A Look At Projects Staking A Future On The MoonIrene Klotz
In 2016, Jan Woerner, director general of the European Space Agency, outlined a vision for “Moon Village,” a community of lunar explorers, scientists, commercial entities, research organizations, educational institutes and other organizations interested in developing the Moon as an eighth continent of Earth.
Moon Village was meant to be an organic, unstructured entity, taking shape as technologies, interests and funding allow. At the time, NASA was more focused on a mission to an asteroid, and while it did not eschew lunar exploration, the U.S. considered the Moon little more than a stopping point on the way to Mars.
Two years later, more than two dozen public and private organizations have unveiled lunar exploration and development programs, and NASA is now front and center among them. Here is a look at some of the projects staking a future on the Moon.