Encyclopedia of Lunar Science

Living Edition
| Editors: Brian Cudnik

Early Lunar Structures, Engineering

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05546-6_125-1


There is general agreement in the space community that human settlements on the Moon will be an important step toward safely and economically venturing beyond our current LEO space program, with a potential for the settlement of Mars, likely to happen several decades after we return to the Moon. Humans will be key to operating and maintaining intelligent “lunar” technologies and conducting science activities. Creating safe habitats for the long-time survival of humans in a totally new environment poses large problems for science and engineering, as well as the myriad of physiological and psychological challenges. This paper presents some important issues with a great number of internal relationships that are mostly still poorly understood.

Perilous Challenges for Surviving on the Moon

Who does not know the stories of the First Fleet arriving in Australia with little to no knowledge of how to survive without resupply? The study of historical ventures beyond the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa MariaValparaisoChile
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Yuanzhi Zhang
    • 1
  • Shengbo Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Lunar and Deep-space ExplorationChinese Academy of ScienceBeijingPR China
  2. 2.College of Geo-exploration Science and TechnologyJilin UniversityChangchunChina