The Special Report “Back to the Moon” from the Summer 2008 issue of the National Space Society magazine Ad Astra is now available online. The report chronicles the many reasons for returning to the Moon and the vehicles that will take us there, and examines the lunar materials that will help us stay there permanently. The report is downloadable as a 4.3 megabyte PDF file.
This beautifully illustrated report showcases the exceptional quality of the publication that NSS members regularly receive. The latest issue of Ad Astra includes a special report on the threat of impact of near Earth objects. If you are not yet a member, check out what you are missing in the Ad Astra section of our website, and then join NSS to receive this superb publication (not to mention to also support the creation of a spacefaring civilization for the benefit of all humanity!).
Here is an interesting paper which considers what would be required to build a spacefaring civilization.
SPACEFARING LOGISTICS INFRASTRUCTURE: THE FOUNDATION OF A SPACEFARING AMERICA By JAMES MICHAEL SNEAD
The American spacefaring dream, which envisions average Americans being able to safely and routinely travel to and work in space, remains the American public’s benchmark for measuring progress in America’s human space enterprises. This article begins with a brief review of the ideas and developments that led up to the formation of the American spacefaring dream in the late 1950s. It continues with discussion of how building new logistics infrastructure capabilities has enabled America to lead the world in opening new physical and technological
frontiers and why this provides a successful model for fulfilling the American spacefaring dream of opening the space frontier. The article concludes with the identification of specific planning objectives to guide the development, construction, and operation of an integrated American spacefaring logistics infrastructure.