Research by Jeremy Straub, NDSU assistant professor of computer science, was mentioned in a recent Newsweek article about the possibility of a human settlement on Mars.
The mention comes after Straub’s publication was prominently cited in a Nature Scientific Reports article that advances key material science knowledge to support structure fabrication on Mars using 3D printing and Martian soil.
The Newsweek article focuses on a new study that shows polymers may not be necessary to make bricks from Martian soil that are stronger than steel-reinforced concrete. The new process for making Martian bricks involves only extreme compression instead of heat or chemicals.
NASA is hoping to build a research and operations outpost on Mars in the 2030s. Building construction materials from Martian soil would significantly decrease the cost of the project, according to Newsweek.
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