In this volume of essays, the top experts and major players behind the United States's recently renewed push to the moon fuel a growing debate over lunar exploration. The announcement in 2004 that the US would be revamping its moon program inspired both excitement about the possibilities and concern over cost and safety issues. This book takes the controversy out of the realm of pure science and into the mainstream of national debate. Lunar experts Alan Binder, Andy Chaikin, Yoji Kondo, Courtney Stadd, Frank White, and many others weigh in on the case for a return, point out the best way to do it, and speculate on what could be done with this newly obtained real estate. The essays are accompanied by illustrations of what life on the moon might look like. Contributions come from different perspectives and styles, offering a broad take on the very real possibility that humans will again walk - and work, live, and play - on the lunar landscape.
The Moon; The Next Age of Lunar Exploration; Marketplace of Competing Ideas Will Determine Alternate Futures; The Moon: A New Destination in Space for America; Manned and Robotic Explorations of Space; History and Frontiers -- What Works, What Doesn't;; Returning to the Moon Will Transform NASA; Making a Business Case for a Return to the Moon; The Extraterrestrial Enterprise; Brave New World?; LunaMars -- The Challenge; The Space Settlement Initiative; Lunar Prospector: Lessons Learned by Alan Binder, Ph.D.; A Real Return to the Moon; The New Space Revolution and Return to the Moon; Access to Luna; Lunar High-Risk Manufacture; The Future of Lunar Tourism; Asteroidal Resources and the Cis-lunar Industrial Economy; Astronomy from the Moon; The Overview Effect from the Moon; The Social and Spiritual significance of Lunar Settlement; Moon Age Daydreams; The Lunar Declaration; Moon Facts; Moon Statistics.
Rick N Tumlinson has been named one of the top 100 most influential people in the space field by Space News. He is the cofounder of the Space Frontier Foundation and was a key player in starting the lunar prospector project, which discovered hints of water on the moon. He is the executive director and cofounder of the Foundation for the International Nongovernmental Development of Space and has appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Popular Science, and dozens of other publications around the world. He has also been seen on Politically Incorrect, World News Tonight, and on CNN as a commentator on astronomy and space. He lives in North Hollywood, California. Erin Medlicott was one of the first female applicants to NASA's mission specialist program when NASA began recruiting women. She has worked at NASA editing various newsletters and has written for OMNI magazine. She lives in New York City.