Foster + Partners Unveiled a Space Habitat Suggestion for NASA

By: Cadhla Gray - Sep 28, 2015
References: dezeen & gizmodo
This space habitat designed by the well-known architecture firm 'Foster + Partners' is one of the shortlisted finalists in NASA and America Make's '3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.' The design would have autonomous robots sent onto Mars by parachute ahead of the astronauts. These robots would dig a 1.5 meter crater to have a second set of inflatable-delivered modules that would act as the base of the homes.

The robots would then move the soil found on Mars over top of the structures, building the homes layer by layer and utilizing microwaves to heat the soil to solidify the Martian buildings. The end structures in the space habitat would protect from radiation and extreme temperatures ,as they would be built with the very soil of the planet.