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Inflatable Moon Base To Be Tested In Antarctica

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posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 05:50 AM
This week,NASA are taking their prototype inflatable moon base to McMurdo ice station for testing:

"The structure being tested looks a bit like one of those bouncy carnival huts for kids (which, that reminds me, someone really needs to start making for adults.) It's insulated and heated, powered and pressurized, offering about 384 square feet of living space, with 8 feet ceilings.

Best thing about it? It's light. NASA says it it will require about 125 pounds of fuel and hardware for every pound of supplies carried to the lunar surface. Something that can be inflated, rather than pieced together from metal or even lightweight plastic, would certainly be helpful. "

This looks like a promising idea for future bases on the moon or mars.
I do wonder if it would stand up against flying particles/weather systems on other planets.
Hopefully they can think of a way to protect the structure against that sort of thing.
What do you think-Good idea/bad idea?

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[edit on 16/11/07 by masqua]


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