Photo credit: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill proposes an permanent village for the lunar surface moon, consisting of inflatable pods that can expand as the population grows. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aim for this to be “the first permanent human settlement on the lunar surface”. In other words, it will be capable of sustaining human life in an otherwise uninhabitable setting while offering radiation protection, protection from pressure differentials, and providing breathable air. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Moon Village is planned for the rim of Shackleton Crater, near the Moon’s South Pole, which receives continuous daylight throughout the lunar year. These 3-story / 4-story pressurized pods could house offices, residences, life support systems, and stores. Each one of these pods is encased in a protective shell to make them resistant to extreme temperatures, projectiles, dust and solar radiation. Water is will be retrieved from the shadowed depressions near the South Pole, which are ice deposits. This would then be extracted to create breathable air and for industrial activities.