W.W.W. MOON? The Why, What and When of a Permanent Manned Lunar Colony

This title is from Maurizio Morabito’s Blogs way back in 2006.

As it happened I was checking out the web for problems in establishing a Lunar Colony and ran across one of my old blogs where Maurizio Morabito had made a comment.

Check out Maurizio’s archived blog and read taking note of his reference links at the end of the blog.

It had been earlier presented at the Human Future and Space Symposium – 28 Apr 2004 – The British Interplanetary Society

(an edited version has been published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 58, No. 3/4 March/April 2005, pp 131-137)

The aim of this presentation is to define the basic reasons, means and timescale for the establishment of a permanent, manned lunar settlement. Going beyond a review of the vast existing literature on the subject, the underlying goal is a call into action (=launches) to all people and organisations involved and interested in the exploration and use of the Moon:
· the BIS
· the Planetary Society
· all Moon-related Societies (such as the Artemis Society)
· every single Lunar and Planetary scientist and
· for reasons that frankly should be obvious to everyone, also the Mars Society


So I woke up this morning and it is April 15, 2017 and we aren’t building on the Moon, YET. 🙂

What did I say was needed to grow in the mind?


I am looking for more recent articles and I see that authors are still publishing and providing the WHAT is needed.  Not so sure on the WHEN it will happen and that is why I think we need ways to unleash the “MEME”  = THE MOON IS OUR NEXT INHABITED PLANET,

Paul Spudis of “The Once and Future MOON” has a blog that emphasis going to the Moon first and NOT Mars, to the point that some  say is repetitious and one sided.  His newer books are sometimes reviewed with that view as well.  That said, I think there are good points covered so here is the link to the blog and a YouTube presentation that is very clear and informative.  Have a look see.



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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: http://ascelibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1061/40479%28204%2992#sthash.lMDKY5Mj.dpuf
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: docscilaw@aol.com
Madhu Thangavelu; Adjunct Faculty, Schools of Architecture and Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. E-mail: 75030.1052@compuserve.com
Bonnie L. Cooper; Senior Engineer, Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, TX.E-mail: bcooper@oss.oceaneering.com
Burton L. Sharpe; formerly, Head, Lunar Surface Experiment Operations Section, NASA-JSC. 1163 Crested View Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 63146.E-mail: bsharpe416@aol.com
 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 :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MemeMeme – 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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Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon

Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon

‘”On April 7, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics successfully delivered the flight model of the Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument to the National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. The ASAN instrument will be launched at the end of 2018 onboard the Chinese Chang’e 4 mission to the Moon. Chang’e 4 consists of an orbiter, lander and rover.”

The Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument on Chang’e 4. (Image Credit: IRF)

Return to the Surface of the Moon

The ASAN instrument will mark the return of Swedish built scientific instruments to the lunar surface after the famous Hasselblad cameras used during the Apollo missions.

Ongoing Science

The ASAN instrument will allow a continuation of the very successful research initiated with the participation in the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission with the SARA instrument. A wide range of ground breaking discoveries about the interaction of the solar wind with the lunar surface were made, including the first image of a mini-magnetosphere on the Moon. Many of the open questions raised by SARA measurements made from orbit, will find an answer with ground truth data obtained by the ASAN instrument.

PIO Contact:
Annelie Klint Nilsson
IRF Kiruna
+46 980 79076

Science Contact:
Dr. Martin Wieser
IRF Kiruna
+46 980 79198

My thanks to LARRY KLAES who passed this information on the FPSPACE mailing list

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OSIRIS-REx will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study. The mission is scheduled to launch Sept. 8, 2016. As planned, the spacecraft will reach its asteroid target in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

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VIDEO – 3D-printing a lunar base

Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was measured, providing important inputs for next-stage designs… Soon the Agency is due to investigate another lunar 3D printing method, harnessing concentrated sunlight to melt regolith rather than using a binding liquid. …

  • Title 3D-printing a lunar base
  • Released 06/11/2014
  • Length 00:04:54
  • Language English
  • Footage Type Documentary
  • Copyright Foster + Partners


31 January 2013

Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

“Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said Laurent Pambaguian, heading the project for ESA.

“Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat.”

  • Title Lunar base made with 3D printing
  • Released 30/01/2013 10:33 am
  • Copyright ESA/Foster + Partners
  • DescriptionSetting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster+Partners have joined with ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil.

    The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be easily transported by space rocket. An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer (right) to create a protective shell.

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Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

RELEASE 13-325  November 5, 2013
NASA Selects Research Teams for New Virtual Institute

NASA has selected nine research teams from seven states for a new institute that will bring researchers together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning space science and human space exploration.

The teams participating in the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) will address scientific questions about the moon, near-Earth asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners.




2013 Lunar Science Virtual Forum: Archived Talks

The Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) 1st annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF) was held in person July 21-23, 2014 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The forum featured scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars).



The Solar System Exploration Research Institute (SSERVI) is pleased 2nd annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (ESF), was  held July 21-23, 2015 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The forum will featured scientific discussions of exploration targets of interest (the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars). Science sessions focused on recent mission results and in-depth analyses of science and exploration studies.







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Lunar Base Project

Blender is a community effort – I need that – What would a lunar base look like?

Let me begin with, I need help. Too short of a span of attention.

Ever since buying an Amiga computer back in 1983 I had thought I would become a wiss at computer graphics and just maybe take us to the Moon visually if not actually. As it turned out too many distracting, interesting events and my graphics software soon would not work on newer computers. Not to worry, buy newer graphics programs, that I would again fail to spend enough time with to become proficient. http://lkellogg.vttoth.com/LarryRussellKellogg/moon.html

Now just a few years have gone by since starting to support NASA in 1983.(30yr) 🙂

The Pioneer missions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 11 12 done, completed, finished. A few programs written, many enjoyable diversions. We sent Lunar Prospector to the Moon and I hijacked some data for a website, but no graphics, no movies, no Lunar Bases.

Now we have the Internet and many programmers that are interested in developing visual presentations in cooperation and developing graphic software that can be used by anyone who can stick with it long enough to progress through the learning curve. Aaagh, there is that problem of attention span.

Once again I have been presented with a graphics program that shows promise.
Sintel is not a video about the Moon nor is the game one about a lunar base, still it shows what can be done with the Blender software with dedication and a lot participation. [Watch the credits at the end of the movie – LRK -]

Uploaded on Sep 30, 2010
“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.

It looks like the Blender software might be used to portray what it would be like to have a small lunar base. All those articles and pictures about going back to the Moon that could be used to tell a story of what it would be like at a lunar base. How nice it would be to actually see what it might be like on the Moon using software that anyone could help with.

Which again presents a problem for this person’s short attention span. Where would I even start? Well, down load the software. Done. Now what? Find the software is being used to teach graphics in Central Dauphin School District and be shamed into reading the Blender Basics – Classroom Tutorial Book and view the YouTube videos that help you with the book..

Uploaded on Apr 3, 2011
These videos are designed to go with the Blender Basics Classroom Tutorial Book Available for free download at:

Now to test my attention span. Read the above and work the examples. Then refer as necessary to the Users Manual.

And then there is “An introduction to BLENDER” a book for beginners. (Which I certainly am.) (305 pages, 23.7 MB)

Then there is the task of actually collecting reference materials and examples. Do I spend some time updating this https://lrkellogg.wordpress.com/ WordPress blog site I started back in 2011? Attention span!!!

Where should we set up the lunar base? I think at the lunar south pole region but there are a number interesting places. We are getting more and more high resolution images. How about Copernicus crater?

Looks like I am going to need some help keeping me focused and on track.
Then again, maybe not a job for one person.
Please feel free to distract me. 🙂
– LRK –

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