That human beings set foot on the Moon again thanks to the Artemis mission does not surprise us, but, Did you know that NASA plans that astronauts will be able to settle on the natural satellite for a while? They will achieve this thanks to the LINAs, bunkers made in 3D printing that will extend the stay of the researchers.
There are still a few years to go before three astronauts (including the first woman) reach the Moon after decades without doing so. However, the US space agency team is already clear the place where the first human base will be placed: at the lunar south pole.
This site is called “The Peak of Eternal Light” because the sun always illuminates the area. In a bid to create the settlement with 3D printers, NASA is collaborating with AI SpaceFactory which has technology to build “Lunar Infrastructure Asset” (i.e. LINA).
3D printed bunkers
With this base for astronauts going to the Moon, NASA hopes to protect astronauts radiation, meteorites and moonquakes for long periods. In addition, they will be useful for future missions to other planets.
With these goals in mind, the technology will design the bunkers to provide their own shadow. The experts detail that they intend to take advantage of topographic features of the lunar landscape to protect astronauts solar and cosmic radiation.
What is very remarkable in this project is that LINA will be expandable and it will be able to go from a single structure to a group of units. In addition, it will be large enough to house a pressurized manned rover, telecommunications devices and modules serving as bedrooms.
Initially, LINA will be created by autonomous robots using 3D printing at the South Pole of the Moon. Concretely, the space base will be located very close to the Shackleton crater, where the sunlight is almost continuous, something very useful for obtaining solar energy.
On the other hand, inside the crater there is a perpetual shadow which will be used to collect the ice. According to the NASA team, it could be a possible source of water.
“As we push back the horizon of what is possible in the future, LINA is an unprecedented architectural and technological milestone for exploration farther than our Moon. the company said in a statement. Designed with a life expectancy of at least 50 years”.
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