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Greenhouses and their humanizing synergies

Haeuplik-Meusburger, Sandra and Paterson, Carrie and Schubert, Daniel and Zabel, Paul (2014) Greenhouses and their humanizing synergies. Acta Astronautica, 96, pp. 138-150. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.11.031. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Greenhouses in space will require advanced technical systems of automatic watering, soilless cultivation, artificial lighting, and computerized observation of plants. Functions discussed for plants in space habitats include physical/health requirements and human psychology, social cohesion, as well as the complex sensorial benefits of plants for humans. The authors consider the role of plants in long-term space missions historically since 1971 (Salyut 1) and propose a set of priorities to be considered within the design requirements for greenhouses and constructed environments given a range of benefits associated with plant–human relationships. They cite recent research into the use of greenhouses in extreme environments to reveal the relative importance of greenhouses for people living in isolated locations. Additionally, they put forward hypotheses about where greenhouses might factor into several strata of human health. In a recent designin- use study of astronauts' experiences in space habitats discussed in Architecture for Astronauts (Springer Press 2011) it was found that besides the basic advantages for life support there are clearly additional “side benefits” for habitability and physical wellbeing, and thus long-term mission success. The authors have composed several key theses regarding the need to promote plant–human relationships in space, including areas where synergy and symbiosis occur. They cite new comprehensive research into the early US Space Program to reveal where programmatic requirements could be added to space architecture to increase the less quantifiable benefits to astronauts of art, recreation, and poetic engagement with their existential condition of estrangement from the planet. Specifically in terms of the technological requirements, the authors propose the integration of a new greenhouse subsystem component into space greenhouses—the Mobile Plant Cultivation Subsystem—a portable, personal greenhouse that can be integrated functionally into future greenhouse constructions in space.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88074/
Document Type:Article
Title:Greenhouses and their humanizing synergies
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Haeuplik-Meusburger, SandraVienna University of TechnologyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Paterson, CarrieCalifornia State UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 138-150
Keywords:Greenhouse Modules Plant cultivation in space
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Zabel, Paul
Deposited On:06 Feb 2014 12:12
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:45

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