The Huge Image: constructing a 3D-printed moon base
Did the European Area Company’s idea of a 3D-printed moon base appear too outlandish? Don’t be concerned — the establishment has simply posted a video (under) that sheds extra mild on the topic. The colonization mission would revolve round a robotic rover that converts moon mud right into a 3D-printed protecting layer for an inflatable habitat; after three months, the dwelling area can be protected sufficient for human settlers. It’d even have home windows to offer some pure lighting. That is only a analysis train at current — it’s going to doubtless be years earlier than the ESA can put a base like this on lunar soil. Nonetheless, it is clear that the company’s imaginative and prescient of extraterrestrial colonization is greater than only a passing fancy.