking around in a virtual world ,a regular web
site is in the planning as well.

Some links and info below.

Thanks for looking up with me. [now how do I tame the volcano?]

Larry Kellogg

Web Site:
RSS link:

Note from Jeroen Lapre'. - LRK -
Dear Fellow Space Fans,

I am excited to inform you about a new initiative by NASA and the
innovative technology-entrepreneurial community called Colab:

As part of Colab, they are running monthly meetings that are open to the
public called Luna Philosophie:

These meetings are held on the Full Moon of each month in San Francisco.
Check the above websites for the physical location, as these may change
from month to month.

It was an honor to be invited to give a work-in-progress presentation of
my Arthur C. Clarke Maelstrom II
<> independent
HD digital short project.

What I found exciting about attending the 1st Luna Philosophie meeting
was the opportunity to meet interesting people from all walks of life
with a grass roots commitment to Space Exploration and Colonisation.

If you are in the Bay Area, please consider attending the next Luna
Philosophie to see how you can participate.

If you are located on a different part of this planet, please consider
joining Colab virtually:

Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Best wishes,

Jeroen Lapre'
Digital Artist/Technical Director

Welcome to CoLab

NASA CoLab is a Collaborative Space Exploration Laboratory being
developed at NASA. CoLab will provide a framework for exciting
partnership projects between the nation�s space program and the thriving
technology-entrepreneurial community. In addition to the benefits to
collaborating with intellectual assets of the technology business
sector, the general public will benefit through various projects
supporting the NASA's goals. CoLab will feature a physical space in
downtown San Francisco, a collaborative online space where scientists
and engineers from NASA will collaborate with the entrepreneurial
technology community, and a space in "Second Life", a virtual learning
community with interactive content.

May 2, 2007: First Luna Philosophie Meeting in SF

* News & Events <>

Luna Philosophie: "Humanity Evolving Into Space"

Please join us for the first meeting of Luna Philosophie, a time for
discussing humanity's evolution into space. This event is an initiative
of NASA CoLab, a new project aiming to increase public participation in
the nation's space program. Luna Philosophie will occur on (or close to)
every Full Moon, in San Francisco, as part of CoLab's efforts to bring
NASA and space to the dynamic creative communities of the San Francisco
Bay Area. Each Luna Philosophie meeting will have a different theme, and
will involve a presentation and open discussion for philosophizing.
Anyone who is interested in an open, creative dialogue on human, space
related topics is encouraged to attend!

*WHAT:* This first meeting of Luna Philosophie will provide an
introduction to NASA CoLab and the Luna Philosophie "Humanity Evolving
Into Space" concept in general.

*BONUS:* At 8pm we'll get a sneak preview of "Maelstrom II," a
development stage HD Digital short film project by Industrial Light &
Magic's Jeroen LaPre; Jeroen will share early footage from the film,
and, in the collaborative spirit of NASA CoLab, invite the community to
help him turn this Arthur C. Clarke short story into a polished digital
short film in time for Sir Arthur's 90th birthday!

See Jeroen's website
<> for more

*WHEN:* Wednesday, May 2, 2007 (Full Moon) at 6:30 PM; socializing
6:30-7PM; CoLab and Human Evolution Discussion 7-8PM; Maelstrom II
screening and discussion 8-8:30PM; socializing 8:30-9PM

*WHERE:* Citizenspace, 425 Second Steet, 3rd Floor, in San Francisco

*WHO:* All are welcome, from space professionals to those who are unsure
what N-A-S-A stands for!

MISC: Please bring food and drink to share.

(not required but helpful for planning for space requirements)

*CONTACT:* Delia Santiago (>) with any questions.

Please bring refreshments!

For more information on NASA CoLab, visit:

For more information on Luna Philosophie, visit:

CoLab Virtual Overview

The virtual CoLab is a dedicated �island� in the �Second Life� online
virtual world, and will later be complemented by a traditional Web-based
community website.

You may visit CoLab
<> in the virtual
world Second Life at any time (download
<> of Second Life
application required). Regular weekly CoLab community organizing
meetings are held on "Space CoLab" island every Tuesday at 1pm Pacific
Daylight Time.

These online communities will complement and extend the offline physical
CoLab in order to:

� Engage stakeholders in designing and building the CoLab: consistent
with the values of the CoLab project

� Prototype the physical CoLab in Second Life virtual space as a test
bed before investing resources in building the actual physical CoLab

� Enable technology entrepreneurs outside the San Francisco Bay Area to
participate in and benefit from CoLab

� Help ARC communicate the value of CoLab to other NASA facilities and
external institutions

� Create expertise within ARC in the important new online technology
realm of �social software,� in order to help ARC more effectively
contribute to NASA�s public exploration efforts

*contact: Andrew Hoppin,>
send IM in Second Life to 'drew frobozz'*

What is Second Life?

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its
residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively
and today is inhabited by a total of 6,203,046 people from around the

* From the moment you enter the World
<> you'll discover a vast
digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences
and opportunity. Once you've explored a bit, perhaps you'll find a
perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.

* You'll also be surrounded by the Creations
<> of your fellow
residents. Because residents retain the rights to their digital
creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other residents.

* The Marketplace <>
currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions.
This commerce is handled with the in-world unit-of-trade, the
Linden dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several
thriving online Linden Dollar exchanges.




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