NASA is 3D Scanning on Mars and 3D Printing on Earth

“If this species is to survive indefinitely we need to become a multi-planet species. We need to go to Mars, and Mars is a stepping-stone to other solar systems.” – Charles Bolden, Administrator Of NASA, April 2014

Mars — first noted millennia ago as a strange red object in motion against the backdrop of the stars. Who would have thought that just 3,500 years after ancients observed the motions of Mars that humans would not just have robotic probes sending backing inspiring images of the red planet, but that our species would be making bold plans to inhabit it. NASA has just announced that 3D printing has provided a means to ‘replicate’ a meteorite found on Mars, printing an object on Earth from images gathered by a probe on an entirely different world.
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