“Maybe we’re on Mars because of the magnificent science that can be done there — the gates of the wonder world are opening in our time. Maybe we’re on Mars because we have to be because there’s a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process — we come, after all, from hunter-gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we’ve been wanderers. And the next place to wander to is Mars.” – Carl Sagan
AEGIS, Mars first self-sufficient center is designed to pursue research on the mysteries and secrets of the red planet. The project will be home to 50 passionate researchers and astronauts who are willing to redefine the concept of exploring and developing.
“It is only by pushing mankind to its limits to the bottom of the ocean and into space, will we make discoveries in science and technology that can be adapted to improve life on earth.”
AEGIS will boast of a central greenhouse that is the core of the project. The researchers will grow their food in this 250 m2 indoor farm.
The Ground floor consists mainly of a communal area, experimental labs, and a living space. The upper levels also inhabit the working and research space and the sleeping quarters occupy the basement level, where it’s more private and less accessible.
The design has its origin from the toughest animals on the planet: TARDIGRADES.
Tardigrades also known as bears of the moss are micro animals that live in extreme environments and can survive anything. They can withstand environments as cold as minus 200 Celsius or highs of more than 150 Celsius. They can also survive radiation, boiling liquids, massive amounts of pressure of up to six times the pressure of the deepest part of the ocean and even the vacuum of space without any protection.
Tardigrades have engineered their own space suit!
Just like Tardigrades, AEGIS survive Martian extreme environmental swings by changing its “metabolism” by trapping the sun’s heat through a central greenhouse used as an indoor farm for growing food. Not only the greenhouse will warm up the building but also it will increase the oxygen level and quality.
furthermore, water gets reclaimed by condensers that remove water vapor from the greenhouse.
Also, AEGIS protects its habitants from natural disasters like sandstorms, tornadoes or radiation hazards by retracting its envelope, acting as a shield.
If you can’t defend against a brutal environment, you can learn to love it!