Moon Village

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Almost 50 years since man first walked on the lunar surface, the head of the European Space Agency explains his vision for living and working on the Moon.

Johann-Dietrich Woerner believes the next giant leap for humankind could be an international collaboration of space faring nations in the form of a Moon village. This village would be a permanent lunar base for science, business, tourism or even mining.

Woerner explains how using the Moon’s own natural resources could help build and sustain a base by 3D printing a structure or building element. Robotic rovers could inflate protective domes for astronauts. He also discusses the potential hazards of living on the Moon as well as the possible locations of he lunar base and the advantages of a new global space project.

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  1. Moon-base structures could be "printed" out of a slurry of water and Moon dust. At approximately 200 degrees below 0(F), the resulting built-up layers of frozen slurry would be almost as hard as rock. Such work could be accomplished remotely by automation which already exists. The only truly difficult hurdle is supplying adequate water to the site. Building inside the perimeter of a northern or southern crater would provide a modicum of lateral protection from meteor-strike fragmentation, and make any solar heating less impactful on the frozen structure by limiting exposure to a narrower portion of sky. An additional benefit of using frozen water is its characteristic of blocking ionizing radiation, or at least a significant portion thereof. Structures like these could at least form a temporary platform from which to complete more durable an permanent structures.

    Just a thought.

  2. Everything involving the moon and the others places are always one step away. Until that day comes . Then it always seems to get a new date and year. What's up with that. It's always next year or the next 10 years. They just come an go

  3. It may be easier to construct dome like structures like the millennium dome. Given that these structures May easily enclose larger areas allowing construction to take place inside.

  4. To acquire scientific knowledge and technological competency, space mission is quite relevant and colonization other planets can’t be more attractive even in the worse scenario of earth, which will remain far greater for lives than any other planets naturally, though no planets are ever lasting except heavens and there are around 18.97 million square miles of hot and cold deserts on earth which can be turned into a fertile agricultural and residential lands with higher ROI.

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