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LZH’s Moonrise project simulates 3D-printing on the moon


Research project in which moondust is laser-melted under lunar conditions suggests moon-based manufacturing is feasible. The spheres appear inconspicuous but they are unique. They consist of moon dust, molten under moon gravity in the course of the MOONRISE project.


Research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) together with the Institute of Space Systems (IRAS) of the Technical University of Braunschweig carried out this unique experiment in the Einstein-Elevator at the Hannover Institute of Technology at the Leibniz University Hannover.


“With these spheres, we have come a big step closer to 3D-printing on the moon,” commented Niklas Gerdes, a scientist at LZH. A laser system developed by the LZH was used to melt synthetically produced lunar dust, the so-called regolith, under both lunar and microgravity conditions simulating the process as it might happen on the moon. Material samples adapted to possible landing site IRAS scientists have […]

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