Making a home on the Moon: we want your ideas

A new ESA-led project is investigating the ways that 3D printing could be used to create and run a habitat on the Moon.

Everything from building materials to solar panels, equipment and tools to clothes, even nutrients and food ingredients can potentially be 3D printed. But if you were headed to the Moon, what would you want to 3D print, to turn a lunar base into a place that feels like home? Tell us your idea, to win a chance of actually getting it printed.

Global space agencies are focused on the concept of a lunar base as the next step in human space exploration – and 3D printing represents a key technology for making it happen.

The aim would be to ‘live off the land’ as much as possible, by printing as many structures, items and spares out of lunar regolith as possible, or by using and reusing materials brought for the mission, rather than continuously relying on the long, expensive supply line from Earth.

Maximised 3D printing would also allow on-demand production of items and spares with routine recycling of materials available within the base, making lunar settlement much more self-sufficient and sustainable.

What would be the one item you would like to have 3D printed to keep with you in a lunar home from home?

Email your ideas to Lunar3Dprinting@esa.int, including a sketch and a short explanation.

The winners will have their chosen item printed for real - if technically possible – or else a 3D printed space object based on consortium research. Six runners up will receive a 3D printed space object.

The closing date is 23 September 2018, open to all ages and nationalities. Two winners will be chosen, one in the under 18 category and one in the adult category, by the consortium members and ESA engineers.

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