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The sun sets after another day at the Mars "Hillside Settlement 1", designed by the Mars Foundation 'programming team'.
Side view of the Mars "Hillside Settlement 1", designed by the Mars Foundation 'programming team'.
Back To The BurrowThis image is the property of Association Planete Mars (“APM”) -

APM is the French branch of the Mars Society. It was founded in 1999. Many of its members are engineers in the European aerospace industries and it has a close connection with the European Space Agency (“ESA”). Its aim is to speed up the exploration of Mars and to do it with men together with robots, with a view towards a future settlement. Its outreach activity is directed towards economic and political deciders as well as the general public.

Manchu (by his true name Philippe Bouchet) is a renowned French illustrator dedicated to futuristic space environments (“Space Art”). He has worked with the best specialized space reviews in France. He paints on canvas with acrylic medium.

APM ordered him a series of illustrations describing what the activities of mankind could be during the first decades of its presence on Mars. It directed his work to fit with its ideas. Poster sized copies (25 inches x 20 inches) of these illustrations can be ordered from APM, through its treasurer ( Price would be 20 dollars a piece plus forwarding fees. Make your own choice on:

Back to the Burrow is one of the illustrations made by Manchu. It was conceived by Pierre Brisson. Guidelines were the following :

1. Permanent settlements on Mars would have to be protected from solar and cosmic radiations.
2. To grow plants and small animals in greenhouses, sunlight must be used.
3. Nuclear power should be the main supplier of energy but its danger should not be underestimated (and therefore the power station should be at some distance of the settlement, protected by some natural obstacle).
4. Solar energy should be used for safety and as a way to satisfy marginal needs of power.
5. Inflatable structures will be a must on Mars, being well adapted to containing gases as they can easily adjust to varying pressures. They will allow creating large living volumes for a minimum mass. In particular they will be used for roofing greenhouses.
6. Semi buried constructing is a way to use the strength of compact Martian soil and underground, for structuring the habitats. Ancient Ethiopians used the process for “building” their churches in Lalibela in the twelfth century and these churches remain in perfect conditions almost 1000 years after they were dug out.
7. The round design is esthetical and economical. Once the perimeter is defined, it is easier to protect and structure the inside. Compactedness is maximum; distances to any point are minimal.
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