3D printing Martian habitats from the ground up

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Habitats for the first astronauts to Mars could be 3D printed, by extracting and refining metals ...

Given the cost of transporting goods to Mars, the first human colonists of the Red Planet will need to pack lightly – but it’s going to take a lot of equipment to get that settlement set up. Building habitats, tools and parts out of local resources on arrival would be an ideal solution, but Mars is a pretty barren place. So researchers from NASA and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are investigating how metals could be extracted from the Martian soil, refined, and used as "ink" to 3D print vital components.

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