The EU have amazed everyone last year by landing the first spaceship on a comet. This time the European Space Agency (ESA) has bigger plans, to build the first home on the Moon in the Shackleton crater, a large hole on Moon’s surface.
The European Union has a great plan to build an inflatable home on the moon in less than ten years.
The EU has amazed everyone last year by landing the first spaceship on a comet. This time the European Space Agency (ESA) has bigger plans, to build the first home on the Moon in the Shackleton crater, a large hole on Moon’s surface.
ESA released a video recently, showing the idea of the project, which includes 3D printers and inflatable homes that can provide comfortable living conditions to four astronauts. Furthermore, the agency wants to build a whole city on the Moon, called ‘Lunarville’ by less than ten years, in 2024.
To make this project real, ESA is going to send a Lunar Lander to the Moon in 2018 that will become the first step in accomplishing this mission. And if the ESA will gather enough funds by 2024, it will send the second spaceship to the moon and will begin the construction of the first home of a man on the Moon.
The technology is as follows: at the first phase, a cupola will be inflated on the surface, and the second phase envisions robots with 3D printers that will cover the cupola with solid cover, made of Moon’s dust that will protect people inside from cosmic radiation and meteors. Scientists already started experiments with 3D printers and in 2013, a 3D printer manufacturer company built a structure from the material, similar to Moon’s dust.