Space—the thought of it, the race towards it—has inspired innovators, inventors and dreamers for generations. It's also led to technologies that have changed our lives.
NASA Centennial Challenges have been engaging the public in the process of advanced technology development since 2005. These exciting challenges have triggered an outpouring of creative solutions from academia, citizen inventors and small businesses for technologies such as lunar landers, space elevators, fuel-efficient aircraft and astronaut gloves.
NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge seeks to foster development of new technologies to additively manufacture a habitat using local indigenous materials with, or without, recyclable materials, in space and on Earth.
In other words, we want America's best and brightest to help us figure out how to build a house on Mars, using advanced 3D printing technology in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. Sound like something you'd see in a movie? Maybe. But, Mars is our next frontier. And the technologies we develop can have applications today, and help advance America's leadership in technology and innovation.