Potentially, igloos could be the human habitation on non-habitable lunar surface as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on a new project – which is about experimenting new habitation option on Moon surface, like the icy igloos.

While the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing towards the launch of its first-of-the-kind lunar mission, Chandrayaan – 2, they are working on something beyond unmanned mission. In the Lok Sabha session today (21 March), the Government said that ISRO was conducting experiments on potential structures for lunar habitation. Now since igloos are shelters or habitats made out of snow blocks, placed on top of each other, and are used by people to stay warm during extreme cold temperature – the same can be implemented on Moon. That is why ISRO was working on constructing igloo-like homes on the lunar surface for prospective space missions in the future.

Besides the igloos, ISRO is looking into other options on the requirements and complexities of habitat – which will help in future. ISRO had first launched its Moon mission Chandrayaan-1 in 2008. In its second mission – the Chandrayaan-2 – a rover will be made to land on the moon’s yet-unexplored south pole. In Chandrayaan-2, the second Moon mission of the ISRO, the organisation would create a rover on the land of the moon’s yet-unexplored South Pole. This rover would, in turn, help us in understanding the moon better by sending high-quality pictures of the satellite.

In an announcement made by ISRO on February 3, the government-run space agency solicited proposals from institutions which are currently involved in astronomy or astrophysics. ISRO sought these proposals for the development of scientific instruments for the payload of the mission. Space observatories hold advantage over those based on earth by minimising disturbance factors caused by lightning, electromagnetic radiation distortion and such. Through the space observatory, ISRO will be able to observe distant planets, galaxies and other such astronomical objects more clearly.