NSBE Magazine - Winter 2015 - 65

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ne of the signature songs of the
Morehouse College Glee Club is the
spiritual "I'm Building Me a Home." If you
have not seen the Glee Club perform
it in person, I recommend you Google a YouTube
video. A portion of the lyrics is as follows: "I'm
building me a home/This earthly house/Is gonna soon
decay/And my soul gotta have/Somewhere to stay."
This song could well be the theme song for the
NSBE Space Special Interest Group's (SIG's) Project
Arusha. The Swahili word for "he
makes fly (into the skies)," "Arusha"
is the name of the Space SIG's
oldest project and is focused on
human exploration and utilization
of the moon. Humans first landed
on the moon in 1969, and the last
lunar mission was in 1972. NASA engineers have
always wanted to return to the moon, but there
has never been a clear vision of what the long-term
relationship of humanity with the moon should be.
The Space SIG believes that any return to the moon
should be the prelude to a permanent, human
lunar settlement.

exploring the concept of a 48-person lunar
presence with a central outpost at the South Pole,
additional facilities scattered across the moon, and
long-range rovers used for transportation between
facilities. Space SIG work is now focused on the
rover, which can circumnavigate the moon in 30
days, carrying a crew of six.
The NASA Human Factors Technical Discipline
Team gave the Arusha project a boost this summer
by providing funds to purchase materials to build

"Arusha looks at an intermediate
step that could follow an initial
return to the moon."

However, the Space SIG has noted a disconnect.
Many artists' concepts depict sweeping lunar
societies, with fantastic domed cities and sprawling
industrial complexes housing thousands, if not
millions, of people. But all NASA research has been
geared toward small outposts, typically numbering
three to six astronauts. How do we get from point A
to B? This is what Arusha seeks to answer.

a full-scale mockup of the rover's maintenance
workstation and to begin work on the medical bay.
We are now seeking sponsors to help fund a
buildup of the entire rover cabin pressure vessel
and a supporting structure, allowing us to
integrate the two workstations into their proper
work envelopes. Follow-on work would then
add workstations until the entire rover cabin is
mocked up. Because the support structure we have
identified is mobile, we will also be able to take the
cabin to NSBE conferences and feature it in local
parades for public outreach.
See http://arusha.nsbe-space.org for more
information about Project Arusha.

Arusha looks at an intermediate step that could
follow an initial return to the moon. We are

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