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Space missions demand we make the best use of our resources—and that's something we could learn from at home.
If you were packing for a week-long space holiday, you could bring enough freeze-dried food to last the trip.
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But if humans are going to colonise Mars, we'll need to find a way to produce enough food for years—along with everything else the crew members need.
It's a problem NASA space architect Larry Toups is facing, whose job it is to fit everything required to keep people safe, productive and happy for years within the confines of a spacecraft.
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Larry is based at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and says his job is about taking the notion of what a traditional architect might do and applying it to a new environment.
"It focuses a lot of times on the human as being at the center of the design," he says.
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Larry says space exploration is still in its infancy, with less than 100 years of space travel.
"As we evolve, the missions will involve more sustainability for the habitats that the crew members will live in, because you're going to be leaving Earth," he says.
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"We have right now the International Space Station—over time, we'll extend that reach out."
Two people keen to demonstrate how we can live better on Earth are Curtin University Ph.D. students Timothy O"Grady and Roberto Minunno.
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The pair teamed up to create the Legacy Living Lab, a modular...
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