Human outpost

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Human outposts[1][2][3][4] are artificially-created, controlled human habitats located in environments inhospitable for humans, such as on the ocean floor, in space or on another planet.

The logistics and difficulties inherent in such ventures have been heavily explored in written science fiction, inspiring several scientists and governments around the world, some of whom have already started working toward small-scale trials.

In the future, Earth-like planets may be found, as popularly shown in science fiction films of current times, which are habitable for humans and other earthlings and hence human habitats there will not have to be artificially created or controlled and yet human outposts may be able to flourish just like cities here on Earth.

In fiction[edit]

Human outposts in other worlds are a common motif in science fiction, whether established and occupied solely by humans or in cooperation – or competition – with alien species. The setting may be another planet, Earthlike or otherwise; or a spaceship large enough to house a city.

Reality: Scientific advances[edit]

Under sea[edit]

NASA currently trains astronauts in an under-sea habitat, to simulate living and working in the International Space Station. They conduct scientific research on the human body and coral reefs, and build undersea structures to simulate space station assembly spacewalk tasks. The program is also being used to study how isolation affects human behaviour, to prepare for the first human outposts on the Moon and Mars.[5][6]

Outer space[edit]

The Salyut 1 Space station in low Earth orbit was the first human outpost in space. The only current human outpost in space is the International Space Station, though China's Tiangong-1 is periodically occupied.

Planning and design for Lunar[2][7] and Martian outposts is underway.[4]

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  1. ^ 'Trash Can' Nuclear Reactors Could Power Human Outpost On Moon Or Mars; Oct. 4, 2009; ScienceDaily
  2. ^ a b David, Leonard (4 March 2004). "NASA goes lunar: Robot craft, human outpost plans". USA Today. 
  3. ^ Ice, mineral-rich soil could support human outpost on Mars; by Sharon Gaudin; 27 June 2008; IDG News Service
  4. ^ a b Resource Utilization Concepts for MoonMars; ByIris Fleischer, Olivia Haider, Morten W. Hansen, Robert Peckyno, Daniel Rosenberg and Robert E. Guinness; 30 September 2003; IAC Bremen, 2003 (29 Sept – 03 Oct 2003) and MoonMars Workshop (26-28 Sept 2003, Bremen). Accessed on 18 January 2010
  5. ^ Astronaut Leads Aquanauts On Aquarius Undersea Mission; June 17, 2003; ScienceDaily. Also see [1]
  6. ^ In Undersea Habitat, Aquanauts Learn About Teamwork And Task Performance For The Moon And Mars; May 9, 2006; ScienceDaily
  7. ^ Small Robots Can Prepare Lunar Surface For NASA Outpost; Mar. 2, 2009; ScienceDaily

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