We didn’t even set foot on the Red Planet, and NASA has already approved some 3D designs for habitats to be built there from materials that are available on Mars.
Just in case you didn’t know, back in 2015, NASA launched a design competition, and the space agency has asked architects and tech experts to design some habitats that would be suitable to live in on the red planet.
These houses reportedly had to be suitable for 3D printing because NASA wants Mars rovers fitted with large-scale printers in order to build these, just to make sure that the planet will be habitable before humans get there.
The winning project is called Marsha
Unilad notes that this month, the winning design is titled Marsha and it has been created by the AI SpaceFactory – a planetary architectural and technology design agency’ based in New York City.
This habitat is made up of “cone-like buildings, 15 feet high and 8 feet in diameter. They are designed to be printed in just 30 hours and would offer a ‘tiny bubble of Earth on a distant world’,” according to the online publication.
Spiral staircases would be connecting four levels inside the pods and each of these would be dedicated to certain activities.
Also, on the ground, there will be a sealed hatch for entering and exiting the pod in space suits. There will also be labs in which scientists would be working.
The online magazine notes that “The other levels include a kitchen, a garden for growing plants, room for exercising and recreational activities, and four ‘sleepy pods’, consisting of private living quarters with a bed and a desk.”
There will be windows as well in order to allow the natural light in, but at the same time while keeping the crew safe from cosmic and solar radiation.
In order to build these sci-fi homes, AI SpaceFactory plans to use ‘an innovative mixture of basalt fiber extracted from Martian rock and renewable bioplastic (polylactic acid, or PLA) processed from plants grown on Mars’.
This innovative prototype won $500k.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up ’til now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.