European Space Agency To Build Lunar Village
PARIS, Aug. 31, 2016 (Nouvelle Solidarité)—Millions of French citizens had the occasion to see, on Sunday Aug. 28, that the future of man is looking ahead into space, and not at their rear ends, as the suicidal political class is doing with its ridiculous obsessions with forbidding burkinis.
National television channel TF1, reported, on the 8 p.m. news, on the progress of the European Space Agency (ESA), in building a Moon village, as a stepping stone towards Mars. Starting in 2021, said Louis Bodin, reporting the news, the ESA is envisaging going back to the Moon—not just for a small trip, but to install a lunar station. It is known that the ISS is near the end of its life, so the idea is that mankind should continue to observe the Universe, through this station installed on the Moon.
In the first phase, robots will be installed there in the beginning. Automatic robots will install the first lunar modules. They will be a bit inflatable; each module is a small village able to house four to five people... There is, however, a risk that the modules will not be able to stop dangerous cosmic rays from going through; or stop the meteorites.
"For that reason what is planned is to use small robots and 3D techniques, to build, with local resources, such as lunar dust, a protective dome... The small robots will build the protective dome durable enough to house man on the Moon. It will be done in the area always exposed to the Sun, [which would be at the pole] so they will be able to use solar energy."
Bodin continued, pointing out that there are two interests, beyond scientific discoveries as such:
"In the first phase, we will be able to observe the [Earth’s] atmosphere, and to look into deep space, because there is no atmosphere on the Moon, so a telescope will be installed on the far side of the Moon to observe the confines of the Universe. Then, the other advantage is that it is envisaged to go to Mars, and the Moon can be a relay station; a service station, for going to Mars, because from there the trip will be less costly than going from Earth. That’s the second possible application, starting in 2012 [2021?] and [continuing] up to, perhaps, 2030."
The same program reported, just before this item, that a group of 50 space scientists was just concluding a program of one year total confinement in a mountain in Hawaii, in preparation for a trip to Mars in the future. French astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux was chosen to participate in the program. One of its aims was to find ways of improving the autonomy of upcoming missions by, for example, testing the possibility of growing something in Mars soil.