Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 15-18 Sep 2017

New Moon Water Distribution Map Points To Lunar Poles As Vital Areas Of Exploration

Brown University Researchers Including Shuai Li (T) And Ralph Milliken Moon Water Study Shows Concentration In Lunar Soil Within Upper Millimeter Of Soil Reaches Average Max Of ~500 To 750 Parts Per Million In Polar Regions, Largely Uniform With Gradual Decrease Toward Equator; Permanently Shadowed Craters & Deeper Soil Not Analyzed; Concentration Fluctuates Over Day – Indicating Water Formation Is Active And “Raises The Possibility That Water May Re-accumulate After Extraction”; Water Is Important For Habitation (Drinking Water, Oxygen) And Transportation (Fuel); Further Analysis Needed Through Detailed Science Missions Preferably With Humans Landing On Moon

Credits: Brown University, LRO, LCROSS, ISRO MMM, GSFC, NASA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 8-11 Sep 2017

Moon Surface Supercomputer
RFI Being Sought By NASA

Radiation Tolerant Computer Which Could Be Used In Short Duration Moon Surface Mission, Operate In Vacuum Of Space Under -40°C To +70°C Temperatures, Provide 128MB Of Data Storage & 128MB Memory NASA RFI Due Sep 13; Vital Communications Infrastructure Will Be Needed For Multi-Payload & Human Missions To Moon Surface (Potentially Early 2020s), Far Side Moon, Deep Space, Mars, Beyond; Current 1-Year Testing Of HPE Linux Supercomputer At ISS; LADEE 2013 Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration Proved Record-Breaking Downlink Speed 622Mbps / Error-Free Uplink Speed 20Mbps, Revolutionary Technology Was 50% Weight Of Comparable Radio-Based Terminal & Used 25% Less Power

Credits: NASA, GNC, LADEE, CNN, HPE, LLCD, ESA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 1-4 Sep 2017

International Human Moon, Deep Space Mission Simulations

Beijing, China 200-Day Moon Simulation With 2 Women & 2 Men Living In Yuegong-1 (Lunar Palace-1) Until Jan 25, 2018 Complete With Two 50m2 Greenhouses / Bio-Regenerative Life-Support Systems Experiments Vital For Lunar Settlement; Next Group Will Perform 105-Day Mission Jan 25 – May 10, 2018; Commercial Company Space Garden 6-Person Mock Lunar Mission Performing 20 Spaceflight Experiments In Pila, Poland “Habitat Lunares” Concludes Lunar Expedition 1, Planning For 2 Additional Missions In 2017; NASA Human Exploration Research Analog Campaign 4 Mission 2 In 148.1 m3 Habitat At JSC Houston TX Scheduled Aug 5 – Sep 18 Cut Short Due To Hurricane Harvey

Credits: Xinhua/Ju Huanzong, Monica Alcazar-Duarte, NASA, CCTV

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 25-28 Aug 2017

Colorado School Of Mines Announces Plans For First-Ever Space Mining Graduate Program In 2018

Resource Exploration, Extraction and Processing On Moon, Asteroids, Mars And Beyond Is Focus Of New Graduate Level Program To Be Offered In 2018 By Well-Known And Highly Respected Science And Engineering Institution In Golden, CO; First Course “Space Resources Fundamentals” Being Run As Pilot Program In Fall 2017; Director And Research Assoc. Prof. Angel Abbud-Madrid Says Objective Is To Prepare Next Generation Of Engineers To Responsibly Access Natural Resources Of Space Including Water, Gases, Minerals And Metals To Fuel Space Development; ISRU Will Conserve Resources On Earth And Make Space Exploration Safer And More Affordable

Credits: Mines, NASA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 18-21 Aug 2017

USA Lunar Developments: Bridenstine Could Be NASA Admin, GLXP Extended Until 31 March 2018

Representative Jim Bridenstine R-OK (TL) Is Reported To Likely Become New NASA Administrator, Aerojet Rocketdyne Vice President John Schumacher May Be Named Deputy Administrator; Bridenstine Advocates For Human Return To Moon Before Mars, Permanent Lunar Outpost And Increased USA Space Activity; Google Lunar X Prize 5 Teams Remaining Have Until 31 March 2018 To Complete Mission; New Prizes Include US$1.75M For Teams That Complete 1 Lunar Orbit Or Enter Direct Descent Approach To Moon Surface, And $3M For Teams To Soft Land On Moon & Transmit Data To Earth Before Deadline; Still In The Race Is Moon Express, Team Indus With Hakuto, Synergy Moon, SpaceIL

Credits: GLXP, Moon Express, Hakuto, SpaceIL, Indus, Synergy Moon, NASA. J. Bridenstine

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 11-14 Aug 2017

ILOA Of Hawaii Advances Contracts With Moon Express And Canadensys For Moon South Pole Astronomy 2019

International Lunar Observatory Association ILO-1 Astrophysical Observatory To Image Milky Way Galaxy, Conduct Communications From Moon South Pole And Catalyze Lunar Base Build Out Progressing Through Newest Contract With Moon Express Of Cape Canaveral FL To Develop Advanced Landing Technologies For The Mission; ILOA Also Commits To Multi-Year Contract With Canadensys Aerospace Of Bolton, Ontario To Develop Robust Lunar Optics; Recent Headline “Moon Express Looks To Astronomy For Lunar Foothold” Written By Mark Carreau / Aviation Week Sums Up Both Companies’ Vision To Utilize Moon Platform, Advance Lunar Settlement, See First Women On The Moon

Credits: ILOA, ME, Canadensys, NASA, GSFC

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 4-7 Aug 2017

Buzz Aldrin Calls For International Return To Moon To Get Humans To Mars

Apollo 11 Moonworker Buzz Aldrin Encourages New U.S. National Space Council And President Trump To Formulate Strategic Leadership Plan To Create Lunar Highway Via International Partnerships With Space-Capable Nations Utilizing Moon As a Testing Ground For Technologies And Extracting Resources From Poles ASAP To Catalyze Human Missions To Mars, Rest Of Solar System; Hopes Revolutionary Plan Involving Other Countries, NewSpace Sector, New NASA Budgetary Focuses Will Be Announced 20 July 2019 On 50th Observation Of 1st Human Footsteps On Luna

Credits: NASA, JAXA, NHK, Boeing Co.

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 28-31 July 2017

India Rising Lunar Future With PSLV Team Indus Launch, GSLV Chandrayaan-2 Launch

Dramatically Boosting India Lunar Profile Early 2018, GLXP Team Indus Preparing To Launch 1st Commercial Lander & Rover To Moon (With Japan Team Hakuto Rovers) On India PSLV 28 Dec For Soft Landing At Mare Imbrium 26 Jan 2018; ISRO 2nd Moon Mission Chandrayaan-2 Lander, Rover, Orbiter Poised For Early 2018 GSLV Mk. 2 Launch Likely To Moon South Pole (Chandrayann-1 Impactor Hit South Pole 2008); India 20th Century Pioneering Visionaries Passing On ~ Ad Astra Farewell To Prof U. R. Rao And Yash Pal; APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Being Inaugurated By Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Credits: ISRO, Team Indus

SpaceDay Edition
Thu-Mon / 20-24 July 2017

Buzz, Bezos, Bigelow, Musk Advocate For Lunar Base, Moon South Pole

Recent Comments From Jeff Bezos Receiving Buzz Aldrin 2017 Pioneer Award Include Low-Cost Access To Space, Building Permanent Settlements At Moon Poles For Water And Solar Power; Elon Musk At ISS R&D May Be Capitalizing The Moon, Says In Order To Inspire Public “We’ve Got To Have A Base On The Moon” And It Would Be “Continuance To The Dream” Of Apollo Missions; Robert Bigelow Suggesting Cislunar Refueling Depots By 2020, Illustrates China Advances On Moon, Lunar Property Rights Issues, Stating “There’s No Time To Lose”; SpaceDay 2017 Observes The 48th Anniversary Of 1st Human Footsteps On Moon By Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin, Begins 2-Year Countdown To Apollo @50, Hopes Are High For U.S. Admin To Announce Human Moon Mission, Perhaps 1st Woman On Moon

Credits: NASA, ILOA, SPC, Bigelow, SpaceX, Blue Origin

SpaceWeek Edition
Fri-Mon / 14-17 July 2017

First Women / Americans At The Moon South Pole 2020-2021: Moonbase Best Advances Korea, Mideast Peace And Prosperity

SpaceWeek 2017 With Rising USA Moon Return Priorities Will Soon Mark The 48th Observation Of Apollo 11 Touchdown “In Peace For All”; Moonbase Could Be A Game Changer Offering New Perspective, Direction, Inspiration – “If We Can Put People On The Moon, Why Can’t We ____”; The Best Option For Conflict Resolution In Korean Peninsula & Middle East May Arise From International Collaborations, Investments, Commercial Efforts Required For This Luna Construct, With Rockets Pointed Up To Moon Instead Of Toward Other Nations; Reclamation Of America / Humanity’s Greatest Advance, And Landing First Woman On Moon Will Build A Most Successful Future For 2020s

Credits: NASA, LRO, Space Age Publishing Company