NASA Building A Prototype Deep-Space Habitat In Texas

Living in the deep reaches of outer space, in Texas. Via Popular Science:

It’s not going to send anyone to deep space. But it does give us a tantalizing look at what it’ll look when NASA does take the next steps in space travel.

Engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center and experts Johnson Space Center in Houston are tinkering with the spaceship mockup, deciding the right size, necessary equipment, and everything else that’s going to make a mission to Mars, a near-by asteroid, or the second Earth-Moon Lagrangian point (277,000 miles away from Earth) as pleasant as possible.

The team’s also planning what [devices] will be sent along and built in. One is a 3-D printer, which would allow astronauts to create any tools they need right on the spot. There’s also greenhouse for astronauts to grow their own and food, and a barrier of water on the outside that could be used to shield explorers from cosmic rays.

, , , , ,

  • InfvoCuernos

    …starring Pauly Shore in Biosphere II

    seriously, Texas is a great place to stick it-it looks like an underground trailer.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Why isn’t it spinning? The micro gravity will decimate their bone density.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Cure the “Energy Crisis” in the world? Stop the ‘Oil Wars’? Repair the failing U.S.Economy? Will the new Thorium reactors from China
    (See:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UT2yYs5YJs)
    contribute more? Would better rehabilitation prisons do more? Priorities America! Priorities!