This 3D Printed Ice House Can Be Our Home On Mars

Posted: Sep 30 2015, 2:44am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 30 2015, 10:06pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


This 3D Printable Ice Shell Can be Our Home on Mars
Courtesy of SEArch/Clouds Architecture

NASA has recently selected a design for the habitats on Mars through a Habitat Design Challenge.

NASA is planning to send humans to Mars in the next couple of decades. They will definitely require a habitat to stay warm and alive in icy, cold conditions. 

For building shelters on the distant planet, NASA has recently selected an incredible 3D printed design through a competition. The selected design is named “Mars Ice House” and is presented by Team Space Exploration Architecture and Cloud Architecture and it could possibly be the one we might see constructed on Red Planet in future.

The icy habitat looks like Martian igloo and structured in a way that it will let go bright light inside and connect inhabitants with the outdoors, so they can not only survive but thrive in the unfavorable conditions.

Water will serve as the main construction component for the habitat. Since there are evidences of liquid water on the surface of Mars, the design will be easier to replicate physically in alien conditions. 

The concept is designed to absorb solar and cosmic radiations and to protect people inside from their harmful effects. At the same time, natural light will easily pass through the semi-translucent walls, allowing inhabitants to adjust in persistently cold temperatures in planet’s Northern Hemisphere.

“The innovative structure draws on the abundance of water and persistently low temperatures in Mars’ northern latitudes to create a multilayered pressurized radiation cell of ice that encloses lander habitants and gardens within. A unique 3D printing technique harnesses the physics of water and its phase transition to construct Ice House.” The team of designers said in a statement. 

The ice shell will be made of 5cm thick ice and will work as a shield to minimize the contamination of Mars. The design is not only scientifically and technologically sound but it will also take care of inhabitant’s psychological well-being and quality of life.

“This interstitial zone space demonstrates a new, liberating and revolutionary definition of living extra-terrestrially,” said designers. “One that celebrates the novelty and wonder of living on Mars.”


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