New York-based AI SpaceFactory has taken home the top prize in NASA’s “Centennial Challenge,” defeating 60 other teams during the course of the competition. Called “MARSHA,” this 15-foot-tall habitat was 3D-printed using an advanced robotic process that uses biodegradable basalt composite derived from Mars’ naturally-occurring sediment. Its vertical design focuses on letting in natural light, while sticking with renewable, plant-based bioplastics, and an ecosystem that thrives under the Red Planet’s sometimes unhospitable conditions. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
“A departure from the conventional layout of conceptual space-age dwellings, the multi-faceted structure features various amenities, including an illuminated staircase, cylindrical rooms, and modular furniture to provide intricate storage solutions for its alien inhabitants,” reports Hi Consumption.