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Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space

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The Moon is not just a "local" destination, argues former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt. As a destination, the Moon presents us with a goal that tests our resourcefulness and determination. How much are we willing to spend to re-establish ourselves as space-farers? Return to the Moon proposes that we begin planning, and now, for the establishment of human outposts on the Moon — not just as an exercise in technology and discovery, and not just as a way of fulfilling our destiny as explorers and pioneers. Schmitt, having himself traveled to and literally walked on the Moon, is no stranger to technology, discovery, and a sense of our destiny as explorers; but in this book he focuses on a return to the moon as a business proposition.

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Schmitt was an Apollo 17 astronaut who used his training as a geologist to analyze the samples he collected while on the moon for three days in December 1972. To his credit, he's only gone up from there (well, not literally), serving as a U.S. Senator, teaching at the U. of Wisconsin, and working as a consultant in space policy. In this volume Schmitt lays forth a detailed plan for the feasibility of locating energy producing centers on the moon by producing helium-3, and ultimately, of the usefulness of lunar habitation. Though the geologic, scientific, and economic bases of his arguments are described systematically and at length, serious amateurs of the study of space, as well as specialists, will find his argument clear. Copernicus Books is an imprint of Springer Science+Business Media.
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Schmitt was an Apollo 17 astronaut who used his training as a geologist to analyze the samples he collected while on the moon for three days in December 1972. To his credit, he's only gone up from there (well, not literally), serving as a U.S. Senator, teaching at the U. of Wisconsin, and working as a consultant in space policy. In this volume Schmitt lays forth a detailed plan for the feasibility of locating energy producing centers on the moon by producing helium-3, and ultimately, of the usefulness of lunar habitation. Though the geologic, scientific, and economic bases of his arguments are described systematically and at length, serious amateurs of the study of space, as well as specialists, will find his argument clear. Copernicus Books is an imprint of Springer Science+Business Media. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The key question behind Harrison Schmitt's RETURN TO THE MOON is: What unifying constant is going to animate and sustain the next great push into space by the United States? In a word, Schmitt's answer is that the need for new sources of energy is what will drive the U.S., and the rest of the industrialized nations on earth, back into space, and more specifically back to the moon. What Schmitt envisions is a scenario in which private industry will turn the moon into the richest energy source humans have ever mined. As he sees it, twenty-five years from now there should be a permanent human settlement on the Moon, supported by commercial operations producing helium-3 for terrestrial fusion electrical power. Other resources would be sold for use in space. Helium-3, a lighter and non-radioactive form of ordinary helium, would be shipped to Earth to support a rapidly growing demand for clean energy.

Synopsis:

Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon--to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role--just as they have in the development of modern commercial aeronautics and agricultural production--Schmitt believes that a fundamentally private enterprise is the only type of organization capable of sustaining such an effort and, eventually, even making it pay off.

Synopsis:

The Moon is not just a local destination, argues former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt. As a destination, the Moon presents us with a goal that tests our resourcefulness and determination. How much are we willing  to spend to re-establish ourselves as space-farers? Return to the Moon proposes that we begin planning, and now, for the establishment of human outposts on the Moon not just as an exercise in technology and discovery, and not just as a way of fulfilling our destiny as explorers and pioneers. Schmitt, having himself traveled to and literally walked on the Moon, is no stranger to technology, discovery, and a sense of our destiny as explorers; but in this book he focuses on a return to the moon as a business proposition.

About the Author

Harrison Schmitt is, as of this date, the 12th and last human to have stepped on the Moon. As an astronaut, pilot, geologist, academic, businessman, and United States Senator, he has had a distinguished career in science and technology practice and policy. Schmitt was the first scientist to go into space specifically to explore the Moon as the Lunar Module Pilot and field geologist on the last Lunar Mission, Apollo 17. He is active in private and government sponsored research into a return to the Moon, and in fusion technologies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is Adjunct Professor of Engineering. In his role as a Senator (R-NM, 1977-1983) he was chairman of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 25 Years from Today.- The Legacy of Apollo: The geopolitical, cultural, and scientific legacy of Apollo, including the discovery of lunar energy resources.- Global Energy in the 21st Century: The increasing future demand for energy and the alternatives to meet that demand including lunar Helium-3 fusion.- Fundamentals of Helium-3 Fusion: The basic principles of Helium-3 fusion including its advantages and disadvantages relative to other energy alternatives.- Lunar Helium-3 Resources: How much we know about the concentration, distribution, and geology of lunar Helium-3 and related resources.- Economic Approaches to a Return to the Moon: Comparison of various combinations of private, federal, and international approaches to funding and managing a return to the Moon.- Lessons from Apollo Management: The nature of the Apollo management system and the lessons that can be drawn from its successes and failures.- Private Business/Investor Approach: The details and milestones in a private business and investor-based approach to a return to the Moon.- Bridging Businesses: Bridging businesses that apply helium-3 fusion technologies; in particular, positron emitting isotope production for medical diagnostics (PET), and a general discussion of other, follow-on bridging businesses.- Lunar Resource Production Operations: The essential elements of the initiation and early operation of a lunar resource production and processing endeavor.- Ancillary Businesses: The use of technologies developed for accessing and using lunar Helium-3 for space exploration, astronomy from the Moon, space tourism, diversion of asteroids and comets, and national security.- Space Law Related to Lunar Resources: Lunar resource development in the context of international law and specifically of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967.- Human vs Machine Roles in Space Exploration and Development: The relative merits of human and robotic systems in space.- Long-term Implications: The long-term implications of the development of lunar resources on the betterment of the human condition, the advancement of civilization, the settlement of space, and the defense of the Earth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387242859
Author:
Schmitt, Harrison H
Publisher:
Copernicus Books
Foreword by:
Armstrong, Neil
Foreword:
Armstrong, Neil
Author:
Schmitt, Harrison
Author:
Schmitt, Harrison J.
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Space flight to the moon
Subject:
Moon
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
lunar colony
Subject:
man on the Moon
Subject:
moon colony
Subject:
Popular Science in Astronomy
Subject:
Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences
Subject:
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
Subject:
Physics-Astrophysics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1st ed. 2006. Corr. 2nd printing 2006
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1480 gr

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"Synopsis" by , The key question behind Harrison Schmitt's RETURN TO THE MOON is: What unifying constant is going to animate and sustain the next great push into space by the United States? In a word, Schmitt's answer is that the need for new sources of energy is what will drive the U.S., and the rest of the industrialized nations on earth, back into space, and more specifically back to the moon. What Schmitt envisions is a scenario in which private industry will turn the moon into the richest energy source humans have ever mined. As he sees it, twenty-five years from now there should be a permanent human settlement on the Moon, supported by commercial operations producing helium-3 for terrestrial fusion electrical power. Other resources would be sold for use in space. Helium-3, a lighter and non-radioactive form of ordinary helium, would be shipped to Earth to support a rapidly growing demand for clean energy.
"Synopsis" by , Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon--to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role--just as they have in the development of modern commercial aeronautics and agricultural production--Schmitt believes that a fundamentally private enterprise is the only type of organization capable of sustaining such an effort and, eventually, even making it pay off.
"Synopsis" by , The Moon is not just a local destination, argues former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt. As a destination, the Moon presents us with a goal that tests our resourcefulness and determination. How much are we willing  to spend to re-establish ourselves as space-farers? Return to the Moon proposes that we begin planning, and now, for the establishment of human outposts on the Moon not just as an exercise in technology and discovery, and not just as a way of fulfilling our destiny as explorers and pioneers. Schmitt, having himself traveled to and literally walked on the Moon, is no stranger to technology, discovery, and a sense of our destiny as explorers; but in this book he focuses on a return to the moon as a business proposition.
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