3D printing to be used to create a human base on the Moon

24 Apr

3D printing to be used to create a human base on the Moon

While scientists may always dream of locating life on a place outsife earth, it would soon be a reality. According to the head of that national Centre for the Study of Natural Substances, there is a possibility that Russia can use 3D printing and a patented "gyroscopic mill" (where the axis of rotation is free to asume any orientation by itself in the circular motion) to build a base that can be god enough for living on the polar region of the moon. Settlers would create a powdered 3D printing material by the lunar soil found on the Moon.

The research on the science of space exploration is so highly concerned with Mars, the technology is also gives new paths to explore the research. Exaggerating the research is to an extent where man might soon someday form a colony on it. Soon the manned spacecraft would be sent to the Red Planet is an amusing plan, with te help of the regolith, Russia's Center for the Study of Natural Substances has once again focused it's attention to the moon in hope to create a human habitat there.

Vyacheslav Bobin who is the head of Russia's Center for the Study of Natural Substances say that create a base that is compatilibe for human to live is not an easy task. Most of the locations of the moon are not suitable enough as it is placed at 130 °C lunar equator, whereas the polar region might just be apt for providing a suitable base for human habitat. According to  the scientist due to the enormous sheets of ice in the cold areas of the Moon it might be suitable enough for human to live there with water and air to breathe inorder to survive

3d printing to create human base on the Moon?

If Russia is successful in locating the spot for human habitat, Bobin believes 3D printing can play an important role in making lunar homes. He further explains, “This idea was originally proposed by the European Space Agency. The walls of a lunar settlement built from regolith mixed with periclase (MgO) are capable of withstanding extreme temperature fluctuations and provide protection against meteors…3D printers are already capable of constructing a lunar settlement of approximately 600 cubic meters in volume—all in just seven to 10 days.”

The most challenging task if the scientists would be to find a material that is apt in printing on moon while building a 3D printed lunar settlement. Lunar regolith i.e  the loose layers of rocks and dust covering the Moon’s surface would to a certain extent form the base of the 3D printing material. But processing it into a form that can be used in printing is an extremely difficult. Bobin, however, believes that Russia’s patented “gyroscopic mill” could hold the key. "Instead of using gravity to crush soil samples, the mill uses gyroscopic force, which is not dependent on gravity." he explained. "If we adopt these technologies, then we can truly be ahead of the world by a decade.”

The Russia's lunar program that could lay the foundations of human habitat on moon envisions four launches: the first of which has been named Luna-Glob, or Luna-25. Luna-Glob will, in 2019, land in the Boguslawsky crater near the Moon’s southern pole, in order to obtain samples. The latter three Luna journeys will further explore the areas of the southern pole to find which areas are potential enough to create a human base.

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Chris Joel (Author)

3D printing to be used to create a human base on the Moon
Chris Joel is a writer at 3D Printers Online Store. Hailing from South London, he has a degree in English Literature. His interests include the application of 3D printing technology to art and its popularization.