I'm working on a universe which implies that humanity settled on the Moon.

Knowing that we want to keep contact with the Earth (means we don't want to settle on the hidden face) and we want to avoid the facilities to be destroyed systematically by the asteroid falling on the moon, what place on the Moon humanity should have picked in order to build the safest colony possible?

  • $\begingroup$ Asteroid impacts on the Moon are really, really, really, really, really, really unlikely. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Jul 11 '15 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ Really? But if it is so, why is the moon completely covered with impacts holes? $\endgroup$ – Ephasme Jul 11 '15 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ Those are from meteorites, not asteroids. Also, many formed during the Late Heavy Bombardment, a long time ago. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Jul 11 '15 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ I think I meant meteorite... Sorry. So one could be safely walking around or building things on the moon without fearing his facilities being destroyed by falling debris from the space? $\endgroup$ – Ephasme Jul 11 '15 at 19:48
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    $\begingroup$ Hi, I rolled back your edit - it's a good question but invalidates all the answers to this question. In other words it is a new question and should be asked as a new question :) $\endgroup$ – Tim B Jul 11 '15 at 21:52

There's been considerable effort at looking to build a lunar base. This specific bit of research used data obtained from Clementine to determine that a likely place to build a lunar base was on the rim of the Peary crater. This would give the base access to what is believed to be frozen water sources at the north pole and provide a respectable amount of sunlight for constant solar power and relatively stable temperature.

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Near the poles

Unless you plan on having artificial light for your greenhouses, then the 14-day nights are going to murder what you plant. Wherever you put it, go underground. The excavation of ice from under the surface would lend itself to this.

As would the constant, unshielded bombardment of cosmic radiation upon the surface. Any surface facilities are likely to be limited to the conductive element of a communication array, and the launch/reception pad.

I have a planetary geology textbook published in the '70's and it likens dust on the moon's surface as a sort of naturally occurring unmixed concrete. So, to limit the amount of materials you'll use what's already at hand.

I'd envision concrete-lined tunnels, which tend to follow whatever sort of factors influence subterranean ice flow.

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  • $\begingroup$ "Any surface facilities are likely to be limited to the conductive element of a communication array" Possibly you should add solar panels to this. Also if everything is underground your greenhouse is going to use artificial lights, so your first couple of sentences seems weird. $\endgroup$ – Taemyr Jul 13 '15 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand the 14-day nights? $\endgroup$ – Mikey Mar 14 '17 at 6:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Mikey 14-day days and 14-day nights. On the Moon, you'll see one sunrise and one sunset per 28 Earth days because of the Moon being tidally locked with Earth. $\endgroup$ – Brian Mar 15 '17 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Brian - Oh jeez, yes, of course, my stupid brain was thinking "well, the moon goes around the Earth every day" (to be fair, I'd had a glass of wine or seven) $\endgroup$ – Mikey Mar 15 '17 at 22:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Mikey LOL, no problem. Sounds like you had a pretty good night! :D $\endgroup$ – Brian Mar 16 '17 at 5:12

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