A competition that is out of this world

Caterpillar and Bradley University teamed up with NASA to host a 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Three teams from across the world came to Edwards, Illinois to create a habitat that would be suitable for Mars.

But here's the catch... the groups could only use indigenous or recyclable materials that could realistically sustain the conditions on the "red planet".

"Having people like them come in and show their technology and having them talk with other teams and have them come up with even more ideas; it's pretty cool," says Monsi Roman, program manager for NASA's Centennial Challenges.

At the end of the weekend, NASA and Caterpillar will test the printed habitats to see how much the materials can withstand.


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