National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Group Project

MASE: Modular and Adaptable Space Environments


It is NASA’s mission to be the pioneers of the space frontier. With over a hundred shuttle missions and the collaboration of the International Space Station soaring over our heads in low earth orbit, the space frontier begs to be extended further. In 1968, the most powerful machine created by human hands took men to the moon for the first time.

As NASA stretches its reach, it is clear that the next step is to colonize environments outside of Earth, including a long desired and more intense habitation mission to the moon. To assist in that vision, requirements for extraterrestrial habitation missions have been considered in an attempt to speed the colonization of the interesting environments in the solar system.

This study attempts to develop a modular human space habitat that can quickly be adapted to multiple environments of interest using current or near future technologies. Necessities for survival were modularized and explored to create a simplistic concept of a modular and expandable habitat that is easily adaptable to the studied environments. With foreseeable applications to the simplified habitation of extreme terrestrial environments, this study also benefits those outside of the space program.