Web Links for Lunar Settlement
Public-Interest Space Organizations
The membership of most of these groups is open to any interested person.
They offer useful opportunities for meeting pro-space people & carrying
out activities. Usefully, activities officially adopted by many of these
organizations may be covered under tax-exempt non-profit status, US
501(c)3 or the like.
- The National Space Society is one of
the leading organizations of the space movement. While its lack of a
consistent, coherent approach to space issues is disappointing, it has three
strong marks in its favour : a focus on space settlement, a strong network
of local chapters (including several outside the United States), & its
annual International Space Development Conference.
- The Planetary Society is
larger than NSS, but has less of a focus on human activity in space, being
interested in pure exploration rather than development. It has, however,
a laudable policy of direct action, which has led it to conduct such
activities as funding searches for near-Earth objects, & even launching
a solar-sail space probe.
- The Moon Society is smaller than
either of the two leading space enthusiast organizations, but (with its
affiliated organizations, including several NSS chapters) quite active &
strongly directed toward lunar settlement & development. It is the
successor of the defunct Artemis Society.
- The OpenLuna Foundation is a new
organization committed to pursuing human lunar activities as part of the
so-called new-space movement, using social technology with an open-source
approach. As such, it is closely aligned with the Project.
Government Space Agencies
- The Web presence of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration is something of a metaphor for the
agency itself — the vast amount of information presented could be
enormously useful, but is rendered almost inaccessible by the complexity of
its arrangement. The best advice is to use an external search engine.
Educational and Informational Resources
- The NASA Technical Reports
Server has a vast catalogue of records, & a smaller but still huge
collection of of full-text downloads, of publications by NASA personnel or
prepared under NASA supervision & funding. These range from conference
pre-prints to massive multi-volume reports, with especially useful coverage
in the Contractor Report (CR), Research Publication (RP), Technical Note (TN),
& Technical Translation (TT) series. As the collections of the
predecessor National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics are also included,
some materials go back to the 1920s. One drawback is that most older
material is presented as monochrome scans, so illustrations other than line
drawings suffer badly.
- Under "About
Space", the National Space Society web site presents a large library
of useful documents, including a number of entire books for reading on-line
or download, as well as several themed pages with brief summaries of &
links to the most relevant or accessible materials.
- The Lunar and Planetary Institute
of the Universities Space Research
Association is something of a clearing house for planetary science
research. Among the information available from its Web site is a large
collection of lunar maps.
- The Moon Society has made
available for download materials including extracts from its (somewhat
eccentric, but valuable) publication Moon Miners' Manifesto,
presentations on relevant topics, & a variety of printable items such
as bookmarks& calendars.
- Among the many interesting things published by
John Walker (probably best known as one
of the developers of AutoCAD) are the useful
Home Planet, &
Earth & Moon Viewer