By 2050 there will be about 1,000 people living on the Moon
Home and breeding on the Moon are not that far away, according to ESA’s vision of the lunar village. By 2030 it is estimated that there will be an initial camp of six to ten pioneer “colonists”, by 2040 the inhabitants of the lunar village will have reached 100 and by 2050 they will be 1,000. Sometime then, they will now be able to create families and thus give birth to the first … moons.
The first inhabitants of the moon, according to RES-EIA, mainly scientists, engineers and technicians, will produce their homes and tools in 3D printers, melt lunar ice to drink water, eat vegetables that grow in lunar heat and have fun with new “flying” sports thanks to the reduced gravity of the satellite on Earth.
This vision – which is not intended to remain a vision – was presented at the European Conference on Planetary Science in Riga, Latvia by the French scientist Bernard Foeng of the European Space Agency (ESA), who, according to the French News Agency and News Agency has assumed the role of the so-called “ambassador” of the Lunar Village.
Foeng’s announcements in Riga were aimed primarily at those who surrounded the idea, believing it to be nothing more than science fiction, and in such a short time frame. But the “ambassador” stressed that the plan is both reasonable and feasible, allowing humanity to expand permanently to the Moon.
ESA chief Jan Werner argues that when the International Space Station (ISS) goes off, probably in 2024, it will have to be replaced by a permanent lunar colony. This he believes can be done – as in the case of the ISS – with international space cooperation by many states, this time probably with the involvement of the private sector, who will be able to find lucrative opportunities on the Moon.
Scientists and entrepreneurs see the idea positively, but politicians whose countries have to put their hands deep in their pockets to fund the ambitious plan have not yet caught up.
The lure could be raw materials to the moon, such as the basaltic volcanic origin (which could be the raw material for satellites launched from the moon), rare on Earth but abundant in the sun-3 moon (where could theoretically produce cleaner and safer nuclear energy), oxygen and hydrogen from the decomposition of lunar water (two gases that explode if mixed and so may be the raw material for rocket fuel) and so on.
Unmanned (robotic) exploration of the moon is already underway, with several spacecraft and rover vehicles ready to launch in the coming years.
But the big bet will be the manned missions and this time, not as timely as the American Apollo program decades ago. Some, even fearing an uncontrolled climate change or nuclear war on Earth in the future, consider the creation of a base or village on the Moon a necessary safeguard for humanity.
However, as the personal experience of most people who have lived in simulations of lunar or solar installations on Earth has shown, things will not be easy at all, whether they live in their installations or go out in their space suits. But, every beginning and difficult, the most optimistic ones are against.
As for the cost of traveling to the Moon, as Foeng said, “the price of a … ticket today is 100 million euros, but in 20 years it can be 100 times cheaper” …