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

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

"Living On The Moon" a National Geographic Naked-Science series TV program

Minjae Ormes sent me some information on a National Geographic Naked-Science series TV program that she thought might be of interest. There is an 'EPISODES' pull down tab to view upcoming episodes.

The one she thought we might be interested to us is, "Living On The Moon"
which is set to view on 19 July 2009, at 9 PM.

The day before the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11, NGC presents Living on the Moon. Man has always dreamed of living on the moon, and now a team of NASA scientists is proving that dream could be achieved in our lifetime. We take viewers inside Constellation, the space program's plan to establish a human outpost on the moon by 2020. Take a closer look at the plans under
way, from upgraded space suits to housing modules and moon vehicles, and examine the challenges ahead, such as finding water, making oxygen, growing food and protecting residents from deadly radiation. Then, using 3-D animation, we'll visualize how the remarkable outpost will take shape.

Video clips can be seen here. - LRK -

and a series of photos can be viewed here.

If you have a Twitter account you can follow what is happening at the National Geographic Channel here.

Even if you can't watch the TV program, you may enjoy the links above.

I will probably miss the program as we will be driving up to Washington State to seem my mom whose 99th birthday is July 20. If you see the program, feel free to let me know what you think of it and I can pass that back to Minjae Ormes.

Just think, in 1910 you might not have had indoor plumbing. Halley's Comet went by the Sun, and again in 1986 but the view wasn't so good as the closest point was behind the Sun from Earth's viewpoint. Mom had hoped to see it then. We did have Pioneer Venus going around Venus and it too was on the other side of the Sun from us. It used its UV spectrometer to view Halley's Comet in UV.

Next viewing will be in mid 2061 and I will miss it. (unless I can live to be 124, well mom is still doing well, so maybe) :-)

I have been reminded that Lunar Prospector ended its mission around the moon, 10 years ago, on July 31, 1999.

That was a lot of fun and now we have LRO going around again.
I hope we do more than just go around, and around.

Would like to see some hotels.

Are your kids working on it?

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Hardware for the Ares I-X flight test rocket is prepared for stacking in NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Rocket pieces that were once at various manufacturing sites spread across the country in a 2,000 mile circle are now within a quarter mile of the NASA processing facilities. Next month, the pieces will be moved within an 18 foot circle as the I-X team prepares to stack the vehicle.
In this interactive feature, NASA Astronaut Pam Melroy guides you through Constellation's missions to Low Earth Orbit, the moon and ultimately Mars.
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Tiny UL for above - LRK -
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Getting astronauts back to the moon affordably is the key in these tight times. And making sure that a human exploration program fits within Obama White House budget constraints is a central guideline for the presidentially-appointed U.S. Human Space Flight Review Committee headed by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine.

Senior NASA officials told the committee during its public hearing in Washington on June 17, that the cost of the Constellation program by the first flight of the Ares I rocket and Orion crew capsule in 2015 would be $35 billion. But that is a new number and it clashes with other numbers that have been released by top NASA officials in recent
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Just three years and five more crewed missions later, our visits came to an end. Yet the scientific legacy of the Apollo programm has been profound.

Here we report on how it gave us a new understanding of the universe and how Neil Armstrong's "small step" opened a new chapter in history that continues to unfold today.



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