In-Situ Resources, 3D Printing Seen Enabling Deep-Space Exploration

Astronaut Butch Wilmore holding the first tool manufacturing on-orbit.
Credit: NASA
HOUSTON—Here is an illuminating set of numbers when it comes to sustaining even a small crew of humans in Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Serving as home for up to seven astronauts and cosmonauts, the ISS is provisioned with about 28,600 lb. of spare parts. Another 39,600...

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