Smart Habitats for Sustained Lunar Living

July 23, 2020

Smart Habitats

With five years and up to $15 million of NASA funding locked up, Purdue University's Resilient Extra Terrestrial Habitats Institute is on its way to imagining and developing the smart technologies humanity will need to inhabit the Moon and, perhaps someday, Mars.



Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue - Ep. 54: Future of Lunar Habitation

May 28, 2020

Full Steam Ahead!

Purdue Professor Shirley Dyke discusses current study happening at Purdue on the potential for future habitation on the moon and Mars, and what that might look like, how soon it could happen, and more!


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Jan. 23, 2020

Two astronauts on Mars' surface stand in front of a lunar rover and multiple habitat structures
Image courtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

To help design and construct human habitats for Earth orbit, the moon, and Mars, NASA is turning to teams of experts in academia and private industry, including civil and structural engineers. The ideas being discussed will, in some cases, take terrestrial engineering concepts into extraterrestrial settings and, in return, apply some of the spacebased solutions back here on Earth.



How NASA Will Protect Astronauts From Space Radiation at the Moon

Aug. 7, 2019

One astronaut holds an American flag, while a second astronaut hops along the lunar surface to meet him.
Image courtesy of NASA

August 1972, as NASA scientist Ian Richardson remembers it, was hot. In Surrey, England, where he grew up, the fields were brown and dry, and people tried to stay indoors — out of the Sun, televisions on. But for several days that month, his TV picture kept breaking up. “Do not adjust your set,” he recalls the BBC announcing. “Heat isn’t causing the interference. It’s sunspots.”