Earthshine-Mini will be the world’s first space habitat with both an internal artificial gravity area large enough to live in and a microgravity area for work and play, all within the same habitat!
Everything a person wants to do in space requires microgravity, be it science, manufacturing, or team sports on flying broomsticks. But microgravity is rough on the human body – there are a multitude of health side effects, and anything involving a kitchen or bathroom is just better in gravity. Enter Earthshine-Mini.
Moving from the cupola to the transit chamber which connects the microgravity area to the rotation matching chamber.
Explore Earthshine Mini
At the heart of Earthshine-Mini is the Transit Chamber. It runs the length of the habitat and is the axis all the artificial gravity chambers rotate about. Bulkhead doors leads off into the cupola and microgravity portions of the habitat, as well as the all-important Rotation Matching Chambers.
Artifical Gravity
The Rotation Matching Chambers are smaller centrifuges that spin up astronauts so they match the speed of the continuously rotating 12m diameter living area chamber. Once the rotation rate matches, astronauts can climb ‘down’ the ladder into the living area.
Render of the rotation matching chamber.
A modern kitchen and dining area provides all the comforts of home, while a hydroponics bay provides delicious fresh greens.
Rendering of hydroponics room on the interior of Earthshine-Mini.
Render of the kitchen and dining area on the interior of Earthshine-Mini.
A compact exercise area and medical bay keep residents and visitors in good shape, while an advanced life support system recycles water for laundry – no more throwing clothes away when they get dirty!
Rendering of the multi-purpose room with laundry, medical area and gym equipment.
Interior render of hallway and bedroom.
Individual bedrooms give privacy for a good night’s sleep.
Take a short tour of the Earthshine-Mini.
Render of looking down at Earth from the inside of Earthshine-Mini's cupola.