Pop Quiz: Space Habitats

What will space habitats look like as humans travel farther from home, to the Moon, Mars, and beyond? How is NASA preparing people for the longer duration space missions required of deep space exploration? How will humans prepare for and survive the next giant leap? Take this quiz and find out!

Which of the following are core elements in NASA's plan for a sustained presence on the lunar surface?

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A Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV), habitable mobility platform, and lunar foundation surface habitat are all core elements of NASA's Lunar Surface Sustainability Concept. Notice that all three of these elements place an emphasis on mobility, an important factor for future space explorers.

What percentage of water will have to be recycled in a deep space habitat?

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A whopping 98% of water will need to be recycled inside deep space habitats! Life support systems are critical for humans to survive in the extreme environments they will encounter in deep space.

NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) assesses which of the following?

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This three-story habitat pushes human extremes by simulating what it would be like to be far from Earth on a planet with only your crew for a long duration mission. The analog assesses behavioral health, performance, and communication throughout the long duration study, and primarily seeks to understand how humans would fare in specific situations they might encounter in space, like isolation.

How much oxygen will need to be recycled from the carbon dioxide exhaled by astronauts in deep space habitats?

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According to NASA, 75% of oxygen will need to be recycled from the carbon dioxide exhaled by astronauts in their deep space habitat.

Habitation modules will need to protect astronauts from which of the following?

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Deep space habitation modules will need to protect future space explorers from all of these elements. There are many challenges astronauts will face as they push farther away from home that NASA is attempting to mitigate. To survive, astronauts will need to live and work in habitats designed to protect them from radiation, extreme temperatures, and micrometeoroids.

True or false: Habitats on the Moon and Mars could be 3-D printed.

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True. In fact, NASA even held the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, where teams competed to create sustainable habitats on the Moon, Mars, and beyond, using 3D-printing and modeling software.

Which American company is working with NASA to develop deep space habitation prototypes for the Gateway?

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Several American companies are working with NASA to develop deep space habitation prototypes, including Bigelow Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Boeing, and Northrup Grumman. These prototypes are being tested and evaluated to learn what works and what doesn't in a deep space habitat.

Pop Quiz: Space Habitats
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Great job! Want to learn more about space habitats? Visit our Mission Mars exhibit or check out our most recent Solving Space post, and don't miss our highly interactive summer exhibit, Beyond Human Limits, which explores the parallels between astronaut training and extreme sports.

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