NASA is designing Ice Homes that can help astronauts survive on Mars for 400 days
As you may be aware of what is common knowledge that Mars is the most viable option to be a candidate for extra terrestrial life and also the only option for possible habitation by humans. In the latest concepts concerning Mars, NASA has come up with a new subject called ICE HOMES on the red planet.
So what exactly are these Ice Homes on Mars and how is the Space Body planning to use it on Mars? Read and find out.
1 The atmosphere of Mars does not support life
The atmosphere of Mars is too thin to support human life. Moreover giant dust storms engulf vast stretches of the planet for months making survival difficult on Mars. Extreme surface temperatures and inadequate atmospheric protection make Astronauts unsafe from radiation.
This is why the concept and design of Ice homes will be constructed on mars to protect future astronaut’s travelling to the planet.
2 What is an Ice Home?
An Ice home is an inflatable cylindrical structure similar to a large rubber tube. It consists of a lightweight shell with an inner tube. The light weight shell is filled with water ice and is like a storage tank that can be refilled. The water in the ice home can also be used as rocket fuel.
Ice homes on Mars can protect astronauts from galactic cosmic rays or high energy radiation present on mars. The thickness of the ice placed above the living quarters forms a shield or protective barrier against radiation while simultaneously allowing light to pass through.
3 Radiation from cosmic rays
Radiation from cosmic rays can put astronauts at risk of cancer and also death which is why the concept of an Ice home was designed by NASA’s Langley research center. According to, designer Kevin Vipavetz “After a day dedicated to identifying needs, goals and constraints we rapidly assessed many crazy, out of the box ideas and finally converged on the current Ice Home design, which provides a sound engineering solution’.
The large inflatable torus or Ice home on Mars is NASA’s latest answer to the possibility that one day astronauts will be travelling and spending considerable time on the red planet and possibly humans too. Each ice home can help an astronaut survive for 400 days.