LUNAR SHELTER CONCEPTS
CINCINNATI UNIV OH COLL OF DESIGN ARCHITECTURE AND ART
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Current missile and space emphasis indicate that successful landings on the moon will come within the next 5 - 10 year period. When man is landed on the moon, facilities must be provided for the proper shelter of personnel and maintenance of equipment. The designing of a shelter to meet the harsh environment of the moon presents many problems. Not only must the shelter provide protection against vacuum, radiation, meteoroids, temperature extremes, and other conditions, but the ability of the personnel to fabricate and erect the shelter on the moon in a minimum of time must be considered. The technical feasibility of a lunar shelter has been established by previous Air Force studies. These shelters will complement a manned lunar base, which is indicated will be established in the 1970 time period. Although the moons environmental conditions are not thoroughly known, enough data is available to allow a preliminary concept to be outlined. As most knowledge is gained about the moons environment, a more direct type of permanent lunar base could be designed. However, since clear cut solutions to problems now do not exist, and since the time period of investigation is critical, the design concepts presented must be utilized and will be those that can be investigated and adapted in a minimum of time.