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The Earth Space Defense Moon Base was a military base located on Earth's Moon. Designed with both offensive and defensive capabilities, the ESD Moon Base was the first of several planetary bases designed to monitor the Solar System for potential alien threats.


The ESD Moon Base became operational on February 21, 2009. During the inauguration ceremony, ESD Director David Levinson participated in the honor of the ribbon cutting ceremony. The commander of the base was General Jiang Lao.

During the upcoming 20th anniversary of the War of 1996, the Sphere's spaceship appeared near the Moon Base. The ESD and Earth's leaders mistook the alien ship to be hostile, blaming it for the destruction of Rhea Base, in which General Lao was given the orders to fire the base's energy cannon at the ship. On the day after, the base came under attack by the Harvester mothership. The Moon Base's cannon was unable to penetrate the massive ship's shields and the base was ultimately destroyed, with all personnel lost including General Lao.


The ESD Moon Base served as a space monitoring center and Earth's first line of defense alongside the Orbital Defense System. The base was equipped with both offensive and defensive weapons. The base's primary weapon was the energy cannon, which was based on designs of the main weapon used by the City Destroyers, and was recently installed in 2016.



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  • In The Art and Making of Independence Day: Resurgence, the design for the moon base is inspired by previous notions and ideas for the colonization of the moon. The moon base's cannon, according to concept artist Johannes Mücke, is approximately as big as "Trump Tower, in diameter."