Could we live on the moon? Is a question that many people may ask themselves, is it possible, can we adapt to it physically and psychologically and if so, how would this affect us?
A psychological and scientific experiment will take place in August 2018 for 12 months to see how a group of five 18-25 year olds will cope when faced with human isolation and sensory deprivation.
The experiment is to get an understanding of how we could survive when stripped back to the basic needs for survival in an isolated space. Could we go back to basic living and learn to work together, helping one another solve problems we thought we might never face. But the question is will this make the candidates feel as if they are in solitary confinement, facing greater problems such as loosing control and concept of time, light, shelter, food and sound and only be in control of your subconscious thoughts, breathing and heartbeat. Will the isolation lead to insanity or human leadership and drive within one another. Or will the change prove too much for humans to face.
The long-term focus of this experiment is to find a solution to how we may cope and work together to build a colony on the moon for humans to live within and be content with what they have around them. Will the idea of basic structure and specified materials for human survival of the moon allow you to feel at home within space, or will it just allow us to feel like we are trying to survive each day as part of our primeval instinct.
The chosen site is the Plaskett crater situated on the far side of the moon spanning 109 kilometres in diameter. The site is very flat and bathed in internal sunlight; with easy access to frozen water forming hydrogen and oxygen this could be an ideal location, as the site would support the main essentials for basic survival on the moon.
The chosen candidates will be watched over by CCTV and two physiologists to see how this experiment is impacting the human brain and how if we were to move to the moon and build a colony, what psychological precautions must take place to allow us to live happy with only the basic concept and skills we need to survive.
Taking into consideration the body of design, the layout will be an open plan space with glass allowing the natural sunlight to come in 24/7, and specified materials for space. Will the candidates keep their brain stimulated and prove to work with and the idea of problem solving situations around them.
Each candidate will be given a camcorder, notebook, pen, sketchbook and choice of three reading books to take up with them.
Following a structured timetable each day overtime physiologists are hoping to prove that although we may be in an isolated zone and only have the basics for survival we can find happiness within ourselves allowing us to in the near future consider building a larger colony where people could adapt and live on the moon surface.