author={Harrison H. Schmitt},
  journal={Journal of Aerospace Engineering},
  • H. Schmitt
  • Published 1 April 1997
  • Physics
  • Journal of Aerospace Engineering
The corporate vision of a proposed Interlune-Intermars Initiative encompasses commercial enterprises related to resources from space that support the preservation of the human species and our home planet. Within this vision, the major mission objectives of the Initiative are to provide investors with a competitive rate of return; protect the Earth's environment and expand the well-being of its inhabitants by using energy from space, particularly lunar 3He, as a major alternative to fossil and… 
Large Energy Development Projects: Lessons Learned from Space and Politics
Abstract The challenge to global energy future lies in meeting the needs and aspirations of the ten to twelve billion earthlings that will be on this planet by 2050. At least an eight-fold increase
Business Approach To Lunar Base Activation Harrison
It remains unlikely that any government or group of governments will make the long-term funding commitments necessary to return to the Moon in support of scientific goals or resource production. If a
Access to Space—Systems and Technologies to Support It
Many of the launch systems that are used by the United States to send payloads to orbit trace their heritage to military systems of the 1950s and 1960s. Even with launch systems built on more recent
Development of the Moon
This book focuses largely on new results from recent missions and on their implications for how we interpret results from older missions. The new results have also renewed awareness of the Moon as a
Business Context of Space Tourism
Broadly speaking, two types of potential commercial activity in space can be defined. First, there are those activities that represent an expansion and improvement on services with broad existing
Extrasolar asteroid mining as forensic evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence
Abstract The development of civilizations such as ours into spacefaring, multi-planet entities requires significant raw materials to construct vehicles and habitats. Interplanetary debris, including


Extraterrestrial Cause for the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction
A hypothesis is suggested which accounts for the extinctions and the iridium observations, and the chemical composition of the boundary clay, which is thought to come from the stratospheric dust, is markedly different from that of clay mixed with the Cretaceous and Tertiary limestones, which are chemically similar to each other.
Spiral Mining for Lunar Volatiles
Lunar spiral mining, extending outward from a periodically mobile central power and processing station represents an alternative for comparison with more traditional mining schemes. In this concept,
The real world and lunar base activation scenarios
The development of scenarios for the activation of a lunar base or network of bases will require close attention to the 'real world' of space operations.
Fusion Power from Lunar Resources
AbstractThe moon contains an enormous energy source in 3He deposited by the solar wind. Fusion of only 100 kg of 3He with deuterium in thermonuclear fusion power plants can produce > 1000
Near term commercial opportunities from long range fusion research
It is suggested that a more profitable path to the goal of fusion electricity might be to concentrate on small, simple devices that eventually can burn the more advanced fusion fuels that emit few if any neutrons.
Mobile Helium-3 Mining and Extraction System and Its Benefits Toward Lunar Base Self-Sufficiency
The D-He3 fueled nuclear fusion reaction has long been recognized as one of the most attractive for generating clean fusion energy. Although aware of its virtues, fusion researchers had despaired of
Researchers focus on Earth's response to hypervelocity impacts
Imagine witnessing the impact of a 10 km-sized comet or asteroid onto a broad expanse of sea just off the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. The bolide, a brilliant fireball traveling at speeds of 15 to 20
A Biomedical Trip to the Moon and Beyond
  • H. Schmitt
  • Physics
    Journal of clinical pharmacology
  • 1991
The exploration of the moon by the Apollo Astronauts became possible as a direct consequence of the physiologic adaptability of the human species, the technologic extension of that adaptability, and the insights of the then fledgling space biomedical community.
Metalliferous asteroids as potential sources of precious metals
Recent discoveries of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) and chemical analyses of fragments of asteroids (meteorites) suggest that there may be a gold mine, literally, in near-Earth space. Judged from
Some physics considerations of magnetic inertial-electrostatic confinement: A new concept for spherical converging-flow fusion. (Reannouncement with new availability information)
A new concept for inertialelectrostatic spherical collid� ing beam fusionPolywellis based on the use of magnetohydrodynamically stable quasispherical poly� hedral magnetic fields to contain energetic