Colonization of the inner Solar System

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Space colonization

Bodies in the inner Solar System have been considered for terraforming and space colonization. The main candidates for colonization in the inner Solar System are Mars[1] and Venus.[2] Other possible candidates for colonization include the Moon[3] and even Mercury.[4]

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The short distance between the Earth and the Moon makes it a natural expansion after Earth. Several key national players in space exploration such as Russia,[5] China[6] and the US[7] have made plans in constructing the first lunar outpost.

Apparently, Director of the European Space Agency has said he wants a village on the Moon. ESA may team up with NASA to construct this settlement.




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