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§ 2.6 Other Web Resources on Lunar Materials and Utilization
The following links either don't fit in elsewhere in the lunar section or are particularly noteworthy for their broadbased information.
- One of the best and most reliable sources of current information on lunar development is the Lunar Enterprise Daily, an electronic newsletter from Space Age Publishing, which has been putting out news reliably back into the 1980s (when it was a nice paper newsletter in the mail). Over time, they've compiled a Lunar Enterprise Directory of organizations and individuals which is instantly accessible on the web. With that kind of service comes a significant price for an individual, though it should be standard fare for an organization. For more information, see www.spaceagepub.com
- Artemis Society International and the Lunar Resources Company are two important and closely related private sector operations which are discussed in section 8 on Mission Scenarios.
- The International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) was founded in 1995 at a meeting in Europe, and seemingly developed mainly in European settings. It's supported with government money, and is heavily established for international cooperation between governments. The ILEWG home page is sponsored by the Mission from Planet Earth Study Office at NASA Headquarters, Washington DC, and is maintained by researchers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, now contracting with USRA (Universities Space Research Association) for web curatorial support, but European activity has been rising. Strengths include the Lunar Explorers Register, the sponsored ICEUM conferences (Int'l Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon) and LUNEX (the Lunar Explorer's Society). One weakness is that the information is a bit dated now. If the government money stops flowing, would it continue?
- The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) runs an excellent website which includes lunar base and space resources related materials, among a bunch of other planetary stuff. Of particular interest within this site are the excellent lunar base documents prepared by NASA and contractor employees at the NASA Johnson Space Center, several issues of the Beyond LEO Newsletter, and the Lunar Explorer's Digest reviews of books on the moon.
- The Lunar Base Quarterly is a well done resource which, if you go through the text, reveals good supplementary coverage of current activity, progress and prospects in the international arena. It's a good, active site whereby one can get involved and contribute to their process, which includes their "Lunar Database" concepts. You'll at least want to revisit them for their substantive quarterly newsletters. The emphasis is on government sponsorship around the turn of the century, with little on purely commercial initiatives, however. The materials are compiled and produced by Dr. H. H. Koelle, Technical University of Berlin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Lunar Development of the International Academy of Astronautics, and longtime participant and enthusiast for lunar materials utilization. Dr. Koelle has edited an interesting paper from the International Academy of Astronautics entitled Prospects and Blueprints for Future Lunar Development with an emphasis on government funding. See also his 100 kilobyte report entitled The Lunar Laboratory, another 100K report analyzing a lunar settlement, and a 60K report on an Earth heavy launch vehicle and lunar landing, launch and interorbital vehicles. All are impressive. For all this and more from this energetic 72-year-old veteran, keep in touch with the home page of Professor Heinz-Hermann Koelle, which is also where you can FTP his main documents.
- A current proposal within NASA, Icebreaker One, to fund a surface lander mission to the lunar pole to verify ice at the pole, as a follow-up mission to Clementine and the Lunar Prospector.
- The Lunar Rover Initiative is a joint venture between Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) and LunaCorp of Arlington, Virginia, to develop and land two entertainment robots on the Moon by year 2000, which would return live video for audiences of theme parks, TV networks and educational media, as well as allow people to teleoperate the exploring vehicle. LunaCorp has, among other books on outer space, authored and published Return to the Moon, which has sold more than 22,000 copies to date, and authored and published Mission: Planet Earth
- An excellent article, "Using Space Resources", by Dr. Thomas A. Sullivan and Dr. David S. McKay, NASA Johnson Space Center, New Initiatives Office, Planet Surface System Office, and Solar System Exploration Division, Mission Science and Technology Office.
- The Space Studies Institute has many research reports on elements of lunar materials utilization which would be useful for a private sector initiative. SSI belongs at the top of any list of established and quality organizations to contact for a private sector venture, having a breadth of active research members in industry and government, and has led much of the research in this field as a private organization for more than 20 years.
- The NASA National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) makes available on the internet data from NASA (e.g., Apollo samples, Lunar Prospector, others), U.S. Defense Department (Clementine) and Soviet missions to the Moon. Their Moon pages start at http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planets/moonpage.html
- For images and good pictures of the Apollo missions, go to the NASA Johnson Space Center Public Affairs Office's Apollo Pages
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