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  1. Overview
  2. Papers and posters written about Mars Base Zero
  3. a) Pre-operation paper:  "Mars Base 0: An Alaskan Platform for a Martian CELSS" presented at the Linnean Society, by Ray R. Collins in April 1995.

    b) First operation paper:  "Mars Base 0: Summer 2002 Productivity", by Ray & Frances Collins; Ruth Freeburg and Debi-Lee Wilkinson (who presented it at the Mars Society 2002 Mars Society Convention Proceedings).
    c) 2004 Papers and posters:


  1. Objectives.

a) Track nutrient flow through the ecosystem

      1. Nitrogen: limited tracking.
      2. Phosphorous, extensive tracking
      3. Potassium, extensive tracking
      4. Micronutrients, medium tracking
      5. CO2, limited tracking, with modest enrichment
      6. O2, limited tracking
      7. H2O, medium tracking

b) Ecosystem interfaces

      1. Food production vs consumption
      2. Waste production vs earthworm breakdown
      3. Waste breakdown --> nutrient production vs nutrient needs
      4. Atmospheric inputs vs outputs
      5. Hydroponics vs soil food production
      6. Sources of hydroponics solutions vs waste product breakdown
      7. Animal interfaces: human, chicken, fish, earthworm, etc
      8. Disease & pest vectors, control and detection
      9. Light vs plant growth

c) Bad atmospheric gases

      1. Detection
      2. "Natural" = produced by the ecosystem
      3. "Un-natural" = produced by outgassing of structural components
      4. Ways & means to reduce
        1. "Burn"
        2. Soil microbial breakdown
        3. Carbon filters (made from wheat & other straw)

d) 40% of food needed to support a person [This goal set prior to 1999!]

      1. Used to determine size requirements for Nauvik
      2. Comparison with other food production techniques (eg hydroponics)
    1. Light vs productivity
      1. artificial light needs
      2. natural (sunlight) needs
    1. Humidity control methods
    2. Temperature control methods
    3. CO2 enrichment experiments
    4. Partially sealed operation
IV.  Pest Control
    1. Preliminary thoughts
V.  Construction
    1. Design
      1. Heating
      2. Insulation
      3. Sealing
      4. Water
      5. Light
        1. Natural--maximize
        2. Artificial--minimize

6. Power (electrical) design & implimentation

        1. Domestic use
        2. Greenhouse use
      1. Telecommunications
      2. Sensing
      3. Location
      4. Leveling

b) Concrete

      1. Floor
      2. Footer walls
    1. End walls
      1. East wall: doors, window
      2. West wall: emergency hatch, sealing
      3. Interior wall: sealed/doors
      4. Picture window wall; window/sealing/greenhouse roof interface
      5. North arctic entry wall; greenhouse roof interface
      6. Entry/apartment wall: door, window, intercom

d) Trusses

      1. Design
      2. Construction
      3. Erection
      4. Insulation
      5. Inside covering
      6. Outside covering
      7. Waterproofing
      8. Ventilation

e) Floors

      1. Greenhouse
      2. Apartment
      3. Arctic entry
      4. Loft

f) Loft

      1. Ladder
      2. Support
      3. Floor
      4. Window
      5. Uses

g) Greenhouse Glass

 

  1. Soil
    1. Criteria
    2. Nutrients
    3. Sources
    4. Sand bottom
    5. Heating considerations
    6. Rice area
  1. Sealing
    1. concrete
    2. end walls
    1. Temporary
    2. Permanent

c) Trusses

    1. Temporary
    2. Permanent

d) "Glass"

    1. Temporary
    2. Permanent

e) Apartment/arctic entry

    1. Temporary
    2. Permanent

 

 

Diary of Diet

 Crops raised


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