When men first landed on the moon all those decades ago, the idea of living there likely never crossed their minds. But now, China and the European Space Agency (ESA) are considering joining forces to create a settlement on the moon.
The secretary general for China’s space agency, Tian Yulong, has confirmed that these plans really are in the works, and the ESA has said that the “Moon Village” could be used as a “launch pad” for future space exploration endeavors–like trips to Mars.
Sources say that the lunar location could also be used as a “pit stop” for excursions deeper into space. However, further details about the village and what the collaboration would involve have yet to be revealed.
The head of the ESA, Jan Woerner, has said that he believes space travel requires “new vision” for the future. His vision, of course, is the Moon Village.
As reported, “In the Moon Village we would like to combine the capabilities of different spacefaring nations, with the help of robots and astronauts. The participants can work in different fields, perhaps they will conduct pure science and perhaps there will even be business ventures like mining or tourism,” Woerner explained.
And he believes the moon could also be used as a “pit stop” or “launch pad” for space travelers headed to Mars, or even areas deeper into space.
While there are still many hurdles to be overcome, Woerner seems hopeful that his idea of the “Moon Village” will one day come to fruition. Some of the obstacles scientists face are figuring out how to eliminate the health risks posed by cosmic radiation, and general survival for long periods of time in space. But in the mean time, the concept is certainly intriguing, though it could also raise serious questions.
Given that the health of our planet is in rapid decline, it is not beyond reason to question if the sole intent of this so-called “Moon Village” is purely for space travel, or if there is more to it than that–such as the survival of the human race. Is the answer a settlement on the moon?