“Made it to Mars!” – “Yeah, but is my hab any good?”
There’s been lots of talk about Mars, the Moon and space in general. I dream of going to space someday. Whether it’s Mars or the Moon; I’d love to live in space for a few months. For the purposes of this article I am going to focus on Mars living.
But the most important thing to consider before going is, where will I live?
Really anywhere you go the first question is, where am I going to stay? Is it nice?
Anywhere you live you’ll have four basic rooms or areas: bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and somewhere to sit. These can all be the same room or four different rooms but these are your four staples of a home or in space talk, hab. (Note: when I say hab in this post I’m talking about a habitat.)
I am also going to cover a few more spaces you would like and very well need if you lived in space: greenroom, lab, medical room, living room (works as a game room) and exercise room.
Rooms that exist that I won’t talk about are a control room (main power controls and such), air pressure room (where you enter/exit and the air pressure evens out for human life to work), and storage room/s.
Bathroom, Bedroom and Kitchen
There’s not much to say about these. Just think about what a bathroom, bedroom and kitchen look like on a boat, that’s pretty much what you’d have in space.
Vaccu-flush style toilet. Twin bed with some cool metallic gray blankets. Locking silver cabinets and a microwave.
I mean, how else are you going to build a sustainable home?
My greenroom would consist mainly of hydroponics.
Hydroponics is growing plants in a nutrient water solution rather than growing plants in soil.
I’d probably grow potatoes (because, the Martian) and they have many of the nutrients you need for a complete meal. Also wheat, you can make flour and beer! (I’m pretty sure there’s no drinking age in space and even if there was it would be 18, and everyone would be 18 because I’m pretty sure they don’t let anyone under 18 into space.)
In the lab you’d find tools for surveying and testing what you find on Mars. Anyone living on Mars would undoubtedly be performing search and research missions. So, a lab is a given.
Also, I’d have a computer which I could use for communicating back home, interfacing with hab controls and such, and to write my blog of course!
Living on Mars is dangerous. There is no fully staffed hospital conveniently located near your space home.
My medical room would have a chair, lamp and the necessary tools for surgery. I would also need a doctor…
The size of this room would be based on how many people would be living in the hab. You need enough seats for everyone, because this space would be used for eating, talking, playing cards and planning things (like missions and such). I want to be comfortably sitting on a couch when planning missions.
Yes, I want a couch with a coffee table.
It would be good to have a TV with a camera so we could call back as a crew in a central and comfortable location. The TV could also be used for movies and maybe some Mario kart? (Team building exercise? And just plain fun!)
Even in space at the end of the day, you just have to relax and do something enjoyable (besides the whole “Hey, I live on Mars!” thing).
I’m usually not one for exercising in a room, but there’s not really a whole lot of options when you can’t go outside unless you have a bulky space suit on.
They really should just make some space suits the size of a football uniform.
I would need a treadmill and weights. And I should probably learn how to lift properly before shooting into space.
So that’s pretty much it.
Let me know what changes or additions you’d make to your Mars/space habitat down in the comments.
Also, if you’re interested in this topic, check out the Mars series on Netflix. The acting is terrible, but the info is good.