An artist’s illustration of a lunar base
Kilometre-high towers made of lunar concrete and covered in solar panels could potentially be used to power a crewed base on the moon.
The moon’s poles have long been eyed for human habitation. Both poles have regions known as “peaks of eternal light”, where sunlight shines almost constantly, while the south pole has an abundance of permanently shadowed craters that contain water ice.
These two features could theoretically provide solar power and liquid water for a crewed base, but the surface region of permanent sunlight is only a few …