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  • To Obama, a $50 billion lunar colony is chump change

    01/29/2012 9:30:10 AM PST · by FreedomFighter1013 · 42 replies ^ | January 29, 2012 | Greg C.
    While Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been mocked repeatedly by his chief rival, Mitt Romney, there is a compelling series of arguments to be made for returning to the moon, this time in the form of a permanent Lunar colony. Indeed, the Lunar colony idea had been articulated by President George W. Bush in 2004 and was based on solid research developed by many serious thinkers in the space community. It had also been ratified by 2 different congresses, in 2005 and 2008. In fact, the first lunar colony was planned in the mid-1960s, called ALSS (Apollo Logistics Support...
  • Space travel emerges as wedge in Florida primary race

    01/28/2012 8:28:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2012
    .....While Gingrich is floating space-travel plans at a staggering rate -- even for a candidate who's been teased for his frequently "grandiose" proposals -- Romney is proudly tamping down the dream. After ridiculing Gingrich on Thursday for pushing expensive and allegedly outlandish proposals, the former Massachusetts governor on Friday suggested Gingrich was pandering. And, Romney conceded, he does not really have a space plan. Not yet, anyway. Rather, Romney committed to carefully creating one once he's president. "In the politics of the past, to get your vote on the Space Coast, I'd come here and promise hundreds of billions of...
  • Lunar Colonies and Mitt Romney's Incredible Smallness of Vision

    01/28/2012 3:30:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 27, 2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    COMMENTARY | During the Republican presidential debate in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday night, the subject of Newt Gingrich's moon colony idea came up. During the exchange, Mitt Romney especially revealed a smallness of vision and an ignorance of the issue. [snip]If Romney wants to know why Gingrich is so focused on the moon, he could go no further than to read Paul Spudis' The Case for Renewed Human Exploration of the Moon" in which the rationale for returning to the moon, not only for science, but also as a prelude to the exploration of the Solar System is examined. Spudis also...
  • Gingrich Moon base proposal a winner

    01/27/2012 1:26:56 PM PST · by Krankor · 69 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/2012 | none
    Newt Gingrich’s moon base idea takes center stage at the GOP debate in Florida If aliens were watching from outer space, even they might have been shocked by the amount of time devoted to space travel in Thursday’s presidential debate. Newt Gingrich excited Florida’s struggling space coast this week when he pledged to industry executives that he would colonize the moon by the end of his second presidential term. The big promise drew flak from his GOP rivals, and a question at the debate from a Twitter user who wanted to know how the former speaker planned to pay for...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Wolf's Moon

    01/20/2012 3:39:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | January 20, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A Full Moon rising can be a dramatic celestial sight, and Full Moons can have many names. Captured on January 8 from Ötersund, Sweden, this evocative moonrise portrait might make you feel the cold of winter in the north. If you can also imagine wolves howling in the distance then you probably understand why Native Americans would have called it the Wolf Moon, their traditional name for the first Full Moon in January. The photographer reports that no wolves were heard though, as he watched this beautiful Full Moon rise in fading light over the eastern horizon, echoing the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Spot the Moon

    01/01/2012 10:04:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | January 02, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Where's the full Moon? Somewhere in this image, the Earth's Moon is hiding. The entire Moon is visible, in its completely full phase, in plain sight. Even the photographer's keen eye couldn't find it even though he knew exactly where to look -- only the long exposure of his camera picked it up -- barely. Although by now you might be congratulating yourself on finding it, why was it so difficult to see? For one reason, this photograph was taken during the total lunar eclipse last month, when the Earth's shadow made the Moon much dimmer than a normal...
  • China push to put astronaut on the moon

    12/30/2011 3:11:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 12/30/2011 | Simon Rabinovitch
    China has declared its intention to land an astronaut on the moon, in the first official confirmation of its aim to go where Americans last set foot nearly 40 years ago. While Chinese scientists have previously discussed the possibility of a manned lunar mission, a government white paper published on Thursday is the first public government document to enshrine it as a policy goal. China will “conduct studies on the preliminary plan for a human lunar landing”, the white paper said. Although manned moon mission is still some time off – Chinese experts say after 2020 – the statement highlights...
  • Twin spacecraft to enter lunar orbit this weekend

    12/28/2011 4:21:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 11 replies ^ | 28 Dec 2011 | City News Service
    PASADENA — Two JPL-managed spacecraft designed to study the gravitational fluctuations of the moon and provide insight into the evolution of our space neighbor were hurtling closer to the moon today, and were expected to settle into orbit for the new year. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft were launched Sept. 10 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The first craft, GRAIL-A was scheduled to begin orbiting the moon at 1:21 p.m. Saturday, while its twin, GRAIL-B, was expected to reach orbit at 2:05 p.m. Sunday. "Our team may not get to partake in a traditional New Year's celebration, but...
  • Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers

    12/22/2011 7:05:56 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 43 replies
    Back in 2006, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona noticed that a mysterious body had begun orbiting the Earth. This object had a spectrum that was remarkably similar to the titanium white paint used on Saturn V rocket stages and, indeed, a number of rocket stages are known to orbit the Sun close to Earth. But this was not an object of ours. Instead, 2006 RH120, as it became known, turned out to be a tiny asteroid just a few metres across--a natural satellite like the Moon. It was captured by Earth's gravity in September 2006 and orbited us...
  • Newt, Mitt, Moon

    12/13/2011 9:07:01 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 12 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | December 11, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – If there was an interesting distinction between Republican presidential front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney during last night’s Full Moon Debate in Iowa, on the day of a red, lunar eclipse, no less, is their interest, or lack thereof, in space travel and the opportunities that await humanity – out there. For all of his faults – and there are plenty – Gingrich’s interest in “a permanent colony on the Moon,” that would lead to the mining of “precious minerals” is an interesting one. The former House Speaker has also suggested that “a mirror system in space...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Eclipsed Moon in the Morning

    12/09/2011 2:46:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | December 09, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Tomorrow, December 10, the Full Moon will slide through planet Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse. The entire eclipse sequence, including 51 minutes of totality, will be visible from Asia and Australia, but moonwatchers in Europe and Africa will miss out on the beginning partial phases because for them, the eclipse will start before moonrise. In central and western North America the earlier phases of the eclipse will be in progress as the Moon sets. In fact, while those in the east will miss out, North Americans far enough west could see a scene very much like this...
  • The Misplaced Stuff: NASA Loses Moon, Space Rocks

    12/09/2011 7:35:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/09/2011 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    Astronauts may have had the 'right stuff' to go to the moon, but when it comes to keeping track of what they brought back, NASA seems to have misplaced some of that stuff. In a report issued by the agency's Inspector General on Thursday, NASA concedes that more than 500 pieces of moon rocks, meteorites, comet chunks and other space material were stolen or have been missing since 1970. That includes 218 moon samples that were stolen and later returned and about two dozen moon rocks and chunks of lunar soil that were reported lost last year. NASA, which has...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Colorful Side of the Moon

    11/17/2011 9:32:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | November 18, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This colorful topographical map of the Moon is centered on the lunar farside, the side not seen from planet Earth. That view is available to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter though, as the spacecraft's wide angle camera images almost the entire lunar surface every month. Stereo overlap of the imaging has allowed the computation of topographical maps with coverage between 80 degrees north and south latitude. The results have about a 300 meter resolution on the lunar surface and 10 to 20 meter elevation accuracy. Data closer to the north and south poles is filled in using the orbiter's laser...
  • Solar System Monopoly [Robert Bigelow, CEO Bigelow Aerospace]

    11/04/2011 8:43:09 PM PDT · by Space Patrol Hoppa · 10 replies ^ | 19 Oct 2001 | Robert Bigelow
    Get Ready! Listen up – Because your space playbook is about to really change. There’s a new gunslinger in Dodge and he’s huge. He’s hungry. He’s very wealthy. He’s ambitious, (like we used to be). And he is not American. He has already started to play the Game and we are unaware. We don’t even know what the Game is. What is the Game? The Game is what I call "Solar System Monopoly". This will characterize the 21st and 22nd centuries and beyond. "The Hell you say." Yes, I say -- and if we ignore this it shall be at...
  • 999 caller mistakes moon for UFO

    10/30/2011 3:38:41 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 31 replies
    Telegraph ^ | )ct. 28, 2011
    The caller told police that he had seen a UFO with "big bright lights" hovering in his back garden. Taking the call seriously the female operator can be heard logging the bizarre information before asking if the UFO was making any "engine noise". The caller replied that it was not, telling her: "I thought it was an aeroplane at first and then its just hovering with all these lights on." After being told local authorities would investigate his claims, the caller hung up, only to ring back minutes later to confess that he had made an embarrassing mistake. When asked...
  • Race To Mine The Moon Heats Up

    10/27/2011 9:22:03 PM PDT · by Captain Beyond · 23 replies ^ | 10/27/2011 | Loren Grush
    Astrobotic Technology's Red Rover, a lunar exploration vehicle that the company claims will be able to scout and drill for precious resources at the moon's poles. Moon, we just can’t quit you. NASA has shifted its goals from returning to the moon to visiting an asteroid or even Mars, but not everyone has given up on going back. The space agency's attention deficit has sparked a race among private companies eager to return to Earth's satellite.Read more:
  • ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA

    10/27/2011 8:28:43 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Robert Zubrin
    Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled for 2013, but that will be it. No further missions to anywhere are planned. After 2013, America’s amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end. Furthermore, the plan from the Office of Management and...
  • Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon

    10/18/2011 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 10/18/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The moon is made of far more valuable stuff than green cheese. And one man wants to capitalize on that fact. NASA, which ended America's space shuttle program in June, says it wants to privatize spaceflight. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, Inc., wants to go a step further: He wants to privatize the moon itself. Jain's company plans to piggyback on private shuttle flights, using them to carry his lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon. "People ask, why do we want to go back to the moon? Isn't it just barren soil?" Jain told
  • The Moon Is Bursting With Precious Titanium

    10/13/2011 7:29:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Oct 12, 2011 01:16 PM ET | By Irene Klotz
    A new map of the moon has uncovered a trove of areas rich in titanium, which could one day be mined. Lava flows that turned into rocks on the moon are enriched with titanium in concentrations far higher than what is found on Earth. The precious material could be used to construct equipment for lunar and other spacecraft.< Detailed maps from a robotic NASA science satellite circling the moon show deposits as rich as about 18 percent, planetary geologist Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, with the University of Hawaii, told Discovery News. “Up to 3 percent is considered high on Earth,” he said....
  • Lunar Anomaly

    10/09/2011 11:49:19 PM PDT · by Windflier · 71 replies
    Apollo Image Atlas AS15-P-9625 Image Collection: Panoramic Mission: 15 Magazine: P Revolution: 38 Latitude / Longitude: 19° S / 117.5° E Lens Focal Length: 24 inch Camera Look: Forward Camera Altitude: 117 km Sun Elevation: 27° Stereo Pair: AS15-P-9630 Film Type: 3414 Film Width: 5 inch Image Width: 45.24 inch Image Height: 4.5 inch Film Color: black & white Index Map: Feature(s): DELPORTE, SOUTHWEST OF IZSAK, NORTH OF