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According to reports from the European Space Agency (ESA) a manned base on the moon is very likely to become a reality by 2030 as blueprints are being put together to create the first ever manned ‘town’ on Earth’s Natural Satellite. According to the European Space Agency, the “Moon village” would be built with the help of 3D printers and will help mankind explore the galaxy in search of Alien life in the cosmos.
The moon base could be used by Astronauts as a resupply base which will allow a much easier exploration of celestial bodies in our solar system like Mars, one of the top priorities for NASA. Last year NASA made some of the most incredible discoveries on the red plant, and finding liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars has increased speculation about the existence of Alien life on the red planet and elsewhere in the solar system.
“3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth,” states Scott Hovland of ESA’s Human Spaceflight Team. “The new possibilities this work opens up can then be considered by international space agencies as part of the current development of a common exploration strategy.”
ESA confirmed their Moon colony dreams at a two-day conference entitled “Moon 2020-2030 – A New Era of Coordinated Human and Robotic Exploration.”
200 scientists from around the world came together at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherland in order to plan the next GIANT project for mankind and space exploration.
Kathy Laurini of NASA told Space.com in an interview:
“The ESA space-exploration strategy sets the Moon as a priority destination for humans on the way to Mars.
“And the recent talk of a ‘Moon Village’ certainly has generated a lot of positive energy in Europe – [of] Europe playing a role in a global human exploration scenario.
“The timing is right to get started on the capabilities which allow Europe to meet its exploration objectives and ensure it remains a strong partner as humans begin to explore the solar system.”
3D Printing has opened many doors for Space Exploration. Back in 2013, the European Space Agency tested the possibility of using Moon soil in combination with 3D printers and created a material that could be incorporated into the Lunar Domes in order to defend future astronauts against the dangerous of space, like background space radiation.
“Terrestrial 3D printing technology has produced entire structures,” said project chief Laurent Pambaguian.
“Our industrial team investigated if it could similarly be employed to build a lunar habitat.”
We all hope that in the near future this plan will turni into reality allowing mankind to take the next level in space exploration. After all, it’s much easier to reach Mars and beyond once we have a solid lunar outpost.
Featured image credit ESA