NASA's Mars Dune Alpha, the 3D printed house inhabited by astronauts


CATEGORY: Building BRAND: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

One of the great concerns of the Space Agency is to guarantee life on the red planet and, for this, all the tests on Earth to find the greatest habitability are necessary when preparing for future colonization.


NASA's Mars Dune Alpha is a 160-meter base that will serve as a pointer for astronauts preparing to go to Mars.


Created by the architectural firm BIG-Bjarke Ingles Group, it is 3D printed and inspired by spaces such as the International Space Station, submarines and Antarctic science stations. The space will have an infirmary, a gym, a treatment room and different areas to rest and work.



The 3D printed research habitat, Mars Dune Alpha, will aid long-duration science missions to hone the future civilization of Mars. The Mars Dune Alpha Analog Missions, which are part of NASA's Crew Health and Performance Analog Exploration Program (CHAPEA), will provide valuable information for NASA's space power system, as well as performance and health results. physical and behavioral for future space missions.




At the moment, the structure is located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, is 3D printed by ICON's next-generation Vulcan construction system, and will be home to the crew that NASA is now actively searching for.




"Together with NASA and ICON, we are investigating what humanity's home on another planet will entail from the human experience," says Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. “The data obtained from this habitat investigation will directly inform NASA's standards for long-duration exploration missions and, as such, will lay the foundation for a new Martian vernacular. Mars Dune Alpha will bring us one step closer to becoming a multiplanetary species."


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