Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 17-20 February 2017

U.S. Administration Considers Accelerating 1st Human Moon Mission Of 21st Century To 2018

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot Requesting Top Official For Human Spaceflight William Gerstenmaier To Explore Feasibility Of Sending Astronauts On EM-1 Flight 2018; Could Advance A Human Return To Moon, Landing 1st Woman On Moon, Reclaiming Multi World Species Status, First Missions To Mars & Beyond; Scott Pace Of Space Policy Institute At GWU Notes There May Be A Push For Significant Near-Term U.S. Accomplishments; Presidential Policy Advisor Bob Walker Believes There Is Possibility To Land Humans On Moon 2021-2025, Perhaps Using Commercial Companies & Technologies; Similar Goals Of Other Countries Could Catalyze International Collaboration For Human Lunar Missions / Settlement

Credits: NASA, ESA, Bigelow Aerospace

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 10-13 February 2017

Europe And USA Closer To Returning Humans To Moon Via Orion / SLS In 2021

ESA Delivers Propulsion & Supply Module For Uncrewed Lunar 2018 Exploration Mission-1, Will Begin Developing Module With Airbus For 2021 Crewed Lunar Flight – Taking Humans Farther Than Any Apollo Mission; EM-1 Also Carrying 13 CubeSats, 4 Or More Will Focus On Moon Science & Observations; New U.S. Administration May Advance Human Moon Landing / Settlement Competencies & Technologies, Resource Extraction, Commercial Space Policies; Orion / SLS Has Potential To Carry Astronauts To Asteroids & Mars; SpaceX Planning Craft For Mars, Jupiter, Saturn Systems

Credits: NASA, ESA, Rad Sinyak

Inauguration Month Edition
January 2017

Human Moon Lander Imperative, 2020-2025:
To Enable 21st Century Solar System Complete

2018 SLS / Orion EM-1 First Mission Planned For Cislunar Capability Signals Opportunity For Human Lunar Lander Enterprise And Development; American Independents Such As Golden Spike, Astrobotic, Moon Express, Shackleton Energy, Canadensys, ILOA, As Well As Blue Origin, SpaceX, Bigelow Among Others, May Collaborate Through Public-Private Partnerships Bi-Nationally, Multi-Nationally With Canada, China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, Japan, Russia, USA, And Other Nations Globally; American And International Space Community May Welcome Progressive, Constructive Initiatives From New U.S. President And Administration, While Remaining Vigilant Against Regression; New U.S. President Could Enable Humanity To Reestablish And Advance Itself As Multi World Species, With Women, Men On The Moon And 21st Century “Stretch Goal”

Credits: SPC, ILOA, NASA, Space Dev

Friday / 30 September 2016

Human Moon Missions As 1st Stop On Journey To Mars, Jupiter, Beyond

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FAA Advisory Group Endorses ESA Moon Village Concept At 67th IAC Suggesting ‘Lunar Marketplace And Swap Shop (LMASS)’; George Nield, FAA Associate Administrator For Commercial Space Transportation Notes Dozen Or More Companies Eager To Do Business On Moon, Reclaim Multi World Species Status; Jan Woerner’s Vision For Moon Village Would Be International & Commercial Collaboration Taking Shape In 2020s, Providing Infrastructure, Experience, Economy, Resources For Sustaining Human Presence On Moon, Catalyzing Solar System Complete Exploration

Credits: ESA, Foster & Partners, FAA, NASA

Friday / 26 August 2016

Humans To Moon: Beyond National Efforts, International And Commercial Entity Could Accelerate 21st Century Advancements

International Moon Efforts

USA 2017 Administration Could Support New Effort To Reclaim Greatest Achievement In History With SLS 2021-23; China Long March 9 Expected Completion 2025, Proposes Human Moon Missions 2031-2036; India GSLV Mk. 3 Might Launch Crews To Space ~2021; Russia Hopes For Human Lunar Orbit 2027, Surface Mission 2029 If Funding Remains Consistent; Japan Working On Robotic SLIM Mission; ESA Proposes Moon Village; Independent Astrobotic, Moon Express, ILOA Missions And / Or Formation Of International Entity Could Increase Momentum Toward Ultimate Goal Of Lunar Exploration, Science, Resources For Earth

Credit: NASA, ESA, CNSA, ISRO, JAXA

Friday / 19 August 2016

ESA Invites 2,200 EU Citizens From 22 Member States For ‘Debate On Space’

ESA EU Citizen Debate 2016

First Major Event For European Union Public To Learn About, Voice Opinions On ESA Space Program Priorities 10 September; Topics Covered Will Include ESA Director Jan Woerner Moon Village, Human Spaceflight, Planetary Missions, Science, Exploration, Earth Observation, Telecommunication; Engaging Initiative Could Benefit USA, Other Countries To Catalyze Further Support Of Space Programs And Solidify Moon, Mars, Beyond Path For Human Space Settlement / Exploration

Credit: ESA, Euronews, D. Ducros

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 12-15 Aug 2016

Women In Space, Women To The Moon

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60 Women Have Been To Space (46 From USA Pictured) Out Of 549 Total Space Travelers, And Only 12 Men Have Walked On The Moon; 21st Century Leaders From America And Other Nations Could Send Women And Men To The Moon – And Beyond – With A Focus On International / Global Cooperation, Science, Technology, Economic Benefits And Long-Term Survival Of Humanity; Apollo 11 First Steps On Another World 50th Observation Fast Approaching, Reclaiming Human Presence On Moon Would Be Inspiring, Rewarding

Credit: NASA, SPC

Friday / 12 August 2016

ILDWG Proposes G20 Leaders Discuss Financial Promise Of Developing Moon, Space Economy

ILDWG 2016

International Lunar Decade Working Group Urges Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) To Include Space Development At G20 Summit In Hamburg July 2017 As Innovative, Global Strategy For Building Sustainable, Long Term Future For Humanity; Moon Village Would Include More Nations, Surpass Financial Scope Of ISS; Cislunar Space Infrastructure Could Reduce Costs & Risks Of Operating In Space; Space-Based Resources, Asteroid Mining Would Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs, Drive Innovation & Discovery, Generate Tools For Earth Climate Change, Planetary Defense

Credit: ILDWG, ESA, NSS, NASA, ISDC, SFF, 5FM, Researchgate, G20

Wednesday / 20 July 2016

Full Moon Rising Again As World Observes 47th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

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Space Community, Scientists Gather In Silicon Valley At Ames Research Center, NASA For The Exploration Science Forum (ESF 2016) Bolstered By Renewed Global Momentum Toward Lunar Landings & Crewed Habitats; An International Moon Surface Station With Commercial Services Integration Would Be A Major 1st Step Toward Reclaiming, Sustaining And Surpassing The Greatest Advance In Human History To Date; GOP Platform Supportive Of Space Exploration, Former Astronaut Eileen Collins To Speak At Republican National Convention; Louise Prockter Named As New Director Of Lunar & Planetary Institute

Credit: NASA, LPI, ESA

Wednesday / 6 July 2016

Team Indus Gets Boost From New CNES Lunar Payload For GLXP Mission

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India GLXP Team Indus To Carry French Space Agency CNES CASPEX (Colour cmos cAmera for SPace EXploration); Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Technology And Patented (3DPlus) Integration Methods Reduce Size Of Optical Imaging Instrument By Factor Of Ten; System Is Also Reprogrammable & Radiation-Tolerant; CASPEX Micro Cameras To Aid Rover Movement By Detecting Ground Obstacles, No-Funds Exchanged Collaboration Saves Team Indus US$500,000 In Development / Procurement Costs; Total Project Cost Estimated At Over $60M; Team Founder Rahul Narayan Sees This As Huge Vote Of Confidence From Prestigious Global Agency

Credit: Axiom Research Labs, Team Indus, CNES, GLXP