Early praise for Moon Rush – The New Space, published by National Geographic:

“We are in the middle of the ‘New Space’ era, and Moon Rush is the roadmap that shows us how we got here, where we are going, and why. Leonard David’s keen insight into space exploration puts the Moon into its proper context – as the next destination for humans as we take our first steps into the solar system.” — Colonel Terry Virts (ret.), NASA veteran of two spaceflights – a two-week mission onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2010 and a 200-day flight to the Space Station in 2014-2015

Geologist Harrison Schmitt performs Moon tasks during Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.
Credit: NASA

“Written with Leonard David’s trademark wry humor and the product of thorough research, Moon Rush is a comprehensive, accessible and entertaining book addressing the value of a return to the Moon. Deftly tying together the rich past of U.S. and Russian lunar expeditions (robotic and human) with present developments and an optimistic view of the future, Mr. David lays out the geopolitical case for a return to the Moon for the United States, our international allies, and our competitors, with attention to human space exploration, planetary science, the discovery of lunar resources and the eventual development of a lunar economy.” — Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, President & CEO, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration; Member U.S. National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group

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“Leonard David has now managed to make sense of the new rush to the Moon where scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and artists are looking to uncover its hidden secrets, utilize its precious resources, and continue finding inspiration from its otherworldly beauty. And he has done it by skillfully describing how these seemingly contrasting goals fit in humanity’s ‘unquenchable thirst to press onward and outward.’” — Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid, Director, Center for Space Resources, Colorado School of Mines

A source of water on the Moon could help make future crewed missions more sustainable and affordable.
Credit: RegoLight, visualization: Liquifer Systems Group, 2018

“In Moon Rush, Leonard David has provided a comprehensive, clearly written, and convincing account of why the returning to the Moon, ‘this time to stay,’ will be the central feature of the world’s space activities of the next few decades. He suggests that ‘the United States is hungry to take to lead’ in that return. I hope that he is right about that, and that the country that sent 12 men to the Moon a half-century ago will once again be in the vanguard of a sustained global public-private effort to make the Earth’s off-shore island an essential element of this planet’s future.” — Dr. John Logsdon, Professor emeritus and founder, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

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“Leonard David explores multiple dimensions of our Moon: mythology, history, robotic and human exploration, science, technology, utilization, inspiration, education, strategy, national and international programs, governments, and new private space actors. It will enrich everybody’s own personal and collective lunar experience! This book is an amazing resource for learning, reflecting, and engaging towards our next steps to build a ‘MoonVillage’ sustainable community and settlement on our 8th continent, the Moon.” — Professor Bernard H. Foing, Executive Director, The International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG), European Space Agency Lead scientist for SMART-1 Mission, and EuroMoonMars program

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