posted on Jun, 6 2014 @ 06:56 PM
Oic, we are going to have a rave on Mars. Good plan imho. I seriously think that one of the best solutions will be an inflatable structure. The walls
will have to be of a thick and strong material, but it can be done. The problem is you are not going to have a large team that can focus strictly on
building a structure, and the solution must be compact enough to allow for easy assembly. Even a dome like this with prefabricated pieces seems like
it would be way too much work on the barren surface of Mars. And you do not want your astro-nuts, and that is likely what volunteers for a Mars
mission are, lol, to be put in any danger from doing physical labor on the surface of another planet.
Heck, this is true even on the Moon, and that is a much easier target than Mars. This is how I see the problem anyway. I love finding solutions to
many types of problems and I think that the best way to go in this instance is the simplest...inflatable structures. I've often wondered whether it
is possible to build a portion of the spacecraft out of materials that could be disassembled and then used in the construction of a base. This would
save on some weight. Of course you would have to keep these parts of the craft attached as you are travelling to the planet and landing, but this
could be overcome. The landing I mean, as the travelling part is not a big deal considering there is no air resistance. You could fly a cube in space
if you felt so inclined and possessed the technical know-how to get it up there in the first place.