Message from ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti


Italian ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, speaking from the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne in Germany, has a message of thanks to all those who’ve entered our Lunar 3D printing competition so far. A new lunar analogue test facility, called Luna for short, is currently being set up at EAC to test the technologies and techniques needed for any future Moon base – with 3D printing high on the list. And a team ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is overseeing a project to research in detail how 3D printing could be used in such a Moon base. We’re also interested in the human factor: what would you 3D print to make the Moon feel like home? That’s why we’re crowdsourcing your ideas through this competition. The closing date is 23 September 2018.

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  1. Common every day objects like soda cans, brooms, cocktail cups, pencils, a coffee machine, paper clips, little toys like cars or little people, a Christmas tree, a playstation 4 controller and all sort of toys and a 2d printed poster of a mitten in a space helmet with the legend: Keep Calm ^_^

  2. I would print small little gears, cogs, and all those things, for fun, and to help the creativity, and critical thinking. Where you can build little things with them. (I don't think would be practical in micro-gravity, it would be a lot better in the gravity of mars, though)

  3. How about we fix Earth first…. then I and other people of Earth don't give a hoot and nanny about billionaires going to live on the moon. Seemingly they are the only ones that will have bought all the seats, and living spaces on the moon.

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