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Swedes to put, not a man, but a house on the moon

SWEDEN is going to build a house on the moon. It will be a typical Swedish-style country cottage and it will be installed on the moon in 2013, Mikael Genberg, an artist and entrepreneur, said at the Sweden Pavilion yesterday.

Genberg said NASA had agreed to take the cottage on their trip to the moon in March 2013.

But it's not as outlandish a scheme as it sounds. The cottage will weigh less than 10 kilograms and, on the flight, will be about the size of a shoe box.

Genberg said the cottage would be made out of ultra-thin inflatable material and a team of 30 scientists in Stockholm is working on the construction and tests. It will be launched by the lunar lander and will inflate automatically into a 3x4 meter red cottage. Of course, there is no furniture inside.

"Since there is no wind or pollution on the moon, it should stay there for thousands of years," said Genberg.

The House On The Moon project was initiated in 2002. Genberg plans to use the image of the lunar red cottage to explore business opportunities. He plans to spend the money raised to build hospitals, schools and benefit social organizations around the world.

He estimated a total cost of 100 million kronor (US$12.5 million) for the project. A poster depicting the house on the moon is on show at the Sweden Pavilion. With the key words "sustainability, innovation and communication," the pavilion showcases how the nation's spirit of innovation solves problems, improves the urban environment and living standards, and demonstrates the importance of communications.


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