Habitability of Planets and Sustaining Humans in Space

Habitability of Planets and Sustaining Humans in Space

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  • The Habitability of a Planet?
  • Atmosphere, Energy sources, and Water
  • Location
  • For a planet to be habitable, there are some characteristics that are essential to it being habitable. On this row of boxes (cells), we'll explain what is needed to make a planet able to support and sustain life.
  • Making Human Life Sustainable in Space
  • Atmosphere: Composition must be able to trap heat, shield from harmful radiations (like UV radiation), and have chemicals needed for life. Water: Must be regularly available Energy Sources: Organisms need a way to get light or chemical energy
  • Basic Needs
  • Location: Has to be revolving around a star at the right proximity to be able to have water in its liquid (distance needs to be just right for the right temperature (has to be in the Habitable Zone or the HZ) )
  • More Needs for Long Term/Comfort
  • In order to sustain human life in space and allowing manned space-travel, there needs to be some accommodations considering human needs like supplying oxygen or energy.
  • Needs: A way to supply air (oxygen tank), a way to get energy and to remain healthy (food and water, but the right kind of food), and a way for the disposal of waste. (waste management)
  • Needs: A way to protect from radiation and temperature (space suit), exercise to lessen bone density and muscle mass damage, and experience in space-like conditions. (also, when we transport them back to Earth, preparations for re-entry is needed to avoid the incineration of a person)
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