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ESA leads development of 3D printed skin, bone and body parts for future astronauts

ESA leads development of 3D printed skin, bone and body parts for future astronauts

Written by David

December 10, 2018

Eventually, astronauts will travel to Mars and beyond. When that time comes, their health will depend on what they take with them, including medical supplies and expertise. For the short round trip to the moon, astronauts needed only a few bandages and antibiotics for emergencies, but when they’re months away from home they’ll need to be able to patch up more than abrasions and bruises. To address these medical issues of the future, experts from throughout Europe working in the fields of 3D printing, regenerative medicine, and space travel came together in Noordwijk, the Netherlands at ESA’s (European Space Agency) ESTEC centre for a two-day workshop on 3D bioprinting skin, bone, and organs to treat wounded and sick astronauts while in space. Tommaso Ghidini, head of ESA’s Structures, Mechanisms, and Materials Division said, “For the first time in Europe, all the relevant experts have come together to discuss applying […]

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