Based on inputs by Shahid
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has started work on developing ‘lunar habitats’ for residence on moon. These structures will resemble igloos and will be developed in the coming years. The organisation plans to send robots and 3D printers to the Moon to build them, using Moon’s soil and other material.
ISRO‘s Satellite Centre (Isac) director M Annadurai compared Moon outposts with India’s outpost in freezing Antarctica. He told TOI that space stations will be soon done away with as many countries are trying to replace it with some permanent structure on the moon. He said ISRO wanted to contribute to that. He further said that astronauts going to the moon will spend few hours in the igloos and the ISRO wants to keep them safe. He said ISRO was building smart materials for use on the moon.
He said the space agency has attained mastery in building materials that, in composition, match with the samples brought from Moon by Apollo missions. India has 60 tonnes of lunar simulant, which will help greatly in the building of the igloos.