Mars Ice House Featured in Mori Art Museum Exhibition "The Universe and Art"

On July 30, 2016 the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo opened its latest exhibition The Universe and Art featuring an exhibit of the Mars Ice House proposal. The Mars Ice House installation is featured within Section 4 of the exhibition, entitled Space Travel and the Future of Humanity:

As an era of space travel for all draws closer, this section offers artists’ visions of the relationships people will have with the universe, and how our lives will change in the future. There will also be displays on the history of the US and Soviet space programs, plus the latest from the frontline of modern space development including JAXA’s International Space Station (ISS)/Kibo Educational Payload Observation Pilot Mission, Mars Ice House, and Project by Team Hakuto.

The exhibition runs from July 30, 2016 to January 9, 2017.


Christina Ciardullo Presents Mars Ice House at ICES 2016 in Vienna, Austria

On Wednesday July 13, 2016 Christian Ciardullo presented "Mars Ice House: Using the Physics of Phase Change in 3D Printing a Habitat with H2O" at the 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems in Vienna, Austria:

The 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) will cover all topics related to humans living and working in extreme environments with applications inside or outside of terrestrial or outer space habitats or vehicles, including aerospace human factors; environmental control and life-support system technology; environmental monitoring and controls; planetary protection; EVA system technology; life sciences; planetary habitats and systems; and thermal control systems technology for both manned and unmanned vehicles. 

Exhibition Opening at the Intrepid Museum for Mars Transit Habitat Prototype Created in X-Hab Studio Course at Pratt Institute

On July 14, 2016 an exclusive exhibition honoring Pratt Institute's Mars X-Hab studio course opened to the public, featuring the final prototypes from the course taught by SEArch member Michael Morris, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, and SEArch member Melodie Yashar. The exhibition kicks off "Space Week" at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan.   

NASA X-Hab Mars Innovation Challenge Studio Course at Pratt Institute


In a challenge presented by NASA, Pratt architecture and industrial design students were inspired to address design concerns related to space travel. For an interdisciplinary studio class led by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture Michael Morris and Adjunct Associate Professor of Industrial Design Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, the students worked on the eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge “Human Centered: Designs for the Mars Transit Habitat,” a NASA project collaboration with academic institutions to develop a transit habitat, or module, for the exploration of Mars. The students designed the habitat and built two full-scale prototypes of elements of their design. Their work was showcased at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan in July 2016. This short video, which was included in the museum exhibit, takes a look at the project and the design process.

Christina Ciardullo represents SEArch at ESA Closed Habitats Forum in Laussane, Switzerland; Wins first prize sketch for Closed Habitat design

"The purpose of the Closed Habitat Forum is to foster synergies between terrestrial and space exploration’s sciences, R&D and technologies in the field of resource sustainable management and safety (i.e safe use by humans) in order to capitalise on investments in Life Support Systems and Space Exploration activities for civil markets/societal benefits (including emerging societal challenges) and leverage on terrestrial research for space exploration."

Michael Morris, Melodie Yashar featured in Scientific American for X-Hab Course at Pratt Institute

Home Sweet Habitat: Students Help NASA Design Mars Spacecraft Living QuartersAn architecture and design class partners with NASA to develop a human-focused spacecraft environment that could take astronauts to Mars

Michael Morris / Pratt wins 2017 X-Hab Commission

NASA: Project Selected to Design Space Habitation Systems

Human Centered Design: Mars Transit to Mars Surface Habitat

The Pratt Institute will bring together the two disciplines of architecture and industrial design to identify, design and prototype the unique, shared, adaptable and recycled elements of the kitchen and sleeping pod from their previously designed X-Hab Mars in-space transit habitat concept. The elements requiring little to no redesign will be used to create a kitchen and sleeping pod in a concept for a Mars Surface Habitat.