I'd Live There: What The First Moonbase Might Look Like

February 5, 2013


These are some renderings generated by the European Space Agency and architectural firm Foster + Partners showing the design of what may be eventually become the first human base on the moon. I'm not gonna lie, it does kind of look like the one from my dreams. The outer "rock" walls will be built by 3-D printing robots using magnesium oxide and moondust to form a sprayable liquid concrete. Okay, there was nothing in my dreams about that.

Xavier De Kestelier of Foster + Partners Specialist Modelling Group says that their construction 3D printing technology has already produced entire structures under extreme conditions on Earth, so it's perfectly reasonable to do the same up there:

As a practice, we are used to designing for extreme climates on Earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials. Our lunar habitation follows a similar logic.

Dammit, there goes my rant questioning what makes an earth-based architectural firm think they have the know-how to build something on the moon. I knew I should have used a different quote. Unfortunately, I have this thing called journalistic integrity. "You have nothing." Haha, the skills portion of my résumé is BLANK.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots including a cutaway of a module.




Thanks to the ever delightful Evil Ares, who's always a pleasure to have over for a dinner party. He can really light up the room with that smile.

  • ZomBBombeR

    I wonder what effect zero and near zero Gravity will have on ballistic weapons?

  • Idlethoughts

    Needs more newt Gingrich flags.

  • Oh, it would, almost, be like being a Clanger.


    moon boobs..

  • Luneth

    Now, I'm no expert, but I don't think you can use a treadmill properly on the moon.
    (the cutaway shot, second floor)

  • n_a_a_s

    what treadmil... oh there they are. yeah, good call :)

  • Garrett Spicer

    Looks cool. One thing I don't see though are solar panels.

  • n_a_a_s

    soooo it was designed by eskimos, so what?

  • Closet Nerd

    "I don't know but I've been told, eskimo pussy is might cold"
    ..... just sayin

  • ZomBBombeR

    ...there it is.

  • n_a_a_s

    hehehehe..... ♥ Closet Nerd. Even though my upvote wont get you any eskimonian tang (I made that word up but it works) - I support your cause!

  • Ira

    I'm expecting a Moon version of Bilbo Baggins as well.

  • Lee

    Naw, architects are just finally realizing the potential of using the ground as cover/insulation/ Im taking a liking to it, instead the Star Trek/Star Wars bases that were all non tactical square bunkers 6m high

  • Idlethoughts

    Red mars man, Red mars. That author knew his science and did his research well.

  • Closet Nerd

    Where does the strip club go?

  • ZomBBombeR

    not...just sayin'?

  • Closet Nerd

    how could I of forgotten "..... just sayin"
    I've done it on virtually EVERY comment I've left for the past 4 years
    ...... just sayin

  • ZomBBombeR

    Well continue on your path of sayin' things, while somewhat irritating at times I emplore you for your unyeilding commitment.

  • Closet Nerd

    It all started over 4 years ago when n_a_a_s and I were commenting on something, and this guy wrote a comment, and ended it with "..... just sayin" and we pointed out that anything you write on here is "just sayin".
    I started doing it then, and now its kinda just OCD..... just sayin

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