The architect designing self-assembling habitats for space

Tomorrow’s space explorers won’t be able to pack traditional, heavy building materials for their missions. One young designer is already working on habitats that will build themselves.

When it comes to launching a mission into space, saving even a kilogram of weight can be critically important. It takes an enormous amount of energy to get a rocket into orbit.

So how will astronauts heading out on long-duration missions – possibly to Mars – build shelters when the materials might be too heavy to blast off with?

One young scientist at MIT thinks she might have a self-assembling solution…

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