Strange things are happening. Take a look at European Space Agency reveals plans for domed moon temple which looks like a lunar MOSQUE, which appears in the Irish Sun of Dublin. That’s a regional edition of the Sun, a tabloid with the largest circulation in the UK. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
THE European Space Agency has drawn up plans for a domed “moon temple” which has been likened to a lunar mosque. A designer from ESA’s Advanced Concepts Team wants to build a “a place of contemplation” to be used by lunar settlers.
What? According to Wikipedia, the European Space Agency “is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space, with 22 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 and an annual budget of about €5.25 billion / US$5.77 billion (2016).”
They’re devoting resources to a temple on the moon? Let’s read a bit more:
Jorge Mañes Rubio, artist in residence at the space agency’s “future-oriented” team, has drawn up plans for a temple on the sunlit edge of Shackleton Crater, a spot that’s generally bathed in sunlight but overlooks looks a 4.2 kilometre-deep abyss that’s “mired in perpetual shadow”.
He said: “I’ve been having all sorts of discussions with my ACT [Advanced Concepts Team] colleagues, including speculating on the likely needs of future lunar settlers. What kind of social interactions will they share, what cultural activities and rituals will they have, and what sort of art and artefacts [sic] will they be producing? Humans have been creating art for at least 30 000 years, so I have no doubt this will continue in space and on the Moon.”
The tabloid has loads of pictures which you can look at if you like, but here’s our last excerpt:
[T]he designer himself appears to share John Lennon’s dream of creating a new world where no-one believes in God. He added: “Lunar settlement represents a perfect chance for a fresh start, a place where there are no social conventions, no nations and no religion, somewhere where these concepts will need to be rethought from scratch. Humans have brought flags to the Moon, but they’ve been bleached white by sunlight since then – almost as if the Moon is protecting itself from such terrestrial concepts.”
We found it difficult to believe that this plan is actually in the works, so we searched the European Space Agency website, where we found this news release dated 26 January: Temple atop Shackleton Crater. It says, with our bold font:
A near-perpetually sunlit peak close to the Moon’s south pole has been selected by ESA’s artist-in-residence as the site of a building like no other. Artist Jorge Mañes Rubio, part of ESA’s future-oriented Advanced Concepts Team (ACT), has designed a place of contemplation to serve a future lunar settlement. It would be built on the sunlit rim of Shackleton Crater, which is bathed much of the time in sunlight while overlooking a 4.2 km-deep interior mired in perpetual shadow.
M’god — the tabloid was right! Reading on, the ESA press release quotes the artist:
[T]his Temple is intended as a mythic and universal structure that can hopefully bring people together in this new environment in novel ways.
[*Groan*] The adventure of actually going to the Moon and living in a settlement there isn’t inspiring enough. This guy thinks they’ll need a temple where they can mull things over — and ESA is paying him to produce plans.
We don’t know what to make of this. What do you think, dear reader?
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