Howdy everyone! I’m almost done convalescing after co-chairing the ISDC, and have done a little scouting around the web to see the news that came out of it. Much of which I only got to see bits and pieces of whilst patrolling the conference making sure that everything was going … Continue reading
Howdy everyone! Regular visitors to the Lunar Library know that yours truly is one of the co-chairs for the International Space Development Conference coming up over the Memorial Day weekend here in Dallas. This is the largest citizen space conference in the world, and gathers together leaders in industry, academia, … Continue reading
I’m a little late to the punch here, but the Space Access ’07 conference is well under way, and it’s worth checking out the sterling job being done by the guys live blogging it: Henry Cate at Why Home School Clark Lindsay at HobbySpace RLV News Rand Simberg at Transterrestrial … Continue reading
Alan Boyle over at Cosmic Log has just interviewed Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace, the company building and testing inflatable space habitats for low-Earth-orbit. Turns out that they’re not just for low-Earth-orbit. Bigelow’s long-range plans include assembling moon-bases out of his modules, at the Earth-Moon-L1 lagrange point, and flying them … Continue reading
The Moon, that is – according to Space.com, it’s going to disintegrate. We’ve got about 5 billion years. The clock is ticking, folks!
He would have given us a Moon-full of opportunity! I highly recommend that you read Paul Spudis’ piece in this week’s Space Review. If you want to know more about Paul, here’s his OotC interwiew. If you want to know more about the Moon, do a little reading at the … Continue reading
Sam Dinkin of FreeSpaceShot.com gives us the run-down on his new free skill game, where contestants can compete for flights to space, and even a shot around the Moon. Continue reading
It’s been two years since SpaceShipOne soared into space on a suborbital trajectory to win the X-Prize. If things have seemed a little quiet since then, you’re probably hearing the silence left over when all the laughing stopped. If the X-Prize did one thing, it was to strike a decisive … Continue reading
In this artist’s concept, the Orion CEV docked to a lunar lander, is depicted orbiting the moon. Credit: Lockheed-Martian Associated Press reporter recounts his experiences as he tries out Lockheed-Martian’s mock-up of their Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, (CEV). Fresh off of receiving an $8 billion contract to build it, Lockheed-Martian … Continue reading
Out of the Cradle is proud to introduce its newest feature, the Lunar Library v2.0!
This unique resource provides a wealth of information for those interested in learning more about our neighbor in space. From the issues facing Moonbases, to the science of the soil, to the role of the Moon in our culture and history and more. Continue reading
According to this report from Leonard David at Space.com, the Space Frontier Foundation has just released a fairly comprehensive white paper about NASA’s efforts to implement the vision for space exploration (now named – still unofficially at this point – Project Orion). They’re not too happy with it.
Running the popular website, Lunar Photo Of the Day, (LPOD) and writing a regular column on the moon that appears monthly in Sky & Telescope magazine, are the things Charles A. Wood is probably known for most. But, the interest of a 9 year-old in the sky went from backyard observations on a small telescope, to the University of Arizona, a stint in the Peace Corp and included working at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory cataloging Lunar craters.
NASA and the X-PRIZE Foundation have announced a teaming agreement to offer the Lunar Lander Analog Centennial Challenge. Under a Space Act Agreement, NASA will supply the prize purse, the largest to date for a Centennial Challenge, and the X-PRIZE Foundation will administer and execute the competitions. The first Lunar … Continue reading
As you all probably know, Ken Murphy has been posting here on this blog, reviews of non-fiction, space-related books. What you may not know is on our companion forums, he has also be providing us with reviews of with lunar centric fictional books. If it has a lunar theme, it … Continue reading
The latest batch of articles is out at the Space Review, and once again Jeff Foust has assembled a fine collection of thoughtful commentary. Before we get to that, I have to add my voice to the others who have marvelled recently at the one-man space publishing phenomenon that is … Continue reading
Be sure to stop by the forums to catch up on the latest reviews of fiction involving our Moon, including “Apollo 21” by Frank Hogan, “Dead Man on the Moon” by Steven Harper, and “Millenium” by Ben Bova. The reviews are ongoing, more than thirty so far, so you never … Continue reading
Image above: In this artist’s concept, the upper stage and a “sheparding spacecraft” (left) approach the moon before impacting at the south pole (right). Credit: NASA/John Frassanito and Associates. Since the story broke several days ago the secondary payload that was said to be a lander turns out to be … Continue reading
SpaceRef has very brief article announcing NASA’s plans to tag on a robotic lunar lander mission as a secondary payload to the 2008 launch of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Details however are scant at this time. NASA managers, engineers, and scientists have been reviewing secondary spacecraft proposals that take advantage of … Continue reading
Our friend David Livingston will be hosting a round-table discussion which will include the topics of rockets, engineering, and cost effective space access on his Radio/Podcast program, The Space Show. The LIVE broadcast will take place Sunday, April 9. 2006, from noon-1:30PM PDT (yeah, that pesky daylight savings time has … Continue reading
With the Crew Exploration Vehicle grabbing most of the attention lately, U.S. Space News has some graphical data on the CLV just posted March 28th that deserves a look-see.
Oh by the way, there was a Solar Eclipse today. Yeah, I missed the boat too. A view of the shadow passing as seen from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA NASA TV provided live coverage of the event. Yeah I missed that too. On their website they have video … Continue reading
”Planetes’ is a poetic story of superior quality overall, and definitely the closest example I’ve seen to date of a mythological epic for space. Taken as a whole it’s something akin to an ‘Odyssey’ for our near future. Continue reading
This item has gotten a bit of play around the blogosphere, but I thought I’d chime in on it too, in case someone out there missed it and of course so I can add my two coppers worth of comments. On the heels of the success of the Swedish-built, ESA, … Continue reading
Virgiliu has woven an amazingly rich story of individual hubris laying claim to the heavens. He notes of course that animus must be matched with corpus to really lay claim to any piece of dirt. It is not clear how he really views the solution to the question of… Continue reading
This is a fine juvenile in the tradition of “Growing up Weightless” or “Higher Education”, but much more wholesome. It is very well written, and I have no doubt that educational curricula could be drawn up around this book… Continue reading