There’s been a lot of work by Rob and myself going on behind the scenes here at OutoftheCradle.net in anticipation of a big announcement at the end of this month. Part of that has been a lot of updating and streamlining of the Lunar Library (LL). Here are a few items of note:
1) Bonnie Cooper, of Oceaneering Space Systems, forwarded a CD-ROM of the four year publication run of Space Resource News. These pdfs have been uploaded to the High Frontier Resources section of the LL and are filed by date. (1992-95) The December 1995 issue is an index with short summaries.
High Frontier Resources, page 1
High Frontier Resources, page 2
2) Given some of the books published at around the same time, it appears that the early 1990s were a particularly fertile time for space ISRU studies. Just as The Lunar Sourcebook is the definitive reference for Lunar rock hounds, Resources of Near-Earth Space is the definitive work for Asteroid rock rats that want to mine the heavens. Like the Sourcebook, it’s hard to find and expensive when you do find it. I recently discovered that the University of Arizona has done a huge service to the space community by making the text available online.
3) NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP), which also publishes Tech Briefs, has made all of the old Spinoff magazines available online, the older ones pdf, the more recent ones as web pages. Some folks dismiss spinoffs as a poor reason to spend money on space, which of course misses the entire point, which is that research in the space field for space purposes nevertheless offers opportunities to advance the state of the art in other fields. I know this for a fact, since I did a project for the GSFC Technology Transfer Office (TTO) as part of my work at the NASA Academy in ’02 that analysed 10 years of DDF projects and tried to identify good transfer candidates that others may have overlooked. This means I looked at the Project Summaries of a LOT of high risk space-application technology research, and saw all kinds of wonderful possibilities. Some panned out. Others didn’t. That’s the point of bleeding-edge technology research.
The Spinoffs have been filed in the Space Biz section by year. There’s also an entry filed around May 2007 which logs the various issues that the Lunar Library holds in hard copy.
Space Biz, page 1
Space Biz, page 2
4) The Moon Society has made various back issues of the Moon Miner’s Manifesto available online. The only way to get access to all of them is of course to join. These have been filed in the Moonbases section of the Lunar Library.
Moonbases, page 1
Moonbases, page 2
Moonbases, page 3
Moonbases, page 4
5) I’ve added a lot of older Moon Fiction stories to the LL, and so have gone through and reordered the titles by their date of appearance, rather than the publication date of the hard-copy I have in the physical LL. This makes the flow of stories backward through time much more interesting as to the types of stories published when. Unfortunately, the software won’t let me file Lucian of Samosata’s Trips to the Moon at 160 A.D., so I’ve settled for the publication date of the academic study accompanying the text, 1887.
Moon Fiction, page 1
Moon Fiction, page 2
Moon Fiction, page 3
Moon Fiction, page 4
7) I’m a big fan of paper books, but I also appreciate advances in technology. Back when I was a banker in NYC I used to load text files of old books onto my Palm Pilot to read on the subway during the 30 minute ride to 59th & Lex. Nowadays the Kindle seems to be the next new thing. Your Lunar Librarian doesn’t have one yet (hey Amazon, a review copy would be greatly appreciated! ;-), but for those who want to create a LunaKindle full of Moon references, both fiction and non-, I’ve added Kindle chiclets to all of the available titles I’ve been able to find so far. I’ll be checking for newly available titles from time to time.
9) There’s a new section in the Youth area – Educator Materials. This is devoted to curriculum materials and props that can be used by educators to better teach the youngsters about the role of space in our future.
So as you can see, we’ve been hard at work here at Out of the Cradle to make sure that you have all the tools and resources you need to be an informed citizen regarding the Moon and the High Frontier. While nefarious forces, both natural and human, may conspire to hold humanity to the Earth, humanity is awakening to the realization that we are in a cradle that has nurtured us to this point in history, and the time is coming when we will climb out of that cradle to fulfill our destiny as a species – that of carrying the life of Earth to the Solar system, bringing the force of life to where there is none, and carrying the seeds of Earth ultimately to the stars.