A new series from National Geographic aims to reveal how humans can survive on other planets. From all the aspects of living an extraterrestrial life, they chose to discuss homes. Many specialists were interviewed and ask to state their opinion on the matter. The new shows will be aired starting November 13, at 9 P.M.
The latest project from National Geographic is meant to discover how to improve the life quality of Mars explorers. The shows will be concerned with a habitat made on Earth but designed to be built on the Red Planet. The developers tried to use building materials from our planet but chose those that resemble the Martian resources the most.
The new National Geographic shows will present the result of a team of specialists who built the first prototype of a Martian home for humans. It looks like an igloo, but it is made of reddish material. The main material to be used for the home on Mars will be regolith, which is the soil on the Red Planet.
The construction of the reddish igloo took specialists several months. Experts at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London and Wild Creations were in charge of the project. Their plan includes ten feet thick walls so that the astronauts should be sheltered against the harsh conditions on the Red Planet. Except for the main material (regolith), the dome will also feature parts of former spacecraft to assure its resistance.
The team of specialists who worked on the project also thought about the place on Mars where the igloo should be located. They chose the Valles Marineris, which is a canyon environment, situated in the central region of the Red Planet.
The researchers took into consideration the climate conditions on Mars when building the prototype. The temperatures can get to be as low as -70 degrees Celsius. The inhabitants must also be protected against other phenomena, such as thin atmosphere, dust storms, and cosmic radiations, among others.
The upcoming National Geographic shows also suggest that there will be a human colony on Mars. It is named Olympus Town, and it will be located in the proximity of Olympus Mons. This is the tallest mountain on the Red Planet, and it was chosen because it can offer protection against the weather phenomena and conditions on the planet.
The first human habitat on Mars will be displayed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich for six days, between the 10th and 16th of November. Are you looking forward to seeing it?
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