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Moon Express, Inc. as a suggested PBL Collaboration...

Moon Express, Inc. as a suggested PBL Collaboration...

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Dear Colleagues, I just read about Moon Express, Inc. a very hot Silicon Valley start-up company that is seriously focused on Entrepreneurial Exploration and Resources Development (robotic mining) on the Moon: with President Obama's support, a NASA contract, entry into Google's $30 million Moon Prize Competition, a team of lawyers already writing draft versions of International Legal Documents and Treaties (similar to the Law of the Seas precedent-setting example), corporate and technology experts signed-on to their founding Board of Directors, etc. http://www.moonexpress.com/ One of their chief executives has already referred to the Moon as "Earth's 8th Continent"... The company expects to launch and land their first exploratory vehicle on the Moon in 2013...this is not Science Fiction, this is the New Natural Resources Frontier... This could be a real PBL Collaboration for "STEM and Society" research and activities, as the headline news items start quickening their pace during the 2011-2012 school year... If anyone would like to join a Special Interest Group (SIG) "Moon Express" here at Edutopia.org please let me know... all age levels and subjects are invited... because this simply is going to be studying and engaging in Creating A New World for Earth... Sincerely, Allen Berg Teacher/Learner from the Foresight Institute Newsletter: "Now Foresight is also proud to announce our Sunday keynote: BARNEY PELL, PhD - Cofounder and CTO, Moon Express Chief Architect, Bing Local Search; Associate Founder and Trustee, Singularity University. The Moon-Rush is on and Dr. Barney Pell, well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and former NASA R&D Manager, has joined the race. As Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Moon Express, Inc., Barney believes very strongly in the economic potential the Moon. He says "the Moon is Earth's eighth continent. We have barely begun to explore the lunar surface and are already finding compelling evidence of resources that are very important to Earth". Moon Express is a privately funded lunar transportation and data services company created to establish new avenues for commercial space activities beyond Earth orbit. Selected last fall by NASA, Moon Express was awarded a lunar data services contract worth up to $10M, for the initial delivery order of the Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) program. In addition, the X PRIZE Foundation announced Moon Express as a competitor for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, a competition to place a robot on the Moon's surface that travels 500 meters and transmits high definition video, images and data back to Earth. Moon Express will be sending a series of robotic spacecraft to the Moon for ongoing exploration and commercial development. Barney is excited to apply his expertise in artificial intelligence, search and spacecraft control to the exploration of the Moon and the search for lunar resources that can be of benefit to Earth. "It's highly motivating for me to come back to my roots of space exploration as a commercial space entrepreneur at a time when the Moon is revealing compelling new secrets, he said. My career has been largely devoted to space and search technology and I can think of no more important place to focus my attention than on searching for new energy and resources for planet Earth."

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

I realize it's summertime...we just had our Summer Solstice on June 21st... and thoughts drift towards vacation time and worlds "outside the classroom"... (how small and stressed those four-walls can be...)

It is always important to 'slow-down' and 'de-compress' and 'un-do'...
It is a necessary part of our living cycle: of reflections inward and leisures outward, of re-sensing our natural 'equilibriums'...

and then with time and re-freshment, we assess and start to plan again... for the work that is to be done... because "In dreams, begin responsibilities...". That is why so many of us became teachers in the first place, to give back to our communities what they have given us:
the gift...of life... To accept the Public Trust of educating the new and next generation of children who will become the future leaders of our world on this planet, our Earth...

"The Pale Blue Dot" we call home...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C8lG9L4XDk&NR=1

Carl Sagan always gives me hope and humility and responsibility to carry on... and inspire, and explore, and discover...

So Happy Summertime you'all...

Look close in loving, look far in dreams...
and in between, you will see the moon... :-)

Catch you back here in September (or sooner...)
at the Moon Express, from our Pale Blue Dot...

Astronaut Allen

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

I was a college student in 1969, when the United State of America first landed men on the Moon, The NASA Apollo Program under the inspirational leadership of then President John F. Kennedy, made miracles real.

It seems 'strange' that our current generation of students were not even born then, and that this Great Leap for humankind that us "60's Generation" remember so vividly watching live on tv, might seem more like science fiction than science fact for today's youth in schools...

Well, the United State of America is going back to the moon, and this time to stay... to develop infrastructure and transportation and data transmission systems and industries on the moon... a new permanent outpost for humankind on the moon...and Moon Express, Inc. is poised and to make it happen first, in 2013...

Here is a brief video from MIT Library AMPS (Academic Media Production Services) to celebrate the 40th Anniversary in 2009, of the first Apollo Moon landing from 1969.

This could be a good introduction to re-inspire a new generation of Space Explorers and imagineer the solutions to the contemporary planetary issues that confront our young 21st century future leaders on planet earth...

"What is the legacy of the Apollo program, and what can we learn from it to help us confront the scientific and engineering challenges of our own time? This short film, produced by AMPS, kicked off the "Giant Leaps" Symposium, organized by MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing."

http://libraries.mit.edu/amps/portfolio/giantleaps.html

Astronaut Allen

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Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear Colleagues,

The Moon Express website is still being developed for public and educational resources and activities, so in lieu of that, here is a simple introductory basic online encyclopedia of topic paragraphs about the moon:

http://www.universetoday.com/19424/the-moon/

Nothing fancy, just informative text...for now...

I will continue to add curriculum photos and videos etc. as the school year progresses...

Lunar Allen

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Mary Kate Land
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Thank you for keeping us updated on this project. What an exciting new story!

MK

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