Moonbase is a facility on the Moon, enabling human activity at the Moon.
A moonbase is a facility on the surface of the Moon and is as such different to a lunar space station in orbit around the Moon, such as the planned Lunar Gateway of the Artemis program. Moonbases can be for uncrewed or crewed use, in both cases not necessarily including habitation facilities.
Missions to the Moon have so far realized only temporary single-mission bases, as well as some small permanent installations. Though plans for establishing facilities on the Moon that could enable sustained human activity at the Moon, have been proposed and are actively pursued nationally and increasingly internationally by space agencies.
China Proposed the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS)…
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