Space Settlement Blog Day

Space Settlement Blog Day

Blog for and about space settlement on July 20th

July 20th 2009 is the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. July 20th is also Space Exploration Day. After 40 years of space exploration it is time to begin space settlement. In order to honor all who risked their lives for space exploration and all who are dedicated to opening the new era of space settlement, we ask everyone to blog about space settlement on July 20th. Feel free to write about any aspect of space settlement, and about settlement at any space location — orbital settlements, settlements on the Moon, Mars, asteroids, or any place else. If you want more information or need ideas about space settlement go to the NSS Space Settlement Nexus.

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Sponsored by the National Space Society, the Space Frontier Foundation, the Space Movement, the Moon Society, and Space Renaissance Initiative.

Mars Society Convention and Blitz

Twelfth International Mars Society Convention will obe at University of Maryland, College Park on July 30 – August 2, 2009

2009 Great Mars Blitz!

On the afternoon of July 30th, 2009, The Mars Society will be conducting the Great 2009 Mars Blitz. We will be sending over 100 people to Capitol Hill to tell members of Congress and their staff why the United States needs to commit to an ambitious human space flight program that will get us to Mars in the 2020s

NewSpace 2009

Space Frontier Foundation is holding the NewSpace 2009 Conference at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California from Friday, July 17, through Monday, July 20.

NewSpace 2009 Agenda


Also the Space Frontier Foundation has extended the deadline for its Business Plan Competition. For more information see  Submission Deadline Extended for SFF and Heinlein Trust $5,000 NewSpace Business Plan Prize

Space Policy for Beginners

Space policy 101: civil space 2009 by Dwayne Day

One of the inherent features of bureaucracies is that they deal poorly with uncertainty. In a leadership vacuum nobody wants to make decisions and thus activities slam to a halt. That was clearly one of the unspoken themes during an all-day June 2 space policy symposium in Washington, DC sponsored by the Space Policy Institute. For the civil spaceflight part of the symposium numerous space policy experts indicated that NASA’s bold plans for the future of human spaceflight were all on hold until after a high-level independent review is finished later this summer.

Titled “Aligning Policies and Budgets,” you might assume that such a wonkish discussion would not attract much attention. But surprisingly, there were over 130 people in attendance at The George Washington University’s classy Jack Morton Auditorium on the Foggy Bottom campus—perhaps twice the number that one would normally expect to attend such an event.

STS-125 Mission Status Briefing 05-19-09

Tony Ceccacci, STS-125 Lead Flight Director, Eric Smith Hubble Space Telescope Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters and David Leckrone, Hubble Space Telescope Senior Project Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, discuss the success of the mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope after it’s release from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Atlantis.
Category: Science & Technology

Space Exploration Day

Space Exploration Day Holiday Official Website

Space Exploration Day commemorates the July 20th anniversary of man’s first historic landing and walk on the surface of another celestial body. What had once been a topic for science fiction stories, had become an awe inspiring reality. Sending astronauts to the Moon, increased mankind’s sense of dignity and self worth. On July 20, 1969, there was peace in Viet Nam. The New York City crime rate dropped dramatically. The brotherhood of mankind shared in this symbol for peace and progress in the world. Where the conflicts in the world brought out mankind’s destructive tendencies; sending astronauts to the Moon revealed mankind’s creative nature. The Apollo 11 astronauts came in peace for all mankind.

“Men all over the world were hushed with awe, and world-renowned television commentators were speechless, as they watched and tried to explain the activities and easy strides of the astronauts on the lunar surface. Millions said, ‘How can young people withdraw from a world of this kind'”.(David O. McKay’s October 3, 1969 LDS General Conference Address, at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.)

Space Exploration Day goes beyond the Apollo 11 Moon Landing to also include the spirit of exploration in general. In Plato’s dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon, the following discussion takes place on the subject of Astronomy. Socrates: “I admit it is difficult to convince the multitude, but in every man’s soul there is an organ which is purified and kindled afresh by such studies. This faculty is destroyed and blinded by ordinary pursuits. This eye of the soul outweighs ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone is truth seen.”

There is a unique inspirational value that comes from viewing the wonders of nature. This exploration of the unknown is a natural instinct that is very apparent in young children. We grow and learn to appreciate the joy of life through our discoveries. Space Exploration is a discovery process that all mankind can share together. The space frontier is filled with beauty, mystery, and wonder; whether we are viewing the thousand rings around Saturn, or the active volcanoes on the moon Io; or even watching astronauts walking on the surface of Earth’s Moon. It requires a spark of divinity in Man and Woman, to appreciate God’s Universe. As we share an appreciation for God’s creations, we can also learn to become more benevolent to our fellow man in life. Science fine tunes our minds, but we must fine tune our spirits. As we recognize the hand of God in all things, we are drawn to where we came from.

Science fiction writer H.G. Wells stated the following in his classic Things To Come: “For man there is no rest and no ending. He must go on –conquest beyond conquest. First, this little planet, and its winds and ways. Then all the laws of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about him; and at last out across immensity to the stars. And when he has conquered all the deeps of space, and all the mysteries of time – still he will be beginning”.

Space Elevator Conference 2009

Space Elevator Conference 2009

Explore the frontiers of space exploration this summer with a four-day conference on the Space Elevator in Redmond, Washington at the Microsoft Conference Center.

Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Space Elevator is a radical new way to access space less expensively than possible with chemical rocket technology. The technology offers solutions to many of the problems facing communities today, including but not limited to the need for clean, renewable energy.

The Space Elevator uses a carbon nanotube ribbon that stretches from the surface of the earth to a counterweight in space. Climbers ascend the ribbon, lifting cargo and passengers to earth orbits and launching space ships to distant planets.

The 2009 Space Elevator Conference focuses on all aspects of Space Elevator development, engaging an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students. This conference will feature topical discussions in all of the four pillars of Space Elevator development: science/technical, political/social, legal, and economic. Other topics include the space missions and the style of life on Earth that Space Elevator technology will enable.

The conference is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation.

Space Canada Promotes Solar Energy From Space

This video on solar energy from space, directed and narrated by CBC science adviser Bob McDonald, was presented for the first time to students from the Ontario Science Centre Science School and special guests including representatives of SPACE Canadas corporate and academic sponsoring organizations.

An International Symposium on Solar Energy from Space
Sponsored by SPACE Canada & the International Academy of Astronautics

1/10 Scale Saturn 5 Model Rocket to Fly in Maryland on Saturday

One man’s quest to honor America’s Saturn V rocket – The story of the biggest scale model rocket ever built

On April 25, 2009, history will be made. At Higgs Farm in Price, Maryland, Steve Eves will enter the history books as the person who flew the largest model rocket in history. The rocket will weigh over 1,600 pounds, it will stand over 36 feet tall and it will be powered by a massive array of nine motors: eight 13,000ns N-Class motors and a 77,000ns P-Class motor. The estimated altitude of this single stage effort will be between 3,000 and 4,000 feet

Launch Count Down and Attendance Information



Steve Eves Builds Saturn V Rocket Replica

An Extended interview with Rocket Man Steve Eves