When humanity finally arrives on Mars, it will be a momentous achievement, but travelers who first set foot on the Red Planet will probably not be there to stay. However, in the end, NASA and other scientific groups around the world expect us to colonize not only Mars, but also other planets, and to realize that dream, we will need places for interplanetary travelers to live.
With that in mind, NASA launched its 3D Print Habitat Challenge, which commissioned teams of researchers and engineers to design homes for space travelers that could be created on demand using 3D printing hardware taken on a theoretical voyage to Mars. another similar to Earth. planet. Now, one of the final stages of the competition has ended, and NASA chose its three favorite virtual abodes.
The competition was carried out in three phases, and each phase is divided into several specific tasks. The teams are currently in the final phase, and the virtual 3D construction work that has just ended has produced a trio of very unique habitats.
This part of the challenge was worth $ 100,000 and was roughly evenly divided among the top three entries. Things like architectural integrity, efficiency and scalability were taken into account when qualifying each entry, and the winner (at the top of this publication) scored big points for the stability of the design.
In the future, the most important test for the teams will be a face-to-face construction that will give them the impression of a small-scale version of their creations in front of an audience of scientists and science fans. The event is scheduled to take place from May 1 to May 4 in Illinois, and the prize is a whopping $ 800,000.
None of this guarantees that the first humans to colonize Mars will actually live in modeled houses exactly like those designed by the teams in this competition, but it is a good way for NASA to explore new habitat possibilities and possibly find engineers and designers who would like to to work when that day finally arrives.
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