Villages on the Moon, constructed through cooperation between astronauts and robotic systems on the lunar surface, can become a reality as early as 2030, a group of scientists has predicted.
Scientists are exploring the idea of "moon villages" that can serve as a potential springboard for future human missions to Mars and potentially other deeper space missions.
In order for that vision to become a reality, scientists must first determine if the resources on the Moon are as significant as we think they are.
"We keep talking about lunar resources but we still need to demonstrate they can be used a (that) they are, in fact, reserves," said Clive Neal, a planetary geologist from the University of Notre Dame in the US.
The ground truth verification of deposit size, composition, form and homogeneity requires a coordinated prospecting programme as a first step.