NASA plans to build a sustainable settlement on the Moon, utilizing natural resources and European-built Service Modules to overcome challenges such as radiation, temperature extremes, and meteorite impacts, while also considering the Moon’s gradual drift away from Earth.
NASA is planning to establish a permanent infrastructure on the Moon, with the aim of building a settlement that will last for years. The challenge will be to overcome radiation, temperature extremes, and meteorite impacts. Scientists are looking to use the Moon’s natural resources to help achieve this, such as lunar dust, regolith, mineral resources, sunlight, and water ice. The European Service Modules (ESMs) being built at Airbus Bremen are essential for NASA’s Artemis missions to the Moon, providing propulsion, electrical power, and life support for astronauts. The ESMs will enable the first woman and person of color to land on the Moon. The Moon is also gradually drifting away from the Earth in a process known as “lunar recession.”