How does one plan to create a habitat on the moon or Mars? In just a few weeks, a four-person crew will enter into a 3D printed building developed for NASA. It’s part of the plans for how we might move to space. It’s intent is to print using the regolith, essentially whatever surface rocks and soil are available. Developing a paste and laying it down as needed means that we can deploy buildings quickly without moving as much materials across the vast expanse. It also means that making new buildings can occur faster, promoting a faster colonization of the red planet. They are also looking at possibilities of using lasers or microwaves to melt the soils to even reduce what has to be spaceshipped there.
Scientists are testing ways to construct buildings on Mars and the moon without hauling materials from Earth. One possible solution: 3D printed melted regolith.Scientists are testing ways to construct buildings on Mars and the moon without hauling materials from Earth. One possible solution: 3D printed melted regolith.