A Mars settlement prototype in California may train astronauts to live on the red planet. Tourists could go for $6,000 a week.
- A company called Interstellar Lab hopes to construct space-inspired villages.
- In 2021, it plans to build a 100-person colony in California's Mojave Desert to help prepare astronauts for life on Mars.
- Tourists could stay there for between $3,000 and $6,000 per week.
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To research how people might one day settle on Mars, engineers and scientists at a company called Interstellar Lab are designing space-inspired villages.
In November, the company announced a plan to build a development, called the Experimental Bioregenerative Station (EBIOS), in California's Mojave Desert starting in 2021. The design for that project features glass domes for growing food and luxurious bedrooms for astronauts and visitors.
The prototype space village could be used to train astronauts for life on the red planet - or give high-paying tourists a simulation of life away from Earth.
Take a look at the concept.
In designing its prototype space habitat, Interstellar Lab considered all the resources that humans depend on to live on Earth.
The colony would function like a space station, but on Earth. It would consist of smaller individual stations, each with its own center for astronaut training.
The stations would connect to glass domes that grow vegetation.
The colony could hold up to 100 visitors. Belvisi told Venture Beat that a single stay could cost between $3,000 and $6,000 per week.
As the driest desert in North America, the Mojave offers an ideal climate for simulating life on Mars.
Interstellar Lab hopes to avoid the pitfalls of previous simulated space settlements.
For the last few months, Interstellar Lab has been working with NASA to identify new ways to grow plants and experiment with 3D printing for the Mojave site.
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