Bulletin#6

Dear Fellow Lunar Enthusiasts,

It’s nice to see that science might be an instigator of peace. Even though there’s been much strife recently between the USA and Russia with regard to the Crimea, the ISS remains a fully supported experiment in the skies. As the astronauts keep saying, from space, they can see no visible borders. With a colony on the Moon, political strife will likely be the least of their concerns so they just might be the catalyst for even deeper peace accords on Earth.

At the Lunar Colony Fund we’ve been receiving more and more queries and offers of support. Let’s keep this progress alive. Continue to network and outreach to anyone interested in establishing a colony of people beyond the Earth’s surface. Have them send us an email; we’re happy to respond to all inquiries.

Mark Mortimer
President
Lunar Colony Fund

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Logbook #11

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Le chapitre 11

Valentina brought the Council to order. While it could seem overblown to have the four of them establish a governance structure, they were expecting more colonists. And not too long into the future. On Earth, they had been encouraged to be independent once on the Moon. One realization that they had was that they could not rely upon any far-away judicial system. Nor did they think that any established system was wholly applicable to their situation. Hence, weekly, they sat about their round table and held council to keep their affairs in order.

“First” she began, “let’s go over the sustenance list”.

Air, water and food were their base survival requirements. They had to keep on top of the amounts or their stay would be at an end and so might they.

“Jean”, she asked “how’s the air supply”.

His response was the same as it had been last week. “Nominal.” he intoned “We’ve used up 3% of our provisions. On a more upbeat note, our greenhouse has sprouted leaves. While I can’t measure the amount yet, I suspect that the plants are providing a small amount. We’re online to get the expected 25% of our oxygen needs from them within 3 weeks.”

This was great news as their goal of self-sufficiency meant they had to replace Earth’s biological cycle in whatever way possible.

“Well done” she answered. “I’ve tested the breakdown of the local ores to release their bound oxygen and while it’s possible, the process is hugely energy intensive and would require more infrastructure than we have available. So mining oxygen from the regolith is still a long term goal”.

She didn’t bother mentioning the need for the safe arrival of the resupply vessel next month. Its precious content of food, water and oxygen was crucial.

“How about our water supply?” she carried on.

Again, Jean tracked this resource. “Well, we’re at nominal consumption for this also. Our little robot has been diligently bringing back surface material samples from all the sited locations. It’s a bit tricky as the most likely reservoirs of water/ice on the Moon lie deep in dark chasms. So we’re having challenges in getting the robot to them. To date, a few sites look promising enough to warrant a second visit but none have enough water/ice to attempt a prospecting mission.” He ended with a sideways look at Xu. He didn’t believe she’d let them out of the habitat module anytime soon. At least not before Valentina was capably and comfortably moving around again he concluded. So any prospecting mission is on hold for now.

“Still” he continued “we’ve only lost about fifty litres, most being used to get equipment online. Which we’d planned for.”

Again, the make-up water supply was coming in the resupply vessel and its safe arrival was a constant, usually unspoken concern in all of their minds.

“Fine then” Valentina pushed on “Xu, how are we doing for food?” She knew that Xu was still sore at her because of the accident and she wanted to do all she could to make it up.

Xu’s reply was steady and controlled, letting little of her internal conflict out. “As with the others, we’re at or a bit below nominal consumption. Perhaps we’re eating less because of the reduced gravity or maybe we’re getting to caught up in our tasks. In any case, we need to keep on top of this as we can’t afford anyone to be ill for any length of time” she intoned without looking at Valentina. Though everyone knew what she was driving at.

“While we are hoping to get some consumables out of this greenhouse, we will need the dedicated greenhouse module before we can expect any appreciable amount of food.” Xu’s voice wavered slightly. Her worry was almost palpable. Yet there was nothing any of them could do about it. They were the first and they were a long way from being self-sufficient so their lives continued to depend upon regular supply vessels from Earth.

Logbook #10

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Le chapitre 10

Desai awoke to the sound of cutlery and plates being laid out. The colonists kept their days and nights at 12 hours each so as to be aligned with people on Earth. With the Moon having days that shined for 350hours and nights that endured for the same, shifting to a local time frame was impossible. Instead, their complete control of the environment within the Habitat allowed them to set times and amounts of ambient lighting. They’ve even played with the humidity and air pressure to simulate different atmospheric effects like dry cool winters or fresh, clear summers. Desai laughed to himself as he thought how they’d finally achieved weather forecasting as an exact science simply because they controlled all the variables.

He completed his normal morning ritual; a wet cloth shower to clean himself, a few minutes; stretching his bones and straining his muscles, donning the simplest of garments. He pushed back the cloth divider and stepped into their communal dining area. He saw Xu preparing her breakfast at the food station. The station, commonly called the kitchen, was an odd conglomeration of pipes and reservoirs that could print out some very tasty confectionaries; if it worked correctly. When it didn’t, they resorted to tubes of ever-lasting food simulant that resembled food in only the barest of ways. He softly approached Xu and put an arm about her shoulder, kissing her on the neck and whispering the most endearing ‘Good Morning’ he could muster. He gently pressed on the knotted muscles along her neck, softly and warmly, over and over again. She was still tense from Valentina’s close call and she’d need some time to mellow.

He tried another tact and murmured, “I see our ventures in the Congo showing promise.”

Using their new status as Moon residents, they had initiated some questionable dealings that could make many people happy and them wealthy; if all went well. Xu turned and stared at him, also warmly but unhappily.

“Are we really doing the right thing by trying to live here?” she asked. “It’s so un-natural, so dangerous. Why did we think we could survive? We weren’t meant to be here.”

Desai had heard all these concerns and more. They both knew that there were no guarantees. Like the colonists of old, they had to survive using their own ingenuity, their own resourcefulness, and perhaps most of all, a fair amount of luck. He slid his hand lower down her back, brought the other one up and gently brought her into his embrace. She wasn’t much smaller than he but he could still use his larger frame to give her a comforting shelter.

He replied, “We know that our future is what we make of it. For good or bad. There is no right or wrong here, only survival.”

Which, he thought, was their existence in a nutshell.

Bulletin#5

Dear Fellow Lunar Enthusiasts,

We have an insatiable desire to reach out, explore and develop. Our passion is demonstrated with the backing for another Star Wars movie and its filming begun. We continually hear vociferous demands for letting people live off planet Earth whether on to Mars, a settlement on the Moon or tying up with an asteroid. Yet, we know that passion is one thing while funding is another perhaps even more demanding a prerequisite than desire. The Lunar Colony Fund brings these two together, encouraging people to empower their emotion and invent evermore practical ways to raise money so as to bring space that much closer.

We at the Lunar Colony Fund continue our out-reach efforts. We have been approaching organizations and people seeking their contributions. There is consensus, we can and must do this to empower humanity’s future. We are continuing to help people see the benefit of looking at the future rather than fixating on the present. Keep up your support of our organization, donate now, and we will get this happening even sooner.

Mark Mortimer
President
Lunar Colony Fund

What can you imagine here?

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