What will future Martian Homes be?
People may love their houses here on planet Earth, but what works here won’t work on the harsh environment of Mars. No magnetic field means no protection from the solar wind constantly hitting the bare planet. No oxygen means open windows are not possible. The below zero temperature will require heaters in all living quarters. And that only scratches the surface of the hurdles of living on the planet.
So what will the homes of the future look like there on Mars? Nasa held a competition to design the homes using 3D technology and materials available on Mars. It has been a long journey ever since the competition began last 2015. Several teams participated with different concepts and designs. Hundreds of thousands of price money have been rewarded to the top teams at different phases of the competition. Some homes look more traditional while some were unexpected and were incredible to see. Here we look at three possible future homes as the human race makes its journey towards inhabiting other planets.
Source: marsicehouse website
This design by SEArch/Clouds Architecture Office is made out of ice because of the abundant water in Mars. Using water physics to carefully build the structure. It makes good use of the below zero temperatures of mars’ northern areas with an average temperature of minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit that freezes it solid. The frozen water becomes a shield against radiation while the lander and living quarters will be inside the enclosed space. The structure won’t only be able to protect the inhabitants, but also refract light and look beautiful.
Source: XArc website.
The hexagon is a common geometrical shape found in nature. Snowflakes falling are hexagons. Honeybee hives and the structure of Carbon are too. The world’s most advanced vision belonging to the dragonfly’s eye is made out of small hexagons. This design is popular among sci-fi movies and may turn into a reality in the near future.
Source: Official Nasa Website
This towering structure called Marsha won the 3D-printing phase of the competition. It’s made out of readily available mineral deposits of Basalt in the rocks around and as well as bioplastics that can be made from plants to be grown on Mars. The structure will feature several levels for different uses. Its floor to ceiling windows will allow its inhabitants to see the surroundings without leaving.
These are only a sneak peek of what could be done in the future of space travel and planet colonization, but new designs and structures could still come and promise better advantages than what there is now.