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Project Destiny: Habitats and Food, part 2

8 May 2017, 16:25 UTC
Project Destiny: Habitats and Food, part 2
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This is a topic post referring to Purdue University's project Destiny.Here is my introductory post for the series.The subject is section 7, Mars habitats. By necessity, section 8 (Food Production) is also discussed.Due to the broad scope of this section, I've broken it into three separate posts. This post discusses living spaces. Part 1 discussed life support. Headline results:No net change to costs. Per capita living space increased by 2.3x, while per capita hydroponic space about doubled. I present two alternatives to the 'cylinder farm' approach, each with pros and cons. Basalt fibers would be used as rockwool insulation to reduce heating requirements.Details after the jump.Living Space First, let's discuss living space. 131 m³ may sound like a lot, but imagine living your entire life in a 6.6x6.6 meter square that also has to grow all of your food. I believe that by allocating substantially more area to private living space, the demand for EVA recreation can be reduced. I also believe that the use of public greenspaces with high clearance is beneficial for mood and mental health. For example, have a look at the first picture in this space.com article on The Expanse. Imagine a row of fruit trees ...

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