VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Lunar base. Computer artwork of a future manned base on the Moon. The tall blue cylinders are habitation areas, and in the foreground a large lunar rover vehicle can be seen. A crescent Earth can also be seen in the sky. A base on the Moon has been a long-standing aim of the space community, and would provide a good base for a manned mission to Mars. Also, many minerals could be mined from the Moon, some of which are scarce on Earth. An observatory has also been suggested for the far side of the Moon, as it would be free of atmospheric effects, and other hindrances encountered on Earth.
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