Space cement is here: How it could be used to build houses on Mars and the Moon
Imagine a home on the Moon. Or Mars. What is it made of?
Moondust, perhaps? Concrete? Fungi? Um, astronaut blood and urine?
Most of it might sound ludicrous, but the truth is scientists are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the countless unorthodox ways to build infrastructure for use human exploration.
To elaborate, in 2018, NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley, began working on an initiative called the myco-architecture project to "grow" habitats on the Moon, Mars, and even Earth made of fungi. Last year, researchers from the University of Manchester made a seemingly bizarre proposal to greatly reduce the cost and increase the speed of construction for future off-world colonies - by mixing extraterrestrial dust with blood, urine, and other bodily fluids of astronauts to build walls that would protect them from radiation and meteor strikes.