SOM Permanent Moon Village Habitat
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) unveiled what could be the first permanent human village on the moon, which will be showcased at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale in May. It’s touted as a self-sustaining, long-term lunar outpost situated along the rim of Shackleton Crater on the Moon’s south pole, a location that receives nearly continuous sunlight for most of the lunar year. This means residents will be able to harvest solar power and use the shadowed interior of the crater to hold water ice for consumption. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.



The habitats themselves would be multi-level cylindrical clusters linked using pressurized paths amid fields of solar collectors. Each one measures 13,772 cubic feet with approximately 1,119 square feet of usable space within for four-to-six occupants. They would be manufactured using materials sourced from the Moon itself in addition to 3D printing technologies. Featuring a rigid metal frame filled with a durable inflatable outer shell, window-clad vertical external framing strips and 3D-printed shells from local regolith to protect the modules from radiation, fluctuations in temperature, as well as dust.

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SOM Permanent Moon Village Habitat
SOM Permanent Moon Village Habitat
SOM Permanent Moon Village Habitat
SOM Permanent Moon Village Habitat