Lunar Odyssey

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An integrated, extensible initiative to develop a sustainable presence on the Moon.


Returning to the Moon with the objective to develop a permanent presence there, first with robots and then people, is likely to (and should) be the next major international space endeavor. Mars and the planets are appealing, but it seems plausible that the Moon will come first - not only because it’s more accessible within realistic budgets, but also and especially because there are solid business cases for the Moon, which could boost the involvement of the private sector.

We intend to play a role in exploring and settling the Moon and focus on projects able to deliver working prototypes of important aspects of settling the Moon and exploiting its resources, establish partnerships with other players, stimulate everyone’s enthusiasm for space, and recover the costs.


I have been affiliated off-and-on with the Moon Society since 1994, so I'm very happy to see this facet of space utilization getting traction here. I will help where I can!
The new book Artemis, by Andy Weir (the author of The Martian) comes out on Nov. 14. It's near-future (2080 or so) techno-thriller set in Artemis, the first and only city on the Moon, owned and managed by the Kenyan Space Corporation (KSC). How the KSC comes to create and run the first colony on the Moon is among the most interesting part of the book. Also interesting, the Artemis economy and its electronic currency "slugs" (soft-landed grams). While the slug isn't a currency but a company scrip, it's used as currency in Artemis and can be converted to national currencies. The book doesn't inspire much sense of wonder, not like for example Arthur C. Clarke's Earthlight or other golden age science fiction novels set on the Moon, but gives a detailed and plausible description of the Artemis lunar outpost, the technology used for mining and manufacturing, and the Artemis economy. Andy Weir thinks settling the Moon is the next logical step in space because business cases can be made (google recent interviews). The book seems written directly for film, and of course the film is in the works. Since most action scenes take place outside, I think the film could recover the sense of wonder missing from the book.

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