Thursday / 23 June 2016

Multiple Human Moon Missions Evolving As Major National / International Goals

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Astronaut Tim Peake Has New Focus On Lunar Missions As ESA Plans To Establish A Cislunar ‘Deep Space Habitat’ For Lunar Surface & Solar System Exploration; Dave Parker Of ESA Human Spaceflight Cites Upcoming Discussions At Ministerial Conference In Lucerne, Switzerland In December; China Manned Space Program Deputy Chief Zhang Yulin Recently Proclaimed The Goal Of ‘Crewed Lunar Exploration’, With Analysts Predicting This Could Be Achieved As Soon As 2020s; Russia Plans To Permanently Station 12 Cosmonauts On Lunar Surface, Starting With 2-4 People By 2030

Credit: ESA, Roscosmos, CNSA

Thursday / 16 July 2015

ESA Envisions Lunar Village

7162015New Director General Of European Space Agency (ESA) Johann-Dietrich Woerner (TL) Proposes “Moon Village On The Far Side Of The Moon”; Collaborative Efforts Would Incorporate World Participation; Far Side Of Moon Long Supported By Dr. Jack Burns (TR) Of University Of Colorado Boulder; Motivation For Village Includes Telescopes For Deep Space Observation, Stepping Stone For Mars Missions / Training, 3D Printing Trials & Multi-Nation Astronaut Settlement / Expanded International Involvement

Credit: NASA, ESA, Foster + Partners

Wednesday / 3 September 2014

MoonBots Winners Headed To Hawai`i

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Incredibots From Columbus, Ohio Win 2014 MoonBots Challenge; Team Wins Trip To Pacific International Space Center For Exploration Systems (PISCES), Hawaii Island To Test Its Robot On Slopes Of Mauna Kea; Over 300 Teams From 24 Countries Participated In Contest, 25 Finalists Built & Programmed LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot & Tested It In Their Own Lunar Landscape; 1st Runner-Up From Barcelona, Spain, 2nd Runner-Up From Rotterdam, Netherlands; Contest Sponsored By GLXP & GeekDad

Image Credit: GLXP, GeekDad

Tuesday / 3 June 2014

PISCES Extending Hawai`i Apollo Moon Mission Contributions To 21st Century

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Hawaii Island Moon-Like Environments Being Utilized By PISCES To Test Moon / Mars-Bound Vehicles & Technologies; New State Resolution Initiating Project To Develop Basaltic ‘Lunar Concrete’, Installation Of A Test ‘Lunar Sidewalk’ Set For Aug; 2nd Initiative Involves Construction-Scale 3D Printing Using Basalt, PISCES & NASA Plan To 3D Print A Landing Pad, Curved Wall, Dome Shelter; Aloha State Was Important Contributor To Apollo Moon Missions – As Depicted In Recently Released Photos – Astronaut Training, Communication Relays, Recovery Of Returning Moonworkers  

Image Credit: PISCES, NASA

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 4-7 April 2014

PISCES Advancing Lunar Base Analog Development In Hawai`i

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340-kg Rover Unveiled By PISCES; Vehicle Will Be Integral Feature Of Robotic Village The Group Is Developing On Hawaii Island To Pave Way For Human Moon / Mars Bases; Companies From Around World Invited To Send Their Technology To Be Tested On Canada-Manufactured Rover; PISCES Will Utilize Rover & Analog Facilities To Promote STEM Education In Hawaii; Hawaii Aerospace Caucus & Groups Such As ILOA Also Helping To Advance Aerospace Technology & Development Opportunities In Hawaii; Pictured: PISCES Robotic Village Project Manager Rodrigo Romo

Image Credit: PISCES

Tuesday / 7 May 2013

Lunar Concrete Example Of Technology Match “Spin Up” Concept

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Peter Kokh, In April 2013 Edition Of Moon Miners’ Manifesto, Notes PISCES Efforts To Develop Sustainable Basalt Concrete On Hawai`i Island As Example Of “Spin Up” Technology Development: Identifying Profitable Terrestrial Applications For Technologies Needed In Space / Moon To Spur Advancement Of Human Off-World Capabilities; MMM Seeking Ideas For Similar Technology Matches That Could Be Advanced By Private Enterprise

Image Credit: NASA, Moon Society, PISCES

Weekend Edition / Fri-Mon 8-11 Mar 2013

Pacific Space Access: Hawai`i To The Moon

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Hawaii Spaceport Initiative Is Back On The Table According To Hawaii State Representative Cindy Evans; Unhindered Flight Paths, Optimal Latitude For Launch To Moon & Beyond, Cultural Heritage Of Exploration / Navigation Make Hawaii Best Place In World For Spaceport; Separate UH-Hilo Sponsored Initiative Would Develop Hawaii Island Office To Provide Ground Support For Moon-Exploring Robots

Image Credit: NASA, SpaceX, hawaii.gov

Weekend Edition / Fri-Mon 25-28 Jan 2013

Golden Spike Company Business Plan

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GSC CEO Alan Stern Provides More Clarity About Business Plan Of Ambitious Company In Recent AmericaSpace Interview; Corrects Misperception That GSC Focus Is Lunar Tourism: Primary Focus Of Business Is Flying Lunar Expeditions For Foreign Science & Space Agencies, Secondary Focus Is Corporations; Elaborates On How Company Will Achieve Relatively Affordable Missions By 2019-2020 

Image Credit: GSC, NASA, Planetary Society

Wednesday / 14 November 2012

PISCES Program Advancing On Hawai`i Island

Annual PISCES Conference Underway In Waikoloa HI; Program Expanding With Recent US$2.34M Investment From State; New Director Rob Kelso Says New Vision For PISCES Includes Research Of: Basalt-Based ‘Lunar Concrete’, Lava Tube Exploration, Testing Habitation Modules & GLXP Lunar Rovers; Goal Is To Become ‘Aerospace Enterprise Zone’ Supporting Planetary Surface Exploration

Image Credit: PISCES, NASA, White Label Space

Weekend Edition / Fri-Mon 17-20 Aug 2012

2012 PISCES Conference In Hawai`i

Abstracts For 11-15 Nov 2012 PISCES Conference On Hawaii Island Due 21 Sep; International Scientists, Government Leaders, Entrepreneurs Will Evaluate Recent Developments In PISCES Vision To Establish Terrestrial Prototype For International, Extraterrestrial Research Park On Hawaii Island; Breakout Sessions To Discuss Revolutionary Surface Technologies, Establish Strategic Partnerships To Enable / Expedite Robotic & Human Missions To Moon, Mars, Beyond

Image Credit: PISCES, usgs.gov