International Lunar Research Park Exploratory Workshop

The International Lunar Research Park Exploratory Workshop was held Tuesday 5 April 2011 at the NASA Ames Conference Center, Moffett Field, California.

The purpose of the workshop was to gather pioneering thinkers from across the United States to explore innovative opportunities to enhance multinational collaboration in the exploration and development of space.

Discussions focused on the potential benefits and feasible approaches to establishing a multinational research park on the Moon over the next decade, prototyped through analog facilities on Earth, that would be developed with strong U.S. leadership and operated by a consortium of space-faring nations through public-private partnerships.

The Workshop was organized by the State of Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development as part of a grant and Space Act Agreement with NASA.

A number of senior thought leaders from many areas of endeavor were present, including:

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, listened in via telecon.

Nobel Laureate Baruch Blumberg provided the keynote address and led the discussion group on Education.

James Cristifuli, Director of the Office of Aerospace Development for the State of Hawaii.

Dale Dougherty Founder and Editor of MAKE Magazine

Howard Hawkins, financial lawyer and partner of  Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft, LLP co-led the discussion group on organizational models with NASA Ames Chief Counsel Thomas Berndt.

Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading venture capital firm

Clive Neal, University of Notre Dame, former Chairman of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group

Bruce Pittman, Chairman of the AIAA Commercial Space Group

Henk Rogers, who developed the video game Tetris and is the founder of the social networking 3-D organization Avatar

Frank Schowegerdt, Director Pacific Island Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), University of Hawai'i

John Spencer, Founder and President of the Space Tourism Society, architect and author of the book Space Tourism/Do You Want to Go?

Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Tom Steding, successful serial entrepreneur and author of Built on Trust

Elaine Thorndike CEO of the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology

Other attendees included representatives from NASA HQ, ARC, JPL, JSC, KSC, MSFC; industry representatives from Boeing, Lockheed, Bechtel; science representatives from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the NASA Lunar Sciences Institute; and two participants in the Google Lunar X-prize.

Towards the end of the meeting, Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg, a man whose work saved literally millions of lives, died of a heart attack in the meeting room. His death at 85 years old was almost instant and he died doing what he loved best, encouraging the development of new opportunities for discoveries that improve the human condition. We were deeply humbled and grieved at the loss of such a great man in our presence, but took comfort from the commitment to continue his legacy of exploration and discovery for the benefit of humanity.