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December 10 – 16, 2012 / Vol 31, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA

7 Dec 2012, 21:45 UTC
December 10 – 16, 2012 / Vol 31, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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New Golden Spike Initiative Energizes ILOA Human Moon Mission Efforts
Golden Spike Company is emerging with the intention of offering routine Human expeditions to the surface of the Moon by the end of the decade. For many years the International Lunar Observatory Association has been working toward and advocating the development of an independent consortium to put Humans back on the Moon. Now, ILOA is one of 11 partners to commit to a 12-month US$1-M Human Lunar Lander study in collaboration with former Apollo Flight Director Gerry Griffin and planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern of GSC – joined by Paragon, Southwest Research Institute, Tauri Group, Masten Space Systems, United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman, Armadillo Aerospace, Zero Point Frontiers, Space Florida and Moon Express. The estimated cost for a two-person surface mission starts at US$1.4B, comparable to what some national space programs are already spending on robotic planetary science missions. GSC hopes to make 15-20 expeditions in the decade following the first landing, which is currently projected for 2020. Dawn of the new era of Lunar exploration and enterprise signaled by ILOA, GSC, the Google Lunar X Prize and other Luna-ventures should inspire 21st Century Education, advance Multi-world Property Rights, enable ...

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