msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 01:30 am

Mars travelers could use this Earthly fiber to build on Mars

Researchers have developed a way for early Mars travelers to build pretty much whatever they need using a fibrous material found on Earth. Chitin, which is found in the shells of sea creatures and insects, can be used to create rigid objects like tools. NASA expects the first crewed Mars missions to take place by 2040. NASA and other space agencies are already planning for the inevitable future of Mars exploration. That means sending crewed...

More from BGR Here's how Elon Musk plans to save humanity This might be the most gorgeous photo of Mars that NASA ever snapped NASA's Mars rover spots a Martian dust devil If you believe Elon Musk, humans will colonize Mars, but even if that does happen eventually, things will start off very slowly.That means sending crewed missions to the Red Planet to conduct research and break new ground in space.The first Martian “homes” will likely be primitive in design, and there’s a very good reason for that: weight.In a study published in PLOS One , the researchers explain how the first Martian travelers could construct homes and other objects using chitin.

There are no crabs or bugs on Mars (that we know of), but it may still be possible to create chitin-like material using the Martian soil and mixing it with material brought along for the trip.Javier Fernandez, co-author of the study, said in a statement.

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