Wörner said the term "moon village" was chosen advisedly, to help people understand the purpose of such an outpost.
"A village is something where different people are gathering with different capabilities, different opportunities, and then they build a community," Wörner said. "It’s not one village with some houses, a church."
The idea, he added, is to bring together a variety of different actors from the public and private sectors.
"But for me, it’s also a stepping-stone, a test bed ... to go further, for instance, to Mars and beyond," Wörner said.
NASA aims to get astronauts to the vicinity of Mars by the end of the 2030s. This ambitious effort will require broad international cooperation, space agency officials have said.
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