Spudis Lunar Resources
Critical documents on the Vision for Space Exploration:
A Renewed Spirit of Discovery – President George W. Bush
The original Vision for Space Exploration document. Clearly stated and beautifully expressed; don’t ask me why some people can’t understand it.
A Journey to
Inspire, Innovate, and Discover (PDF;
The June 2004 report of the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, otherwise known as the Aldridge Commission.
Whispers in the
Echo Chamber –
Nicely dissects the media myth of the Vision being a “Trillion dollar Mars mission.” (Hint: it’s neither a trillion dollars nor simply a Mars mission)
first media piece I found to actually “get it” (i.e., what the
Vision for Space Exploration is all about).
Keynote Speech at Goddard Memorial Symposium by John Marburger, Science Advisor to the President, March 2006
those who didn’t get it (in the media and elsewhere), the
Presidential Science Advisor explains it clearly and
Nice exegesis of Marburger’s speech (see above) by an active space engineer.
Going Beyond the Status Quo in Space - Dennis Wingo, Paul Spudis, Gordon Woodcock
Our attempt to re-boot the Vision on the basis of its original mission, learning to use lunar resources to create new space capabilites.
My attempt to articulate the real problem with NASA's implementation of the Vision (hint: it's the MISSION!)
The Klaus Heiss Files - Klaus P. Heiss
Documents and reports on lunar return and settlement
Web sites and Blogs that I like to visit:
Moon 101 - A Course in Lunar Science and Exploration – Paul Spudis et al.
A course of lectures on the geology, environment, and exploration of the Moon. This link is on this web site and includes slide packages for each lecture. To watch videos of each talk, click HERE.
Surface Journal –
The definitive web site that documents the Apollo voyages of lunar exploration. Transcripts, images, videos, audios, and hundreds of other goodies. To call it simply glorious is to damn it with faint praise. It merits many hours of your web exploration time.
Gallery – Kipp
The site I always go to when I need a specific digital picture from one of the Apollo missions. A wonderful web asset.
The Project Apollo
Archive – Kipp
The larger site of which the Apollo Image Gallery is a part.
Space Exploration Resources -- Mark Robinson
Great site of an active lunar scientist containing Don Wilhelms' out-of-print classic "Geologic History of the Moon", the Howard Wilshire lunar rock thin section slide collection, and many other important lunar resources. The author is also the PI on the imaging system to be flown on the upcoming (2008) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
Lunar and Planetary
Institute, Houston TX
resource center for the planetary science community and the
specific sub-areas linked below are relevant to lunar
Telescopic and spacecraft collections of lunar images and maps. A treasure chest of great data.
A general, tutorial site for students and the public on what we learned about the Moon from each mission and mission series.
An index page leading the surfer to a variety of lunar data at the LPI web site.
A collection of historical documents, covering over 40 years, that outline plans, rationales, and strategies for exploring the Moon. An essential reference collection.
Don Davis –
my favorite space artists and one of the best at rendering the
difficult and hard-to-accurately portray Moon.
Pat Rawlings –
A superb space artist, specializing in depictions of future lunar exploration activities.
of key historical documents, including those relevant to
Apollo and subsequent lunar exploration.
Lunar Photo of the
Day -- Charles Wood
site that puts up a new image of the Moon every day, some
Out of the Cradle --
Rob Wilson and Mark Trulson
General space news site and blog.
Curmudgeon's Corner -- Mark Whittington
A blog about space, lunar return, and more.
blog site, originally created to follow the (always
interesting) machinations of former NASA Administrator Dan
Goldin, but since broadened into a (more or less) mainstream
space news site. I
go here at least once a day and usually find that Keith has
linked to some article or piece that I’ve somehow missed.
News site for all aspects of space.
Internet and syndicated radio show, featuring detailed dialogues with various space personalities, including your humble web host.
National educational organization, teaching children the fundamentals and the dreams of spaceflight.