SSI Newsletters: December 10th 1975


December 10, 1975


Recent work:

Editing of The Proceedings of the May 10, 1974 Conference on Space Colonization is now complete and the manuscript has been given to the publishers for review. Editing of the 1975 Conference is only about six months behind the first, as a result of rapid buildup of professional and volunteer effort at Princeton during the past few months.

Approximately half the members of the 1975 NASA Ames/Stanford Sum­mer Study met at Princeton in November for an intense week of work on the draft of the Study report. That report should be available as a NASA document at some time in the first half of 1976.

1) Settlers in Space; Science Year 1976, World Book Encyclopedia Annual, Chicago, September, 1976 (GKO’N)

2) Future Space Programs 1975. Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications of the Committee on Science and Technology, U. s. House of Representatives, 94th Congress, 1st Session, No. 17. (Superintendent of Documents, u. s. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402. Stock No. 052-070-02889-1. Price $3.20) pp. 111-188 (GKO’N)

3) Space Colonies and Energy Supply to the Earth, Science; December 5, 1975, vol. 190, No. 4218 (GKO’N) (Reprints will be available from Princeton)

4) CoEvolution Quarterly, Fall 1975. (Inquiries: POINT, Box 428,
Sausalito, California 94965) pp. 1-29 (Collected lectures, articles
and interview)

Articles not originating in Princeton (in future newsletters additional articles can be listed, if called to our attention):

Space Habitats; Philip Friedman, in MBA, 9, No. 10, Nov. ’75

Colonies in Space; Philip Friedman, in New Engineer !’ No. 10, Nov. ’75

Colonies in Space; Joel Shurkin, in Philadelphia Inquirer’s Today Magazine, Nov. 23, ’75



Early in 1975 Princeton University discontinued its clipping service. As a result, we do not know of newspaper or magazine articles on space colonization unless clippings are sent to us by interested friends. We would appreciate receiving such clippings in order to maintain an adequate record.


Mailing list:

We would appreciate receiving name/address corrections and address changes.

Volunteer Lecturers:
People who wish to give lectures may wish to get in touch with us.
Slides, reference documents and a 4-1/2 minute animated movie will be made available to lecturers by our office, at cost, if we are given adequate notice (2-3 weeks) of the need.


Lectures  in  recent months:

1)  Lockheed Management Seminar, Sunnyvale, California, September  9

2)  IBM, Vail, Colorado, September 11

3) International Astronautical Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, September 22 (read by Professor J. Preston Layton)

4) All-College Lecture,  Hope College,  Holland,  Michigan,  October  2

5) Frontiers of Science Lecture, S. u. N. Y., New Paltz, New York, October 23

6) Colloquium, N. A. S. A. Langley Research Center, Hampton Roads, Virginia, October 31

7) Engineering Department Heads Institute meeting, Chicago, December 5


Lectures presently scheduled:

1) Keynote speech, Session 9, ”Transition to the Future”, 12th Annual Meeting, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Sheraton-Park Hotel, Washington, D. C., Friday, January 30, 10:45am ­ 12:30 pm (G. K. O’Neill. Invited Panelists: Dr. Jerry Grey, Dr. Margaret Mead, Dr. Cyril Ponnamperuma. Invited questioners: Jules Bergman, Dr. Daniel Boorstin, Dr. Klaus Heiss)

2) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Tuesday, March 2

3) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics/Lunar Science Institute Lecture at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, Tuesday, April 13

4) Frontiers of Science Lecture, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Wednesday, April 14

5) Lecture in connection with National Bicentennial and State Centennial Celebration, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, Wednesday, April 28


Transitions at Princeton:

Dr. Eric Hannah, who took part in the 1974 and 1975 Conferences and has been a full-time Research Associate since January 1, 1975, left our group December 1, 1975 to work in the area of solid-state physics, his thesis research field. We wish him great success in this and expect to keep in close touch. Doctor Hannah has now been
replaced at Princeton by Dr. Brian O’Leary, former member of the scientist-astronaut corps, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences at Cornell University, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Science Policy Assessment at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and most recently Congressional Staff Member in Washington. Until the long-term level of support for research at Princeton is clearer, we are regarding Doctor O’Leary’s stay as temporary. The Princeton group has a job opening at the post-doctoral level, and would welcome inquiries from qualified candidates. The requirements are very stiff.

Virginia Reynolds is now full-time with our group as a Research Aide.

The  Princeton group  now consists of:

Gerard K. O’Neill

Pam Csira

Virginia (Ginie) Reynolds

Fran Arnold (1/4 time)

Sarah Michlem (volunteer, 1/4 time)

Brian O’Leary

Roger Miles (volunteer)

Ruth Miles (1/2 time)

David (Hank) Bushnell (volunteer, 1/4 time)

and is supplemented by an important group of volunteer workers, some at a considerable distance from Princeton.



All members of the Princeton group, with the exception of myself, expect to be in residence at Princeton during the remainder of the 1975-76 academic year. I will be in the Palo Alto area in January, February and March, taking shifts on a high-energy physics experiment. During that time I can be available only rarely for lectures or interviews; any inquiries should be addressed to Princeton.


Other activities and future plans:

As a matter of general policy, negotiations in Washington and elsewhere, held other than in public meetings, are not discussed in this newsletter. Work in progress (articles, research, etc.) normally is not discussed until its completion.

It is a pleasure to report a half-year of intense and productive activity, in which the effort of volunteers in and outside Princeton has been essential.

G. K. O’Neill

©space studies institute

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