NASA astronaut reveals why humans will never live permanently on the moon despite plans to build a lunar city
NASA recently awarded a company $57.2 million to develop infrastructure for the moon, but one astronaut doesn’t think we’ll all be living there anytime soon.
NASA astronaut Stan Love talks exclusively to The US Sun about plans to have people live on the moon and why he doesn’t think it’s a great idea to have people there permanently.
Love believes that some people will live on The moon for work, but it will not become a permanent home.
He told The US Sun: “I think they will live on the moon and have a base there.
“But I don’t imagine they will move their families there. My example is Antarctica.
“We’ve had people in Antarctica continuously since 1957, and that’s about 60 years ago, and no one has moved their family there.
“What are the schools like? Yes, no, we won’t go there.’
Love explained that he believed any future lunar bases would be treated more like a research station than a city.
He said: “It will be like an Antarctic research station. Antarctica is a really good analogy for the moon, it’s used for science.
“All nations share it, though some nations claim it, they do not recognize the claims of the other.
“Military use is not permitted and resource extraction is not permitted at this time.”
He chuckled as he added, “The moon has these valuable resources, so we might want to change this contract and make sure we can use them.”
Lunar ice will become a hot commodity when research stations are finally on the surface.
Any other unknown natural resources will also be highly desired as they could help with extended stays on the moon and even help us launch rockets from there.
Although Love doesn’t think humans will live on the moon, NASA provided a 3D printing company Icon $57.2 million to develop a plan that could help build infrastructure on the lunar surface.
Infrastructure types will include landing pads, habitats, and roads on the lunar surface.
Developments will not only be built for NASA, but also for commercial companies.
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