Meridiani Planum Nuclear Facility

Jun 8, 2005

The Meridiani Planum Nuclear Facility seemed like a great idea at the time. The Lunar Nuclear Regulatory Commission wanted cheap power for the Moonbase, so they decided to transplant one of their terrestrial nuclear facilities to the moon virtually unchanged. A couple of moonbase connectors, some force fields for the lobby and loading dock, and it was ready to go.

The problems began with a minor fleebnork infestation. It turns out that fleebnork droppings, when combined with the radiation from fusion and the canned-recirculated air of the Moonbase causes some distinct physiological problems. Okay, long story short, the reactor blew, the containment chamber cracked, and almost the entire staff of the Meridiani Planum facility were turned into Zombies.


The idea for a zombie infested Moonbase Module came from a conversation with fantasy artist Charles Urbach at the Chicago House of Bricks show. It took a while for it to come to fruition, and in order to have it complete for Brickfest 2005, I built it without an interior. That’s okay for me, as it’s just a set piece for some action packed brain eating fun. Brains!!!

Oh, and yes, I know that a traditional terrestrial cooling tower would serve no purpose in a non-atmospheric environment. It looks cool. Go with it.