Moon Base Visions: How to Build a Lunar Colony (Photos)

1.5 Metric Ton Building Block

ESA

This 2,205 pound (1,000 kilograms)test-print is made from simulated lunar dirt and resembles a cross section of what the lunar home could look like.

3-D Printing Device Could Build Moon Base from Lunar Dust

D-Shape

This 6-foot-tall (2 meter) gazebo was built with D-shape 3-D printing technology. The monolithic sandstone structure was made of about 200 thin layers and is shown unfinished (left) and after a week of finishing by hand. It was designed to look like a micro-organism called Radiolaria. The structure in the background, overhead, is the printing device.

Packing for the Moon: New Software Aims to Track Supplies

MIT Space Logistics Program

This graphic shows a series of destination nodes within an interplanetary supply chain.

Photos Inspire Dreams of Underground Moon Exploration

NASA/ LROC/ ASU

This pit in the Moon's Marius Hills is big enough to fit the White House completely inside and was photographed by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Hole in the Moon Could Shelter Colonists

ISAS/JAXA/SELENE/Junichi Haruyama et al.

This apparent hole in the moon is like a skylight, a vertical cave 213 feet (65 meters) across and some 262 to 289 feet deep (80-88 meters). It is thought to be a collapsed lava tube. The inset shows close-up of the boxed area.

Perfect Spot Found for Moon Base

An illumination map of the Moon reveals where the Sun shines, and where it doesn't. © Nature

Moon's Magnetic Umbrella Seen as Safe Haven for Explorers

This 3D anaglyph image shows the Reiner Gamma Formation, a totally flat area consisting of much brighter material than the surrounding dark mare. The image is centered on an area located at 57.8° West, 8.1° North, in the Oceanus Procellarum on the near (visible) side of the Moon, and has an extension of approximately 30 by 60 kilometres. Credits: ESA/Space-X (Space Exploration Institute)

Return to the Moon: Mending Fences Between Exploration and Science

NASA

Moon Base would be built in increments over time, leading to permanent housing on the lunar surface for expeditionary teams. This drawing depicts a notional view of such an outpost. Image

NASA Plans Bigger Moon Base, Sporty Rovers for Future Missions

NASA.

This image is a one of several conceptual visions of a pressurized rover for future moon explores under NASA's revised lunar plan and may not represent the final design.

NASA Weighs U.S. Strategy for Moon Exploration

Lockheed Martin Corp.

NASA’s 21st century return to the Moon will make use of Orion, the space agency’s Crew Exploration Vehicle. Shown here is Orion docked with a lunar lander in orbit above the lunar landscape.

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