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This 3D-printed beehive could be our future home on Mars

If we want to put humans into deep space we will need to pack lightly. That means we will need to take advantage of whatever resources we find when we’re out there.


Since 2015, NASA has been running the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge to do just that. Using just recyclable materials, and what can be found on the moon, Mars , and other deep space destinations, teams are competing to make a structure that could support human missions. The designs could even translate into low-cost housing here on Earth, too. Next week a winner will finally be crowned. In Peoria, Illinois, two teams will have just three days to 3D print their designs on top of a gravel surface. AI SpaceFactory will be going head-to-head against Pennsylvania State University. Before they pack up their […]


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