European space bosses reveal plan for 50m high “dome of contemplation” on the moon
It could be a temple like no other – and with a view that really is out of this world.
The European Space Agency has revealed plans for a lunar temple to be built alongside mankind’s first outpost on the moon.
The 50m high dome, close to a planned moonbase near to the moon’s south pole, would give the first settlers ‘a place of contemplation’.
Artist Jorge Mañes Rubio, part of ESA’s future-oriented Advanced Concepts Team (ACT), designed the temple to be built alongside ESA’s planned moonbase.
‘I’ve been having all sorts of discussions with my ACT colleagues, including speculating on the likely needs of future lunar settlers,’ said Jorge.
‘What kind of social interactions will they share, what cultural activities and rituals will they have, and what sort of art and artefacts will they be producing?
‘Humans have been creating art for at least 30 000 years, so I have no doubt this will continue in space and on the Moon.’
The temple would be built on the sunlit rim of Shackleton Crater, which is bathed much of the time in sunlight while overlooking a 4.2 km-deep interior mired in perpetual shadow.
The lunar poles have previously been identified as promising locations for future settlement because craters kept shaded by the lowness of the Sun in the local sky are thought to serve as ‘cold traps’ to preserve water ice, potentially a vital source of water, air or rocket fuel.
The 50 m-high domed structure would be built using 3D printing of lunar soil.
‘The result might resemble ‘abode’ architecture, an ancient method of building that is still made use to this day,’ adds Jorge.
a dome of contemplation eh?
so when are we going back?
“Humans have been creating art for at least 30 000 years, so I have no doubt this will continue in space and on the Moon.”