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July 13, 2001

Welcome to the Moon Hotel!

The most detailed proposal so far for a hotel and resort destination on the Moon has been prepared by Dutch architect Hans-Jurgen Rombaut. While he was forced to consider cosmic rays, outside temperature, lack of atmosphere, and other harsh conditions on the moon, the low gravity - one-sixth of the Earth's - and the absence of wind were a boon for the architect: he was able to design a much more slender and fragile-looking building than would have been possible on Earth. Its two 160 meters high needle-like towers soar over the rim of the deep canyon Rima Prinz. And between them you'll see Earth hanging low above the horizon.

The Moon Hotel at Rima Prinz, a deep
rille on the Moon near Schröter's Valley

To shield the interior from lethal cosmic rays and solar particles, Rombaut designed a 50-centimeter-thick hull consisting of two outer layers of Moon rock and a 35 centimeter layer of water held between glass planes. The water absorbs energetic particles and helps keep the temperature constant as the Moon rock provides further protection. Window are formed from hole in the Moon rock layer.

Entrance of the Moon Hotel.

Lunar explorers

The cost of launching tonnes of steel and water to the Moon is still a hurdle. But according to Rombaut as much as possible can be manufactured on the Moon itself, using existing minerals and ores. The Moon hotel design is welcomed by the Lunar Explorers Society (LUNEX), an international society of space buuffs who hope to construct a robot Moon base by 2015, followed by a manned base by 2020 and a real lunar village by 2040. "This hotel would fit very well in our scheme," says Carl Koppeschaar, co-funder of LUNEX, who wrote a futuristic guide book to the Moon and who was one of the supervisors of Rombaut's master thesis at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.

At one-sixth of Earth's gravity you
may "fly" using specials suits with
bat-like wings!

Rombaut's Moon hotel is a far cry from the average establishment on Earth. The architect himself calls it a "sensation engine". The hotel's two slanting towers will provide tourists space to indulge in low-gravity-games such as indoor mountaineering, abseiling and "flying" using special suits with bat-like wings. Visitors will be encouraged to walk to the top of the towers instead of using elevators, helping avoid muscle deterioration during their stay in lower gravity.

After finishing his master thesis
Hans-Jurgen Rombaut was elected
Fellow of the Lunar Academy of
Arts and Sciences.

Background information:

  • Hans-Jurgen Rombaut's Moon Hotel
  • A Moon with a View
  • Space Tourism in the 21st Century: High Hopes, High Stakes
  • Living and working on the Moon
  • Scientists Look to Moonbeams for Earth Energy
  • Moon's Helium-3 Could Power Earth
  • Lunar Explorers Society
  • The Moon Society
  • Moon Handbook: A 21st-Century Travel Guide
  • Libération: Vacances dans l'espace (French)
  • Les pionniers du camping en orbite (French)
  • Indiana Jones sulla luna una vacanza spaziale (Italian)
  • ROMANCE to REALITY: moon & Mars plans
  • Glassmaking on the Moon
  • Student Space Exploration & Technology Initiative (SSETI): Moon lander
  • Welcome onboard LunarSat
  • Earthrise 1
  • Lunar South Pole Infrared Telescope
  • New Technology Lunar Astronomy Mission
  • Ice on the Moon
  • The Moon And Plate Tectonics: Why We Are Alone
  • One giant leap for lunar skeptics
  • The Great Moon Hoax
  • Moon Loses Luster for U.S.
  • Next, Go Back to the Moon
  • Companies Swoon Over the Moon
  • Taming the Lunar Frontier: Settlers Wanted
  • Rallying for a Return to the Moon
  • Top 10 Reasons to Inhabit Outer Space
  • Zuiderlicht, VPRO Radio, 17 july 2001: VOC-ships and present day plans for space (Dutch)
  • video: Mission -- the Moon
  • John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961: Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs
  • John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962: Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort
  • SMART-1 (ESA)
  • Unique tasks for SMART-1 in exploring the Moon
  • Japan Prepares Lunar Mission
  • First Indian may step onto Moon in 2005
  • China plans lunar landing
  • Russia-China deal makes NASA uneasy


  • The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2001 : Aiming for the moon
  • Astronomski Magazin, Septembar 2001: Hotel na Mesecu (Balkan countries)
  • KIJK, september 2001: Shuttle krijgt de ruimte (Dutch)
  • HobbySpace: Space Tourism
  • De maan (Dutch)
  • Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, August 22, 2001: Maantoerisme steeds goedkoper (Dutch)
  • Canoa, Lunes, 20 de agosto de 2001 : Un hotel en la Luna (Spanish)
  • P-magazine: Hans-Jurgen Rombaut, architect van Maanhotel Lunatic (Flemish)
  • Cumar Tesi, 28 Temmuz 2001: Resepsiyonda bir uzaylı var (Turkish)
  • Minut: 20 juli 2001: Kuuhotelli projekt (Estonian)
  • Euskaldunon Egunkaria: Izar gehien izango duen hotela (Eskuara)
  • A Four-Star Hotel That's Out of this World
  • 4Winds, 15 July 2001: Welcome to the Moon Hotel
  • The Dome of the Sky: Space Tourism
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day, July 13, 2001: Welcome to the Moon Hotel!
  • 每日一天文圖 (成大物理分站) , 2001 年 7 月 13 日 , 2001: 歡迎光臨月球旅館 (Chinese)
  • Þ³ª¶ó È£ÅÚ, 2001³â 7¿ù 13ÀÏ: ÇØ ¼³ (Korean)
  • Астрономическая картинка дня, 13 июля 2001: Добро пожаловать в лунный отель (Russian)
  • גלה את היקום! July 13, 2001 (Hebrew)
  • Astronomický snímek dne, 13.cervenec 2001: Vítejte do Mesícního hotelu (Czech)
  • Almanaque: Apartem os cintos (Brasilia, Portuguese)
  • Ananova: Architect designs lunar 'sensation engine'
  • Far Shores: Plans Drawn For Lunar Hotel By 2050
  • Hotel auf dem Mond (Auf Deutsch)
  • Cafe du Web: Moon Palace Hotel
  • Sciences & Avenir: Moon Palace Hotel (French)
  • Notícias: Vacaciones en la Luna (Argintina, Spanish - page 1)
  • Notícias: Vacaciones en la Luna (Argentina, Spanish - page 2)
  • De Morgen:'Gekke 'architect ontwerpt hotel op de maan (Flemish)
  • Lunar Hotel
  • Missing Matter: Dutch Architect Designs Moon Hotel
  • Hotel di Bulan, Mungkinkah? (Indonesian)
  • VNExpress, tin nhanh Vietnam: Cao ốc trên... mặt trăng (vietnamese)
  • Pcao Turism :Um otel lunar (Portuguese)
  • Media Mente: 12 Giugno 2001: Nasce l'hotel sulla Luna (Italiaans)
  • Avana, 12 June 2001: Szálloda a Holdon (Hungarian)
  • Index: Szállóvendégek a Holdon, Ötven év múlva megépülhet a holdhotel (Hungarian)
  • Geeknews: The Lunar Hotel
  • The Orange, №30, 11 июня 2001: Лунные истории (Russian)
  • DyREnet, 7 June 2001: Spacey Hotel
  • New Scientist, 6 June 2001: Shoot for the Moon
  • Profiel&: Bouwkunststudent ontwerpt als eerste ter wereld maanhotel (Dutch)
  • Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant: Hotelkamer op de maan (Dutch)
  • Volkssterrenwacht Amsterdam: Nederland levert eerste maanarchitect (Dutch)
  • Discovery Planet, 9 May 2001: Nederland levert eerste maanarchitect (Dutch)
  • ESA, 9 May 2001: Eerste Nederlandse maanarchitect (Dutch)

    Illustrations Moon Hotel: © 2001 Hans-Jurgen Rombaut
    Illustration Lunar Academy of Arts and Sciences: Paul van Susante

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