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Side Lit GreenHouse – 4380 viewsA possible passively heated & cooled Greenhouse arrangement is shown. It is designed to use minimal electrical energy for heating and cooling.

Sunlight is concentrated by steerable mirrors at the left side, and focused through side windows. An overhead scaffold holds radiation shielding material (regolith, ice, or any other material). Air ducts and passageways allow warm air convection to other habitat modules to the right, such as workshops, a kitchen, etc. Not shown are curtains which can be closed at night to retain heat when needed, or opened to allow wind cooling, with chimneys for additional convective cooling if needed.

Design by Bruce Mackenzie.
Special thanks to Jan Olsen, a Mars Foundation intern from Norway. Let us know if you would like to help with similar designs.
4617 viewsRendering of the first permanent Mars Settlement. This concept provides a clear vision for early life on the Martian frontier. It is built primarily from local materials, providing early life support and industrial capabilities, and will begin full-scale settlement of the Red Planet.
4113 viewsGround-level view of the first permanent Mars settlement.
3501 viewsArial view of the Mars Homestead Settlement. Paths are depicted heading to mining areas, spacecraft landing zones and areas of scientific interest.
3701 viewsSite plan of the first permanent settlement on Mars, built primarily from local Mars materials. The settlement is constructed into a hillside, with structures extending onto the plain. Tuna-can style habitats, similar to those in the NASA Design Reference Mission, provide temporary housing during manufacture and construction of the permanent structures.
3716 viewsFloor plan detail of the first permanent Mars settlement. Parallel greenhouse modules provide growing space for the settlers food supply. Interior public spaces include two story bamboo forest areas providing psychological benefit as well as building material. Private living spaces look out across the Martian plain.
3868 viewsPower generation, gas plant, refining and manufacturing spaces of the Mars Homestead Settlement. Nuclear reactors provide thermal and electrical energy for the settlement and various industrial processes. Focus is on producing useful products using Martian raw materials such as metals, plastics, ceramics, glass, and bricks.
3857 viewsCloser view of the settlement layout.
3722 viewsSecond level of the Mars settlement layout.
4144 viewsCommon areas of the Mars settlement concept.
3511 viewsBuild phase 1 - for 12 people.
3578 viewsBuild Phase 1 & 2 - 24 people total.
3347 viewsMars settlement layout.
4335 viewsStandardized modules.
3965 viewsCross sectional view of the first permanent Mars settlement - showing a rover garage and workrooms. Masonry structures are built into the hill and covered with regolith to provide radiation shielding and pressure counterbalance. Steerable mirrors send natural light down to the large interior spaces of this first Martian home.
3969 viewsCross sectional view showing a greenhouse and some common areas.
3572 viewsCross sectional view showing the tuna-can habs, greenhouses, and some common areas.
3980 viewsCross section of one greenhouse module.
4020 viewsCross sectional view of two greenhouse modules.
3414 viewsSettlement construction - stages 1 through 4.
3387 viewsSettlement construction - stages 5 through 8.
3364 viewsSettlement construction - stages 9 through 10.
3444 viewsSettlement rendering - build phase 1 - for 12 people.
4119 viewsSettlement rendering - build phase 2 - for 24 people.
3762 viewsThe sun sets after another day at the Mars "Hillside Settlement 1", designed by the Mars Foundation 'programming team'.
3811 viewsSide view of the Mars "Hillside Settlement 1", designed by the Mars Foundation 'programming team'.
4346 viewsInterior of common areas.
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