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The Moon Village Association (MVA) has issued for review a set of Moon Village Principles.

Giuseppe Reibaldi, President of the Moon Village Association, stated in a press statement: “The Principles are the first concrete step in the implementation of the Moon Village concept and this is why they are important. The public will be able to relate the concept of the Moon Village with specific activities carried out in 2019, not in a distant future.”

In 2019, the MVA intends to produce other specific contributions to foster global cooperation for the Moon Village.

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The Moon Village Association was created in 2017 as non-governmental organization based in Vienna. Its goal is the creation of a permanent global informal forum for stakeholders like governments, industry, academia and the general public interested in the development of the Moon Village.

General consensus

The Moon Village Principles represent a general consensus point-of-view of the Moon Village Association but are strictly non-binding.

Lunar base made with 3D printing
Credit: ESA/Foster + Partners

The MVA will assess annually the missions and activities of various organizations with respect to the “Moon Village Principles” and state in a highly public way whether or not those missions and activities are (or are not) in line with the Principles.


Principle 1: Adhere to applicable International Rules and Agreements dealing with human activities in space, such as the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and others, and conduct peaceful activities with thoughtful consideration and respect for the cultural heritage of humanity on the Moon.

Principle 2: Improve Knowledge of the lunar environment and its use for scientific research.

Principle 3: Reduce the Cost and Risk of transport to and from Earth and the Moon, and within cis-Lunar space.

Principle 4: Support the Economic Development of the lunar community.

Shackleton Crater located on the south pole of the Moon. The Lunar Temple visible as bright dot on the left side.
Credit: Jorge Mañes Rubio/DITISHOE

Principle 5: Employ or establish and document open-source engineering Standards of broad applicability and/or usefulness.

Principle 6: Develop and build elements / systems that provide Critical Services for lunar missions and activities, such as navigation, communications, power, and resources.

Principle 7: Develop and demonstrate Technology enabling cost-effective, reliable and safe robotic and human operations on the Moon’s surface and surroundings.

Principle 8: Make available sufficient information to allow global cooperation and engagement involving the general public in the expansion of human activities to, and eventual settlement of the Moon.

Habitat modules are seen beside ‘garages’ for rovers, with an adjacent launch site. Note the robotic vehicles on the surface, proceeding with base construction.
Credit: RegoLight, visualization: Liquifer Systems Group, 2018/Used with permission.



Principle 9: Contribute ethically to human society in terms of Culture, the Arts, Education or other fundamentals.



For more information on the MVA and the set of principles, go to:

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