University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


To sustain a Mars exploration team, NASA's reference mission IV includes a greenhouse facility requirement to supplement the crew's food supply. This research project explores strategies for building, delivering, deploying, operating, and maintaining a greenhouse as a supplemental structure for the Mars environment. The MarsPort Deployable Greenhouse (MDG) addresses the issues of atmosphere, sunlight, energy, deployment mechanism, water and nutrients, crop collection, modular development for expansion, research module for Mars experimentation, and crew recreation.