Monday, May 21, 2012

Lunarcrete, transforming hazard into habitat

Fine as talcum, abrasive as jagged glass, clinging and ubiquitous, lunar dust mitigation is on everybody's list of the biggest challenges facing extended human (and robotic) activity on the surface of the Moon. One essential strategy involves sintering, or otherwise transforming, regolith into native pavement. In a NASA simulation above the shelved Altair manned lander concept is shown landed and parked near the lunar South Pole where a permanent landing pad has been constructed [NASA].
Keith Veronese

So, you are on the moon and need to build a new structure. As one of the first lucky colonists there, what are you going to use? Lunarcrete of course.

Lunarcrete is a mixture similar to concrete that could be created using the loose layer of dust and rock covering the surface of the moon. Creating structures from lunarcrete will be one of the keys to cutting colonization costs and increasing self sufficiency of colonies. Terrestrial experiments show that creating a concrete-like substance from lunar rock is possible, but is it practical?

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