Return to the Moon

Return to the Moon


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In this volume of essays, the top experts and major players behind the United States's recently renewed push to the moon fuel a growing debate over lunar exploration. The announcement in 2004 that the U.S. would be revamping its moon program inspired both excitement about the possibilities and concern over cost and safety issues. This book takes the controversy out of the realm of pure science and into the mainstream of national debate. Lunar experts Alan Binder, Andy Chaikin, Yoji Kondo, Courtney Stadd, Frank White, and many others weigh in on the case for a return, point out the best way to do it, and speculate on what could be done with this newly obtained real estate. The essays are accompanied by illustrations of what life on the moon might look like. Contributions come from different perspectives and styles, offering a broad take on the very real possibility that humans will again walk—and work, live, and play—on the lunar landscape. From telescopes and tourism, to training for Mars, to building a new branch of humanity and saving the Earth, this compendium makes the case for sending people back to the moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894959322
Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Series: Apogee Books Space Series , #57
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rick N. Tumlinson has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in the space field by Space News. He is the cofounder of the Space Frontier Foundation and was a key player in starting the lunar prospector project, which discovered hints of water on the moon. He is the executive director and cofounder of the Foundation for the International Nongovernmental Development of Space and has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, and dozens of other publications around the world. He has also been seen on Politically Incorrect, World News Tonight, and on CNN as a commentator on astronomy and space. He lives in North Hollywood, California. Erin Medlicott was one of the first female applicants to NASA's mission specialist program when NASA began recruiting women. She has worked at NASA editing various newsletters and has written for OMNI magazine. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

The Moon5
The Next Age of Lunar Exploration13
Marketplace of Competing Ideas Will Determine Alternate Futures17
The Moon: A New Destination in Space for America23
Manned and Robotic Explorations of Space31
History and Frontiers-What Works, What Doesn't35
Returning to the Moon Will Transform NASA43
Making a Business Case for a Return to the Moon53
The Extraterrestrial Enterprise63
Brave New World?75
LunaMars - The Challenge85
Transporting A Legal System From The Earth To The Moonby Rosanna Sattler93
The Space Settlement Initiative105
Lunar Prospector: Lessons Learned113
A Real Return to the Moon121
The New Space Revolution and Return to the Moon127
Access to Luna137
Lunar High-Risk Manufacture145
The Future of Lunar Tourism151
Asteroidal Resources and the Cis-lunar Industrial Economy161
Astronomy from the Moon173
The Overview Effect from the Moon177
The Conscious Evolutionary Choice181
The Social and Spiritual Significance of Lunar Settlement187
Moon Age Daydreams193
The Lunar Declaration199
Moon Facts201
Moon Statistics206

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