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

Monday, May 24, 2010

SPACE EXPLORATION WORKSHOP May 25-26, 2010 --- NSS ISDC 2010 May 27-31, 2010 --- IKAROS

Best be informed.
- LRK -


NASA Announces Posting Of Space Exploration Workshop Charts

WASHINGTON -- Presentation charts for the opening-day briefings of NASA's Exploration Enterprise Workshop in Galveston, Texas, will be posted online at noon EDT, Monday, May 24.

The two-day workshop brings together a broad community of space exploration stakeholders from government, industry and academia. The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate's plans for human and robotic space exploration and the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request for the agency will be discussed.

The charts represent a starting point that will be refined throughout the summer and coming years. They capture the results of planning as of May 25, but do not represent final plans. Any specific launch dates and missions are likely to change to reflect the addition of the Orion Emergency Rescue Vehicle, updated priorities, and new information from NASA's partners.

The charts provide a basis for engagement with outside organizations, including international entities, industry, academia and other government agencies. Involving outside groups helps NASA make informed decisions as program objectives and expectations are established. To view workshop presentations, visit:


For more information about NASA's exploration programs, visit:


Watch the talking.
- LRK -

May 25 - 26, 2010
Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center Galveston, TX

The first day of the conference will provide an overview of NASA's "point of departure" plans for technologies and missions. This will serve as a starting point for further refinement.

Day 1 of the conference will be streamed live!


Also watch here.
- LRK -

 NASA Exploration Enterprise Workshop 25 - 26 May 2010
Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center Galveston, Texas

On Feb. 1, 2010, the President released the FY 2011 Budget Request.
The budget proposes several exciting new programs that seek to foster a sustainable human space exploration enterprise. NASA will host an Exploration Enterprise Workshop that brings together a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia and the U.S. federal government to discuss these changes.

The Agency has completed the initial phase of planning for the new technology and robotic programs and will provide insight into the progress to date. The open workshop will also encourage participants to engage in discussions related to strategy building, development, and the implementation of the new plans for human and robotic exploration in space. The objectives are to:

   * Convey progress in planning toward the new programs
   * Discuss proposed program assignments
   * Solicit feedback, ideas and suggestions from interested parties
   * Prepare for the next steps once the new programs are implemented

The first day of the conference will provide an overview of NASA’s “point of departure” plans for technologies and missions. This will serve as a starting point for further refinement. Breakout sessions on the second day of the conference will focus on specific plans for maturing technologies, conducting flight demonstrations, and building commercial capabilities. In preparation for the event, several requests for information (RFI) will be released and discussed at the conference.

For inquiries, please contact: Penny Ritch, AIAA Customer Service, via phone at 703.264.7510 or via email at


and out Chicago way, the NSS and folks.
- LRK -

National Space Society's
29th International Space Development Conference May 27-31, 2010
InterContinental O'Hare Hotel - Chicago, Illinois The National Space Society's 29th annual International Space Development Conference is just a few days away!  ISDC 2010 will feature leaders from across the space community:

Some of those attending this year's ISDC are:

   * NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
   * Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
   * Scientist and author Freeman Dyson
   * Apollo 9 astronaut and B612 Foundation Chairman Rusty Schweickart
   * Former NSS Executive Director and new CEO of Virgin Galactic George Whitesides
   * X-Cor Aerospace President Jeff Greason
   * NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver
   * Civilian astronaut Richard Garriott
   * Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson
   * Mars Society President Robert Zubrin

These are just a few of the many Speakers that will be sharing their views on the future of space exploration.


While out is Space with hardware being tested, and update from Japan's IKAROS.
See pictorial at the link below and wish them luck when they unfurl the sail.
- LRK -

IKAROS moves to Verification Experiment Phase

May 24, 2010 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) completed the initial operation check of the Small Solar Power Sail Demonstrator "IKAROS," which was launched on May 21, 2010 (Japan Standard Time,) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

We will take a few weeks to carry out the first verification experiments, namely deployment of the solar sail and solar power generation by thin film solar cells.

Mission web site - LRK -

I am still reading about how our government makes decisions or not.
Not all that encouraging
Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (2nd Edition) [Paperback]
John W. Kingdon

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

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pp. 760-767, (doi  10.1061/40479(204)91)

Document type:  Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of:        Space 2000
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Peter Eckart  $72.81 Copyright 1999

Product Description
Lunar Base Handbook provides an overview about the Moon and its environment, the current status of lunar base design, tools we need to design a lunar base, checklists and flow charts that outline the design process, and technological requirements of a lunar base.

The main audience for this book is engineers, but it is also interesting for scientists, managers, lawyers, undergraduates, and high school students, and readable for the interested layman.

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