Return To the Moon
|Return to The Moon
Edited by Rick N. Tumlinson
with Erin Medlicott
Featuring articles by Alan Binder (Manager Lunar Prospector Mission), Andy Chaikin (Author A Man on the Moon), Dr. Paul Spudis (Member of the President’s Commision), Frank White (Author The Overview Effect), Courtney Stadd (Former White House staffer and NASA Deputy Administrator), Allen Steele (SF Author Clark County Space), Dr. Pete Worden (Former Brigadier General, Air Force)
Although both the public and private sectors are feeling a renewed excitement about going back to the Moon and on to Mars, the battle lines are drawn between the forces of the old school traditional NASA/aerospace community and those advocating an alternative “Frontier” approach to space. NASA has so far responded to their orders from the president with an expensive and bloated re-working of the old Apollo program, which critics such as controversial Editor Rick Tumlinson and many in this volume charge will result in yet another“flags and footprints” dead end unless dramatically changed. But there is still time and still hope that those advocating a new partnership that leads to the expanding human settlement of space can win. The differences are clear, and the winners will determine not just the future of America’s future in space, but the future of the human race.
This volume brings together some of the major top level players involved in creating this new push, and top experts from a wide variety of fields and points of view. From their different perspectives, and written in their different styles, they make the case for our return, point out different ways to do it, and explain just what to do when we get there. More than just a set of science essays, the book reaches into the core questions of why we go to places like the Moon, who will live and work there and why we should care. It is beautifully illustrated with over 30 colour images showing just what can happen on the Moon if the right choices are made. From telescopes to tourism, from pleasure domes to platinum mines, to building a new branch of humanity and saving the Earth, the case is made for our Return to the Moon - This Time to Stay!
Review by John Kelly Florida Today:
"Return to the Moon." Featuring articles by respected space journalist and author Andrew Chaikin and lunar experts like Paul Spudis, this book outlines what the various authors deem "the right way" to make sure NASA succeeds in returning to the moon before the end of the next decade as outlined in the space agency's plan to use a lunar base as a stepping stone to human expeditions to Mars. The editor of the essays are Rick Tumlinson and Erin Mendicott, board members of the Space Frontier Foundation
"MUST-BUY FIVE STAR BOOK for the SPACE ADVOCATE" - Jack Kennedy Junior (Amazon Books Review)