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Abstract: The quality of interior living spaces will
be critical to the psychological comfort of crew in any future missions to
Mars. However conditions in deep space
and on the Martian surface impose particular restraints on habitat design,
including confined internal volumes, pressurisation and the need for
shielding from dangerous radiation.
In 2001 Mars Society Australia (MSA) commenced researching design concepts
for an Australian Mars Analogue Research Station (MarsOz). A design for the interior of the MarsOz has
been developed by MSA and the Melbourne
based practice of Kerstin Thompson Architects. The internal plan has been driven by a
range of issues, including dust management, people traffic control, room
accessibility, and acoustic management.
It includes an innovative scheme for the crew’s living quarters which
will allow each crew to reconfigure the layout for each mission as
required. Other features that will
enhance the feeling of interior spaciousness include the use of colour,
fold-away furniture; careful positioning of window openings and virtual space
will also contribute to a sense of openness.
PROFILE: Guy Murphy, President of Mars Society Australia
since 2000 and a member of the Mars Society's International Steering
Committee, has a Bachelor of Arts (economic history) and a Graduate Diploma
(architectural history & conservation) from the University of Melbourne.
Guy works as a heritage consultant in Melbourne, researching and documenting
historic buildings, and his interests include space architecture, crew
psychology and parallels between Australian history and contemporary space
exploration. Guy took part in the 2001 Jarntimarra expedition and Expedition
One in Utah
and was co-convenor of the 2001 Australian Mars Exploration Conference.