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EOS Mars Program: Habitat Design
The windows are protected under the overhang of the roof from vertical radiation and impact, being angled out for the same reason and also to avoid glare. The panes are double-walled for insulation, and pressurisationís sake, and the glass doped to absorb ionising rays. They are but a few centimetres above ground level which allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. The double skin roof has internal ribbing to further deflect and absorb impacts. The void between inner and outer skins is filled with polyethylene spherules (radiation and shock absorbing), and is pressurised for added insulation. Any drop in pressure here would warn first of impact damage. A sub-basement will be fitted out with storage batteries for power generated by the roof-mounted solar arrays, backup O2/N2 compressed breathing air, CO2 scrubbers, and heat regulation equipment. Reserve water, food and equipment will also be stored here. Each individual habitat cylinder is a fully self-contained living unit, but being able to draw upon a common mains supplied energy and air through the pipelines supported by the communication tunnels, and also to maintain a long-term viability from the stockpiled supplies in the sub-basement if necessary. Under its layer of regolith it retains more heat than exposed surface structures.

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Artist Name: Jan Kaliciak
Artist Country: GB
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Company: Creative Graphic Arts
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  • Strata - Strata 3D Pro
  • e-frontier - Poser
  • Adobe - Photoshop
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