Friday, March 28, 2014
Subsurface human settlement on Mars
I stumbled across something neat and wanted to share it with y'all:
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts - human utilization of subsurface extraterrestrial environments (pdf).
Apparently there are lava tubes on Mars, and some are even accessible from the surface.
The neat thing about this? A lava tube would help you shield people from solar radiation, and also give you a container that can retain heat and an atmosphere.
The authors actually go into just enough detail to make this an interesting read, without going all fruity like New Scientist.
I'm sure you geologists out there would love to read about this stuff, so feel free to print out a copy of this 79-page pdf on your company's shareholder-funded colour printer.