Back to the Moon
This track will address all aspects of the human return to the moon, the L1/L2 transportation nodes, the lunar base planning currently underway at NASA and ESA including on-orbit, cislunar and surface system architectural elements. The track will also address the recently proposed International Lunar Decade Declaration in support of an international campaign to return to the Moon. The track will examine our immediate next steps beyond earth orbit into cislunar space to pave the way for a human return to the moon and beyond. Cislunar space missions will play an important role in enabling and reducing risk for future lunar missions, Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), Mars, and other deep space destinations. The track will also explore how recent advances in additive manufacturing might affect our return to the moon and development of surface systems.
Chair: Madhu Thangavelu, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Southern California
He is a strong advocate for articulating the philosophy of space:
Scientists and Engineers(in particular) have a tendency to get lost in the tools and toys they make, though some of us do arrive at philosophy for the meaning of what we do and why, via the long route of experience. By then, alas, for the most part, our life’s work is done. It is a good idea to set us all on a solid foundation in space philosophy, so we can all have a steady handle on our works, as nature reveals her secrets… slowly, ever so slowly, but surely…
His latest projects may be found at denecs.usc.edu/hosted/ASTE/527_20111.