The igloo could be man`s first home on Mars


At first glance, it looks like an igloo – but in fact, this could be man`s first home on Mars.

National Geographic created the home as part of its research for a new miniseries on the red planet.

The home is now set to be built in London using materials as close to possible as those found on the red planet.

Opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London from November 10th to 16th, the habitat is based on extensive consultation with Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers and Stephen Petranek, author of How We`ll Live on Mars and a consultant on the new show.

Constructed over several months by Cardiff company Wild Creations, the `show home` is a dome-like structure mined from the Martian soil, combined with recycled spacecraft parts, including a double air-locked entrance, all designed to protect the early settlers from Mars` unforgiving atmosphere and freezing temperatures.

It`s exterior will include a transparent viewing dome, large transmitter and stability `wings`.

The structure will resemble brickwork forged from Martian regolith and microwaved to create sturdy building material.

The home is designed to be situated in Valles Marineris, a 4,000km long, 100km wide system of canyons that runs along the equator of Mars.

The walls will be around 10 feet thick, in order to protect against the harsh Martian environment, which include temperatures as low as minus seventy degrees Celsius, cosmic radiation, thin atmosphere and micrometeorite impacts.

The show`s plot reveals the crew ill also develop the first Mars colony, called Olympus Town.

It will be in the foothills of Olympus Mons, the planet’s tallest mountain, where underground lava tubes provide shelter and protection from cosmic radiation.

Source: The Mail