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Cultivating Mars colonization: 3-D printing method uses extraterrestrial soil to build biodegradable parts on site

By April Gocha / April 14, 2017

Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.

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‘Martian concrete’ could be key to future human colonization on Mars

By Stephanie Liverani / January 8, 2016

If we’re going to colonize Mars someday, we’ll need to build durable structures to shelter us from the elements. Materials scientists at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., have developed a concrete material using only what’s available on the red planet and without using water.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 10, 2014

Solar reaches 40% efficiency, X-ray diffraction on Mars, carbon nanotubule de-icing systems, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 10, 2014.

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