A NASA astronaut reveals why humans will never live permanently on the moon despite plans to build a lunar city
NASA recently gave the 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 for people to live on the moon and why he doesn’t think it’s a great idea to have people there permanently.
Love thinks some people will live month for work, but it will not be a permanent home.
He told The US Sun: “I think they will live on the moon and have a base there.
“But I don’t imagine they will move their families there. My example is Antarctica.
“We’ve had people in Antarctica continuously since 1957, which was about 60 years ago, and no one has moved their family there.
“What are the schools like? No, we’re not going there.”
Love explained that he thinks any future lunar base will be treated more like a research station than a city.
He said: “It will be like a research station in Antarctica. Antarctica is a really good analogy for the moon, it has been used for science.
“All nations share this, although some nations claim it, they do not recognize each other’s claims.
“Military use is not allowed and resource extraction is currently not allowed.”
He chuckled as he added, “The moon has those precious resources so we might want to change that agreement and make sure we can use them.”
Moon ice will become a hot commodity when research stations are finally on the surface.
Any other unknown natural resources will also be highly desirable as they could help with a longer stay on the moon and even help us launch rockets from there.
Although Love doesn’t think humans will live on the moon, NASA does gave a 3D printing company Icon $57.2 million to develop a plan that could help build infrastructure on the surface of the moon.
Infrastructure types would include landing sites, habitats, and roads on the lunar surface.
Not only will the development be built for NASA, but also for commercial companies.
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