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Europe’s Vision of a Future Moon Base. Made out of Moon Dust.

Europe’s Vision of a Future Moon Base. Made out of Moon Dust.

Written by David

November 24, 2018

We all know that the time is past due for a Moon base. But the cost of sending everything needed from Earth to build a base is prohibitive. Earth’s gravity well is too deep and too strong to get everything there with rockets. So what’s the solution? According to the ESA , the solution is Additive Manufacturing (AM) and In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU). The ESA is leading a project to come up with ways that AM, or 3D printing, can be used now and in the future to make a Moon base more feasible. The project is called “Conceiving a Lunar Base Using 3D Printing Technologies.” This is the old pioneer spirit of living off the land, but re-booted with modern, advanced technology. AM and ISRU will limit our logistical dependency on the Earth and allow much of what a Moon base needs to be built out of resources […]

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