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What would it be like to live on the moon? - Alex Gendler

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The European Space Agency is hoping to establish an inhabited research base on the moon by the 2020s. But living in this "moon camp" won’t be easy. How will humans deal with the cosmic radiation? What will the inhabitants eat? And what's the point, anyway? Alex Gendler details the challenges and benefits of building a lunar colony.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Allen Laseter
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Allen Laseter
  • Illustrator Allen Laseter
  • Sound Designer Wes Slover
  • Composer Wes Slover
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Francisco Diez
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Read about the ESA’s vision for the moon base and the challenges it faces.

Check out these infographics, which show what the moon base might look like.

You can also learn more about the special technologies that would be involved, such as the lunar mass driver, the lunar ice drill, and the orbiting radio telescope.

This video was made in partnership with the Airbus Foundation. Find out more about their work: http://www.airbus.com/company/discovery-space.html.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Allen Laseter
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Allen Laseter
  • Illustrator Allen Laseter
  • Sound Designer Wes Slover
  • Composer Wes Slover
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Francisco Diez
  • See more