Martian Canopy

Title: Martian Canopy

Date: 2017.5 - 2017.7

Work Type: Team Work / Academic

Team Member: Mengying Xie, Tingji Guo

Project Background: The earth is undertaking tremendous pressure because of pollution. Some experts predict that the Earth will not be hospitable in following 100 years. So the people conduct the movement to find colony after the Earth and Mars comes into public's consideration. With the recent discovery of Mars by NASA, water was proved that once existed on Mars, so it means that Mars might be able to support the existence of lives. The environment on the surface of Mars is extreme, but the space of lava tube underneath the surface is mild with the protection of the rock above, and also the space is big and stable, we think it would be a perfect direction to evoke the potential for human being to live on  Mars.

Problems We Face

Air Composition

95% Carbon Dioxide


Lowest: -100 Fahrenheit

Highest: 70 Fahrenheit


Solar Radiation

Global Dust Storm


Soil Composition



Dust Particles

Lava Tube

Advantage of Lava Tube


These natural caverns have roofs estimated to be tens of meters thick which would provide protection from the extreme conditions that would be experienced on the surface. The habitat would be protected from solar radiation, micrometeorites.


Gravity on Mars is about 38% that of Earth, allowing Martian lava tubes to be much larger in comparison. Lava tube beneath the ground has enough space. It can hold considerable amount of people to live. These natural shelters would also reduce the landed payload mass for manned missions which would be economically advantageous.


The habitat would be protected from extreme temperature fluctuations(ambient temperature is believed to be stable in lava tubes), winds, and regolith dust storms which could pose a threat to human health and technology.

Project Location

Accumulative Test

Fundamental Frame Selection

Joint Construction Analysis

Module Section

Floor Plan


Installation Procedure


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