The Moonhouse is designed to fly to the moon folded up in a shoebox-sized package. After it is placed on the moon, the art installation will unfold and self-assemble as an 8-foot-tall (2.5 meters) red house with white corners, a traditional design for many Swedish homes. It is expected to take anywhere from five to 15 minutes for the Moonhouse to assemble.
Representatives with Astrobotic are planning on monitoring the assembly of the Moonhouse from the lunar surface using high-definition video cameras.
At the moment, Astrobotic’s first destination is an area of the moon called Lacus Mortis. This particular part of the lunar surface harbors a special feature called a “moon pit,” which could actually be an entry to a network of underground caves, according to John Thorton, CEO of Astrobotic. It’s even possible that humans may live on the moon by using those caves as a shelter that protects from radiation, micrometeorite impacts and extreme temperature fluctuations, Thorton added.
“It could be that people could settle inside of these caves for the first time, and what better place to land the Moonhouse than right next to place where people could settle for a long time in the future,” Thorton said.
Crowdfunding to the moon
Moonhouse representatives have set up a series of prizes for people that contribute to the crowdfunding effort online.
Contributors that spend $30 will gain access to a 3D drawing of the Moonhouse that can be printed using a 3D printer. People that pledge $50 will actually get their names engraved inside the real Moonhouse that will self-assemble on the lunar surface.
To learn more about the project and fund the lunar art installation, visit the Moonhouse website:themoonhouse.com/en