Beijing, May 1: China and Europe are collaborating to build the first 'Moon Village', which will serve as a launching pad for deep space missions and for mining and tourism. The plan was revealed by the secretary of China's space agency.
European Space Agency (ESA) spokesperson said that space exploration has changed drastically since the sixties and international cooperation is needed to explore space for peaceful purposes.
“Right now, we have the Space Station as a common international project, but it won’t last forever,” said ESA CEO Jan Woerner.
If I say Moon Village, it does not mean single houses, a church, a town hall, and so on. Instead, the village would be a location where humans and robots could work together in space, especially scientists from a variety of fields, he explained.
It could also be useful as a stopping point for crewed missions to Mars, Woerner noted. An international settlement on the Moon could eventually be useful for mining and tourism.
From a settlement on the Moon, scientists could work on measures to protect humans from the radiation exposure they will face on longer space missions and learn more about the effects of spending long durations in space. In the Moon Village, we would like to combine the capabilities of different spacefaring nations with the help of robots and astronauts, Woerner said.