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

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Future Shock - where to now?

Alvin Toffler wrote "Future Shock" back in 1970, and in it he describes
how the rapid and accelerating changes were affecting how we live and
think. The concern was that we would not be able to adapt to all of
these changes. I am finding it very interesting to read again and see
that we are changing even more than predicted.

When I got out of the Navy in 1983 I found that you could be out of date
with your knowledge and skills very quickly if you didn't continually
keep updating yourself on what was the latest technology. PCs started
coming out and you could sell a different one almost every weekend while
looking for something to do after the Navy.

Since 1995 it seems that there has been an explosion of material
available on the Internet. Now in 2007 I find that as I learn what being
a fifth grader is all about with our watching the grandchildren, that
much has changed. We are doing Internet searches and writing reports
with Microsoft Word, along with copying hand drawn pictures into
Photoshop and putting them into the reports. The ten year old was
showing me where the spell checker was and how you could tell it to quit
checking some name as spelled wrong. The sixth grader's teacher uses an
overhead projector connected to a computer to display material on the
white board and he can interact with the material while standing in
front of the class. No felt tips, no chalk dust, all of his lesson plans
and material on the computer available without having to leave the front
of the room.

We saw Google Moon and could zoom into the swiss cheese, now updated
with more information and images.

Add to this a bundle of money available to an X-Prize winner who can
send a robot mission to the Moon. Soon the Internet will be serving up
info from the Moon, and maybe available to the Lunar Base on their
secure local area network. Will I be able to tap into the network and
broadcast links to other bases? Send live data back to everyone?

NASA is looking for new astronauts. Will the students be ready and

Check out the Space Report ("JSR") and see all the launches that
happened last month.

Looks like a number of businesses are interested in looking up.

And if you have the time and bandwidth you may be set thinking by
watching "Did You Know?", from the University of Minnesota

Interesting video they put together about where we are and what is changing.
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

Larry Kellogg

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NASA Opens Applications for New Astronaut Class

*Date Released:* Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Source: NASA HQ <>

HOUSTON - NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut
Candidate Class. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration
stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon.

"We look forward to gathering applications and then being able to select
from the largest pool possible," said Ellen Ochoa, NASA's chief of
Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center. "Continuing our
impressive record in successfully carrying out challenging human
spaceflight missions depends on maintaining a talented and diverse
astronaut corps."

To be considered, a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math
and three years of relevant professional experience are required.
Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in
engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance
jet aircraft.

Teaching experience, including work at the kindergarten through 12th
grade level, is considered qualifying. Educators with the appropriate
educational background are encouraged to apply.

After a six-month period of evaluation and interviews, NASA will
announce final selections in early 2009. Astronaut candidates will
report to Johnson in the summer of 2009 to begin the basic training
program to prepare them for future spaceflight assignments.

NASA will accept applications through July 1, 2008. To apply visit:

Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is
available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907 or
by visiting:


The Space Report ("JSR") is issued about twice a month. It describes all
space launches, including both piloted missions and automated
satellites. Back issues are available online
<>. To receive the JSR each week by
direct email, send a message to, with a
blank subject line and message body containing the single line
"subscribe jsr". Feel free to reproduce the JSR as long as you're not
doing it for profit. If you are doing so regularly, please inform
Jonathan by email. Comments, suggestions, and corrections are
encouraged. You can mail Jonathan McDowell at *jcm at*.

Jonathan's Space Report
No. 585 2007 Sep 19, Somerville

Shuttle and Station

Endeavour landed on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center at 1632 UTC on Aug
21. The deorbit burn at 1525 UTC lowered the orbit from 336 x 347 km to
about -28 x 342 km; landing mass was 100878 kg.

On Aug 30 the PMA-3 docking port was moved from Unity's port side to its
nadir side, freeing the port side for use by the Harmony module to be
launched on STS-120. The Canadarm-2 was used to unberth PMA-3 about 1215
UTC and reattach it at 1309 UTC.

Proton failure

A Krunichev Proton-M rocket failed just after second stage ignition on
Sep 6, destroying the Japanese JCSAT-11 communications satellite
payload. Proton-M serial 53522 took off from complex 39 at area 200 with
JCSAT-11 and the Briz-M No. 88522 upper stage. The first stage separated
2 min after launch. It seems there was some kind of problem with second
stage ignition, and the vehicle fell back to Earth from an altitude of
around 75 km.

JCSAT-11 was a Lockheed Martin A2100 series satellite with a launch mass
of 4007 kg.


Russia's Kosmos-2427 Kobal't-M class imaging satellite, launched on June 7,
landed around 2100 UTC on Aug 22 after 76 days. Two objects, 2007-22D and E,
separated in orbit prior to the recovery from a 178 x 350 km x 67.1 deg orbit.

Insat 4CR

[And much more, see web site if you don't get Jonathan's posts. - LRK -]

Google Moon Gets a Big Update

Written by Fraiser Cain

When Google Moon was released last year, it was a bit of a joke. Google
Earth, but for the Moon. Zoom in far enough and the familiar lunar
craters were replaced with swiss cheese. The time for silliness is over,
Google Moon has gotten an update, and they're making it a serious
learning tool this time around. The website incorporates photographs
from orbiters and the Apollo missions to let you zoom in and out,
exploring the Moon.

Head over to Google Moon <>, and follow
along. You can change the view between Charts, Apollo, Visible and
Elevation. All of the Apollo landing sites are marked on the map, so you
can click each one to get more information.

Zoom in all the way, and you don't see swiss cheese anymore. Instead you
see the most detailed images available from NASA showing high resolution
details about the landing sites. Each landing site has more than 10
additional detailed place markers, showing points of interest about the

Some links from The Space Review - LRK -

Welcome to this week's issue of The Space Review:

Google's moonshot
Last week Google and the X Prize Foundation rolled out a prize for a
privately-developed lunar rover. Jeff Foust reports on the
announcement and analyses the challenges any competitors will face in
trying to win the prize.

Gallery: Google Lunar X Prize at NextFest
A selection of images from the Google Lunar X Prize announcement and
other events at the Wired NextFest event last Thursday in Los Angeles.

Finishing the space station
After years of delays and threats of cancellation, the International
Space Station is finally entering the home stretch of its assembly
phase. Taylor Dinerman reviews the challenges the station program
has faced, both technical and programmatic.

From the European garage
When a European company rolled out its entry into the suborbital
space tourism sweepstakes, it was dismissive of entrepreneurial,
largely American ventures. Bob Clarebrough argues that European
companies could learn a lesson or two from American garage tinkerers.

It's Solar System Ambassador time!
JPL is recruiting a new class of "ambassadors" designed to educate
the public about space exploration. Tom Hill describes the program
and explains why you should sign up.


We appreciate any feedback you may have about these articles as well as
any other questions, comments, or suggestions about The Space Review.
We're also actively soliciting articles to publish in future issues, so
if you have an article or article idea that you think would be of
interest, please email me.

Until next week,

Jeff Foust
Editor, The Space Review

Google Lunar X Prize Video
Japan's Selene satellite aims to get best Moon views yet

Emily Gertz <>
September 19, 2007 3:26 PM

I love space exploration -- the promise of new science and new
information about the world(s) around us is so bracing! -- so I'm happy
to note today's successful launch by Japan of a Moon exploration
satellite around 10:30 local time from the Tanegashima Space Center.
According to
"The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is calling it the biggest
lunar mission since NASA's Apollo programme. The JPY 32 billion (US$279
million) satellite, called the Selenological and Engineering Explorer
(SELENE), will survey the Moon's mineralogy, topology and gravity

What most Americans don't know, and perhaps other nationals as well, is
that the Apollo missions did not fully map the Moon. So SELENE will be
sending back a lot of new data via 15 different devices on board, from
"an X-ray spectrometer and a gamma-ray spectrometer for mapping the
Moon's surface in unrivalled detail, and a terrain camera, laser
altimeter and radar sounder that will provide surface and subsurface
data for studying the Moon's tectonic history." SELENE may help us
finally solve the puzzle of where the Moon actually came from, as well
as being an advance guard towards a proposed Japanese moon base.

LPOD lunar photo of the day <>
September 10, 2007
Filed under: map <>, names
<>, humans on Moon
<> � chuckwood @ 12:06 am

If you are going to the Moon you need more names than are required for
Earthly observers. In preparation for their rehearsal of Apollo 11�s
landing, the Apollo 10 crew created more than 40 informal placenames to
use as landmarks and to communicate to the mission controllers in
Houston where they were on approach to the Apollo 11 landing site (IIP-6
on the chart). The names are either descriptive - /The Trio, Sidewinder
Rille, and The Cape/, or personal / Marilyn/ is Jim Lovell�s wife, /
Weatherford/ is the town where Tom Stafford was born, and /SP Crater/ is
a crater near Flagstaff, AZ, which the astronauts undoubtedly visited
during their training. Once again, perhaps these names would have been
lost except for Phil Stooke�s recovery and inclusion of them in his new
/The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration
<>/. I thank Phil for sharing
with LPOD in advance of publication of his book!

/Chuck Wood/



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