A team of engineers from the University of California has made it easy to build bricks from artificial “martian soil” supplied by NASA.
Will there be a Mars day? Difficult to answer today this question but it is still that if it became possible, humanity will be already equipped to build its first shelters. A team of engineers from the University of California, San Diego, has managed to make the first bricks based on “Martian earth”.
The researchers obtained a bit of land made by Nasa, imitating the properties of the soil of Mars. In the end, the manufacture of these bricks proved quite easy. Indeed, by being compressed, the “Martian earth” hardens like a rock and becomes even more resistant than reinforced concrete. It was therefore enough to press the blocks of this reddish matter. Nothing else to do, no other materials to add, no baking.
Of course, one problem is that this is all just a simulation with no actual Martian dirt around to test. “That is also our worry—everyone’s worry,” mechanical engineer and co-author Yu Qiao tells Popular Science.
The journal Scientific Reports published the engineers’ findings online yesterday.
Here is your Martian brick: