Moon Temple and Earth
European Space Agency (ESA) artist-in-residence Jorge Mañes Rubio has drawn up plans for a "moon temple" that would help meet the social, spiritual and psychological needs of lunar settlers. See how his vision looks in this gallery.
This image: Shackleton Crater, with Rubio's moon temple visible as a small bright dot on the left of the image.
Jorge Mañes Rubio
European Space Agency artist-in-residence Jorge Mañes Rubio.
Aerial View of Shackleton Crater
View from above of the moon's 13-mile-wide (21 kilometers) wide, 2.6-mile-deep (4.2 km) Shackleton Crater.
Shackleton Crater and Moon Temple
Aerial view of the moon temple and its proposed location on the rim of Shackleton Crater at the lunar south pole.
Moon Temple: Ramp and Main Entrance
The moon temple and its main entrance through the front stairs and ramp.
Entrance to Moon Temple
View of the moon temple and its main entrance.
Moon Temple Ramp
The ramp connecting the moon temple with the perpetual darkness of the interior of Shackleton Crater.
View of Earth
View of Earth from inside the moon temple. (Earth is upside-down because the moon temple would be located at the lunar south pole.)
Moon Temple Interior
View from inside the moon temple. A liquid-mirror telescope gazes through the main 33-foot-wide (10 meters) central oculus. On the left, a secondary oculus enables views of Earth. (Earth rises and stays on the horizon for about 14 Earth days, setting and remaining hidden below the horizon for another 14 Earth days.) The temple has a communal forum with several levels to be used for cultural and ritual activities. Three horizontal cuts in the upper part of the dome allow natural light in.
Lunar Liquid-Mirror Telescope
View of the moon temple’s liquid-mirror telescope.
Sun on the Horizon
The moon temple in long shadow.