The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is reportedly exploring the possibility of creating 3D printed lunar habitats on the moon. The space agency joins NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and Russia in the race to settle on the Earth’s only permanent natural satellite.
Long has the idea of settling on the moon appealed to humans, but only in recent years has the notion gone from complete sci-fi to something that is potentially feasible. This feasibility is thanks in large part to new technologies, including 3D printing, which are taking us closer to actually establishing and building on the moon’s surface.
According to ISRO, it is planning to build “igloo-like” structures on the Moon’s surface in the relatively near future, and plans to use 3D printers and robots to build the habitats from materials sourced from the moon.
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