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Brick Moon means better space habitats.

In 1869, the writer Edward Everett Hale described a self-contained space habitat for the first time in his classic story, "The Brick Moon."  

Inspired by Hale's vision,  Brick Moon, Inc., is a consultancy led by three experts in habitat design and use. We've performed ground-breaking research, including on the International Space Station, that reveals how people actually live in space. This work has won national awards from the American Anthropological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, and been featured by CNN, NPR, NBC News, CBC Radio, Scientific American, Popular Science, Space.com, and many other media outlets. Our unique perspective, grounded in the social sciences and architectural design, allows you to ask different kinds of questions about your desired habitats and get useful answers.

Our goal is to help you create orbital or planetary habitats that improve productivity, reduce costs, and support crew well-being. We move you beyond anecdotes and guesswork, to reach data-driven insights learned from the reality of space habitat operations. Our services include feedback in response to existing habitats or plans for new ones, the identification of overlooked issues in spacecraft design, and education for designers and mission planners.

Meet our team

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Alice Gorman, Ph.D., FSA, MAACAI

Alice is a space archaeologist and author of the award-winning book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (MIT, 2019). She is a heritage consultant with over 30 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities in Australia, and co-director of the International Space Station Archaeological Project. She is also a Life Member of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Alice is an expert member of the IAF Technical Committee on Space Habitats. In 2021, asteroid 551014 Gorman was named in recognition of her achievements.

Fred Scharmen, LEED AP, 


Fred is a designer and researcher in the history and theory of space architecture. His first book, Space Settlements (Columbia UP, 2019) is about Gerard O'Neill's work with NASA and others to design large-scale cities in space intended to house millions of people. His second book, Space Forces (Verso, 2021), is a broader history of human aspirations in space. Fred is an international speaker and has helped speculate about life on future space stations for the Museum of the Future in Dubai and built a scale model solar system stretching for a mile and a half through downtown Baltimore. 

Justin Walsh, Ph.D., RPA, FAAR

Justin is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and a world leader in the field of space archaeology. He is Ad Astra Distinguished Fellow in Space Anthropology and Space Habitats at the Space Engineering Research Center of the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. He has co-directed the International Space Station Archaeological Project since 2015. Justin has presented the results of that research in global venues such as the IAC, COSPAR, the ISS R&D Conference, and the AIAA, as well as to leadership groups at NASA and ESA. He is an expert member of the IAF Technical Committee on Space Habitats.