I’m Officially Part of the MyMoon Street Team! December 30, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I, MyMoon , add a comment
I am now officially a member of the MyMoon Street Team!
I’ll be blogging, tweeting, and representin’ on all things lunar as part of their efforts to get people really talking about the Moon.
My first blog over there has a Christmas theme to it…check it out:
And keep an eye out for many more musings on all things Moon! I’ll post a link to each new one here at the ‘old haunt’, too :)
And don’t be shy…come join the co-Moon-ity fray over there and get some blogs out there yourself! :)
It’s Luna C/I’s Third Anniversary! :) April 2, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I , add a comment
Three years ago today, I started up Luna C/I with a simple post called Magnificent Desolation.
“One small post for a blog…one giant leap for this blogger.”
Little did I know how much that would pan out. I’ve gone from a freshly-minted urban planning graduate to, now, having just started a grad certificate in web development. That little post has represented the first step on not just one, but several significant paths for me; and I’m much the better for it, with an exciting road ahead :)
As the Google Lunar X PRIZE heats up and space tourism starts breaking on the horizon, and as I pick up a whole new set of nifty skills to augment my experience, this should prove to be an awesome, interesting, and upward-and-onwards year here at Luna C/I…so strap in, keep an eye on that super Moon of ours, and get ready as the engines of the lunar frontier era take flight :)
A Look at NASA’s Awesome Lunar Social Media Site—MyMoon! March 1, 2011Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I, MyMoon, social media , 1 comment so far
It’s time for a look at the NASA Lunar and Planetary Institute’s slick, energetic, and cutting-edge social media site: MyMoon!
Gritty, fun, and borderline spastic, the site is set up to serve as a fun destination for discussion of all things lunar.
An overview of the cornucopia of things up on the site:
- A community blogging network
- A page on world lunar tales, in audio, with the option to submit your own
- An exhibit on the “sometimes snarky” “master of the zinger” Galileo Galelei
- A warped lunar exploration timeline, in video, from their local ‘truthiness expert’ Chuck the Squirrel
- An interactive 3D Moon Globe
- A T-shirt contest
- Interactive webcasts and news
- A candid and entertaining About Us page
- And more!
It’s a fun place to explore, and it’s great to have a social spot for all things lunar—so check it out (and keep a tab on their blog for updates)! The Moon’s a surprisingly personal thing to many people (“NASA is bombing the moon? WTF?!” was a common response to the LCROSS impact mission, especially as it caught fire on Twitter), so social moon destinations will be interesting places to track as this chapter in space develops…
International Space Transport Association Launched! September 17, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : 1967 Outer Space Treaty, International Space Trade Association, Luna C/I, space law , add a comment
Commercial space now has its own international trade organization—the International Space Transport Association (ISTA)!
A concept that had tried to get off the ground as early as 1997, the organization was officially launched today to help develop both the international space industry and, more specifically, the arguably sparse laws regarding it.
An interesting patch of the press release, as highlighted by NASA Watch:
“”One of the main goals of the International Space Transport Association is to facilitate the development of new regulations for the commercial space industry, which will help establish a more precise responsibility and liability structure, in line with UN resolution 2222-XXI Art VI.” -Press Release
That UN Resolution is the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the (currently) definitive document governing outer space law.
“States Parties to the Treaty shall bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, whether such activities are carried on by governmental agencies or by non-governmental entities, and for assuring that national activities are carried out in conformity with the provisions set forth in the present Treaty. The activities of non-governmental entities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty. When activities are carried on in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, by an international organization, responsibility for compliance with this Treaty shall be borne both by the international organization and by the States Parties to the Treaty participating in such organization.” – 1967 Outer Space Treaty
In short, states are responsible not only for their own actions in space, but for the actions of organizations (companies, etc. ) from their state, in terms of compliance to the treaty. (Here’s a good, quick overview of the treaty.)
So, the ISTA lists a main goal to be clearing up this definition of liability.
The formation of the ISTA marks an interesting step forward towards more specific governance of space (including, of course, the Moon). NASA Watch’s Marc Boucher voices some skepticism about the organization’s lasting power, but even if other organizations and approaches toward further space law develop, it’s a milestone towards more concrete regulation.
For more on the European-based ISTA (including an intro video and nuggets on its structure and various subgroups for different space topics), check out their website.
Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #28 September 3, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : Google Lunar X Prize, Google Lunar X Prize Roundup, Luna C/I , add a comment
After some technical downtime here, as well as personal travel and other technical difficulties (I finally set aside time in a crazy week to do a post…and that’s when Twitter’s lists went down temporarily. Doh!), I’m finally able to bunker down and get a mondo-sized Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup out :)
This roundup’s going to cover the month-long period of July 20th-August 20th, with Roundup #29 (coming shortly) covering the 20th-27th.
So, without further ado, here’s a whole month of GLXP highlights. A lot of technical advancement can be seen…it feels like the competition is rounding a new corner. Exciting! :) Check out the whole lowdown:
- Next Giant Leap and Astrobotic are both seeking awards from NASA’s big new $30.1 million for lunar data! GLXP Gal Amanda Stiles posted a neat feature article on NASA’s move, and GLXP guy Will Pomerantz also blogged about it :)
- Team ARCA‘s Mission 4 was postponed to October after a balloon problem on their attempt. Here’s the mission overview and the initial computer animation.
- Team FREDNET tested components of their rover on a balloon flight (more on the components)! They also blogged video updates on their rover’s progress, a look at lunar squirrel cages and a presentation in Spanish :)
- Team Omega Envoy began construction on their lunar lander prototype, and also announced they’ll have a Honeybee Robotics payload on the lander!
- Team Part Time Scientists‘ rover came to life with its first steps, and they also blogged about it’s brain. (“It’s alive!”) They were also interviewed by Evadot!
- Team White Label Space established themselves as a Foundation, and partnered with Advanced Composites! They were also interviewed by the Asia Times regarding the impact of the upcoming Russian/Indian Chandrayaan-2 and blogged about the mission structure of the NASA Surveyor program, the leader of partner Lunar Numbat’s upcoming TEDx talk,
- Team SELENE blogged all about their weather balloon project: technical progress, fun parachute tests, preparation,the Wilson cloud chamber design and related atom physics! They also featured an article from the Asia Times about GLXP goings-on and blogged more about thelunar mail-by-cannon concept :)
- Team Astrobotic blogged about lunar excavators they are developing, attitude control testing, ramp deployment without motors,. Also, their leader (David Gump) was interviewed for a Carnegie Mellon podcast on the team, the Pittsburgh Tribune featured the team’s multiple award goals, and they were also featured by MSNBC.
- Team Synergy Moon partnered with Aerogels Australia B&C! They also posted photos of a model of their rover.
- Team Barcelona Moon added the Technical University of Catalonia to their team! They (and team FREDNET) were also featured on Spanish TV.
- The New York Times featured Google’s GLXP point gal, Tiffany Montague!
- New Scientist featured 11 total teams in a slideshow article!
I’ll have Roundup #29 posted this weekend as well, and next week the Roundups will be back on their weekly rotation :)
Back and Rolling :) August 10, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I , add a comment
Site move’s all settled, so after that week off I’m back and rolling :)
I’ll have a $30 million update and a mondo-sized Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup over the next few days, so stay tuned, and keep an eye out for little revamps here and there with the shiny new digs :D
Technical Downtime :) July 27, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I , add a comment
I’m going to be moving the site over to a different hosting source this week, so I’ll be back next week (or sooner, if it turns out to be quick and easy) with regular updates, a 2-week edition of the Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup, and some early revamps/expansions of the site :)
In the meantime, keep an eye on my Twitter page :)
Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #20 May 25, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : Google Lunar X Prize, Google Lunar X Prize Roundup, Luna C/I , 4comments
- Team Astrobotic‘s third prototype sprang into life! Check out the video of it in action :)
- MIT students working with Next Giant Leap showed their work to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Pretty cool :)
Check out my Twitter GLXP List for a lot of these updates as they come in real-time…if you have any additions for it or related sources you think I should keep tabs on, drop me a line in the comments below :)
Today is Luna C/I's Second Anniversary :) April 2, 2010Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I , add a comment
Today marks the second birthday for Luna C/I! :) Really snuck up on me this time.
From its humble fumbling-in-the-dark beginnings on Blogspot, Luna C/I’s come a long way. Now settled into a comfortable lunar trajectory, Luna C/I’s ready to take this momentum and carry in into big things. Good as things are now, I plan to inject serious propulsion towards what this site can achieve. Going to be an exciting third year :)
But, for now, some Luna C/I highlights of the past year:
- Started a highly successful new series, the Google Lunar X PRIZE roundups, covering each week’s tidbits from across the GLXP spectrum.
- Posted what I believe to be my best post: Moon Colonization: An American Historical Perspective, for the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing
- Started a new series on selenography, Orbiting Atlas
- Began volunteering here in Portland at OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), for their awesome Space: A Journey to Our Future exhibit :) Starting to poke my way into real-world space goodness… (my background’s a dusty bachelor’s in Urban Planning; no fancy space universities or mission experience yet :) )
Ton of exciting news this year, from the mammoth discoveries of lunar water to Obama’s overhaul of NASA and private space.
Though, again, as great as this past year has been, I think it’ll pale in comparison to what I might be cooking up in year three…so, stay tuned;we’ve barely entered lunar trajectory yet :)
Today is Luna C/I's One Year Anniversary! April 2, 2009Posted by Nick Azer in : Luna C/I , add a comment
One year ago today, I went off on a limb and did my first-ever post at the old Luna C/I Blogger site.
Little did I know just how immediate and big the subject was once I first got in; a good thing, to be sure :) It’s been a surprising and exciting education so far, and I’m really glad to have strapped myself onto this rocket when I did. Who know whats worlds this blog will have taken me to, a year from now…
Some of the highlights of this first year:
- The first Luna C/I film, “The Base Race: An Introduction to Moon Colonization 2004-2030“;
- My MoonPop series on the Moon and lunar colonization in pop culture, which ran weekly for quite some time;
- The Picture of the Week series that I ran until moving over here to WordPress;
- The moment I suddenly realised just how much visibility I had with this little project of mine (I was seriously shocked! :) );
- And a really simple post that completely shattered all my records for hits (almost had a heart attack when I saw how high the stats were, haha)
It’s been a fun and pivotal year in my life, and the great thing about this subject is I know this blog will be around for many more–there’s only going to be more and more news from this point going forward, as the base race and the private space boom really begin to heat up over the next 2-10 years :) It’s going to be a blast, and I hope you’re here along with me for it.