The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet, By Henry Fountain. New York: Crown, 2017

Putting Wetlands to Work
Wetlands, whether natural or engineered, have enormous potential to clean up wastewater, but in the past, the public called on civil engineers to drain wetlands en masse as a public benefit....

Mars Terraformation Revisited
This report is a look into the future; not only that of the solar system, but of humans. With the goal of changing Mars into a living planet, we also have to face the change of the human...

Solar Power Satellites
Earth's fossil fuel supply is dropping quickly. A new power source must be developed to save the remaining fuel and control pollution output. Solar power satellites are large satellites...

Space Debris
Space exploration has introduced many positive aspects, but there is also a growing problem. From huge rockets to tiny flakes of paint, space debris is cluttering a major area above the...

Development of a Partial Gravity Lunar Airlock
The Planetary Projects Office (PPO) at the Johnson Space Center is developing design reference missions for human exploration of the Moon and Mars. Missions for both planets require a...

Global Environmental Change: Geoengineering Technology
The `overview effect,' looking at the entire Planet Earth from space, has communicated the reality of the limited extent of our environment and its apparent fragility. Space continues...

Reducing the Long-Term Effects of Zero-Gravity
Maintaining the physical health of scientists has been a longstanding problem in space flight research. Several ideas have been proposed to solve this problem. These include creating artificial...

Surface Payload Unloading and Deployment Options for a Lunar Return Mission
While planetary exploration studies have focuses on many areas that are critical to mission success, such as landing space transportation vehicles on other planets, a preferred method...

Resource Recovery Facilities for Earth Approaching Comets
Mankind's next large resource location may be off the planet. The facilities required for mining and material processing offer interesting concepts for the development of mankind's first...

Lunar Transit Telescope Lander Design
The lunar surface offers a unique platform for telescopes to observe distant planets. The absence of significant atmosphere provides clarity that is of orders of magnitude better when...

Lunar-Based System to Supply Power to Earth: Summary of Concept, Benefits, and Development
The Lunar Power System (LPS) is described, references are given to other published work, and possibilities for demonstrating LPS are outlined. Analyses indicate that LPS can provide inexpensive...

Global Change: Geoengineering and Space Exploration
Increased concern over the effects of global climate change and depletion of the ozone layer has resulted in support for the Global Change Research Program and for the Mission to Planet...

The Army Corps of Engineer's (ACE) Interaction with the Mission to Planet Earth Initiative
The Corps of Engineers Research and Development Directorate has identified Mission to Planet Earth Initiative as of possible interest in supporting the non-tactical missions of the Army...

Altering the Solar System—Landing the Moon, Mars or Venus on the Earth—Changing the Orbit, the Tilt and the Size of the Planet Earth
It is proposed to radically change the hitherto prevailing mindset of the people (and especially of the scientists) by stressing that the present setup of the 5 billion year old Orbit,...

Characterization of Emplacement Strategies for Lunar and Mars Missions
In planning missions to the Moon and Mars, a significant activity will be the delivery of the crew and necessary equipment to the planet surface to enable the mission objectives. Because...

The Application of Open System Architecture to Planetary Surface Systems
This paper investigates the issues that future planet surface activities must confront, defines the basic concepts that provide the basis for establishing an Open System Architecture,...

A Vision for Planetary Exploration
The Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) is the latest in a series of endeavors which represent humankind's desire to expand its knowledge and sphere of influence. Throughout recorded history,...

Mission to Planet Earth: The Quest to Save the Environment
The Mission to Planet Earth is a program designed to look at the earth as an integrated system. It is an internationally supported project. It was conceived because the current methods...

Sensing by Satellite
Commercially available data collected by U.S. and French satellites re helping civil engineers take a closer look at our planet. Also available are PC-based image processing systems that...

 

 

 

 

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