Moon village envisioned by European Space Agency - Mar. 24, 2016
In a video interview posted on the agency's website, Woerner said a permanent lunar base is the next logical step in space exploration.
He said the village could replace the International Space Station in the future. The ISS has been continuously occupied since 2000. It was originally set to be decommissioned by 2020, but its operation has been extended through 2024.
The agency said it could take 20 years before the technology is ready to make the Moon village happen.
Woerner said the agency could use the Moon's natural resources to build the village, instead of bringing materials from Earth. Structures and parts of buildings could be 3D-printed using robots and rovers.
"We don't need a big amount of funding at the beginning...we can start with a small landing mission, which many countries are already planning,"