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Human space habitat design and sustainability

Please direct any queries to Basma Qazi-Chaudry, Managing Editor: basma.qazichaudhry@nature.comCollection Editors: Mark Ott –  Deputy Editor, npj Microgravity, NASA Johnson Space Center; Brian Motil – Deputy Editor, npj Microgravity, NASA Glenn Research Centre; Basma Qazi-Chaudhry – Managing Editor, npj Microgravity, Nature Research

Please direct any queries to Basma Qazi-Chaudry, Managing Editor:

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We are currently seeking submissions for a multidisciplinary Collection focusing on human space habitat design and sustainability from the biological, physical and engineering perspectives, in particular but not limited to the subject areas listed below:

  • Plants and food systems
  • Fluid systems
  • Life support systems, including air and water purification
  • Synthetic biology and in situ resource utilization
  • Microbial impact on human, plant and life support systems
  • Approaches for microbial and toxicological control
  • Habitat design including behavioral considerations and human interface with onboard systems
  • Mitigating impact of spaceflight environment on human physiology
  • Animal studies.

This Call for Papers welcomes submissions focused on low earth orbit (LEO) or deep space exploration missions (e.g., lunar and Mars missions).

Deadline for full submissions is 30 June 2022.


To submit your manuscript for consideration at npj Microgravity as part of this Collection, please follow the steps detailed on this page. Once logged in you can submit your manuscript to a Collection by selecting the appropriate manuscript type and clicking “Continue”. Then when filling out the "Manuscript Information", select the "Human space habitat design and sustainability" Collection from the "Subject Terms" tab. Authors should also express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.

Please direct any queries to Viki Hurst, Managing Editor:


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