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* promote [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial alpine regions]], especially in areas that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].
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* promote [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial mountain regions]], especially in areas that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].
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'''A space program for the rest of us.'''

!!! What we want to do

* Give more space access to anybody who wants some
* Get more people wanting more space by making space [[ ludotopian|more fun]]
* Make our world a little healthier, wealthier, and - if possible - wiser in the process.

All without sending anybody to space - at least for now.

It's a [[CATS | tall order]].  It raises [[Project Persephone FAQ|difficult questions]]. We'll need [[some people]].  Maybe you.

!!! What we do

* plan missions to put small satellites into low equatorial orbits for [[landslides | disaster warning]], [[environmental monitoring]] and emergency communications
* prototype [[exovivaria]] - closed ecosystems inside satellites, to be maintained from Earth [[telebots | telebotically]], and democratically governed by a global commmunity.
* promote [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial alpine regions]], especially in areas that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].
* study [[market mechanisms]] for optimizing all our activities.


!!! Space for fun - but only to SPEC

Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]]. We recognize that space exploitation must be pursued

* '''S'''eriously - educating people in the process
* '''P'''eacefully - avoiding (ideally even countering) [[arms proliferation]]
* '''E'''quitably - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''C'''leanly - not degrading (and ideally promoting) environmental [[sustainability]]

We call this: "[[Meeting the SPEC]]".

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February 21, 2013, at 10:57 PM by vsaqoqjti - BIDFntAwT
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The only thing i really liked was that erstoe shower. I remeber when i was deluxe and i had erstoe. But it really isn't fair that its not free for some people. Ah, yes then i found out my webkinz account expired, then i didn't go on webkinz again until the expired accounts were no longer expired( ah, the memories lol  ).
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February 21, 2013, at 04:48 PM by Seema - cDfIPOKoE
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Great. Now the possiblilty of the Cerberus System, a.k.a. Cloud Monster being a ntniae cloud is back in the air.If the producers dismissed it, why is it being thrown back out there?
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The only thing i really liked was that erstoe shower. I remeber when i was deluxe and i had erstoe. But it really isn't fair that its not free for some people. Ah, yes then i found out my webkinz account expired, then i didn't go on webkinz again until the expired accounts were no longer expired( ah, the memories lol  ).
February 21, 2013, at 03:28 PM by Lyudmila - iqabNGRvRvqDHDHuHPx
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Great. Now the possiblilty of the Cerberus System, a.k.a. Cloud Monster being a ntniae cloud is back in the air.If the producers dismissed it, why is it being thrown back out there?
February 21, 2013, at 10:35 AM by ueywzmjxy - DCpcMsllSClDydIaOt
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This sounds like a nice, light read  I aylwas like to have a stack of those around, because sometimes I just really need something like that, that takes me to a lighter, entertaining world. I just checked and my library doesn't have any of her books. I think I'll put one on my Bookmooch wish list!
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February 21, 2013, at 08:38 AM by Spukky - NizjZrbdrFjPZeCKP
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This sounds like a nice, light read  I aylwas like to have a stack of those around, because sometimes I just really need something like that, that takes me to a lighter, entertaining world. I just checked and my library doesn't have any of her books. I think I'll put one on my Bookmooch wish list!
February 21, 2013, at 08:17 AM by mnloozfvz - NfclPOvIcveAf
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This is just the preefct answer for all of us
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February 21, 2013, at 07:18 AM by Eudson - yMJFjayxhMvYByAF
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If you liked The Nutmeg Tree, you will like Margery Sharp's  Cluny Brown  and  Brittania Mews,  (both made into movies) and pphares the Martha Books.  My favorite is  Something Light. I also like D.E. Stevenson's books very much (I have collected all of them, which was not easy), Nancy Mitford, and Angela Thirkell.  I often wonder what those ladies thought of each other and try to imagine them together at a tea party.
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This is just the preefct answer for all of us
February 21, 2013, at 03:46 AM by Bibigul - EnHbKCoegvJjsfYpS
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It's always a relief when someone with obvious expertise answres. Thanks!
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If you liked The Nutmeg Tree, you will like Margery Sharp's  Cluny Brown  and  Brittania Mews,  (both made into movies) and pphares the Martha Books.  My favorite is  Something Light. I also like D.E. Stevenson's books very much (I have collected all of them, which was not easy), Nancy Mitford, and Angela Thirkell.  I often wonder what those ladies thought of each other and try to imagine them together at a tea party.
February 21, 2013, at 02:36 AM by Wednesday - ptJDJfOMRNTRvGkL
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Weirdness  I suggest not using any email for say, work . some folks on other barods are having their email systems have major problems after receiving the newsletter email. But it definitely provides what could in the future be a good clue.Speaker has confirmed this is a valid site.
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It's always a relief when someone with obvious expertise answres. Thanks!
February 21, 2013, at 02:07 AM by Dgvfd - rHvBJJzq
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yeah skess, that website also comes up if you spell rervreteis as retEIvers, so its retreiversoftruth.comthat means there are 2 ways to get to that website.  I have been there before through the actual LOST website (not under that url) and I am sure it is genuine.  they must just have done that on purpose?
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Weirdness  I suggest not using any email for say, work . some folks on other barods are having their email systems have major problems after receiving the newsletter email. But it definitely provides what could in the future be a good clue.Speaker has confirmed this is a valid site.
February 21, 2013, at 12:10 AM by Mike - xBoEjyJdJRceG
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Mahmoud AhmedDear sir/madamGod day I want to ask about the rates (Egyptian) for Luxor to Aswan Nile cruise csnrideoing.•4 stars or 5 stars standard room ship•4 nights / 5days cruise length.•2 adults and 1 infant in one room.•Sailing dates (16/17/18 Nov. 2011) please give me rates for all possible as I didn’t finalize the exact date for sailing.RegardsMahmoud
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yeah skess, that website also comes up if you spell rervreteis as retEIvers, so its retreiversoftruth.comthat means there are 2 ways to get to that website.  I have been there before through the actual LOST website (not under that url) and I am sure it is genuine.  they must just have done that on purpose?
February 20, 2013, at 10:14 PM by Jorge - lXbxgtUbiculFkwBlj
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Dom-Great catch, I didn't remember Brian's last name. After seieng the Michael flashbacks in last night's rerun, I was wondering the same thing about the moves  New York, Amsterdam, Rome  I was thinking she worked as a lawyer for some part of the company.Parthenogenesis- the process is a form of natural cloning. In April 2004, scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture used parthenogenesis to successfully create fatherless mice.
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Mahmoud AhmedDear sir/madamGod day I want to ask about the rates (Egyptian) for Luxor to Aswan Nile cruise csnrideoing.•4 stars or 5 stars standard room ship•4 nights / 5days cruise length.•2 adults and 1 infant in one room.•Sailing dates (16/17/18 Nov. 2011) please give me rates for all possible as I didn’t finalize the exact date for sailing.RegardsMahmoud
February 20, 2013, at 09:14 PM by Don - qqwMjsnkCBHOqtrLoDE
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[quote comment="3646"]Thanks, Cecilia.  It seems prtety obvious now  the EMRI page is kinda sparse.  Good for your friend for getting his site mentioned in the webmaze![/quote]dont know if anyones interested but if you click on the alvar photo a letter appears. then if you go to life extension page there is another letter, at the bottom of this page there is a link which takes you to a submit box, havent figured what to put in it yet!
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Dom-Great catch, I didn't remember Brian's last name. After seieng the Michael flashbacks in last night's rerun, I was wondering the same thing about the moves  New York, Amsterdam, Rome  I was thinking she worked as a lawyer for some part of the company.Parthenogenesis- the process is a form of natural cloning. In April 2004, scientists at Tokyo University of Agriculture used parthenogenesis to successfully create fatherless mice.
February 20, 2013, at 08:28 PM by Priyanka - vIILryglUleN
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I don't think I will get around to it bferoe the end of the year. I am currently hiding myself from the real world in Jane Austen fic, instead of picking up books that deserve a lot more thought. Now that you mention it, I forgot to take a picture of the wrapped present as well! Oh well, a picture of the unwrapped presents is nice too, right?
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[quote comment="3646"]Thanks, Cecilia.  It seems prtety obvious now  the EMRI page is kinda sparse.  Good for your friend for getting his site mentioned in the webmaze![/quote]dont know if anyones interested but if you click on the alvar photo a letter appears. then if you go to life extension page there is another letter, at the bottom of this page there is a link which takes you to a submit box, havent figured what to put in it yet!
February 20, 2013, at 08:18 PM by Shobanasahithi - BMTPnBycuigGHwR
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Julie:  This is a bit confusing to epilaxn, but the EMRI page is actually a fan site, not an official site.  I actually know the guy who runs it, his homepage is on perception.net.  I don't think the link being in there is an official endorsement of it as being part of the webmaze, but rather just a joke that the Verizon guys are  on the same level  as the rest of us ordinary webmazers.  Similarly, the Andy UK link is a real site  and DJ Dan's last YouTube podcast had a screencapture of lostpedia's page, which is also a fan-run site.
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I don't think I will get around to it bferoe the end of the year. I am currently hiding myself from the real world in Jane Austen fic, instead of picking up books that deserve a lot more thought. Now that you mention it, I forgot to take a picture of the wrapped present as well! Oh well, a picture of the unwrapped presents is nice too, right?
February 20, 2013, at 07:09 PM by Mariana - oHpJZVRhCNrfTnpq
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Julie:  This is a bit confusing to epilaxn, but the EMRI page is actually a fan site, not an official site.  I actually know the guy who runs it, his homepage is on perception.net.  I don't think the link being in there is an official endorsement of it as being part of the webmaze, but rather just a joke that the Verizon guys are  on the same level  as the rest of us ordinary webmazers.  Similarly, the Andy UK link is a real site  and DJ Dan's last YouTube podcast had a screencapture of lostpedia's page, which is also a fan-run site.
February 20, 2013, at 02:29 PM by Vananh - IGQDbCEcQgXHFDyQ
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The problem moinneted with email was that their email system shut down  I don't know if its rumor, I suppose it is in the same way that anything posted on a forum could just be rumor. But at least 2 people moinneted that their email shut down, imploded, etc. and they had to spend time fixing it.  I don't know if its related, but I put in my AOL address knowing that I have good security and virus protection, I entered it 3 times separately (like several minutes apart, etc.) and did not get one email.  I got one on another account with, well, lets say its my email address I dont read because of all the spam  and it came through fine.
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February 20, 2013, at 12:47 PM by Mykhaylo - njAAWBUCokeEgWEE
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1  0Thats really silly, think about it, the sun can't orbit all the plntaes one after the other beacause An  orbit' is the route one body follows around another body. Like the Earth follows a specific path (..'orbit'..) around the Sun  Mercury follows a specific path (..'orbit..) around the Sun as does the rest of the plntaes. Therfore the Sun cannot be following a specific path (..'orbit'..) around the Earth simply due to the other plntaes that follow those specific paths or orbits around the Sun itself. Concurrently we can see that the whole solar system i.e. the Sun, the plntaes and asteroids etc contained in the gravatational sphere of the sun is following a specific path or orbit around our Galaxy like many other stars that have solar systems do. its that simple.
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The problem moinneted with email was that their email system shut down  I don't know if its rumor, I suppose it is in the same way that anything posted on a forum could just be rumor. But at least 2 people moinneted that their email shut down, imploded, etc. and they had to spend time fixing it.  I don't know if its related, but I put in my AOL address knowing that I have good security and virus protection, I entered it 3 times separately (like several minutes apart, etc.) and did not get one email.  I got one on another account with, well, lets say its my email address I dont read because of all the spam  and it came through fine.
February 20, 2013, at 11:54 AM by Roman - ggPbWToTuDkEdTL
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dear kunnu jii've just completed MCA and i have expneirece in foxpro an PHP(6M). please suggest me the right way whether i should go for php or .net/java.i am very much interest in s/w developement. is there any good institute in delhi for scjp adv. java course.your kasimsim786@webdunia.com
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1  0Thats really silly, think about it, the sun can't orbit all the plntaes one after the other beacause An  orbit' is the route one body follows around another body. Like the Earth follows a specific path (..'orbit'..) around the Sun  Mercury follows a specific path (..'orbit..) around the Sun as does the rest of the plntaes. Therfore the Sun cannot be following a specific path (..'orbit'..) around the Earth simply due to the other plntaes that follow those specific paths or orbits around the Sun itself. Concurrently we can see that the whole solar system i.e. the Sun, the plntaes and asteroids etc contained in the gravatational sphere of the sun is following a specific path or orbit around our Galaxy like many other stars that have solar systems do. its that simple.
February 20, 2013, at 11:26 AM by Pepedes - UQrLPVWF
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說道:謝謝ricker 大的回覆,而後台一直存不了變數,直接到msyql 去執行結果出現這樣的錯誤訊息UPDATE `hung_blog`.`wp_options` SET `option_value` =  a:14:{s:5:\"count\";i:0;s:13:\"check_reflash\";i:0;s:7:\"timeout\";i:0;s:12:\"display_home\";i:0;s:14:\"display_single\";i:0;s:12:\"display_page\";i:0;s:15:\"display_archive\";i:0;s:14:\"display_search\";i:0;s:13:\"display_other\";i:0;s:8:\"template\";s:9:\"人氣%VIEW_COUNT%\";s:13:\"user_template\";s:9:\"人氣%VIEW_COUNT%\";s:12:\"bot_template\";s:9:\"蜘蛛%VIEW_COUNT%\";s:20:\"most_viewed_template\";s:0:\"\";s:8:\"botagent\";a:2:{i:0;s:6:\"\";i:1;s:216:\"Warning: implode() []: Invalid agemurnts passed in /home/hung/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/wp-postviews-plus/admin.php on line 218\";}}\' WHERE `wp_options`.`option_id` =13127;我未變動過admin.php 這檔案,不知道問題出在哪呢?
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dear kunnu jii've just completed MCA and i have expneirece in foxpro an PHP(6M). please suggest me the right way whether i should go for php or .net/java.i am very much interest in s/w developement. is there any good institute in delhi for scjp adv. java course.your kasimsim786@webdunia.com
February 20, 2013, at 10:26 AM by Vicki - yJbHEkbuz
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說道:謝謝ricker 大的回覆,而後台一直存不了變數,直接到msyql 去執行結果出現這樣的錯誤訊息UPDATE `hung_blog`.`wp_options` SET `option_value` =  a:14:{s:5:\"count\";i:0;s:13:\"check_reflash\";i:0;s:7:\"timeout\";i:0;s:12:\"display_home\";i:0;s:14:\"display_single\";i:0;s:12:\"display_page\";i:0;s:15:\"display_archive\";i:0;s:14:\"display_search\";i:0;s:13:\"display_other\";i:0;s:8:\"template\";s:9:\"人氣%VIEW_COUNT%\";s:13:\"user_template\";s:9:\"人氣%VIEW_COUNT%\";s:12:\"bot_template\";s:9:\"蜘蛛%VIEW_COUNT%\";s:20:\"most_viewed_template\";s:0:\"\";s:8:\"botagent\";a:2:{i:0;s:6:\"\";i:1;s:216:\"Warning: implode() []: Invalid agemurnts passed in /home/hung/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/wp-postviews-plus/admin.php on line 218\";}}\' WHERE `wp_options`.`option_id` =13127;我未變動過admin.php 這檔案,不知道問題出在哪呢?
February 20, 2013, at 08:39 AM by seftibiapa - lNfjKsDMczZCzeqdpB
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Leann:  Could you give us more details on  major preolbms after receiving the newsletter email  like what the preolbms are?  I noticed someone mentioned this on lostpedia as well, but I've had no issues (but I also always use dummy email accounts for this sort of stuff).  I'm wondering how much this is just a rumor (one I've been hearing as well, but it'd be helpful to know specifics.To keep people from needing to enter their emails for this, I will cut and paste the message that is sent to you:First let's start this by saying,  thank you. There's a word into which dreams can come true. This email is yourgateway to that word and more that will open your mind and yourconsciousness.Imagine a field  a field of yellow  yellow labs running free,playful, and enjoying each other's company. But in their hearts theyare not complete. They miss an integral part of their being and thething that makes their existence complete. That one thing is the  word for which we all search  mankind and labkind.But first a story.I was checking into a hotel and a dapper porter escorts me to my room.As we're going up the elevator in total silence I decide to ask himhis name. He replies,  Mandrake Wig  and immediately starts to explainthe odd name, his German ancestry, and his mother's preoccupation withbotany. He ends the story by saying,  my friends just call me Manny. We continue talking about our lives, hopes, and dreams as I'm gettingsettled in my room. When he's done I offer a generous tip but herefuses saying,  Let me give you a tip, a single word that will enrichyour life, as it has mine.  I accept.The next day I go to the front desk to leave a tip for Manny. They tellme no such person works there. I question everyone with no luck. Ithink about what he told me and write down his name so I don't forgetit. As I write I see something in the letters. I rearrange a few andcreate the words,  waking dream. The word he gave me that day was  YOU.Yours truly, Dr. Vincent  Wally  Bole
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February 20, 2013, at 07:25 AM by Alena - NoncJHDPuWg
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Hey, subtle must be your mdilde name. Great post!
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Leann:  Could you give us more details on  major preolbms after receiving the newsletter email  like what the preolbms are?  I noticed someone mentioned this on lostpedia as well, but I've had no issues (but I also always use dummy email accounts for this sort of stuff).  I'm wondering how much this is just a rumor (one I've been hearing as well, but it'd be helpful to know specifics.To keep people from needing to enter their emails for this, I will cut and paste the message that is sent to you:First let's start this by saying,  thank you. There's a word into which dreams can come true. This email is yourgateway to that word and more that will open your mind and yourconsciousness.Imagine a field  a field of yellow  yellow labs running free,playful, and enjoying each other's company. But in their hearts theyare not complete. They miss an integral part of their being and thething that makes their existence complete. That one thing is the  word for which we all search  mankind and labkind.But first a story.I was checking into a hotel and a dapper porter escorts me to my room.As we're going up the elevator in total silence I decide to ask himhis name. He replies,  Mandrake Wig  and immediately starts to explainthe odd name, his German ancestry, and his mother's preoccupation withbotany. He ends the story by saying,  my friends just call me Manny. We continue talking about our lives, hopes, and dreams as I'm gettingsettled in my room. When he's done I offer a generous tip but herefuses saying,  Let me give you a tip, a single word that will enrichyour life, as it has mine.  I accept.The next day I go to the front desk to leave a tip for Manny. They tellme no such person works there. I question everyone with no luck. Ithink about what he told me and write down his name so I don't forgetit. As I write I see something in the letters. I rearrange a few andcreate the words,  waking dream. The word he gave me that day was  YOU.Yours truly, Dr. Vincent  Wally  Bole
February 20, 2013, at 03:23 AM by Ail - sWZkitbRFHwX
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in the New Yorker.As image-makers we try to navigate a caietrn visual / intuitive territory, and then because of caietrn requirements, we must explain the imagery via words. I think there are many artists who find this process a bit awkward, and lacking in  flow .  On the other hand, expressing ourselves on a theme can offer it's own insights, and propel us to deeper work.When I studied experimental theatre, our esteemed teacher would remind us that if we had a  good idea , to toss it aside. If we paid more attention to the chance elements, and responded instinctually, then what resulted was a fresher performance.As to the images you posted, they stand on their own.  Would their mystery be somehow diminished if they were accompanied by the  blueprints  or an artist statement?  Depends on the viewer, and a number of other factors.Ah, this is all so complex.
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Hey, subtle must be your mdilde name. Great post!
February 20, 2013, at 03:12 AM by Aidee - OegmytbzjPwaQDO
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Sorry, i had to explain more 1st : My gaarge where you visited before.2nd : My another stock yard 3rd : My friend's yard..so many 330s are there.4th : One junkyard that used to be there..they've already gone, but I saw soooo many '70s Japanese cars and I've got a lot of parts for my 230. Unfortunately they had to close the yard because of Japanese new recycle law.
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in the New Yorker.As image-makers we try to navigate a caietrn visual / intuitive territory, and then because of caietrn requirements, we must explain the imagery via words. I think there are many artists who find this process a bit awkward, and lacking in  flow .  On the other hand, expressing ourselves on a theme can offer it's own insights, and propel us to deeper work.When I studied experimental theatre, our esteemed teacher would remind us that if we had a  good idea , to toss it aside. If we paid more attention to the chance elements, and responded instinctually, then what resulted was a fresher performance.As to the images you posted, they stand on their own.  Would their mystery be somehow diminished if they were accompanied by the  blueprints  or an artist statement?  Depends on the viewer, and a number of other factors.Ah, this is all so complex.
February 20, 2013, at 02:50 AM by Alena - FJfyaHACbzwzL
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All of these atrclies have saved me a lot of headaches.
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Sorry, i had to explain more 1st : My gaarge where you visited before.2nd : My another stock yard 3rd : My friend's yard..so many 330s are there.4th : One junkyard that used to be there..they've already gone, but I saw soooo many '70s Japanese cars and I've got a lot of parts for my 230. Unfortunately they had to close the yard because of Japanese new recycle law.
February 20, 2013, at 01:37 AM by Misael - TImvayYnIOa
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I'm not easily impressed. . . but that's ipmressnig me! :)
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All of these atrclies have saved me a lot of headaches.
February 20, 2013, at 12:32 AM by Claudia - SZfgFamJ
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You keep it up now, undesratnd? Really good to know.
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I'm not easily impressed. . . but that's ipmressnig me! :)
February 19, 2013, at 10:15 PM by Ika - lAjjvKZANsNf
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that the Sun does not orbit the Earth really doesn’t know their scicene very well.There are no fixed points in space, people decide what fixed points are. Imagine you have emptiness… a great big void… vacuum….  outerspace…. except there is a baseball and a tennis ball in that vacuum. Let’s say one or both of the balls are moving. You could say the tennis ball is stationary, and the baseball is hurtling… let’s say… 40 miles per hour away from it. However, instead, you could say it's the baseball holding still, and the tennis ball is hurtling 40 miles per hour away from it; you would still be accurate. Or, you could pick some fixed point in space between the baseball and tennis ball, and say that point is what is stationary, and that the tennis ball is going 20 miles per hour in one direction and that the tennis ball is heading the opposite direction at 20 miles an hour. Or, again, you could pick a point in space between the two balls, and say that point is stationary, but this time you could say that the baseball is traveling away from that point at 5 miles per hour, and tennis ball is travelling away from that point in the opposite direction at 35 miles per hour  You could also pick a point NOT exactly between the two balls, but rather off to side, as your stationary point, and you could say something like the baseball is traveling at 102.7 miles per hour and the tennis ball is traveling at 99.29 miles per hour. All of these descriptions are accurate representations of the exact same set-up.Imagine you have a yellow sphere and a blue sphere in space. The yellow sphere is orbiting the blue sphere. You could just as easily just shift your point of view, and say the yellow sphere is stationary, and that the blue sphere is orbiting the yellow sphere. Or if you picked a point between the two spheres, and set that as stationary, you would see the two spheres spinning around that fixed point. There is an attraction between the sun and the earth we all know as gravity. But the laws of gravity do not specify which objects are standing still and which objects are being attracted. In fact, nothing specifies which objects are standing still and which objects are moving. Standstill and movement are not absolute characteristics, they are relative.It is possible to make an accurate model of the solar system showing the solar system orbiting a stationary earth. It would be very wobbly, since the sun has so much more mass than the earth does, but it can be done.Now, historical models of everything orbiting the earth are a bunch of rubbish. They are trash. Also, I’ll mention that I am an atheist, I am not arguing against all of you for any sort of religious beliefs about the earth being the center of the solar system.It is just really bad scicene to say that the sun does not orbit the earth. Of course it does. The sun is, with 100% certainty, a satellite of the earth. The sun orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun. And no, this isn’t some sort of weird philosophy or crap. I mean what I say very literally, not metaphorically.
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You keep it up now, undesratnd? Really good to know.
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Walking in the presence of giants here. Cool thinking all aronud!
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that the Sun does not orbit the Earth really doesn’t know their scicene very well.There are no fixed points in space, people decide what fixed points are. Imagine you have emptiness… a great big void… vacuum….  outerspace…. except there is a baseball and a tennis ball in that vacuum. Let’s say one or both of the balls are moving. You could say the tennis ball is stationary, and the baseball is hurtling… let’s say… 40 miles per hour away from it. However, instead, you could say it's the baseball holding still, and the tennis ball is hurtling 40 miles per hour away from it; you would still be accurate. Or, you could pick some fixed point in space between the baseball and tennis ball, and say that point is what is stationary, and that the tennis ball is going 20 miles per hour in one direction and that the tennis ball is heading the opposite direction at 20 miles an hour. Or, again, you could pick a point in space between the two balls, and say that point is stationary, but this time you could say that the baseball is traveling away from that point at 5 miles per hour, and tennis ball is travelling away from that point in the opposite direction at 35 miles per hour  You could also pick a point NOT exactly between the two balls, but rather off to side, as your stationary point, and you could say something like the baseball is traveling at 102.7 miles per hour and the tennis ball is traveling at 99.29 miles per hour. All of these descriptions are accurate representations of the exact same set-up.Imagine you have a yellow sphere and a blue sphere in space. The yellow sphere is orbiting the blue sphere. You could just as easily just shift your point of view, and say the yellow sphere is stationary, and that the blue sphere is orbiting the yellow sphere. Or if you picked a point between the two spheres, and set that as stationary, you would see the two spheres spinning around that fixed point. There is an attraction between the sun and the earth we all know as gravity. But the laws of gravity do not specify which objects are standing still and which objects are being attracted. In fact, nothing specifies which objects are standing still and which objects are moving. Standstill and movement are not absolute characteristics, they are relative.It is possible to make an accurate model of the solar system showing the solar system orbiting a stationary earth. It would be very wobbly, since the sun has so much more mass than the earth does, but it can be done.Now, historical models of everything orbiting the earth are a bunch of rubbish. They are trash. Also, I’ll mention that I am an atheist, I am not arguing against all of you for any sort of religious beliefs about the earth being the center of the solar system.It is just really bad scicene to say that the sun does not orbit the earth. Of course it does. The sun is, with 100% certainty, a satellite of the earth. The sun orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun. And no, this isn’t some sort of weird philosophy or crap. I mean what I say very literally, not metaphorically.
February 19, 2013, at 04:39 PM by Nina - pJZsftDcxfCcHevabP
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'''A space program for the rest of us.'''

!!! What we want to do

* Give more space access to anybody who wants some
* Get more people wanting more space by making space [[ ludotopian|more fun]]
* Make our world a little healthier, wealthier, and - if possible - wiser in the process.

All without sending anybody to space - at least for now.

It's a [[CATS | tall order]].  It raises [[Project Persephone FAQ|difficult questions]]. We'll need [[some people]].  Maybe you.

!!! What we do

* plan missions to put small satellites into low equatorial orbits for [[landslides | disaster warning]], [[environmental monitoring]] and emergency communications
* prototype [[exovivaria]] - closed ecosystems inside satellites, to be maintained from Earth [[telebots | telebotically]], and democratically governed by a global commmunity.
* promote [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial alpine regions]], especially in areas that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].
* study [[market mechanisms]] for optimizing all our activities.


!!! Space for fun - but only to SPEC

Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]]. We recognize that space exploitation must be pursued

* '''S'''eriously - educating people in the process
* '''P'''eacefully - avoiding (ideally even countering) [[arms proliferation]]
* '''E'''quitably - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''C'''leanly - not degrading (and ideally promoting) environmental [[sustainability]]

We call this: "[[Meeting the SPEC]]".

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Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]].  We are devoted to studying, developing and promoting new ways to expand uses of outer space that can benefit everybody.  At the same time, however, we recognize that space exploitation must be pursued
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Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]]. We recognize that space exploitation must be pursued
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The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a possible [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, the looming threat of space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].

Is it possible?  We don't know.  The [[research]] arm of Project Persephone is devoted to answering that question.  We're trying to make that research as much fun as possible, too; we don't have much money, and if we can get people to do some of the research for free, because it's fun, so much the better.  But even figuring out how to do that is not easy.

But nobody said it would be easy.

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!! What we work on

* planning
missions for putting small satellites into low equatorial orbits, for disaster prevention, environmental monitoring and emergency communications
* prototyping [[exovivaria]] - closed ecosystems inside satellites, maintained from Earth [[telebots | telebotically]], and democratically governed by a global commmunity.
* promoting [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial alpine regions]], especially those that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].

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!! What we do

* plan
missions to put small satellites into low equatorial orbits, for disaster prevention, environmental monitoring and emergency communications
* prototype [[exovivaria]] - closed ecosystems inside satellites, to be maintained from Earth [[telebots | telebotically]], and democratically governed by a global commmunity.
* promote [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial alpine regions]], especially in areas that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].

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Is ... a social enterprise for sustainable space development

Is ... fostering greener development of space, for science, learning, and play.

Want to save the world? Make new worlds? Go to other worlds? What if you could work toward all three? In the same organization? And have fun too? That's what we're here for. That's what we're doing.

We want to take space access from paddling through rapids to dancing across bridges.


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Want to save the world? Make new worlds? Go to other worlds? What if you could work toward all three? In the same organization? And have fun too? That's what we're here for. That's what we're doing.
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The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, the looming threat of space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].

Is it possible?  We don't know.  The [[research]] arm of Project Persephone is devoted to answering that question.  We're trying to make that research as much fun as possible, too; we don't have much money, and if we can get people to do some of it for free, because it's fun, so much the better.  But even figuring out how to do that is not easy.
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The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a possible [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, the looming threat of space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].

Is it possible?  We don't know.  The [[research]] arm of Project Persephone is devoted to answering that question.  We're trying to make that research as much fun as possible, too; we don't have much money, and if we can get people to do some of the research for free, because it's fun, so much the better.  But even figuring out how to do that is not easy.
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!! What we work on

* planning small remote-sensing [[LEO]]-equatorial satellite missions for disaster prevention, monitoring and relief
* prototyping [[exovivaria]] - closed ecosystems inside satellites, maintained from Earth [[telebots | telebotically]], and democratically governed by a global commmunity.
* promoting [[sustainability | sustainable development]] in [[equatorial alpine regions]], especially those that might someday host [[projectile space launch]].

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Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]].  We are devoted to studying, developing and promoting new ways to expand recreational uses of outer space.  At the same time, however, we recognize that space recreation must be pursued
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Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]].  We are devoted to studying, developing and promoting new ways to expand uses of outer space that can benefit everybody.  At the same time, however, we recognize that space exploitation must be pursued
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Along the way, the notorious [[Giggle Factor]] will pose an obstacle to being taken seriously.  There are, after all, bigger problems in the world than getting cheaper space access, many of those problems are getting worse, and what little Project Persephone would contribute to solutions would be just that: little.
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The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, the looming threat of space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].  Along the way, the notorious [[Giggle Factor]] will pose an obstacle to being taken seriously.  There are, after all, bigger problems in the world than getting cheaper space access, many of those problems are getting worse, and what little Project Persephone would contribute to solutions would be just that: little.
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The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, the looming threat of space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].

Along the way, the notorious [[Giggle Factor]] will pose an obstacle to being taken seriously.  There are, after all, bigger problems in the world than getting cheaper space access, many of those problems are getting worse, and what little Project Persephone would contribute to solutions would be just that: little.
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play.

Want to save the world? Make new worlds? Go to other worlds? What if you could work on all three? And have fun too? That's what we're here for. That's what we're doing.

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It's a [[CATS | tall order]].  We'll need [[some people]].  Maybe you.
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!!! First Steps on the Thousand-Mile Journey

Project Persephone's current key effort is assessing the prospects for [[orbital terraria]] ([[exovivaria]]).  User studies will focus on how to make them

* a compelling educational and recreational experience for earthbound users in developed nations, and
* a source of income for users in developing nations.

The effort is currently focused on how to provide realistic computer simulations of the user experience for a range of exovivaria designs, while researching how tele-operated robots might be enjoyably used in existing (terrestrial) [[vivaria]].

A secondary Project Persephone effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable lower-cost expansion of [[exovivaria]], if they prove viable and popular, since the basic ingredients of vivaria (structural materials, mechanical components, seeds, ova, spores, microbes, soil, water, micronutrients) can be packaged to survive high-acceleration launch and be assembled by [[telebots]].  Such a launch style would also enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly, since most uses depend one way or another on similarly packageable elements.  This Project Persephone effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, exploring interim commercial uses of the rudiments of such infrastructure, evaluating candidate sites (probably in [[equatorial alpine regions]] for building launch infrastructure, and studying how Project Persephone goals can dovetail with programs for improving the lives of natives in regions around candidate sites.

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!!! Facing Inescapable Realities



Project Persephone's agenda grows out of several conclusions about what it will take to bring space access costs down to Earth: future space applications must meet the criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''involving a large user base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:

* '''Be commercially attractive'''

-> Only some new, growing market will increase launch rates.  Higher launch rates are key to fostering the economies of scale (in production and operation) required to spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch infrastructure.  Orbital space tourism remains a recreation for the few who are motivated enough go through astronaut training, brave enough to take the trip, and rich enough to afford it.  It has been hosted so far only via governmental space programs (Russian manned launch, ISS.)  The market for [[suborbital flight]] looks promising, but remains somewhat speculative; if successful, it may whet appetites for orbital tourism, but the technologies involved for suborbital flight do not go far toward solving the much more difficult problem of low-cost ''orbital'' space access.  Relying more on private sector competition for public expenditures in space might help, as some launch industry lobbies propose[^"Commercial Spaceflight in Low Earth Orbit is the Key to Affordable and Sustainable Exploration Beyond: Input to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee", June 29, 2009, Next Step in Space Coalition^], but perhaps only for as long as those expenditures grow sustainably.  Government space programs already rely extensively on the private sector for launch services, and for launcher components.  Something new is needed.  And it has to be popular.

* '''Involve a large user base'''

-> This may be a prerequisite for being commercially attractive.  Enthusiasm for space development is naturally limited when only a very few can experience the rewards of participating directly.  Expansion of activities in orbit must compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets, limited time and energy, and limited skills and qualifications.  Popular activities must be designed that allow people on Earth to visibly make things happen in space; to do things on Earth that enable present and future space activities, including more manned space travel in the long run; and to communicate effectively and enjoyably about what they are doing, what they have accomplished, and what they want to do next.

* '''Foster -- but don't require -- human presence in space'''

-> Launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth will entail very high costs for the foreseeable future.  Yet, public and private investment in this adventure proceeds apace.  Future activities should (among other goals) be oriented toward making space more habitable for human beings in the long run; adventurous manned space programs (both governmental and private sector) should be not be denigrated.  However, no work should be undertaken by the organization if the activity ''requires'' sponsoring human presence in space.

* '''Be environmentally sustainable'''

-> Space is not the ultimate environmental escape hatch; rhetoric aimed at selling space access that way is easily seen as alarmist, and sometimes seen as transparently elitist, since the lifeboat would necessarily only be for the few.  Activities should therefor minimize the degree of environmental degradation necessary for success, and should emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  They should improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and ecosystems of localities that host activities, especially those in developing nations.  Sustainability includes minimizing pollution of the orbital environment with debris, which poses hazards to other useful (and environmentally important) space activities.

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-> Only some new, growing market will increase launch rates.  Higher launch rates are key to fostering the economies of scale (in production and operation) required to spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch infrastructure.  Orbital space tourism remains a recreation for the few who are motivated enough go through astronaut training, brave enough to take the trip, and rich enough to afford it.  It has been hosted so far only via governmental space programs (Russian manned launch, ISS.)  The market for [[suborbital flight]] looks promising, but remains somewhat speculative; if successful, it may whet appetites for orbital tourism, but the technologies involved for suborbital flight do not go far toward solving the much more difficult problem of low-cost ''orbital'' space access.  Something new is needed.  And it has to be popular.
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-> Only some new, growing market will increase launch rates.  Higher launch rates are key to fostering the economies of scale (in production and operation) required to spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch infrastructure.  Orbital space tourism remains a recreation for the few who are motivated enough go through astronaut training, brave enough to take the trip, and rich enough to afford it.  It has been hosted so far only via governmental space programs (Russian manned launch, ISS.)  The market for [[suborbital flight]] looks promising, but remains somewhat speculative; if successful, it may whet appetites for orbital tourism, but the technologies involved for suborbital flight do not go far toward solving the much more difficult problem of low-cost ''orbital'' space access.  Relying more on private sector competition for public expenditures in space might help, as some launch industry lobbies propose[^"Commercial Spaceflight in Low Earth Orbit is the Key to Affordable and Sustainable Exploration Beyond: Input to the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee", June 29, 2009, Next Step in Space Coalition^], but perhaps only for as long as those expenditures grow sustainably.  Government space programs already rely extensively on the private sector for launch services, and for launcher components.  Something new is needed.  And it has to be popular.
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The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, the looming threat of space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].  Along the way, the notorious [[Giggle Factor]] will pose an obstacle to being taken seriously.  There are, after all, bigger problems in the world than getting cheaper space access, many of those problems are getting worse, and what little Project Persephone would contribute to solutions would be just that: little.
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* make people healthier, wealthier and - if possible - wiser in the process.

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* Give some (outer) space to everybody who wants some
* Get more people wanting more space by making space more fun
* Make people healthier, wealthier, and - if possible - wiser in the process.

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And all without even sending anybody to space -at least for the time being, anyway.

It's a tall order.  We'll need [[some people]].  Maybe you.
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Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  We are devoted to studying, developing and promoting new ways to expand recreational uses of outer space.  At the same time, however, we recognize that space recreation must be pursued
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Project Persephone is an [[education | educational]], [[research]] and [[charity | charitable]] [[NGO]].  We are devoted to studying, developing and promoting new ways to expand recreational uses of outer space.  At the same time, however, we recognize that space recreation must be pursued
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Is it possible?  We don't know.  The [[research]] arm of Project Persephone is devoted to answering that question.  We're trying to make that research as much fun as possible, too; we don't have much money, and if we can get people to do some of it for free, because it's fun, so much the better.  But even figuring out how to do that is not easy.
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Project Persephone's current key effort is assessing the prospects for [[orbital gardens]] (or [[orbital terraria]], [[exovivaria]]).  User studies will focus on how to make them
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Project Persephone's current key effort is assessing the prospects for [[orbital terraria]] ([[exovivaria]]).  User studies will focus on how to make them
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We aim to get more people wanting more space in their lives by making space more fun.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and - if possible - wiser in the process.  And all without necessarily even sending anybody to space - at least for the time being.
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We aim to

*
give some (outer) space to everybody who wants some
* get more people wanting more space by making space more fun
* make people healthier, wealthier and - if possible - wiser in the process.

And all without necessarily even sending anybody to space -at
least for the time being.
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It's a tall order.
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It's a tall order.  We'll need [[some people]].
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We aim to make more people want more space by making space more fun.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and (possibly) wiser in the process.  And all without necessarily even sending anybody to space - at least for the time being.
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We aim to get more people wanting more space in their lives by making space more fun.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and - if possible - wiser in the process.  And all without necessarily even sending anybody to space - at least for the time being.
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We call this: "Doing it to [[SPEC]]".

The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, a growth in space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].
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We call this: "Meeting the [[SPEC]]".

The Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, a growth in space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].  Along the way, the notorious [[Giggle Factor]] will pose an impediment to being taken seriously.
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!! Space for Everybody - but only to SPEC
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!! Space for Fun - but only to SPEC
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* '''Seriously''' - educating people in the process
* '''Peacefully''' - avoiding (ideally even countering) [[arms proliferation]]
* '''Equitably'''' - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''Cleanly''' - not degrading (and ideally promoting) environmental [[sustainability]]

We call this: "Doing it to SPEC".
to:
* '''S'''eriously - educating people in the process
* '''P'''eacefully - avoiding (ideally even countering) [[arms proliferation]]
* '''E'''quitably - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''C'''leanly - not degrading (and ideally promoting) environmental [[sustainability]]

We call this: "Doing it to [[SPEC]]".
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and (possibly) wiser in the processAnd without necessarily even sending anybody to space -- at least for the time being.

!! What We Are

Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  It is devoted to developing innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access
to outer space, at the same time emphasizing that popular legitimacy of expanded space access can only be had if the activities thus enabled can be pursued

* '''cleanly''' - promoting environmental [[sustainability]]
* '''equitably'''' - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''peacefully''' - countering [[arms
proliferation]]
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We aim to make more people want more space by making space more funWe want to make people healthier, wealthier and (possibly) wiser in the process.  And all without necessarily even sending anybody to space - at least for the time being.

It's a tall order.

!! Space for Everybody - but only
to SPEC

Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  We are devoted to studying, developing and promoting new ways to expand recreational uses of outer space.
  At the same time, however, we recognize that space recreation must be pursued

* '''Seriously''' - educating people in the process
* '''Peacefully''' - avoiding (ideally even countering) [[arms
proliferation]]
* '''Equitably'''' - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''Cleanly''' - not degrading (and ideally promoting) environmental [[sustainability]]

We call this: "Doing it to SPEC".

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Like we said: it's a tall order.
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and (possibly) wiser in the process.  And necessarily even sending anybody to space -- at least for the time being.
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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and (possibly) wiser in the process.  And without necessarily even sending anybody to space -- at least for the time being.
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Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  It is devoted to innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space, in whatever ways that are compatible with the goals of

* promoting environmental [[sustainability]]
* improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
*
countering [[arms proliferation]]
to:
Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  It is devoted to developing innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space, at the same time emphasizing that popular legitimacy of expanded space access can only be had if the activities thus enabled can be pursued

* '''cleanly''' - promoting environmental [[sustainability]]
* '''equitably'''' - improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* '''peacefully''' -
countering [[arms proliferation]]
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!! The Mission

We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and (possibly) wiser in the process.  And necessarily even sending anybody to space -- at least for the time being.

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We want to give a little (outer) space to everybody who wants some.  We want to make it fun for them.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and wiser in the process.  And all somehow without even sending anybody to space.

Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  It is devoted to innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space in ways that are compatible with the goals of

* space
[[arms proliferation]] prevention,
* environmental [[sustainability]] and improvement,
* increasing global [[prosperity]], especially in the developing world.

This is a particularly challenging goal in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, a growth in space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].  It does not help at all that sales talk about space tourism -- or even the standard high-flown rhetoric about space as mankind's ultimate home, and space travel as the ultimate expression of the human spirit -- might be consider frivolous in the face of a world economy in severe crisis
.
to:
Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]].  It is devoted to innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space, in whatever ways that are compatible with the goals of

* promoting environmental [[sustainability]]
* improving developing-world [[prosperity]]
* countering [[arms proliferation]]

The
Project's goals are particularly challenging in view of the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, a growth in space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].
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Project Persephone's agenda stems from several conclusions about what it will take to bring space access costs down to Earth: future space applications must meet the criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''involving a large user base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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Project Persephone's agenda grows out of several conclusions about what it will take to bring space access costs down to Earth: future space applications must meet the criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''involving a large user base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]] devoted to innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space in ways that are compatible with reduced military and environmental threats, and increasing prosperity, especially in the developing world.  This is a challenging goal given current trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, increasing concerns about space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a growing threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].

Project Persephone's agenda is the outgrowth of several conclusions about the requirements for cheaper access to outer space
.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''reaching a mass base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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!! What We Are

We want to give a little (outer) space
to everybody who wants some.  We want to make it fun for them.  We want to make people healthier, wealthier and wiser in the process.  And all somehow without even sending anybody to space.

Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO
]].  It is devoted to innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space in ways that are compatible with the goals of

* space [[arms proliferation]] prevention,
* environmental [[sustainability]] and improvement,
* increasing global [[prosperity]], especially in the developing world
.

This is a particularly challenging goal in view of
the trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, a growth in space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a greater threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].  It does not help at all that sales talk about space tourism -- or even the standard high-flown rhetoric about space as mankind's ultimate home, and space travel as the ultimate expression of the human spirit -- might be consider frivolous in the face of a world economy in severe crisis.

!!! Facing Inescapable Realities

Project Persephone's agenda stems from several conclusions about what it will take to bring space access costs down to Earth: future space applications must meet the criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''involving a large user
base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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-> Only some new, growing market will increase launch rates enough to induce the economies of scale that will spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch technologies.  Orbital space tourism remains a recreation for the few who are interested enough, brave enough, and rich enough to afford it; it has been hosted so far only via governmental space programs (Russian manned launch, ISS.)  The market for [[suborbital flight]] looks promising, but remains somewhat speculative; while it may whet appetites for orbital tourism, the technologies involved do not go far in solving the much more difficult problem of low-cost ''orbital'' space access.

* '''Reach a mass base'''

-> This may be a prerequisite for being commercially attractive.  Enthusiasm for space development is naturally limited when only a very few can experience the rewards of participating directly.  Expansion of activities in orbit must compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets, limited time and energy, and limited skills and qualifications
.
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-> Only some new, growing market will increase launch rates.  Higher launch rates are key to fostering the economies of scale (in production and operation) required to spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch infrastructure.  Orbital space tourism remains a recreation for the few who are motivated enough go through astronaut training, brave enough to take the trip, and rich enough to afford it.  It has been hosted so far only via governmental space programs (Russian manned launch, ISS.)  The market for [[suborbital flight]] looks promising, but remains somewhat speculative; if successful, it may whet appetites for orbital tourism, but the technologies involved for suborbital flight do not go far toward solving the much more difficult problem of low-cost ''orbital'' space access.  Something new is needed.  And it has to be popular.

* '''Involve a large user base'''

-> This may be a prerequisite for being commercially attractive.  Enthusiasm for space development is naturally limited when only a very few can experience the rewards of participating directly.  Expansion of activities in orbit must compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets, limited time and energy, and limited skills and qualifications.  Popular activities must be designed that allow people on Earth to visibly make things happen in space; to do things on Earth that enable present and future space activities, including more manned space travel in the long run; and to communicate effectively and enjoyably about what they are doing, what they have accomplished, and what they want to do next
.
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-> Avoid the costs that launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth will entail for the foreseeable future.  Popular activities must be designed that allow people on Earth to do things, and see results, in space.
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-> Launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth will entail very high costs for the foreseeable future.  Yet, public and private investment in this adventure proceeds apace.  Future activities should (among other goals) be oriented toward making space more habitable for human beings in the long run; adventurous manned space programs (both governmental and private sector) should be not be denigrated.  However, no work should be undertaken by the organization if the activity ''requires'' sponsoring human presence in space.
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-> Aim to minimize the environmental degradation necessary for success.  Emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  Improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and the environment of localities hosting Project Persephone activities, especially those in developing nations.  Sustainability includes minimizing pollution of the orbital environment with debris, which endangers other useful space activities.

Project Persephone's current key effort is assessing
the prospects for [[orbital gardens]] (or [[orbital terraria]], [[exovivaria]]).  User studies will focus on how to make them a compelling educational and recreational experience for earthbound users.  The effort is currently focused on providing simulations of the experience for a range of orbital garden satellite designs.

A secondary Project Persephone
effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable lower-cost expansion of [[exovivaria]], if they prove viable.  Such a launch style would also enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly.  This effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, evaluating candidate regions, and studying how project goals can dovetail with improving the lives of natives of candidate regions.
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-> Space is not the ultimate environmental escape hatch; rhetoric aimed at selling space access that way is easily seen as alarmist, and sometimes seen as transparently elitist, since the lifeboat would necessarily only be for the few.  Activities should therefor minimize the degree of environmental degradation necessary for success, and should emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  They should improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and ecosystems of localities that host activities, especially those in developing nations.  Sustainability includes minimizing pollution of the orbital environment with debris, which poses hazards to other useful (and environmentally important) space activities.

!!! First Steps on the Thousand-Mile Journey

Project Persephone's current key
effort is assessing the prospects for [[orbital gardens]] (or [[orbital terraria]], [[exovivaria]]).  User studies will focus on how to make them

* a compelling educational and recreational experience for earthbound users in developed nations, and
* a source
of income for users in developing nations.

The
effort is currently focused on how to provide realistic computer simulations of the user experience for a range of exovivaria designs, while researching how tele-operated robots might be enjoyably used in existing (terrestrial) [[vivaria]].

A secondary Project Persephone effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable lower-cost expansion of [[exovivaria]], if they prove viable and popular, since the basic ingredients of vivaria (structural materials, mechanical components, seeds, ova, spores, microbes, soil, water, micronutrients) can be packaged to survive high-acceleration launch and be assembled by [[telebots]].  Such a launch style would also enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly, since most uses depend one way or another on similarly packageable elements.  This Project Persephone effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, exploring interim commercial uses of the rudiments of such infrastructure, evaluating candidate sites (probably in [[equatorial alpine regions]] for building launch infrastructure, and studying how Project Persephone goals can dovetail with programs for improving the lives of natives in regions around candidate sites
.
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Project Persephone is the outgrowth of several conclusions about the requirements for cheaper access to outer space.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''reaching a mass base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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Project Persephone's agenda is the outgrowth of several conclusions about the requirements for cheaper access to outer space.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''reaching a mass base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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-> Enthusiasm for space development is naturally limited when only the few can participate.  Expanding activities in orbit will need to compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets, limited free time, and limited skills and qualifications.
to:
-> This may be a prerequisite for being commercially attractive.  Enthusiasm for space development is naturally limited when only a very few can experience the rewards of participating directly.  Expansion of activities in orbit must compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets, limited time and energy, and limited skills and qualifications.
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Project Persephone is the outgrowth of several conclusions about the requirements for cheaper access to outer space.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria.
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Project Persephone is the outgrowth of several conclusions about the requirements for cheaper access to outer space.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria of ''being commercially attractive'', ''reaching a mass base'', ''fostering (but not requiring) human presence in space'', and ''being environmentally sustainable''.  In more detail:
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-> Aim to minimize the environmental degradation necessary for success.  Emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  Improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and the environment of localities hosting Project Persephone activities, especially those in developing nations.

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-> Aim to minimize the environmental degradation necessary for success.  Emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  Improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and the environment of localities hosting Project Persephone activities, especially those in developing nations.  Sustainability includes minimizing pollution of the orbital environment with debris, which endangers other useful space activities.
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A secondary Project Persephone effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable lower-cost expansion of [[exovivaria]], if they prove viable.  But it is also likely to enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly.  This effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, and evaluating candidate regions.

Project Persephone is the outgrowth of several conclusions about
the requirements for cheaper access to outer space.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria.

* '''Be commercially attractive'''

-> Only some new, growing market can increase launch rates enough to induce economies of scale and spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch technologies.

* '''Reach a mass base'''

-> Compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets.

* '''Foster -- but don't require -- human presence in space'''

-> Avoid the costs -- financial and environmental -- that launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth will entail for the foreseeable future.

* '''Be environmentally sustainable'''

-> Aim to minimize the environmental degradation necessary for success.  Emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  Improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and the environment of localities hosting Project Persephone activities, especially those in developing nations.

to:
A secondary Project Persephone effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable lower-cost expansion of [[exovivaria]], if they prove viable.  Such a launch style would also enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly.  This effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, evaluating candidate regions, and studying how project goals can dovetail with improving the lives of natives of candidate regions.
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Project Persephone is devoted to exploring strategies for cheaper access to outer space through expanded commercial activity.  This is a challenging goal given current trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads.

Project Persephone's current key effort is assessing the market prospects for [[orbital gardens]] (or [[orbital terraria]]) through experimental research on how to make them a compelling recreational experience for earthbound users.
  The effort is currently focused on providing simulations of the experience for a range of orbital garden satellite designs.

A secondary Project Persephone effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable the cheaper expansion of space gardens, if they prove commercially viable, but it is also likely to enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly.  This effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, and evaluating candidate regions
.
to:
Project Persephone is an educational, research and charitable [[NGO]] devoted to innovative strategies for reducing the cost of access to outer space in ways that are compatible with reduced military and environmental threats, and increasing prosperity, especially in the developing world.  This is a challenging goal given current trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads, increasing concerns about space-based and space-enabled [[arms proliferation]], and a growing threat to all near-Earth uses of space from anthropogenic [[orbital debris]].
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Be Commercially Attractive:  only some new, growing market can increase launch rates enough to induce economies of scale and spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch technologies.

Reach a Mass Market: compel the attention of a large customer base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets.

Don't Require Human Presence in Orbit: avoid the costs inevitably attendant on launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth.

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* '''Be commercially attractive'''

-> Only some new, growing market will increase launch rates enough to induce the economies of scale that will spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch technologies.  Orbital space tourism remains a recreation for the few who are interested enough, brave enough, and rich enough to afford it; it has been hosted so far only via governmental space programs (Russian manned launch, ISS.)  The market for [[suborbital flight]] looks promising, but remains somewhat speculative; while it may whet appetites for orbital tourism, the technologies involved do not go far in solving the much more difficult problem of low-cost ''orbital'' space access.

* '''Reach a mass base'''

-> Enthusiasm for space development is naturally limited when only the few can participate.  Expanding activities in orbit will need to compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets, limited free time, and limited skills and qualifications.

* '''Foster -- but don't require -- human presence in space'''

-> Avoid the costs that launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth will entail for the foreseeable future.  Popular activities must be designed that allow people on Earth to do things, and see results, in space.

* '''Be environmentally sustainable'''

-> Aim to minimize the environmental degradation necessary for success.  Emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  Improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and the environment of localities hosting Project Persephone activities, especially those in developing nations.


Project Persephone's current key effort is assessing the prospects for [[orbital gardens]] (or [[orbital terraria]], [[exovivaria]]).  User studies will focus on how to make them a compelling educational and recreational experience for earthbound users.  The effort is currently focused on providing simulations of the experience for a range of orbital garden satellite designs.

A secondary Project Persephone effort is assessing the prospects for building [[projectile space launch]] infrastructure in [[equatorial alpine regions]].  Any such infrastructure would naturally enable lower-cost expansion of [[exovivaria]], if they prove viable.  But it is also likely to enable almost any other use of outer space, directly and indirectly.  This effort includes surveying the current state of the art in projectile launch, and evaluating candidate regions.

Project Persephone is the outgrowth of several conclusions about the requirements for cheaper access to outer space.  Improving access to outer space must meet the following criteria.

* '''Be commercially attractive'''

-> Only some new, growing market can increase launch rates enough to induce economies of scale and spur investment in lower-cost, higher-volume space launch technologies.

* '''Reach a mass base'''

-> Compel the attention of a large user base consisting of individuals, teams and organizations with relatively small budgets.

* '''Foster -- but don't require -- human presence in space'''

-> Avoid the costs -- financial and environmental -- that launching human beings into orbit and returning them safely to Earth will entail for the foreseeable future.

* '''Be environmentally sustainable'''

-> Aim to minimize the environmental degradation necessary for success.  Emphasize long-term (multi-century) improvements in living standards globally.  Improve, in the near- and medium-term, the living standards and the environment of localities hosting Project Persephone activities, especially those in developing nations.

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Project Persephone is devoted to exploring strategies for cheaper access to outer space through expanded commercial activity.  This is a challenging goal given current commercial trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]].
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Project Persephone is devoted to exploring strategies for cheaper access to outer space through expanded commercial activity.  This is a challenging goal given current trends toward a [[decline in launch demand]] for commercial payloads.
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