The Expedition

Building the first Moon habitat analogue in the arctic regions of Greenland, and enduring the dangerous environment for 3 months.

Roadmap

DESIGN & PLANNING

(MAY - OCTOBER 2019)

CONSTRUCTION

(OCTOBER - FEBRUARY 2020)

EXPEDITION

(APRIL - JUNE 2020)

SHARING

(JUNE - OUT)

Design & Planning

  1. Planning of transport, logistics, equipment, partners and sponsors

  2. The habitat will be conceptualised and designed along with space and polar experts

  3. Open call for research announced

Construction

  1. Construction of the Moon habitat

  2. Research proposals are selected and mission activities planned

  3. “Pre flight tests” in Denmark

Expedition

  1. The Mission starts. We will live in the habitat for three months with limited contact to “Earth”

  2. We will carry out scientific experiments and evaluate the habitat design.

Sharing

  1. Data analysis, media-debrief and research papers

  2. Educational Talks

  3. Production of TV Documentary

DESIGN & PLANNING

(MAY - OCTOBER 2019)

CONSTRUCTION

(OCTOBER - FEBRUARY 2020)

EXPEDITION

(APRIL - JUNE 2020)

SHARING

(JUNE - OUT)

Why?

"We want to understand with our own bodies, what is truly important when living in isolation under these extreme conditions."
- Karl-Johan

"50 years ago we survived on the Moon, this time we want to live on the Moon. We use the arctic as the most realistic test site for the future Moon house."
- Sebastian

Soon humans will face the Moon again. This time not to place a flag, but to live. If humans are to settle on the Moon and other planets, we must be very careful with how we design the homes for these pioneers. In space, your habitat is your entire world. There is no nature, change of scenery, or newness.

It’s just you and your pod.

If the designs continue to be sterile survival machines, the astronauts who have to live there for months at a time will whither from the lack of nature and sensory stimulation.

Previous research shows that lack of stimuli, isolation, and confinement will become major challenges for the long-term voyages of the future.

This experiment will develop and test a radically different Moon habitat where architecture helps to counteract monotony, claustrophobia and psychological stress.

We want to understand with our own bodies, what is truly important when living in isolation under these extreme conditions.

As architects we feel a certain responsibility for the lives of these future settlers, so we take it upon ourselves to fully immerse in the problem.

Where?

The mission will take place in Greenland. We are evaluating three different locations right now. It needs to be very cold and remote.

When?

We are developing the habitat now. The mission will start in April 2020.

Who?

Karl-Johan and Sebastian will live in the habitat. But we are a whole team working on this, see the team here.

Duration

The whole mission will take 3 months (91 days).

Real stress

The Moon is more hostile than any place on Earth.

Current analogue missions carried out by the space industry often have a major limitation: they do not involve real danger. Psychological studies have been limited by strict ethical guidelines.

in order to properly understand how living on the Moon affects the body and mind, we need to feel the struggle to survive in the extreme reality north of the arctic circle.

Why Greenland?

Similarities: In an extreme climate so far away from civilization, similarities to the Moon begin to reveal themselves. The landscape is bare and lifeless, the sun does not follow a normal circadian rhythm, and instead of a space suit, one has to wear a polar suit to survive the cold.

  • The Peak of Eternal Light. The planned destination for the first Moon settlements is the South Pole of the Moon, also known as the Peak of Eternal Light. Like in Northern Greenland, the Sun doesn’t set for months at a time.
  • The vast white landscape. In Greenland, we will face the same monochrome featureless landscape as on the Moon.
  • Extreme temperatures. With temperatures reaching below -30°C during the mission, there is no room for error and one must suit-up to survive.
  • Remoteness. In Greenland, one does not have to pretend to be disconnected. Transport and communications are nearly as limited as on the Moon.

The Challenges

greenland map
greenland map

-50° Celsius


Unfolding habitat


Polar Bears


Cabin fever


Frostbite


Muscle atrophy


Total isolation and autonomy