Date of article: March 2016
News source: http://www.universetoday.com/127648/esa-planning-to-build-an-international-village-on-the-moon/
I love the ingenuity that goes into making these 3D bases on Earths moon. If it works the first time and houses 4 people, then it builds another joining it, then another and another until hundreds or thousands are available. Protection from radiation, meteorites and the cold of space...this is just plain awesome! 3D printers are about to reach the next level. Yeah, I can see this happening very soon. Great work ESA.
Scott C. Waring
With all the talk about manned missions to Mars by the 2030s, its easy to overlook another major proposal for the next great leap. In recent years, the European Space Agency has been quite vocal about its plan to go back to the Moon by the 2020s. More importantly, they have spoken often about their plans to construct a moon base, one which would serve as a staging platform for future missions to Mars and beyond. These plans were detailed at a recent international symposium that took place on Dec. 15th at the the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, Netherlands. During the symposium, which was titled “Moon 2020-2030 – A New Era of Coordinated Human and Robotic Exploration”, the new Director General of the ESA – Jan Woerner – articulated his agency’s vision. The purpose of the symposium – which saw 200 scientists and experts coming together to discuss plans and missions for the next decade – was to outline common goals for lunar exploration, and draft methods on how these can be achieved cooperatively. Intrinsic to this was the International Space Exploration Coordinated Group‘s (ISECG) Global Exploration Roadmap, an agenda for space exploration that was drafted by the group’s 14 members – which includes NASA, the ESA, Roscosmos, and other federal agencies. (More info on 3D printers here).