Could We Live on the Moon in the Future?

Have you ever weighed the pros and cons of colonizing on the moon: to be, or not to be? That has seemed to be the question for decades since humankind first put a man on the moon in the 1960s. As we learn more about our solar system, it would seem as if the next logical step after space exploration would be to establish a colony on the moon—right? One of the first things to consider when you're 238,855 miles away from Earth would be implementing a self-sufficient lifestyle. This means food and water supply, as well as waste, would need to have sustainable systems in place. The good news is, researchers have found a crater with literally one billion gallons of water.

Many believe that although long-term residency may still be a far cry away, small nano-structures may pop up within the next decade. There is still much to be learned before making the big move. How will lunar weather systems will affect human life? How is government, an economy, a job market and housing constructed? Learn more about what we'd need to accomplish in order to fulfill a long-term future in space.

Written by Curiosity Staff July 7, 2014

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