William G. Gilroy | January 7, 2016
Villages on the moon, constructed through cooperation between astronauts and robotic systems on the lunar surface, could become a reality as early as 2030. That’s the consensus of a recent international conference of scientists, engineers and industry experts, including Clive Neal, a University of Notre Dame planetary geologist.
The European Space Agency (ESA) hosted a symposium titled “Moon 2020-2030 — A New Era of Coordinated Human and Robotic Exploration,” in the Netherlands. The ESA’s vision is that the moon villages could serve as a potential springboard for future human missions to Mars and potentially other destinations.