NASA has just announced the winners of its 3D-printed Mars habitats competition, with the top prize taking home a cool $100k, and this means we could be seeing at least one of them sooner than later. The participating teams were required to create a solution for the entire process, including transporting materials to Mars as well as accounting for the different atmosphere and terrain. The habitats also had to safely and comfortably accommodate four astronauts and their machinery. Continue reading for three more videos and information.
“First place was won by Team Zopherus from Arkansas, with a design featuring a spider-like lander and an internal pod that would contain the 3D-printer. The top five also included an egg-shaped structure from AI SpaceFactory, an inflatable vessel designed by Northwestern University and a habitat featuring a perforated plastic layer for light and a shape designed to reduce the impact of dust storms. Take a look at some of the winning entries above,” reports Hype Beast.