Depending on how you look at it, there are some legal requirements and costs involved when building a house on the moon. However, if you are considering doing it, there are ways to make it more manageable.
3D printing could make it easier
Having the capability to 3D print houses on the moon could make lunar settlement easier, cheaper, and faster. This technology could also be used to build low-cost houses for homeless people.
The European Space Agency has been working on a project to build a lunar base. Their design includes a dome shelter with an inflatable interior structure to shelter astronauts. The ESA also recently produced a hollow cell building block. The hollow cell is made of a combination of materials that offers good strength and weight.
Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis at the University of Southern California is leading a team that is using 3D printing to construct space habitats. His team has developed a technique called Contour Crafting. Currently, the technique can only be used to print walls, but it will soon be able to create entire neighborhoods. This could allow computer-controlled machines to build houses in as little as 24 hours. This construction method could help build simple homes in disaster zones or slum areas.
Putting a house on the moon might sound like a dream come true, but there are legal requirements to get there. Some countries are actively laying the groundwork for future lunar settlements.
The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 is one of the earliest enacted international agreements, and it is a landmark in human history. The Treaty enshrined the notion that the moon is owned by the international community and is to be used for the benefit of all mankind. The Outer Space Treaty also enumerated the rules governing space exploration, as well as a ban on weapons testing in space.
The Outer Space Treaty was the first major space legal document to be signed, and has spawned numerous follow-ups. There are currently 109 nations bound by the OST, and many of these are engaged in robotic or crewed space exploration. There are currently plans to build a small manned base on the Moon in the coming decades. A recent workshop held by the European Space Agency (ESA) aimed to prepare the way for a human landing on the moon.
Costs of building a house on the moon
Whether you’re planning to go to the moon yourself or want to explore the possibility for the future, there are many aspects to consider. A lunar base is no small feat, but there are a number of options to reduce costs.
One of the more interesting concepts is the possibility of building a small nuclear reactor on the moon, which could generate clean energy. This could be used to power homes.
The best part is that the cost to construct a single reactor would be a fraction of what the current cost is to power the entire moon. That said, you’ll still need a huge amount of water. Currently, the top layer of the moon’s soil holds about 32 ounces of water per ton.
The cost to construct a single nuclear reactor is estimated to be roughly $1.3 billion. This is an impressive figure, but the true costs will vary depending on the location of the reactor and the materials needed to construct it.