Designing the MarsOz Interiors

Guy Murphy &

Kerstin Thompson Architects

Mars Society Australia

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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.