Building a lunar base with 3D printing
Yet another exciting possible use for 3D printers: building habitable bases on the moon. Partnering with several 3D printing companies, the ESA is testing the feasibility of building lunar structures with regolith — the moon’s surface soil — as the raw, manufacturing material for buildings. Printing the base on site would potentially solve many of the logistical challenges of creating lunar structures.
BBC News – European Space Agency approves Ariane 5 rocket upgrade
Despite the EuroZone’s economic woes, member states recommit to the Ariane 5 rocket program and other space-related projects, including providing the rocket for NASA’s new Orion manned spaceflight mission.