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The Third Annual Lunar Development Conference
Return to the Moon III, Lunar Settlement: The Planning Begins

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada July 19 - 21, 2001

Conference Co-Chairs: Wendell Mendell and Mike Duke, noted Lunar Scientists

Featured Speakers: John Young, Gemini 3 and 10, Apollo 10 and 16, STS 1 and 9; Ben Bova, Author

Conference Report
by James M. Busby, Coordinator, Lunar Development Projects

Return to the Moon III
The Space Frontier Foundation's third annual Lunar Development Conference was held in Las Vegas July 19 - 21, 2001.
"Return to the Moon III," held July 19th - 21st 2001, was an International success, and included participation by key representatives of ESA, NASDA and NASA. One hundred of the world's elite Lunar scientists, engineers, and explorers gathered in Las Vegas to explore the ways and means to return humanity to the Moon...this time to stay!

Attendees included world-renowned experts Wendell Mendell of NASA Johnson Space Center, Mike Duke of the Colorado School of Mines, Pete Rustan and Alan Binder, the directors of the Clementine and Prospector Missions, David Gump, President of LunaCorp, Jeremiah Salvatore, Chief Technologist for Lockheed Martin Company, Astronaut John Young and Renowned Author and Futurist Ben Bova. RTM III's greatest results came from directed discussion and efforts by the participants forming working groups, covering the topics of habitation, transportation, policy, science and enterprise. Their summary findings will be used to direct policy and research throughout the year.

Astronaut and explorer John Young spoke from personal experience in his keynote address. He shares our belief that our destiny is to inhabit the Moon and to utilize asteroids on our way to Mars and Beyond.

Noted science-fiction author and futurist Dr. Ben Bova's banquet speech reiterated our theme that humanity needs to Return to the Moon, joking that staying inside a hotel in the desert for this event was great training for living on a lunar colony!

Both Young and Bova remarked they were proud that the Foundation has taken a leadership position on returning to the Moon and are enthusiastic about attending Space Frontier Conference X, October 18th - 21st 2001, in Los Angeles, CA.

Leonard David of Space.com wrote a very nice article about the Return to the Moon III Conference. Here's the link:

The Lunar Development Conference is an annual forum for the exchange of information about the technologies and social and economic factors that will allow humankind to return to the Moon and establish a permanent presence. The Third Annual Lunar Development Conference, Return to the Moon III, Lunar Settlement: The Planning Begins was underwritten by FINDS, and co-sponsored by Space Frontier Foundation, The National Space Society, Space Studies Institute, International Space University, LunaCorp, Forever Bound, LLC, Bechtel, Bigelow Aerospace, American Astronautical Society, The American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Space Camp, Celestis, SkyCorp, John Hanks Communications and Lunar Enterprise Corporation

Click here to read Foundation president Rick Tumlinson's welcome speech to the 2000 Lunar Development Conference, Return to the Moon II.

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