To help design and construct human habitats for Earth orbit, the moon, and Mars, NASA is turning to teams of experts in academia and private industry, including civil and structural engineers. The ideas being discussed will, in some cases, take terrestrial engineering concepts into extraterrestrial settings and, in return, apply some of the spacebased solutions back here on Earth.
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Engineers and architects in the New York City office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) are working with the European Space Agency (ESA) and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to design a proposed permanent human settlement on the moon known as the Moon Village.