Finally, some photos, a video (Romanian Space agency) and two of
the speaches (Åke Wiklund and Åke Mossberg, in Swedish) are available
I am very happy about the event yesterday. Almost 200 persons
turned up, despite competition from the artist Roger Pontare performing at
the church simultaneously. I will put up links to media coverage, and some
photos by the team during the day:
2009 (Moonlanding 40 year anniversary)
Inauguration of the moon-mine project. See the preliminary
program, which has just been updated. The installation of the water
pump has been checked, rechecked and they are working, a temporary
auditorium set up in the huge old beneficiation plant building, parking
spaces have been marked, coffee, home made bread and hotdogs will be
served, there's even a portable toilet being set up. In brief, all
stations are go, houston, we do NOT have a problem. The exact location of
the mine is (N
59° 30.30’, E
and there will be signs showing the way from road 244 between Nora and
Gyttorp,just north of Örebro. There will be an item about the
inauguration and 40th anniversary of the moon landing in the local paper, NA,
the local radio will do an interview at 11.00, and the program starts at
15.00. very welcome any last minute planner as well as those that are
already set to go!
Maria Aldrin, one of Buzz Aldrin's Swedish relatives, will attend the
inauguration, making the first footprint in lunar regolith soil simulant
for the new project. The soil that will be used for the footprint is FJS-1,
donated for the purpose by the Japanese building company Shimizu
Moulinsart s.a. denied permission to create a Tintin-Centre:
this kind of project, Moulinsart want to provide a work in the respect of
the Work of Hergé. And yet, with the recent opening of The Hergé Museum,
Moulinsart cannot be involved in other projects, even if these projects
are very interesting."
Thus, we are currently looking for an alternative theme that can be used
to distinguish the Science centre, providing a focus point for science and
space interested youth visitors. The domain www.moon-tintin.com
will not be renewed.
First version of the program for our celebration of the 40th anniversary of first moon landing and
inauguration of the moon-mine project published.
for permission to pump water out of the mine and into the creek where
water exits the mine has been resubmitted to the environmental authorities
(in swedish) of the plans for emptying the mine has been sent for
comments to the neighbours close to the tiny creek that will lead the
water into the lake, and the five persons having wells for geothermal
heating in the area.
Moon-Mine will be going to Gothemburg! Well, not the mine, just me. I gave
a short presentation for the science fair Vetenskapsfestivalen
(Nordstan, vid Åhlens, bakom turistbyrån) at 16.00-16.15,
and a longer, a bit more technical and detailed (poster,
in Swedish) at Chalmers Aerospace Club (Vasa
A) at 18.00-19.00.
I attended a meeting with the local Leader action group presenting the
status of work within the "Tintin Centre". The idea is to have a
visitor centre themed on Tintins travel to the moon, including "the
lab of Professor Calculus", control centre and a "Moon surface"
area for exploration and experiencing the moon from the point of view of
Hergé, the creator of Tintin. Liaison with Studios Hergé-Moilinsart
keeping the copyrights of the works of Hergé has been initiated.
I was interviewed for Radio Örebro about the Moon-Mine. An extract of the
interview can be listened to at SVT's
The results from the water analysis has arrived (see photo1
The water is (as expected) fit to drink, but with a minor remark that it
contains elevated amounts of iron (also as expected) and manganese (not
expected, but not really surprising either). Both these metals may be
detrimental to piping in the long term, by clogging, and may miscolour
laundry. The water has enough flouride for good teeth protection.
I climbed down the mine shaft today and secured a bottle of water (see
photos). The water was distributed on smaller bottles sent for analysis
before we start pumping.
The facebook "cause" Moon-mine was created today: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/242474/12841564?m=8267094b
Prestudy "Tintin Centre" approved for funding by Leader
Bottles and cooling clamps for water sampling arrived today. Will be going
down the shaft to collect water during the week, I hope.
We received a small grant for performing a feasibility study for a "Tintin-centre"
in connection to the moon-mine. Focus will of course be on Tintin's travel
to the Moon. The study will include making 3D sketches of the mine
buildings, suggest interior design and activities, coordinate with Tintin
Centres otherwhere in the world and generally investigete associated costs
and regional interest for such a centre.