How about a town on moon by 2030? While this may be like an impossible dream for many European space chiefs have some plans that will leave you awestruck!
Yes, they have unveiled their plans to build a lunar base on the moon using 3D printers and this may happen within the next 20 years.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to explore the galaxy from a 'moon village', which will be built from regolith – a naturally occurring material present on the moon. The material would protect the base from radiation.
The ‘moon village’ will be located on the rim of Shackleton, which would provide limitless solar power. The Shackleton a large crater at the moon's south pole. It will also protect the futuristic settlement from extreme heat and cold.
In the 2020s, robots would be first sent to the moon in a bid to collect data that would pave way for a human colony."The ESA space-exploration strategy sets the Moon as a priority destination for humans on the way to Mars,â€ NASA's Kathy Laurini told Space.com.
"And the recent talk of a 'Moon Village' certainly has generated a lot of positive energy in Europe â€“ [of] Europe playing a role in a global human exploration scenario.â€
"The timing is right to get started on the capabilities which allow Europe to meet its exploration objectives and ensure it remains a strong partner as humans begin to explore the solar system."