Structural Art in the Lunar Environment

by Jeffrey D. Black, US Air Force Acad, United States,
Stephen B. Dunn, US Air Force Acad, United States,
Thomas A. Eide, US Air Force Acad, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Building structures will be a necessary part of extending our presence on the moon. In designing and building these structures, aesthetic value will play a prominent role. History shows there is a strong link between aesthetic value and good engineering. By considering artistic value while meeting environmental, material, and economic constraints, the lunar engineer will create the best design. This paper examines some feasible structural designs after discussing several historical examples and the various design considerations that characterize the lunar environment.

Subject Headings: Value engineering | Moon | Aesthetics | Lunar materials | Building design | Engineering history | Environmental issues | Economic factors

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