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100 people could live on the Moon by 2040

Posted on Friday, 22 September, 2017 | Comment icon 13 comments

Could future generations grow up on the Moon ? Image Credit: YouTube / ESA
ESA's ambitious 'Moon village' plan could see humans living on the lunar surface within 25 years.
Speaking at the European Planetary Science Congress in Riga this week, 'Moon Village' ambassador Bernard Foing outlined how creating a permanent settlement on the Moon is not only viable, but something that could be genuinely achieved over the next few decades.

By 2030, he proposed, mankind could have established a lunar settlement of between six and ten pioneers made up of scientists, technician and engineers.

Within the following decade, the population of the colony would increase to around 100 people and by 2050 it will have grown exponentially with over 1,000 people living and working on the Moon.

Unfortunately however, while there is a great deal of interest in the project among scientists and entrepreneurs, politicians have so far been hesitant to commit.

One of the biggest problems, as always, is money, meaning that any attempt to elicit funding for such an ambitious project may hinge on whether such an endeavour has long-term financial potential.

"It is highly frustrating," said physicist Vidvuds Beldavs of the University of Latvia.

"We still don't have the top leaders interested."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by WhispersInTheAttic on 22 September, 2017, 21:48
I'm sure that this is possible. Nasa knows a lot more than they let on for us to believe. I doubt I'll be alive than. Science has always fascinated me and kept my interest since I was younger.
Comment icon #5 Posted by java head on 22 September, 2017, 21:54
it sure is... I have at least a dozen recommendations as to who should be a part of the contingent... 88 spots still available! While I'm sure human beings could and likely will create a moon "base", as"an inevitable part of the future of space exploration", I'm skeptical of the term "space exploration", esp where humans come in... it sounds good -- much like the term "astronaut" does, though itdescribes rocket-jockeys floating weightlessly 150 kilometers out --unless you're talking "humans initiating fully-automated space exploration from Luna",it's like me announcing that "I'm off to exp... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Twin on 22 September, 2017, 23:09
Where have you people ^ been? YouTub says they have been there in their thousands for years.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Gary Meadows on 22 September, 2017, 23:21
Well you expertscanproveme wrong when thishappens. Or doesn't happen. Which is more likely.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew on 23 September, 2017, 0:08
The exact number of the U.S. Senate. Sounds promising.....
Comment icon #9 Posted by LV-426 on 23 September, 2017, 0:36
Out of interest, why don't you think it will happen? Even without the facts and figures, it seems a logical step in the progression of space exploration to a layman like me.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nostrodumbass on 23 September, 2017, 7:31
If on earth a moonlit walk is romantic, will an earthlit walk on the moon be romantic?
Comment icon #11 Posted by fred_mc on 23 September, 2017, 9:14
I understand that politicians are hesitant. In the choice between spending money on healthcare, police etc, or spending it on sending people to a place where they can only be kept alive at an enormous cost and risk, without so much motivation more than it is fun and exciting, the choice is pretty self-evident.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nzo on 23 September, 2017, 11:23
I am in full agreement.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seanjo on 23 September, 2017, 17:56
Being small minded and ignoring what is beyond is not the way to better mankind's lot, space exploration has more than paid for itself in the useful innovations it has spawned, Space exploration means progress and the betterment of society.

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