NASA is one step closer to that Building colonies on the Moon and Mars using the soil of orbs. universe today notes that NASA else The mission to resupply the International Space Station included a machine intended to show 3D-printed regolith (i.e., soil or soft rock) on the Moon and similar extraterrestrial surfaces.
The Redwire Regolith Print Project (RRP) will work in tandem with the existing printer system (ManD) to experiment with 3D printing of the simulated regolith. If successful, the ISS crew will measure the strength of the resulting material to see if it can handle the harsh conditions outside Earth.
If all goes well, the RRP could lead to colonists printing at least some of their habitats on demand. That, in turn, could reduce the amount of construction supplies that NASA is bringing to the Moon and Mars. Scientists have envisioned soil-based habitats for years, but this test is relatively realistic – it’s an attempt to 3D print soil with low gravity. While there is still a lot of work to be done, the long-term goals Artemis And future Mars missions may be more achievable.
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