Constraints on Lunar Base Construction

by Harrison H. Schmitt,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


This article discusses the development of scenarios and designs for the construction of a lunar base or network of bases, which will require close attention to the natural and human constraints of space operations. Those constraints are defined by the natural environment, human physiology, available technology, realistic objectives, and common sense. The natural environment and human physiology must be understood, and Apollo and earth orbital flights have given us much such understanding. Available technology is under our control, and it can be expanded to meet the objectives of the base. Realistic objectives come with vision, but they must be reevaluated and refined continually.

Subject Headings: Space construction | Space colonies | Space exploration | Human and behavioral factors | Flight | Aerospace engineering | Construction engineering | Moon

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