Architecture Students Imagine a moon base with the European Space Agency
The European Space Agency, together with a group of architectural students, has wondered about the future design of sustainable moon habitats. From ESA's Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany, the organization challenged students to draw on extreme environments in remote locations and speculate on the purchase and fabrication of materials on the Moon to build a sustainable habitat.
In terms of sunlight, temperature and terrain, the design team developed a system of inflatable modules that can land at the bottom of a small crater in the southern polar region of the moon, where they must gradually fill the cavity with the moon's soil until modules are effectively buried.
The buildings must protect the inhabitants from external conditions on the moon's surface. Due to the lack of a protective atmosphere, the base will also protect people from radiation and small meteorites. To achieve this, the meter protects the guard base, while the crater offers natural insulation, protection and stable temperatures.
The scheme was developed by ESA's Space EAC initiative, created to promote collaboration and networking through partnerships with universities and research bodies. Promoting an interdisciplinary approach to design, the team of architecture students joined space scientists and biologists.
The vision comes at a time of increased interest among the architecture community with the potential for establishing settlements on other planets and moons. Recently, NASA approved AI SpaceFactory's vision for 3D print cabins on Mars, while Foster + Partners exhibited their vision of extra-terrestrial habitats at Britain's Goodwood Festival.
News via: European Space Agency
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