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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894959322
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series , #57
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

The Moon 5
The Next Age of Lunar Exploration 13
Marketplace of Competing Ideas Will Determine Alternate Futures 17
The Moon: A New Destination in Space for America 23
Manned and Robotic Explorations of Space 31
History and Frontiers-What Works, What Doesn't 35
Returning to the Moon Will Transform NASA 43
Making a Business Case for a Return to the Moon 53
The Extraterrestrial Enterprise 63
Brave New World? 75
LunaMars - The Challenge 85
Transporting A Legal System From The Earth To The Moonby Rosanna Sattler 93
The Space Settlement Initiative 105
Lunar Prospector: Lessons Learned 113
A Real Return to the Moon 121
The New Space Revolution and Return to the Moon 127
Access to Luna 137
Lunar High-Risk Manufacture 145
The Future of Lunar Tourism 151
Asteroidal Resources and the Cis-lunar Industrial Economy 161
Astronomy from the Moon 173
The Overview Effect from the Moon 177
The Conscious Evolutionary Choice 181
The Social and Spiritual Significance of Lunar Settlement 187
Moon Age Daydreams 193
The Lunar Declaration 199
Moon Facts 201
Moon Statistics 206
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Space for Policy Wonks

    Be warned that this collection of essays is designed more for the policy wonk than the engineer or scientist. Nevertheless, it contains fascinating pieces by such people as Paul Spudis, Alan Binder, Andrew Chaiken, and Courtney Stadd on the business, law, diplomatic, public policy, and economic aspects of returning to the Moon. The opinions are diverse, except for an agreement on an absolute necessity for returning humans to the Moon, this time to settle it and to make it a center of science and commerce. A must read for anyone interested in the how and why of exploring space.

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