Astronauts prepare for a swim here on Earth, soon to be possible on Mars.
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REDDING, CA – Guiton’s Pool Center of Redding, California has been appointed to the contractor selection board as an official pool contractor for NASA’s Mars Base Camp, scheduled to break ground in 2028. “This is a huge honor,” says owner Dale Simpson, speaking of the appointment, which was finalized Friday, March 31st. The Redding-based pool company, which had previously been in contact with Elon Musk’s SpaceX regarding “luxury swimming accommodations” for SpaceX’s initial interplanetary travelers, applied for the NASA appointment early last year. “Mars is an up-and-coming pool market,” says Simpson, “and we’ve always been all about innovation.”
When asked about the technical challenges of constructing the first “offworld” pool, Tom Allen, Guiton’s chief designer, said this: “Of course, there are a number of technical challenges associated with designing and constructing a pool with different gravitational and atmospheric requirements, but Guiton’s is very forward-thinking in our pool design, and I believe we are uniquely positioned to overcome those challenges. NASA certainly seems to think so,” he added.
Rough design sketch of proposed Mars Base Camp Pool, copyright Guiton’s Pool Center.
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Given the relatively recent discovery of liquid water on Mars, the dream of a luxury pool for the Mars Base Camp astronauts seems more within reach than ever. “Astronauts and pools mix well already,” says Todd Probert, president of Raytheon, the corporation that manages the NASA-owned Neutral Buoyancy Lab, the underwater training location for astronauts headed to the International Space Station.
A pool at the Mars Base Camp would provide much-needed relaxation and a “taste of Earth” for the intrepid first colonists of the Red Planet. “We’re already talking water features and a mock-Earth topography design,” says Allen. “A pool in space that feels like home.”
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