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The Future of Space Travel
By Yasha Husain
January 15, 2013

NASA should, in coordination with all of the space agencies around the world, via the United Nations, launch and build a space colony on the moon that will, in order that it be developed, first search for in situ water, minerals, rock and earth that can be used to build on the moon. The colony would be optimally located in view of resource allocation. The colony ought to be built according to the principles of conservation and in light of budget expenses. The visionary space and earth architect, Nader Khalili, wrote extensively about how we can build environmentally friendly colonies or habitats in space.

The colony on the moon would be used for scientific research, including studying solar reflection off of rotating and static materials, curved and flat, that can be used as conduits of energy, that is energy research from space excluding the creation of beams of energy to earth, which have potentially negative effects; preparation for further space exploration missions to planets and moons of the solar system; other science projects aimed at expectant discoveries that may produce “spinoffs,” fruitive uses of science, for earth and space science.

For the coordinated effort, the UN should have a panel set up to review all science projects to be done at the colony, for their safety, purpose and direction. All projects entering space should be determined to be safe by this panel of experts, which would also coordinate the international projects being carried out at the colony.

As the international colony unfolds, in the spirit of cooperation and scientific progress, in space science more generally, a separate panel at the UN ought to be created for the registering and coordination of all other space exploration missions by countries now officially tied together by an international department at the UN. The panel should cover the work of both public and private agencies and companies, all of whom can work side-by-side in affiliation with the UN panel(s), and by way of the UN rules. Each operator would still have the room to act with an independent spirit, their ideas and goals being well outlined and integrated internationally.

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An American Reconstruction Department
By Yasha Husain
December 29, 2012

A logical next step for the Obama Administration and its efforts to triumph against the challenges of the 21st century, is, strategically speaking, the creation of an American Reconstruction Department, a Franklin Roosevelt-type initiative.

All wings of the proposed Reconstruction effort, listed below, would be carried out concurrently by diverse teams of experts, the heads of which meet bi-monthly. Expenditures will come chiefly from already distributed, or budgeted, dollars, in exception of R&D and special projects, e.g. pilot projects, including ones that meet the needs of poor, underserved or polluted communities.

For each wing of the department, there will be three "well-schooled" and "well-rounded" experts with a specialty in their field area, be it, for clean energy, wind, solar or geothermal. Each will be a holistic, which also implies, global, thinker, in their own right, but above them will still be a world-class expert, who is firstly a holistic and global thinker, whose job it is to arrive at the most common sense energy solutions for localities, regions and the nation, with the rest of his or her team, or panel, and the nation.

The panel of the Clean Energy wing would, for example, work in coordination with the Department of Energy. It would have a specially appointed person to work with think tanks, and the media, to get the word out of the progress of the Department. The panel member's closest relationships would be to Congress, as selected Congress members would be asked to help write legislation, and all of Congress would act as constant liaison between the nation's people and the Reconstruction Department.

The head of the Reconstruction Department may be a residing Senator or Congressperson.

In light of climate change and the international economy, domestic and world affairs would largely be tackled with the follow-through of an American Reconstruction Department.

The idea for the Department comes not only from Roosevelt's defeat of the Great Depression, but from Japan, which in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and in response to its environmental demands, instituted a nationwide, regional and community-based reconstruction effort, according to Habitat for Humanity, which ran a special ad about Japan in Bloomberg Businessweek (Oct. 22-28, 2012).

It's true that after the 2008 financial crisis has wound down, Obama's in earnest planning stage is finally upon us. No better time, then, to start the ambitious goal setting, based on a long range vision, with a centralized department, with outreach capacity to communities across the nation, and world.

The logical next step in the Obama Administration's efforts to promote change is an American Reconstruction Department, that could be replicated internationally, its various wings:

1. Celebrating the Family and Perfect Love

2. Emergent Education, Adapting to 21st Century Needs, Including Job Creation

3. The Role of Faith in Culture

4. Exchanging Nonviolence

5. Guideposts: Sharing the Wisdom of All Time

6. Harnessing the Creative Potential Utilizing “Perfect Knowledge” (Self-realization)

7. On the Nature of Competition: Holistic Competition

8. On the Role of Science: Holistic Science

9. Holistic Farming

10. Helping Hands for the Poor

11. Developing Cognitive and Behavioral Health Advancements, Thinking Out-of-the-Box

12. Integrative, Holistic Medicine

13. Sound Design Materials

14. Graduated Engineering

15. Architecture and Design

16. Rail and Vehicular Design and Transfer

17. Clean Energy Projects

18. Remediation

19. Environmental Monitoring

20. Technology Transfer

21. Realigning Military and Intelligence to Carry Out More Diplomatic Missions

22. Mixing of Economies

23. Cross Cultural Exchange for the Continuation of Cultural Heritage

24. Global Participation

25. Development

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Blog: Decision '09, The Science Debates

Debate #3:
Elusive Water Vapor: High
Altitude Hydrogen Jets, and the Delicate

Moderator Question:

What do we know about manmade water vapor emissions in the lower stratosphere and the implications of risks involved in their release?


Water vapor remains among the most elusive of greenhouse gases. Perhaps in part because of its innocuous sounding name, its story has seldom been told.  

A 1996 study, however, titled, “Molecular Hydrogen and Water Vapour Emissions in a Global Hydrogen Energy Economy,” by Zittel and Altmann, assumed that about 20 percent of planes at the time flew in the upper troposphere / lower stratosphere. The report, presented at the 11th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, declared a hydrogen fleet of planes emitting water vapor emissions would need to fly well within the troposphere to keep from disrupting the delicate, dry balance in the stratosphere. Starting in 1996, the year the study was published, NASA's modified U2 spy plane, the ER-2, began collecting samples of stratospheric air from which to draw such conclusions. Since then, scientists have continued to elaborate on Zittel and Altmann's findings as well as apply unique methods of analysis in their attempts to understand the potential for stratospheric ozone destruction from commercial hydrogen fleets.

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Top Ten Reasons to Inhabit Outerspace
by Yasha Melanie Husain
Published at Space.com
July 23, 2000


Astro Architects: Designing Our Future in Space
by Yasha Melanie Husain
Published at Space.com
November 17, 2000


Space-Friendly Architecture: Meet Nader Khalili
by Yasha Melanie Husain
Published at Space.com
November 17, 2000