Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Prize awarded for 'moon brick' plan

A Virginia Tech team won an award recently from the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PICES) for their sustainable plan to build super-durable bricks out of moon dust (MSNBC). The process is pretty simple: mix moon dust with ground up aluminum (possibly from landing craft that would otherwise be junk) and charge it with electricity.

This is similar to a process used to make armor for tanks, so the resulting bricks could withstand a meteor strike.

If the bricks are shaped like an igloo's, "no nails, no cement would be necessary to hold it together… he shape of the bricks will do that."

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