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November 19 – 25, 2012 / Vol 31, No 47 / Hawai`i Island, USA

16 Nov 2012, 21:38 UTC
November 19 – 25, 2012 / Vol 31, No 47 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Hawaii to the Moon: 21st Century Pacific Aloha Space Access – Offshore
Established as a leader in Astronomy, Hawaii is now reinvesting in and recalibrating its space exploration systems analog test-site, PISCES / ILRP to provide national space agencies and commercial space enterprises the opportunity to test and improve techniques and technologies for planetary surface robotics, in situ resource utilization, skylight and lava tube exploration, and habitation in extreme environments. Now is the time for Hawaii leadership to re-imagine and renew efforts to develop Pacific Space Access by inviting and supporting proposals from Commercial launch providers to operate an Offshore Aloha Spaceport from Hilo, Hawaii or Honolulu, Oahu. At a 13 November press conference Hawaii State Senator Will Espero remarked on the potential of such endeavors to be of great benefit to the Islands if cultural and environmental considerations are respected. In memory of local hero and Challenger Astronaut Ellison Onizuka, Hawaii should strive for excellence in education, exploration and enterprise. The International Lunar Observatory Association is among many who recognize the unique advantages of geography that Hawaii holds. In addition to the unhindered flight paths and optimal latitude for launches to the Moon and beyond, Hawaii has a unique ...

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