Manny Pimenta

Manuel (Manny) Pimenta is an Electrical Engineer with a Computer Science Master’s degree. He has worked most of his professional life in the Electric Utility industry. He has also worked on airborne radar systems for a major defense contractor. He became involved in space advocacy in 2000. His primary interest is Space colonization and his focus is on establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon. He has been part of several space advocacy organizations: He has been Return To The Moon project manager at the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), organized two Return To The Moon conferences for the SFF, and has served as Advocate Coordinator. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA). He was also a member of ProSpace and participated in 8 consecutive yearly “March Storm” congressional space lobbying drives in Washington DC. He served as Vice President of the New York City chapter of the National Space Society. In 2004 he founded Lunar Explorer and in 2006 released the world’s first fully immersive, interactive Virtual Reality simulation of the Moon, which was also called Lunar Explorer. He has given presentations at many space conferences, lectured at NYU, Princeton, and Rutgers University, participated in NASA workshops at NASA Ames and worked with the Smithsonian on researching and creating lists of Apollo objects left on the Moon. He founded Virtual Moon to create a new and massively updated version of the original Lunar Explorer VR simulation and take advantage of the new consumer level VR technology that we have today but that was not available when Lunar Explorer was originally created. His passion is to create the most accurate and realistic VR simulation of the Moon possible – an experience that is visually indistinguishable from actually being there – and make it available to every single person on Earth who wants to experience it.

Broadcast 1001 (Special Edition)

Guest: Manny Pimenta returned to The Space Show to discuss Lunar Explorer, his interactive global model of the Moon which is available for home PCs. This software is an interactive, virtual reality program detailing the features on the surface of the Moon. We talked about how the software was made using the Clementine data and what one can do with the software to simulate being and working on the Moon and even on a lunar outpost/settlement.

Broadcast 618 (Special Edition)

Manny Pimenta returned to The Space Show for this program to discuss his newly created and released DVD, Lunar Explorer. Lunar Explorer is the world's first interactive global model of the Moon available for home PCs. It gives you a realistic visual experience of being on the surface of the Moon and having worked with samples of this program at conferences, I can attest to its high quality and simulated reality. Manny discussed how he got the idea to create the experience and the process he went through to create it as a DVD that works on our home computers.

Broadcast 237 (Special Edition)

Manny Pimenta returned to the Space Show for this holiday broadcast to talk about the upcoming Space Frontier Foundation's (SFF) Return to The Moon Conference (RTM) to be held in Las Vegas the weekend of July 16-18. As a member of the Board of Directors and the conference coordinator, Manny spoke about the importance of this conference and the events of 2004 that have unfolded to date to make this year's conference amazingly special!

Broadcast 200 (Special Edition)

Manny Pimenta, the guest on The Space Show for this 200th program, is a member of the Board of Directors and an Advocate for The Space Frontier Foundation. He is in charge of organizing the upcoming, very important Return to the Moon Conference to be held in July in Las Vegas, NV. We discussed the need for this conference as well as for returning to the Moon. Mr.

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