[ExI] Self-sufficient space habitat designed
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Tue Oct 9 22:30:12 UTC 2007
SYDNEY: Australian-led scientists have designed a new space habitat
that might one day allow astronauts on the Moon or Mars to be 90 to
95 per cent self-sufficient.
The development of such as system could save billions of dollars in
shuttle trips to re-supply lunar or space colonies and brings closer
the vision of a human habitat on Mars.
The technology could also have applications on Earth to develop more
sustainable farming techniques and improve recycling processes.
Some systems to recycle water and air have already been developed and
rudimentary versions are presently used in the International Space
Station (ISS). However, the proposed new lunar habitat "combines our
existing knowledge" of physical, chemical and biological processes to
provide an "overall picture of how a minibiosphere would work," said
James Chartres, aerospace engineer at the University of Adelaide in
South Australia. He gave a talk detailing the design at the
Australian Space Science Conference held in Sydney last month.
Btw, does the hazy light around the spots in the illustration imply
that they have a lot of air escaping? Or is the artist emulating an
effect produced by (1) the eye, or (b) photon scattering on film or
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