European Space Agency Proposes 3D Printing a Moon Base out of Lunar Soil

3D Printed Moon Base

To simplify the logistical problems of building a lunar base, the European Space Agency is testing the feasibility of using 3D printing to build a base out of lunar soil. ESA’s industrial partners have proposed a lunar base consisting of 3D printed domes with hollow, closed cell walls inspired by bird bones. An inflatable structure within the dome would contain living quarters for astronauts.

3D Printed Moon Base

1.5 tonne demonstration block with closed cell structure.

3D Printed Moon Base

3D Printed Moon Base

via Todd Lappin

images via European Space Agency/Foster + Partners

Written by EDW Lynch

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