Underground Habitation Concept using Cyanobacterial Function on Mars

Int. J. Microgravity Sci. Appl. 2013p105
Mayumi ARAI
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation(Miraikan)
Caves and lava tubes have been discovered at several areas based on remote sensing data and orbital imagery. Caves and other underground spaces moderate extreme temperatures - cooler in daytime and warmer at night. Early man used such spaces for habitation in areas with extreme climates for millennia. The assumption about these same structures on Mars would be the same; for moderating extreme temperatures, as well as possibly offering protection from space radiation and even Martian dust. Based on underground residences on Earth, I do consider that possibilities exist for underground habitation or even balanced-environmental habitation on Mars. In this study, I focus attention on the terrestrial cyanobacterium “Nostoc sp. HK-01”. I discuss what we need to know and how the function of Nostoc sp. can be used in Mars habitation.
mars habitation, space agriculture, cyanobacteria, underground, cave

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