Self-sufficient space station proposed

Paul Raven @ 10-10-2007

Artist's impression of a lunar habitat module Yet another classic science fiction trope that real-world science is reaching towards: a team of scientists have come up with a design for a space station named "Luna Gaia" that works on similar principles to a biosphere – a "closed-loop" ecology where almost all waste products are recycled by the system. [Image credited to NASA]

The ISS runs on a type of closed-loop system already, but the recycling processes are largely based on chemical reactions; the biosphere design would use plants and algae instead, as far as is practically possible, and should be theoretically capable of sustaining twelve astronauts for three years. The diet sounds a bit dull, though …

[tags]space station, biosphere, astronauts[/tags]
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2 Responses to “Self-sufficient space station proposed”

  1. David says:

    You might be interested in a blog posting “Gardening in microgravity”: http://cabiblog.typepad.com/hand_picked/2007/10/gardening-in-mi.html

  2. Fredosphere says:

    Oh, man! When you mentioned the dull diet, you had me hoping they were going to eat algae cakes.