The martian and extraterrestrial uv radiation environment part II: further considerations on materials and design criteria for artificial ecosystems

Cockell, Charles S. (2001). The martian and extraterrestrial uv radiation environment part II: further considerations on materials and design criteria for artificial ecosystems. Acta Astronautica, 49(11) pp. 631–640.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0094-5765(01)00085-6

Abstract

Ultraviolet radiation is an important natural physical influence on organism function and ecosystem interactions. The UV radiation fluxes in extraterrestrial environments are substantially different from those experienced on Earth. On Mars, the moon and in Earth orbit they are more biologically detrimental than on Earth. Based on previously presented fluxes and biologically weighted irradiances, this paper considers in more detail measures to mitigate UV radiation damage and methods to modify extraterrestrial UV radiation environments in artificial ecosystems that use natural sunlight. The transmission characteristics of a Martian material that will mimic the terrestrial UV radiation environment are presented. Transmissivity characteristics of other Martian and lunar materials are described. Manufacturing processes for the production of plastics and glass on the lunar and Martian surface are presented with special emphasis on photobiological requirements. Novel UV absorbing configurations are suggested.

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