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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NASA eyes plan for deep-space outpost near the moon

Bob, in Texas, sent me a link to a Fox News article about NASA
thinking of heading out towards the Moon.
Having read the article I see I am not supposed to copy it.
- LRK -

NASA eyes plan for deep-space outpost near the moon
Written By Leonard David
Published February 13, 2012
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And MSNBC has acopy as well.  tsch, tsch.
[And if you do a Google search on --- NASA eyes plan for deep-space
outpost near the moon --- you will find a number of others as well.]
- LRK -

NASA considers outpost beyond moon's far side
Crewed mini-station in deep space would control robots on lunar surface

By Leonard David
Space Insider columnist

updated 2/12/2012 2:38:54 PM ET

NASA is pressing forward on assessing the value of a "human-tended
waypoint" near the far side of the moon — one that would embrace
international partnerships as well as commercial and academic
participation, has learned.

According to a Feb. 3 memo from William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate
administrator for human exploration and operations, a team is being
formed to develop a cohesive plan for exploring a spot in space known
as the Earth-moon libration point 2 (EML-2).
Moreover, Gerstenmaier added, EML-2 "is a complex region of cis-lunar
space that has certain advantages as an initial staging point for
exploration, but may also have some disadvantages that must be well
Study due by April

A NASA study team is assigned the task of developing near-term
missions to EML-2 "as we continue to refine our understanding and
implications of using this waypoint as part of the broader exploration
capability development," the memo explains.
The study is targeted for completion by March 30.


Well maybe you should read the article at the source where
you can look at the graphics and read the comments.
- LRK -

NASA Eyes Plan for Deep-Space Outpost Near the Moon
by Leonard David,’s Space Insider ColumnistDate: 10 February
2012 Time: 07:07 AM ET


Interesting comments after the article and you may find other
interesting articles at the home page.
- LRK -

My thoughts, from someone who has seen enough Power Point Presentations.

Why leak this now?
Anything to do with Newt Gingrich saying when I am President we will
build a Lunar base?

Aaaaaah, we canceled one big rocket, now we need to fund another big rocket.
A capabilities-driven NASA architecture is one that should use the
agency's planned heavy-lift rocket, known as the Space Launch System,
and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle "as the foundational

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I just finished reading, "CENTAURI DREAMS" by Paul Glister.

It is about imagining and planning interstellar exploration.
If you are wondering how we might go to the stars you will not be able
to put it down.

You would also enjoy the website where Paul Glister posts.
- LRK -

In Centauri Dreams, Paul Gilster looks at peer-reviewed research on
deep space exploration, with an eye toward interstellar possibilities.
For the last five years, this site has coordinated its efforts with
the Tau Zero Foundation, and now serves as the Foundation's news

Why the Moon, why Mars, why to the Stars?
Why out of Africa, why to the Pacific Islands, why to the Mountain
tops, why to ocean depths, why, why, why?
Take a deep breath and look up with a twinkle in your eye and a smile,
and contemplate, what if.....?
- LRK -

Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

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President Barack Obama unveiled his 2013 budget proposal today (Feb.
13) that, if approved as is by Congress, would decrease NASA's overall
budget by $59 million, but slash deep into some space science and
planetary exploration missions.

U.S. President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $17.7 billion for
NASA for 2013, an amount that would leave the agency funded at its
lowest level in four years, according to sources familiar with the
forthcoming budget proposal.

Fri, 18 November, 2011

NASA 2012 Budget Funds JWST, Halves Commercial Spaceflight
WASHINGTON — NASA will get $17.8 billion for 2012 under a compromise
budget that increases funding for the troubled James Webb Space
Telescope (JWST) astronomy flagship but provides less than half of
what the agency sought for its commercial spaceflight program.




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