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In the future, space exploration must find better ways of obtaining information. These ways must be able to provide more precise and detailed information, while being more economical than present methods of exploration. This will be increasingly difficult as exploration teams are sent to the more distant planets due to the travel time involved.

One answer to the problem is the use of permanently manned research stations. This project is concerned with developing concepts that can be used to design such stations. The discussion is in three parts.

The first part concerns general information. It includes what site information is now available and a brief discussion of the various life support systems that have been developed over the years. It discusses concepts for mechanical systems. It also sets up a broad organizational chart based on those activities that will take place on the base.

The second part identifies the various physical spaces that will be required by the activities listed. In doing so, it provides schematic diagrams of the spaces and identifies the requirements for each space, including equipment, furniture, special conditions and services that are required by each room. It also describes the relationship of one space to another.

The final part of the project uses the information in the first two sections to develop a broad based concept for the proposed base. Included in this area are discussions on materials and building methods. The concept is as flexible as possible in order to meet the requirements of any number of special situations.

It is not the purpose of this project to provide a finished design for such a base. The number of variables that must be taken into account in order to finalize a design is immense. To provide the information that would allow a final design would require a complete and perfect knowledge of the operations that will take place on such a base. Unfortunately, such knowledge is lacking at present, due in no small part to a lack of information about the proposed sites for the bases. Rather, this project is intended to provide a starting point for designing a base once the required information becomes available. It also identifies areas where information is now available, and, more importantly, areas where further research is needed.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Michel Louis Roger Pillet

Second Committee Member

William Rogers Gafford

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Fourth Committee Member

Don Paul Schlegel

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Architecture Commons