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]

Candidate locations[edit]


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.




See also[edit]


  1. ^ ThinkQuest - Colonization of Mars
  2. ^ NASA - Colonization of Venus by Geoffrey A. Landis
  3. ^ Should we colonize the Moon? And how much would it cost?
  4. ^ NASA - Pathways to Colonization by Smitherman Jr.
  5. ^ Russia will begin colonization in 2030 - draft space program
  6. ^ China plots 2017 mission to plan MOON COLONY
  7. ^ NASA Reveals Goal for Eventual Manned Lunar Outpost