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Use of Chemical Explosives for Emergency Solar Flare Shelter Construction and Other Excavations on the Martian SurfaceThe necessity to shelter people on the Martian surface from solar flare particles at short notice and the need for long-term habitats with thick cosmic ray shielding suggests that explosives could be used effectively for excavation of such structures. Modern insensitive high explosives are safe, efficient, and reliable for rock breakage and excavation. Extensive Earth-bound experience leads us to propose several strategies for explosively-constructed shelters based on tunneling, cratering, and rock casting techniques.
Document ID
19860006706
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Richard D Dick
(Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States)
James D Blacic
(Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States)
Donald R Pettit
(Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: Manned Mars Missions Working Group Papers: Volume 1, Section 1-4
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Report/Patent Number
CONF-8506149-1
LA-UR-85-1990
DE85-014131
NASA-TM-89320-VOL-1
Meeting Information
Meeting: Manned Mars Missions Workshop
Location: Huntsville, AL
Country: US
Start Date: June 10, 1985
End Date: June 14, 1985
Sponsors: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Accession Number
86N16176
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: W-7405-ENG-36
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