A Moonscape Closer to Home
Although it is covered in snow and ice, Antarctica is actually one of the driest places on Earth and is considered a desert. A study by Lockhead Martin concluded that the dry conditions, freezing temperatures, and it’s remote nature make Antarctica the best analog to test equipment and concepts designed for future Moon missions.
Cities that are like Moon bases?
What if we designed our cities like Moon bases? On the Moon, there is very little water, no usable soil, extreme temperatures, and no air. Growing food and living there for long periods of time require technology that recycles everything. If we built our cities in the same way, our footprint on the natural environment of the Earth would be greatly reduced.
The last man on the Moon?
July 20th, 2014 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 landing. More than half of Americans have lived their entire life without any human presence on the Moon. Current plans to return estimate a landing date in the early 2020s.
Gene Giacomelli, Director of the CEAC
Serious thoughts during a call to Lane Patterson who is operating the greenhouse from the South Pole as a part of a remote operator test.
Roberto Furfaro, the moon, and an asteriod
At the University of Arizona, Dr. Furfaro serves double duty as a team member on the lunar greenhouse project as will as a systems engineer on an asteroid sample return mission.
Phil Sadler in front of the module 5 collapsable skeleton
Phil is a major innovator behind hostile environment greenhouses and has built several versions for Antarctic applications as well as being instrumental in the concept and construction of the Lunar Greenhouse.
The future of controlled in environments
Rooftop greenhouses like these will be a key part of civilization's adaptation to climate change, pollution, and urban expansion in the future.
Sean Gellenbeck works on the Himiwari
An American idea that was developed by the Japanese, but is now coming home to be a part of the lunar greenhouse. This device collects sunlight and creates electricity as well as moving PAR light underground for plant growth.
Mike Downing and Tyler Jensen enjoy dinner with the CEAC team
It's all about food. What better way to celebrate the completion of Phase II than by having a big dinner together?