The Emergency

Current Update:  Consider MARS. . .Curiosity. . .and the photo showing hardware dumped for the mission.

Now read NASA’s “Recommendations to Space-Faring Entities.” 

22 pages of “Artifacts” and 18 pages of “Additional Assets” Left On The Moon (please read this sentence again and think).

And remember, this is only what the United States has dumped in the wilderness.

Now. . .with this thought in mind, consider why I call this an EMERGENCY.

Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, National Marine Sanctuary, Denali, Serengeti, Victoria Falls, Himalayas, Murray River, Australian Outback, Andes Mountains, Yangtze River, Nile River, Ganges River, Siberia, Costa Rica Rainforest, Amazon River, The Alps, Antarctica, Isle of Skye, Death Valley, Point Reyes National Seashore, Blue Ridge Mountains, Rockies, Kalahari. . .Moon Wilderness Park. . .(see World National Parks)

Imagine if these Wild Places and many more had not been Preserved

Imagine if one of the Worlds’ Most Beloved Sanctuaries was Destroyed

Imagine one of the Most Beautiful Parks on Earth and it Isn’t Even on Earth

This Pristine Wilderness is in Great Danger and Needs to be Preserved!

Have You Been Paying Attention to the Assault on the Moon?

GRAIL (2011)

{This will “rewrite the book” on the Moon. . .and scatter the torn pages across the landscape}

Attack Date:  October 9, 2009

{Imagine Dropping a Nuclear Bomb on Yosemite}

Watch the Kaguya (Japan) crash into the Wilderness

Signs of Water have Already Been Found! (so why pollute it?)

NASA Plans

“LCROSS [Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite] will guide an empty Centaur rocket weighing two tons toward its target. The rocket will crash into the crater at 5,600 mph, creating a new crater – perhaps as large as 5 miles wide. The crash is scheduled to occur Oct. 9.  Scientists on Earth expect the impact to blast out a huge cloud of dust, gas and vaporized water ice at least 6 miles high. The cloud will be clearly visible to astronomers at Earth-bound observatories and the Hubble Space Telescope’s new planetary camera, allowing each to observe and collect data on its composition.”

~SF Chronicle, June 18, 2009.  And see the BBC story of the launch.

China Plans

“BEIJING — Chang’e-1, China’s first lunar probe, impacted the moon at 4:13 pm Beijing Time (0813 GMT) Sunday, said sources with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.  The satellite ended its 16-month mission Sunday when it hit the lunar surface at 1.50 degrees south latitude and 52.36 degrees east longitude. . .  This was the first phase of China’s three-stage moon mission, which will lead to a landing and launch of a rover vehicle around 2012.”  [Chang’e means “Moon Goddess”]

~China Daily, March 1, 2009

Russia Plans

“MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) – Russia plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon by 2025 and establish a permanent manned base there in 2027-2032, the head of the space agency said Friday.  Anatoly Perminov said that in accordance with Russia’s space program through 2040, a manned flight to Mars will be carried out after 2035.  He said that toward the end of this year, Russia will have 103 satellites in orbit, up from the current 95.”

~Rianovosti, August 31, 2007

India Plans

“India has successfully launched its first mission to the Moon.  The unmanned Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft blasted off smoothly from a launch pad in southern Andhra Pradesh to embark on a two-year mission of exploration. . .

One key objective will be to search for surface or sub-surface water-ice on the Moon, especially at the poles.  Another will be to detect Helium 3, an isotope which is rare on Earth, but is sought to power nuclear fusion and could be a valuable source of energy in future.

The Indian experiments include a 30kg probe that will be released from the mothership to slam into the lunar surface. The Moon Impact Probe (MIP) will record video footage on the way down and measure the composition of the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere.  It will also drop the Indian flag on the surface of the Moon. The country’s tricolour is painted on the side of the probe and, if successful, India will become the fourth country after the US, Russia and Japan to place its national flag on the lunar surface.”  [Chandrayaan means “Moon Craft” in Sanskrit]

~BBC News, October 22, 2008

Update:  India has lost contact with the Chandrayaan (if it crashes, what will be the impact–no pun intended!)

Japan Plans

“Japan’s $500 million Kaguya moon mission will end with a suicidal plunge into the lunar surface Wednesday, an impact that may be visible through large telescopes in Asia and Australia.  The violent demise was orchestrated by ground controllers to dispose of the spacecraft before it runs out of fuel.

Officials at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency estimate the Kaguya probe will impact the moon at about 1830 GMT (2:30 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, or about 3:30 a.m. Japanese time Thursday.

Kaguya will fire its engine for the last time at about 1740 GMT, slowing the probe’s velocity by about 6 mph to target a location in the moon’s southern hemisphere. The expected impact site is near a feature called Gill Crater positioned near the lower right corner of the moon’s near side as viewed from Earth, according to JAXA.

The site will be in darkness near the terminator at the predicted time of impact.

The moon will be visible from much of Asia and Australia as Kaguya hits the surface. There is a chance the flash of the impact could be observed through large telescopes in those regions, according to Shin-ichi Sobue, a member of the mission’s operations team.

“The Japanese public wishes to see the Kaguya impact from observatories,” he said.

Scientists will also look for material launched high above the surface by the collision.

A similar impact in 2006 by Europe’s SMART 1 satellite was detected by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Astronomers there observed the flash of the impact and the resulting dust cloud.

Kaguya, which is about the size of a sports utility vehicle, is currently circling the moon in a ground-hugging orbit that takes the spacecraft within about 10 miles of the surface during each circuit.

Two previous burns lowered the spacecraft’s orbit from its operational altitude of about 60 miles.

Engineers expect the probe will hit the moon at a low angle as it speeds horizontally at about 4,000 miles per hour. The low angle means Kaguya’s vertical speed is much lower, causing it to carve out a small crater and only excavate a modest amount of ejecta, the bits of rock and dust thrown above the surface by impacts.”

~Spaceflight Now.com, June 9, 2009

UK Plans

“That strategy aims to have a plan for UK involvement in the global Moon exploration effort being discussed by the world’s major space agencies by 2012.

The NASA/BNSC robotic lunar mission is likely to be based on the UK’s proposed Moon Lightweight Interior and Telecoms Experiment (MoonLITE) mission.

The BNSC says: “The proposed next steps involve an international scientific ‘peer review’ and a more detailed technical study of MoonLITE leading to a definitive cost estimate before a decision to go ahead is taken.”

MoonLITE is defined as an orbiter for testing lunar telecommunications technologies that would also fire penetrator devices into the Moon’s surface for studying its geology.”

~Flightglobal.com, February 18, 2008

Germany Plans

“Germans Going For A Moon Landing, Fueled By Astrium.”  Astrium has been commissioned by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to conduct a study for the testing of future moon landings.

The aim is to prove the technological feasibility of a soft and precise robotic landing on the moon. Astrium has been selected due to the company’s technical expertise, with a strong foundation to design and implement such a mission. . .The program makes a significant contribution to positioning Germany as a systems leader for future European moon landing missions. The first trial flights of the demonstrator could take place as early as 2012 and represent a vital step in the development of European moon landing capabilities.”

~Satnews.com, June 8, 2009

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And read this very disturbing article from The Asia Magazine

and this other one:  “Fighting for First Dibs”

And, this could almost be funny, Moon as a Trash Can, if it wasn’t NASA’s dream.

Real Lunacy!  (Development of the Moon)

One Major Reason for the Moon Park: Watch this video from the “Moonies” (Moon Society) arguing, among other looney things, that “God gave us the Moon” — to Colonize and Develop–as a stepping stone (sound like “Manifest Destiny”?–What if Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon had simply been left for the colonizers and developers?)

The Lumber Industry of Space:  National Space Society.  “The Vision of NSS is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.”

Is NASA carrying on George W. Bush’s “American Moon” plan?  Moon as “launching point.”  “We choose to explore space because doing so improves our lives, and lifts our national spirit”  – President George W. Bush – January 14, 2004

A hopeful sign?  Obama reigning back NASA, a little.

On a Positive Note?  Buzz Aldrin on the future of space missions:

NYT magazine:  “Are you saying the moon has become passé?”
Aldrin:  “It is not promising for commercial activities. It’s got science, it may have strategic values but I don’t believe it’s a requirement for Americans to be present to take advantage of the resources. Their viability can be determined by robots.”

Unfortunately, Neil (Big Boot) Armstrong thinks the Moon makes a good place to “train” and “practice”–Not simply a Giant Step but a Giant Springboard. . .he seems to see the Moon as The American Moon, as we launch off to the American Solar System, the American Galaxy, the American Universe.  We could hope for wise visionaries in the scientific exploration of the frontiers of space that belong to all and none of us.  Why be so small minded?

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