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3D printing on Mars

I am sure by now we are all aware about plans to eventually relocate humans to Mars. It is a general assumption that NASA is in charge of this program — that it is going to cost a LOT of money!

Cost is a big factor when planning a move anywhere. Imagine trying to move the entire planet of human inhabitant’s from earth, millions and of miles across space to another planet! How much is this going to cost me? This is the first question that comes to my mind. Along with; when are we moving? How are we going to get there? Who gets to go? Etc.

So there was a contest called “3D-Printed Habitat Challenge” endorsed by NASA.  Contestants were challenged to design a model home the could be 3D printed on Mars with materials locally found on the planet.

This is the design that won!

According to the article posted on cnn.com; “The cylindrical dwellings comprise an outer shell, which is tethered to the surface of the planet (to guard against strong winds), and an internal shell which houses living spaces. These are set across four levels, with a wet lab on the lower level, kitchen and dry lab above, and the top two floors for recreation. Bedrooms are conceived as semi-enclosed sleeping pods that offer privacy.”

Ok, I get the function but to be honest, this design sucks! The barrel like structure is dark and eerie.

The all white inside looks like a sterile lab, and humans are the subject of this experiment. This looks like some twisted futuristic government funded human experiment. I developed cluster phobia just looking at the design. The design gives off a sinister vibe which is very unwelcoming. I don’t know about you, but I think I will take my chances and stay on Earth.

What do you think?

 

 

One Comment

  1. kbeutner wrote:

    It does look a little claustrophobic, but creating a building design that addresses all the surface conditions on Mars is difficult. Architectural design renderings always look sterile, unfortunately.
    I’m a bit confused by the strange angle of the interior design rendering (the second photo). I wish they had picked a more straightforward angle to render the model from, so that the layout was more clearly visible.

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