- Perpetually sunlit peak close to the Moon’s south pole
- Would be built on the sunlit rim of Shackleton Crater, near proposed lunar base
- 50 m-high domed structure Temple will be ‘symbol of unity for humankind’
‘I’ve been having all sorts of discussions with my ACT colleagues, including speculating on the likely needs of future lunar settlers,’ said Jorge.
‘What kind of social interactions will they share, what cultural activities and rituals will they have, and what sort of art and artefacts will they be producing?
‘Humans have been creating art for at least 30 000 years, so I have no doubt this will continue in space and on the Moon.’
The temple would be built on the sunlit rim of Shackleton Crater, which is bathed much of the time in sunlight while overlooking a 4.2 km-deep interior mired in perpetual shadow.
The lunar poles have previously been identified as promising locations for future settlement because craters kept shaded by the lowness of the Sun in the local sky are thought to serve as ‘cold traps’ to preserve water ice, potentially a vital source of water, air or rocket fuel.
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