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

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - Scientists Find Evidence of Livable Areas on Mars

Bob in Texas sent me the below URL.

Evidence of a key mineral on Mars has been found at several locations
on the planet's surface, suggesting that any microbial life that might have been there
back when the planet was wetter could have lived comfortably.

The findings offer up intriguing new sites for future missions to
probe, researchers said.

My comment was - I wonder if we as humans will ever get there.
Would be interesting to see the Mars Trilogy take place.
- LRK -

At least at the moment we are still working on going back to the Moon.
We have mentioned the need to understand how to handle the powder fine
reolith dust.

NASA Science News for January 7, 2009 says, "Sledgehammer-toting
scientists are "bustin' rocks" to make the finest possible simulated
lunar regolith (a.k.a. fake moondust) in support of NASA's return to
the Moon."

Jan. 7, 2009: If you listen closely, you might hear a NASA project
manager singing this song. Lately, Marshall Space Flight Center's
Carol McClemore has been working at the end of a sledge hammer
opposite a big pile of rocks, so she has good reason to sing the song
Tennessee Ernie Ford made famous.

"I call it 'choppin' rocks,' " says McClemore, who manages Marshall's
Regolith Simulant Team." The guys keep correcting me. 'It's 'bustin'
rocks, Carole,' they say."

Whether choppin' or bustin', what's this petite woman doing with a
sledge hammer in her hands? She's making fake moon dust.

"We call it "simulated lunar regolith'," says McClemore. "We need just
the right kind of rocks to make this stuff, and we're getting them
from the Stillwater Mine in Nye, Montana."


Going to space could provide a lot of interesting jobs and open up a
whole new field for business development.
I hope the recent financial melt down does not stop exploration and
utilization of space.
Need to see some innovative and creative minds working the problems.
- LRK -

Maybe some gamers will create some Lunar and Martian games for all of
those kids playing on their latest hand held game machine.
Need to encourage some minds like the "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Star Trek have

Maybe you remember what got you interested in space exploration.
Care to let me know?

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Mars trilogy

The Mars trilogy is a series of award-winning science fiction novels
by Kim Stanley Robinson, chronicling the settlement and terraforming
of the planet Mars through the intensely personal and detailed
viewpoints of a wide variety of characters spanning almost two
centuries. Ultimately more utopian than dystopian, the story focuses
on egalitarian, sociological, and scientific advances made on Mars,
while Earth suffers from overpopulation and ecological disaster.

The three novels are Red Mars (1992), Green Mars (1993) and Blue Mars
(1996). An additional collection of short stories and background
information was published as The Martians (1999). The main trilogy won
a number of prestigious awards.

Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23, 1952) is an American science
fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and
many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own
scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong
fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He
has, due to his fascination with Mars, become a member of the Mars

Robinson's work has been labeled by reviewers as "literary science fiction".

Robinson will be an instructor at the Clarion Workshop in 2009. In
2010, Robinson will be Guest of Honor at the 68th World Science
Fiction Convention to be held in Melbourne, Australia.




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