Mars space igloo shows how humans could live on the Red Planet
The Mars concept home demonstrates how Martian soil bricks and recycled spacecraft parts would be used to build an igloo-shaped dome. The walls of the dome would be around 10-feet thick and the entrance would be double air-locked.
MARS — The first Mars habitat designed for humans will be unveiled at an exhibition in the United Kingdom on Nov.10 to tie-in with a National Geographic program that imagines colonists from Earth living on the Red Planet.
The exhibition in London is based on extensive consultations with astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich and How We’ll Live on Mars author Stephen Petranek, the Mirror reported.
The dwelling would be constructed with Martian soil, which would be microwaved until it forms a brick. The Martian soil bricks and recycled spacecraft parts would then be used to build an igloo-shaped dome. The walls of the dome would be around 10-feet thick and the entrance would be double air-locked.
The dome could be able to withstand the harsh Martian environment, including extremely low temperatures, micrometeorite impacts, thin atmosphere and cosmic radiation.
The exhibition coincides with the launch of a six-part NatGeo docu-drama called MARS, which tells the story of humans’ attempt to colonise the Red Planet in the year 2033.
The igloo-shaped Mars home will be exhibited at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from Nov. 10. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
The home is designed to be situated in Valles Marineris, a system of canyons that runs along the equator of Mars. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
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