Lunar Habitats—Places for People

by Robert Pfeifer, Fluor Daniel Inc, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


As part of President George Bush's Space Exploration Initiative, lunar bases or habitats are envisioned for long-term habitation by humans. This paper presents factors that should be considered in designing such lunar habitats. Discussions are focused on human factors as related to the design of spaces, or 'places' for people to live and work. Architects design places for people on earth with consideration given to basic human needs for sunlight, visual variety, security, territory, workable spatial volumes and arrangements, and privacy. Historically, living quarters in space were of a temporary nature and manned by highly motivated astronauts and scientists. Consequently, long-term effects of spaces on the behavior of inhabitants were not major considerations. Such considerations will be critical for lunar habitats, and recommended design qualities are presented in this paper.

Subject Headings: Building design | Space colonies | Space exploration | Human factors | Federal government | Architects | Light (natural) | Security | United States

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