Moon Society Joins The Space Exploration Alliance
By Michael Mealling
PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
Contact: Ian Randal Strock, Director of Publicity
MOON SOCIETY AND SPACE EXPLORATION ALLIANCE CALL FOR “THE MOON, MARS, AND
In an unprecedented show of unity, the Moon Society and thirteen more of
the nation's premier space advocacy groups, industry associations, and
space policy organizations have teamed up to form the Space Exploration
Alliance. The SEA's first project is to support the effort to refocus
NASA's human space activities toward exploration, including a return to the
Moon and moving on to Mars and beyond.
President Bush's “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” initiative dovetails perfectly
with the Moon Society's tenet that it doesn't take a government to launch
people into space. We echo the sentiment that NASA's proper role in the
development of space is long-term research, development, and exploration.
This initiative, a long-term, feasible plan to permanently inhabit the Moon
and send people to Mars, is precisely the type of effort for which NASA was
formed. It is the type of project that causes people to strive; a fitting
goal for a great society.
Near-term industrialization and the commercialization of space are best
left to the private sector, and in this, we applaud Scaled Composites'
upcoming first commercial launch of a manned spacecraft. It is this
commercialization to which the Moon Society strives; NASA has blazed the
trail into space, and now we expect companies to turn that trail into a
superhighway while NASA continues blazing the trail ever farther into the
The organizations involved in the SEA include: Aerospace Industries
Association, Aerospace States Association, American Astronautical Society,
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, California Space
Authority, Florida Space Authority, the Mars Society, the Moon Society,
National Coalition of Spaceport States, National Space Society, the
Planetary Society, ProSpace, Space Access Society, and Space Frontier
Collectively, these groups can count almost one million Americans as
members or as employees of member companies. Their first goal as a group is
to work for broad support of the new national vision for space exploration
outside low Earth orbit. They also intend to aggressively refute the false
impression that “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” is too expensive for this country
to take on. They will demonstrate how modest but steady growth in our
national expenditures on space can move the nation toward these important
goals, and highlight the benefits those expenditures will provide.
As space exploration becomes increasingly integrated with every aspect of
life here on Earth, this new focus on exploration will provide myriad
advances in science and technology, as well as untold economic opportunity.
It will also serve as an inspiration to our nation's youth. Given those
benefits and the many more that lie in store, this new program of human
space exploration beyond low Earth orbit is a vital link to the future of
the United States and the world.
The Moon Society is a non-profit educational and scientific foundation
formed to further scientific study and development of the Moon, located on
the web at www.MoonSociety.org. Some of the Society's goals are:
- Creating a space-faring civilization which will establish communities on the Moon.
- Promoting large-scale industrialization and private enterprise on the Moon.
- Promoting interest in the exploration, research, development, and habitation of the Moon.
- Stimulating and encouraging the development and use of space technologies on Earth and in space.
- Promoting collaboration between various societies and groups interested in developing and utilizing the Moon.
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