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Mr. Pack's Class
Wyoming Valley West's Red Team

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Our team worked on how people would eat and sleep on Mars and where they would live.

Since there are very high winds on Mars, we had to make a house that wouldn't blow over easily, so we decided to make subterranean (underground) houses. We also knew that bringing excavating materials on a spaceship would be very expensive, so we decided to build houses in some of Mars's many craters. Their roof would be made of metal so it wouldn't blow off. The door would be placed in the roof, then you would have stairs going through two rooms, one to fix any change in pressure that would have occurred when you entered the house and one to make sure the only air in the house at all times is air that is like Earth's. When you reach the bottom of the steps you will be in the part of the house you will live in. Since both foam and plastic can be made by mixing chemicals, foam would be the ideal insulation and the walls reinforcing the foam would be made of plastic. Als, because of the great change in temperature between night and day, you would need air conditioners and heaters that can heat and cool down very high or low temperatures. Sine the house simulates the conditions on Earth, there would be no change in sleeping conditions.

Since soil is heavy, it would also be expensive to bring lots of it on the space ship to grow food in. We would bring a small amount of earth soil to give to everyone so they can have a greenhouse to grow their own food in. When entering the greenhouse, it would also have a pressurizing room and a room to put in Earth air so the food would grow like it would on Earth. When people are finished eating their food, they can make a compost pile, so they can add to the amount of soil in their greenhouse, and over time, grow more food at once.

 

 

 

 

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