Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 28, 2007 - Science - 352 pages
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Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon—to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role—just as they have in the development of modern commercial aeronautics and agricultural production—Schmitt believes that a fundamentally private enterprise is the only type of organization capable of sustaining such an effort and, eventually, even making it pay off.
  

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A fascinating book by an Apollo astronaut who has a Ph.D. in geology, served a term in the US Senate, and who has a good grasp of business and economics. The main purpose of the book is to sell his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tracy Black - Goodreads

Very, very informative book. It covered every aspect of a potential return to the moon. It was extremely dry though. It reads like a 328 page grant proposal. For example, the sections were labeled ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
APOLLO THE LEGACY
11
22 ORIGINS OF APOLLO
12
23 COLD WAR LEGACY
17
24 HUMAN LEGACY
18
25 SCIENTIFIC LEGACY
20
NOTES AND REFERENCES
21
THE GLOBAL FUTURE
25
841 Maximum net environmental protection weighting 3
163
843 Maximum economic benefit weighting 2
164
845 Maximum potential for space settlement weighting 2
165
85 AGGREGATE APPROACH EVALUATION
166
NOTES AND REFERENCES
167
MANAGEMENT LESSONS FROM APOLLO
169
92 APOLLO MANAGEMENT
170
922 The fire
177

32 IN THE BOX ENERGY SOURCES
28
322 Nuclear fission
31
323 Terrestrial solar power
34
324 Conservation
36
325 The portfolio approach
37
33 OUT OF THE BOX ENERGY SOURCES
38
331 Hydrogen
40
333 Space solar energy
42
334 Lunar helium3 fusion
43
NOTES AND REFERENCES
47
BOOSTER MOON ROCKET ECONOMICS
53
42 THE SATURN VI
54
422 Booster operational costs
57
43 ALTERNATIVES TO A SATURN VI
59
432 Energia
60
NOTES AND REFERENCES
61
FUSION HELIUM3 POWER ECONOMICS
63
52 POTENTIAL APPROACHES TO FUSION POWER
64
522 Helium3 and deuteriumhelium3 fusion
65
523 Hydrogenboron11 fusion
67
53 ECONOMICS OF DEUTERIUMHELIUM3 FUSION
68
54 SUMMARY
73
NOTES AND REFERENCES
74
LUNAR HELIUM3 ECONOMICS
77
62 GEOLOGY OF LUNAR HELIUM
80
622 Helium3 in the regolith
84
624 Regolith breccia vs regolith fines
86
625 Helium concentration vs grain size
88
626 Agitation losses
89
627 Summary
92
632 Mining analysis
93
633 Miningprocessing costs
96
NOTES AND REFERENCES
99
SETTLEMENT HELIUM3 PRODUCTION ECONOMICS
109
72 MINING PROCESSING AND REFINING
111
722 Equipment design
114
A SPECIAL PROBLEM
123
74 THERMAL AND ELECTRICAL POWER
124
741 Solar energy
125
743 Nuclear fission
127
76 RISK MANAGEMENT
129
77 EMPLOYEE SELECTION AND TRAINING
131
78 EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION
133
710 PRODUCTION ECONOMICS
134
7101 Nonrecurring costs for initiating helium3 production
135
7102 Summary
142
NOTES AND REFERENCES
143
ORGANIZATIONAL OPTIONS FOR A RETURN
149
82 FINANCING
153
822 Minimum tax revenues required weighting 1
155
825 Maximum financing feasibility weighting 3
156
827 Minimum operating costs weighting 3
157
83 MANAGEMENT
158
831 Minimum complexity of management weighting 3
159
834 Quality in planning RDTE production and operations weighting 2
160
837 Quality in financial controls weighting 2
161
838 Quality of workforce weighting 2
162
923 Professional values and consequences
181
924 Internal engineering capability
185
925 Competitive development of critical systems
186
926 Value of youth
187
928 Political support
188
93 ESSENTIAL CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESS
191
NOTES AND REFERENCES
193
RESTRUCTURING FOR DEEP SPACE
197
101 NASA IN POLITICAL TERMS
198
102 MANAGEMENT RESTRUCTURING
202
103 CENTERS ROLES AND MISSIONS
205
104 LONG DURATION SPACE SHUTTLE
208
105 NASA AND SPACE TOURISM
210
106 AERONAUTICS
214
107 SPACE BIOMEDICINE
217
108 SPACE LAUNCH INITIATIVE
222
109 SPACE SCIENCE
230
1010 MAJOR RECENT EVENTS
236
NOTES AND REFERENCES
238
INVESTORS THE BEST APPROACH
239
112 COMMERCIAL PRECEDENTS IN SPACE
241
1122 Other commercial space endeavors
242
1131 Diagnostic medical isotope production
245
1132 Neutron diagnostic imaging
250
1134 Detection of landmines and other threats
252
1136 Mobile power sources
253
SATURN VI AND LUNAR PRODUCTION
255
116 MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
259
1161 Organization
260
1162 Internal financial and technical controls
264
1163 Modern management techniques
265
1165 Launch and space operations
267
117 ANCILLARY BUSINESSES
268
118 SUMMARY
270
NOTES AND REFERENCES
271
LAW SPACE RESOURCES
275
122 RELEVANT LAW AND PRECEDENTS
277
124 SPACE LAW
280
1242 Moon Agreement of 1979
286
1243 Intelsat and Inmarsat
289
126 UNITED STATES SPACE LAW
291
128 CONCLUSION
295
NOTES AND REFERENCES
296
HUMANS ROLES IN SPACE
299
132 ADAPTATION TO SPACE
303
1321 Physiological adaptation
305
1322 Lunar habitats and spacesuits
312
1323 Cultural and social adaptation
313
133 SPACE RADIATION
315
134 DUST
317
136 FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
318
NOTES AND REFERENCES
319
IMPLICATIONS
325
REFERENCES
328
INDEX
329
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Harrison Schmitt is, as of this date, the 12th and last human to have stepped on the Moon. As an astronaut, pilot, geologist, academic, businessman, and United States Senator, he has had a distinguished career in science and technology practice and policy. Schmitt was the first scientist to go into space specifically to explore the Moon as the Lunar Module Pilot and field geologist on the last Lunar Mission, Apollo 17. He is active in private and government sponsored research into a return to the Moon, and in fusion technologies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is Adjunct Professor of Engineering. In his role as a Senator (R-NM, 1977-1983) he was chairman of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space.

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