NASA held a competition to design a habitable 3D printed home on Mars – here’s what that could look like.
NASA has spent four years looking at designs for habitats that could be 3D printed on the moon or on Mars. They have finally selected their three favourite designs.
The NASA 3D habitat competition launched in 2015, looking for structures that could be built autonomously using materials that are already on the planets.
NASA said it’s trying to find the technology that is “needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond.”
1. SEArch+/Apis Cor’s design
New York-based Team SEArch+/Apis Cor won first place in the semi-finals of NASA’s competition, which required teams to make their design with modeling software.
The team said their design lets them use “indigenous, Martian materials to form a pioneering and durable habitat supporting future human missions to Mars.”
It is designed to protect humans from radiation and prioritize natural light and views of the Martian landscape as part of “celebrating human life.”
The habitat includes living areas, laboratories, a kitchen, a water tower, and vertical gardens that have plants which would function as filters to provide drinkable water.
2. Team Zopherus
Team Zopherus designed its structure to be protected from radiation and harsh temperatures.
The design by Arkansas-based Team Zopherus would be printed by an autonomous rover that it says could protect the structure from the harsh atmosphere. Zopherus say they would aim to create Martian concrete from on-site materials to create a hard shell for the structure.
3. Mars Incubator
Connecticut-based team Mars Incubator created an orange-colored structure that connects four distinct zones with bridges.
One of the four zones is where humans prepare to visit the planet outside, while the others contain multi-purpose spaces and space for growing plants. The largest structure is where crew can sleep and prepare food.
Originally published on Business Insider.