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Lunar masonry starts on Earth. European researchers are working with Moon dust simulants that could one day allow astronauts to build habitats on our natural satellite and pave the way for human space exploration. The surface of the Moon is covered in grey, fine, rough dust. This powdery soil is everywhere – an indigenous source that could become the ideal material for brickwork. You can crush it, burn it and compress it. “Moon bricks will be made of dust,” says Aidan Cowley, ESA’s science advisor with a wealth of experience in dealing with lunar soil. “You can create solid blocks out of it to build roads and launch pads, or habitats that protect your astronauts from the harsh lunar environment.” European teams see Moon dust as the starting point to building up a permanent lunar outpost and breaking explorers’ reliance on Earth supplies.
originally posted by: lostbook
a reply to: neo96
I wonder how 3-D printers will work with Moon Dust..? The dust is said to be very fine and corrosive. Will it damage the ptinter(s)? Because, if not, 3-D printers and Moon Dust could be a match made in heaven. Agree, Neo?
originally posted by: scojak
a reply to: lostbook
Seems to me that would take quite a bit of water. Maybe they have no problem making vast amounts of water on the moon, but it's just a thought I had.
originally posted by: Macenroe82
We do it in mining all the time.
We take ground waste rock, mix it with an adhesive to create a slurry which hardens into a paste fill.
It turns into a cement like substance used for backfilling open voids in the mine.