Stanford Alumni Plan 'Lunar Presence' for University by 2015

October 17, 2006

A group of Stanford University alumni met last Friday to discuss progress on the “Stanford on the Moon” project, a six-year-old effort to create “a major Stanford lunar presence by 2015.” The project, which seems a natural outgrowth of the university’s scientific and technological prowess, as well as its study-abroad programs, is the brainchild of Steve Durst, a 1965 alumnus who is the editor and founder of the Space Age Publishing Company.

Among the project’s participants is one of the Apollo 11 astronauts, Buzz Aldrin.

The project is intended to be humanitarian and philanthropic, not just scientific and commercial, according to its mission statement, but its goals should still reflect the university’s “pioneering, enterprising ethos in bringing us face to face with the implications of humanity’s evolution to a multi-world species.”

At Friday’s meeting, two Stanford professors talked about how they and colleagues could help revive interest in lunar exploration by educating the next generation of scientists.