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Mars Ice House wins Mars Habitat Competition

last modified 2015-10-22 14:15
The Mars Ice House is an innovative solution to NASA's space habitat challenge. It is a 3D printed ice structure designed to be built by robots on Mars using water below the surface. The structure would block harmful radiation but allow light to enter, and includes a courtyard where plants could grow. The idea was developed in consultation with Eric Barnett, a former CIM member supervised by Profs. Angeles and Pasini. His Ph.D was on the development of a robotic system for the rapid prototyping of ice sculptures, as proposed by architecture professor Pieter Sijpkes, who was also a research consultant for this project. Eric is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Laval University, a REPARTI member, working in Clement Gosselin's lab. Human colonization of Mars is still a long way off, but this is a very promising step forward. For more information, visit the project's website here: Mars Ice House