In its 28 September 1959 issue, Life magazine asked the National
Research Corporation and the Architects Collaborative of Cambridge,
Massachusetts to design what they thought the first Lunar colony would
look like. Illustrated by the great Robert McCall, the results
were impressive; showing a series of inflatable habitats, greenhouses,
and algae farms to support 16 men for their stay on the Moon.
The whole thing looks a bit
ambitious, but bear in mind that it's all inflatable and covered with
aluminised plastic panels complete with roller shades to regulate
light and heat, so it's not exactly Moonbase Alpha we're talking about
here. The whole thing could be carried in the hold of the
nuclear spaceship you can see in the background. All the cables
coming from it are because the craft acts as both transport and power
source for the colony. If you look closely, there's the
inflatable communications antenna and the recycling plant. You
can also see how parasols are erected to keep work crews cool
during the day with small solar reflectors added to keep them from
freezing to death in the shade.
That's the Moon for you; if it
isn't one thing, it's another.