Moon Base Two Could House Four Astronauts for a Six Month Moon Stay

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What's the next step in space exploration? A semi-permanent moon base, of course. It's about time we get a settlement up there for astronauts to stay at for months at a time, don't you think? Experimental architecture firm Architecture and Vision does, and they've designed what they've dubbed Moon Base Two, a base that can accommodate astronauts for months at a time.

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Illustration for article titled Moon Base Two Could House Four Astronauts for a Six Month Moon Stay

The base would be delivered by the Ares V rocket, due to be deployed in the next decade, and would automatically deploy when it lands. It could house up to four people for a period of up to six months. So technically it wouldn't be a permanent base, but it could act as a home for long enough to do a serious amount of research or to go nice and space crazy, as we all know is inevitable. Looks pretty cool to us. [Archietecture and Vision via io9]

DISCUSSION

ninjagin
ninjagin

The pictures (er, "renderings")are not of the same structures, so it's hard to tell. One looks more inflatable than the other. The first rendering looks like it might have some expansion capability, as if you could bolt a bunch of these together for a much larger "luna city", which would be pretty neat. It's nice that this stuff is getting thought out, but just looking at it I can't help but think that it could sleep 16 earth-siders if erected on the site of a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake or tsunami or something.