Happy Space Settlement Blog Day!

We have 34 blogs participating.  This is a great success. What a great way to honor the Apollo 11 landing.

Please let us know which of their blog posts you liked and found interesting.

Thanks to all the blogs which are participating.  Thanks to David Brandt-Erichsen and Brice Russ for all their technical work which has made Space Settlement Blog Day so successful.  Thanks to all the sponsors the National Space Society, the Space Frontier Foundation, the Space Movement, the Moon Society, and Space Renaissance Initiative.

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Participating Blogs:

Apollo 11 Fortieth Anniversary Events

This week there is a lot going on to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

The Apollo Legacy: The Moon and Beyond:
Monday, July 20, 2009
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, Level 1
12:30 p.m.
Washington DC

 Annual John H. Glenn Lecture – 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11
Sunday, July 19
8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin Imax Theater
National Mall Building
Washington DC
On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s first human landing on the Moon, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum welcomes the Apollo 11 crew, as well as Mission Control creator and former Johnson Space Center director Chris Kraft as the speakers for the Museum’s 2009 John H. Glenn lecture in space history.
This event is sold out.
Watch the live webcast on NASA TV

We Choose The Moon The Kennedy Presidential Library Web Site


Book Signing for We Came in Peace for all Mankind
Tahir Rahman
Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10:00am- Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 5:00pm
Smithsonian Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Museum
Air and Space Pkwy
Chantilly, VA
Facebook event listing

40th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon
Moonfest 2009: From Apollo to LCROSS, and Beyond!

Sunday, July 19, 2009
12:00pm – 6:00pm
NASA Ames Research Center
Mountain View, CA

Moon Day at Frontiers of Flight Museum– Celebrate 40th anniversary of Apollo 11
Sunday, July 19, 2009
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Dallas Love Field Airport
6911 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX
Phone 214-350-1651

The Frontiers of Flight Museum and the National Space Society of North Texas host presentations and book signings by Marianne Dyson (flight controller/author), Craig Nelson (author), Ron DiIulio (astronomer), Richard Jeffries (Star Trek), Dallas Area Rocket Society, Chaz Hafey (lunar scientist), exhibits (Apollo 7 command module), DOOR PRIZES—all in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Free concert celebrating the anniversary of 69 ! – Skyebat
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston between Ave, B & C
New York, NY
Phone 212-673-6270

Inauguration of the Moon-Mine Project

Storgruvan, Pershyttan, Sweden, 20th July, 2009.

In addition to speakers and journal films from Nora and from the Moon landing, an exhibition will illustrate the plans for the moon-mine, put in context by historical facts about the mine and the Apollo program, as well as contributions from some of our sponsors.

In breaks between speakers, films from 1969 about the Moon, Nora and Pershyttan will be shown.

Program (preliminary)

 Tema miljö, rymd, Månen jämförd med Jorden. (Moon-Earth environments)
Konferencier: Carl Fridh
Event Talare
1500 Välkomsttal Jan Norlund, Nora kommunchef
1530 Varför Månbas i Storgruvan? Niklas Järvstråt, Moon-Mine
1600 Start av pumparna Anders Olsson, NJOV
1630 I rymden måste allt vara ekologiskt Ulf E Andersson, Ekofisk Rolagen
Tema Nora och Månen i forntid – nutid – framtid (Historic view on Nora and the Moon)
Konferencier: Carl Fridh
Event Talare
1900 Välkommen

Lars Östring, Länsråd Örebro län

Åke Wiklund, Hembygdsf. Noraskog

1930(ca) Pershyttan på 60-talet Åke Mossberg, Pershyttans Hembygdscirkel
2000 Gruvdykningar Daniel Karlsson/Mark Dougherty Baggbodykarna
2030 Current moon initiatives Romanian Space Agency (videolänk?)
2100 Nedräkning Mikael Genberg
2117 Markering: månlandningen 40 år

Fotspår i FJS-1 (Japanskt mångrus)

Maria Aldrin, släkting till Buzz Aldrin

Lars Östring, Länsråd Örebro län

Niklas Järvstråt, Moon-Mine

2200 Vision, månbas pershyttan Niklas Järvstråt, Moon-Mine
2400(ca) Avslutning

Coffee and snacks will be available throughout. Hopefully also light meals.

Horseback riding for children is being arranged.

Space Settlement Blog Day is on July 20th. Blog for and about space settlement on July 20th. 33 blogs have signed up already.

Uranium Moon

Uranium Found on the Moon

Uranium exists on the moon, according to new data from a Japanese spacecraft.

The findings are the first conclusive evidence for the presence of the radioactive element in lunar dirt, the researchers said. They announced the discovery recently at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Conference and at the Proceedings of the International Workshop Advances in Cosmic Ray Science.

Condolences to Anita Gale

Anita Gale’s Husband of 23 years, Dick Edwards, passed away shortly after the ISDC. Anita Gale and Dick Edwards jointly ran the AIAA International Space Settlement Design Competition. In his honor donations can be made to the AIAA International Space Settlement Design Competition.

Checks written to AIAA Orange County Section may be mailed to:

Philip Ridout
6962 Los Amigos Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Please note on the check: Dick Edwards SSDC Fund

Richard P. “Dick” Edwards Obituary

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.

SIGN UP YOUR BLOG HERE so we know which blogs are participating and we can send traffic your way. See list of participating blogs.

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

Prize-Winning Space Settlement Design

The winners of the grand prize in the 2009 NASA/NSS Space Settlement Design Contest have been nicely written up in the press.

Eric Yam, a Toronto high school student, was featured in an article in the Toronto Globe and Mail.  Eric shared the grand prize for his modular design called “Asten,” which is 1.6 kilometers long, 1 kilometer wide, and could be home for 10,000 people. An illustration is shown below.

Eric’s complete design submission is available on the NASA and NSS websites as a 12-MB PDF file. He will be a guest at the International Space Development Conference in Orlando at the end of May.

Sharing the grand prize were Pooja Bhattacharya and Swastika Bhattacharya of Orissa, India. They were written up in an article in The Times of IndiaODISA: Orissan Design Inspired Systems and Aerovehicles was the title of their submission.

NASA May Abandon Plans for Moon Base

NASA may abandon plans for moon base

NASA will probably not build an outpost on the moon as originally planned, the agency’s acting administrator, Chris Scolese, told lawmakers on Wednesday. His comments also hinted that the agency is open to putting more emphasis on human missions to destinations like Mars or a near-Earth asteroid.

NASA has been working towards returning astronauts to the moon by 2020 and building a permanent base there. But some space analysts and advocacy groups like the Planetary Society have urged the agency to cancel plans for a permanent moon base, carry out shorter moon missions instead, and focus on getting astronauts to Mars.

Under Scolese’s predecessor, Mike Griffin, the agency held firm to its moon base plans. But the comments by Scolese, who will lead NASA until President Barack Obama nominates the next administrator, suggest a shift in the agency’s direction. He spoke to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the House Committee on Appropriations.

NSS Space Settlement Nexus

Check out the Space Settlement Nexus on the NSS website!   It has numerous space settlement links including a link to the Space Settlement Library. 

Check out the NSS Space Settlement Library!

The NSS Space Settlement Library contains over 30,000 pages on site, including material for both the general reader and the researcher, and including a number of hard-to-find reference works.

Lunar Education Posters

Luanr and Planetary Institute Education and Public Outreach Home Page has three educational posters avalible about the Moon, Lunar science and resources for future Development. These posters are designed for 6th to 9th grade students, but can be down loaded by anyone.

Lunar Poster Page

Space Renaissance Press Conference In London On March 31

Space Renaissance Initiative – Press Release
Press conference 2009 March 31st – 16.00
British Interplanetary Society – 27/29 South Lambeth Road – London, UK
Press Kit for Press Conference


 The Space Renaissance Initiative (SRI) will present a proposal to ignite a space economic revolution on 2009 March 31st, before the G20 summit.  

The proposal is a simple priority-driven agenda: to develop low-cost civilian space transportation, orbital and sub-orbital space tourism, lunar industrialization, spacebased solar power, and the use of near-Earth asteroids to build space infrastructures. These include research and industrial settlements on the Moon; orbital stations, resources utilization, space hotels, service facilities and space debris collection.

This is not speculation. All of these goals can be achieved within the first half of this century. By the second half of this century, based on the experience gained in near-Earth space, Mars and the Martian moons will be settled with the long-term goal of terraforming the red planet.

In order to help the development of the civilian space industry, we recommend governments should provide incentives in the form of tax abatements and financial help for companies working in the space industry; new investment funds for space tourism and the space industry; and special programs geared towards universities and other educational systems. These policies also extend to private organizations, individuals, space agencies, and financial institutions.

Governments can invest public money toward the new space economy through space agencies (primarily devoted to science and exploration), more commercially oriented agencies (to be chartered), and private enterprise, for the industrialization of the Moon-Earth region.

With a current population of almost seven billion people, human growth on planet Earth is rapidly becoming unsustainable. Problems stem from a shortage of raw materials and lack of inexpensive and accessible energy. This dearth of resources, which results in continuous global economic recessions, could cause our civilization to implode to one billion within the end of this century, with increasing risk of humanity falling back to pre-technological ages.

The only fundamental solution to assure continued growth of civilization is to open the high frontier and start surveying the resources of the solar system. Space contains unimaginable amounts of unexploited resources on the Moon, asteroids and other planets. Establishing a foothold off-Earth would also protect humanity from planetwide catastrophes.