Did you know that Moonbase Alpha is set within a real location on the lunar surface, Shackleton Crater? The location used in our game was no coincidence! Experts from NASA selected this site as a likely candidate for a real moon base. As it turns out, NASA has not abandoned plans for a base on the moon:
Shackleton Crater is uniquely qualified as a location for terraforming in the small scale. Named after the famous explorer of Earth’s own south pole, the crater covers about 130 square miles, or roughly twice the size of Washington, DC. It is surrounded on all sides by peaks that rise over 14,000 feet above the surface of the crater. Inside this moon-bowl, scientists have already found water, which is essential for any future human habitation.
Read more in this Popular Science article that reveals ongoing plans for lunar development!