Image: Lunar building block

phys.org | 1/23/2019 | Staff
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This 1.5 tonne block was 3D printed from simulated lunar dust, to demonstrate the feasibility of constructing a Moon base using local materials.

The building block is on show in the laboratory corridor of ESA's ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands, visited during public tours from neighbouring Space Expo.

Binding - Salt - 'ink - Design - Closed-cell

Produced using a binding salt as 'ink', its design is based on a hollow closed-cell structure – combining strength with low weight, similar to bird...
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