Swedish researchers have enlisted the help of artist Mikael Genberg to design a robot that will one day erect a tiny house on the moon. After landing on the lunar surface in 2012, the autonomous robot will scout for a suitable location and build a small red cottage, in keeping with the Scandinavian style.
The flatly-named The House on the Moon project aims to be a symbol of what one man can achieve. Students at the Mälardalen University will design, build and program the robot, although Professor Lars Asplund hinted that the final step may be a leap too far:
“We want to teach students who think creatively, work together, use the very latest technology, and dare to set their sights high. The most important thing is not always to reach the goal. If you aim for the stars, at least you’ll reach the treetops or even the moon”
This is a reference to Mikael Genberg’s previous work, which includes the tiny Woodpecker Hotel, set 13m high in the treetops of Vasa Park in Västerås. Genberg is also responsible for the Hotel Otter Inn, which boasts an underwater room.
Artists have been involved with space programs before –
Voyager’s some space craft solar panels are said to have been designed with the assistance of origami experts, and last year a Japanese team announced their intention to launch a paper plane from the International Space Station, claiming it could be designed to withstand the intense heat and pressures of re-entry.