NASA astronaut reveals why humans will never live permanently on the moon despite plans to build a lunar city
NASA recently gave a company $57.2 million to develop infrastructure for the moon, but one astronaut doesn’t think we’ll all be living there anytime soon.
NASA astronaut Stan Love spoke exclusively to The US Sun about plans to put people on the moon and why he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to have people there permanently.
Love thinks that some people will live on the moon for work but will not make a permanent home.
He told The US Sun: “I think they will live on the moon and have a base there.
“But I can’t imagine them moving their families there. My example is Antarctica.
“Since 1957 we’ve had people in Antarctica continuously and that’s about 60 years ago and no one has moved their family there.
“How are the schools? Yes, no, we’re not going there.”
Love explained that he thinks future lunar bases will be treated more like a research station than a city.
He said, “It’s going to be like a research station in Antarctica. Antarctica is a really good analogy for the moon, it’s been used for science.
“All nations share it, though some nations claim it, they don’t recognize each other’s claims.
“Military use is not allowed and resource extraction is not allowed at this time.”
He laughed as he added, “The moon has those precious resources, so we might want to amend that treaty and make sure we can use them.”
Moon ice becomes a hot commodity when research stations finally surface.
Any other unknown natural resources will also be highly desirable, as they can aid in a long-term stay on the moon and even help us launch rockets from there.
Even though Love doesn’t think people will live on the moon, NASA has given 3D printing firm Icon $57.2 million to develop a plan that could help build infrastructure on the lunar surface.
Types of infrastructure include landing pads, habitats, and roads on the lunar surface.
The developments would not only be built for NASA, but also for commercial companies.
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