upper level is the HYDROPONIC CULTURE AREA. Here is where the bionaut
works to cultivate various types of fast-growing plants in hydroponic
beds. The beds float on the surface of the pod's water reservoir. The
plants produce some food and convert exhaled CO2
lower level is the AQUACULTURE AREA. Here the bionaut cultivates
beds of freshwater aquatic plants and populations of small creatures such
as crayfish and snails. The aquaculture area also converts CO2
to O2 and helps keep the water supply clean.
lower level also contains the bionaut's LIVING QUARTERS. This small
cabin is mostly below the water level; in space, the mass of the water
will help shield the bionaut from cosmic rays. Inside, there is a living
area where the bionaut can relax and entertain other bionauts, plus a
bunk, bath, and kitchen. A storage locker holds a six-month supply of
food. PLAN VIEW OF LIVING AREA
LIGHTS are on continuously, and bright enough to simulate sunlight
the HATCH at the top of the ladder is an airlock, which leads to
corridors connecting to other pods. The entire simulation is sealed and
no food or air gets in from the outside.
red portal is the EMERGENCY HATCH, which opens automatically if
the carbon dioxide level inside the pod rises to 0.5%.