The Planet Moon Project

Back in November of 2003 David Schrunk sent me a copy of a paper suggesting that when we go back to the Moon we should look at the south pole region of the Moon, up high, on a mountain ,where it would be possible to see back to Earth as well as get energy from the Sun almost continuously.

Lunar Reference Mission: Malapert Station (AAS 03-734)

We haven’t made it back yet but the dream is still strong and ideas continue to develop.

David recently sent me a copy of a revised location for a possible lunar base and he and Madhu Thangavelu will have a spot in the ISDC2017 conference this May 25 – 29, 2017. where they will be available.


I am going to now go back and re-read their book, “THE MOON, Resources, Future Development, and Settlement.”

Here is an Abstract and some links to related material.


The Planet Moon Project

The resources of mankind are now sufficiently advanced to support the global human exploration and development of the Moon. This paper discusses the “Planet Moon Project”, which portrays a vision to transform the Moon into an inhabited sister planet of the Earth in the 21st century. Beginning with small-scale, teleoperated in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) projects, electric power, communication, and transportation networks will be manufactured from lunar resources. These infrastructure networks will be field-tested and commissioned in the south polar region of the Moon, and permanent human outposts will then be established. Through several phases of development, the utility networks will grow, and the number of permanently inhabited bases will increase to include all areas of interest on the Moon. With long-term planning and prudent international coordination of resources, the responsible and beneficial conversion of the Moon into an inhabited sister planet of the Earth will thus become possible. – See more at:
The Planet Moon Project | Space 2000
David G. Schrunk; Retired Aerospace Engineer and Medical Doctor. Presently Chairman of the Science of Laws of Laws Institute, 14341 Horizon Court, Poway, CA 92064.E-mail:
Madhu Thangavelu; Adjunct Faculty, Schools of Architecture and Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. E-mail:
Bonnie L. Cooper; Senior Engineer, Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, TX.E-mail:
Burton L. Sharpe; formerly, Head, Lunar Surface Experiment Operations Section, NASA-JSC. 1163 Crested View Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63146.E-mail:
 Here is a link to  the ISDC2017 web site and the speakers that will be presenting.
I see that Madhu Thangavelu is presenting and that led to his bio and the link to the YouTube clip covers the information in a more visual form.

Madhu Thangavelu
Conductor, ASTE527 Space Concepts Studio
USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Madhu Thangavelu conducts the ASTE527 graduate Space Exploration Architectures Concept Synthesis Studio in the Department of Astronautical Engineering within the Viterbi School of Engineering, and he is also a graduate thesis adviser in the School of Architecture at USC.

He holds degrees in both engineering and architecture and has contributed extensively to concepts in space architecture, especially dealing with extraterrestrial development. He is the author or co-author of over 70 technical papers in space architecture, lunar base design and human factors, and co-author of the book The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement(1999) published by John Wiley and Sons and second edition by Springer/Praxis in 2007.

ASTE 527
Ultimate Vacation-Planet Moon Youtube Edition November 2016
I found this which presents some of the material.

NASA Future In-Space Operations: MOBIUS – Supersynchronous Earth Orbits for Lunar Missions

Listen to podcast of “MOBIUS – Supersynchronous Earth Orbits for Lunar Missions” telecon:– Download the MP3 File.
– Download the presentation (PDF).
If you are interested in seeing us go back to the Moon these ideas may not be new.
They may even seem repetitious and lack meaning in that it has been a long time since Apollo 17 landed on the Moon.
Landing Date : December 19, 1972, 19:24:59 UTC
What I think might help make a return a reality is to present the vision in such a vivid, emotional way that it becomes a “MEME” that is taken in and becomes a working part of the subconscious. mind and will spread to others as if a virus.  🙂
You  may have noticed some LUNATICS that have already been infected. 🙂
Now, if you have not yet been infected, and are brave enough, strong enough, and have an imagination that is receptive to the “MEME”  = THE MOON IS OUR NEXT INHABITED PLANET, continue to search out and promote this vision.”
Stand tall, breath deep, and say, “THE MOON IS OUR NEXT INHABITED PLANET,”
Go to sleep each night with this closing thought.
With your permission I will do the same and see what I can see that will help to illuminate the vision and share what I find. LRK
  1. meme
    memes (plural noun)
    1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation
    2. SourceURL : – Wikipedia
      A meme (/ˈmiːm/ MEEM), a neologism coined by Richard Dawkins,[1] is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture”.[2] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.[3]

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