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Want to live on the Moon? Try to live in the Swiss glacier is the first one.

The mock lunar habitat, after the assembly of the Zermatt Glacier Palace.

This month, about 50 feet (15 m), under a Swiss glacier, and you will be able to experience what it’s like to live on the moon.

Space agencies such as NASA are looking to the moon as a waystation to venture out to Mars and other cosmic places. One of the most viable locations for a lunar base, it could be in a crater on the south pole of the moon, where scientists have confirmed the presence of water ice, a vital resource for astronauts.

In order to get an idea of what such a habitat might look like for European researchers and students, perform a mock lunar habitat experiment, under a glacier, in the vicinity of the famous Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland and the Alps.

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Referred to as IGLUNA, the demonstration was organized by the Swiss Space Center and the European Space Agency. Teams from all over Europe met in the car-free mountain village of Zermatt, Switzerland, last week, in the design of their experiments, which is an ice-cream counts as a robot, a construction of a robot, an algal bioreactor, and a hydroponic system for growing vegetables. They have also built a habitat of 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) long, are buried deep in the ground.

“Please note that Zermatt is not just the space, but it has its own limitations,” Peter Zurbrügg, a research scientist at the laboratory of building construction and architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), told the Space.com. “It was minus 4 degrees (Celsius). In order to gain access to this site, you will need to go by means of an elevator, which is a very small point sizes. We will be at the top of a mountain 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) in height. At this level, you can’t move it if you like things closer to the sea].”

Zurbrügg, who is leading in the habitat and construction team, said that his group’s initial idea was to use one of the other teams to make use of the ice-cutting robot to cut the cubes from the ice, and the installation of the simulation environment, however, the plan proved to be too difficult to achieve for a number of reasons. For example, in the ice of the glacier, it is not pure, but mixed with stones and sand, which could cause problems for the robot and saw it, ” he said. Instead, Zurbrügg, the team manually assembled from bricks made out of fiberglass and wood.

Some of the other IGLUNA of the experiments conducted in the curved building. For example, Tatyana Volkova, an engineer, and the habitats in extreme environments, and is a phd student at EPFL, is to look at the way in which people behave in certain limited circumstances. The cameras in the first building will be taken up by anyone who comes in. Later, with the help of an algorithm used to track the movements of researchers, and visitors, and Volkova has made an analysis of how people tend to move around each other in a habitat.

“Well, it can help you to identify potential errors in the design,” said Volkova Space.com to add to that, once the methodology has been tested, it can be used for the study of human behaviour in more and more intense and the habitat simulations, where a set of participants to be accommodated in the simulation environment for an extended period of time.

The project manager and the researchers are hoping that the IGLUNA of the experiments, while it was designed with space in mind, also provides a number of useful ideas for the the Earth, such as the use of renewable technologies.

“Our mission is to help students to learn how to face new problems, because the world is about to change,” Zurbrügg said.

That’s the theme of sustainability, it is also the reason why we have a team of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is the study of how the algae would be able to purify it from waste products and by-products of production, such as oxygen and bio-plastics for 3D printing. The site also hosts a prototype of a space, a toilet, which, oddly enough, do have some relevance to a place like Zermatt.

“Even out here in the glacier, and it’s not going to be a good water-pipe systems,” Tatiana Benavides, a project coordinator at the Swiss Space Center, told Space.com. “The toilets have been designed for the area, in which you don’t have running water, it may be useful to communities living in extreme environments, in the mountains or in the desert.”

Before the end of June, the public can witness all of these projects are in Zermatt, a visit to the private viewing of the Art Gallery at the Backstage Hotel, and the Glacier Palace.

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