These days, the question of people colonizing Mars is less of an "if," than a "when." But while many have daydreamed about pioneering a new civilization (or perhaps even drafted their packing list!), it's likely that comparatively few people have considered exactly what it would take to build it from the ground up. Recently, a team of scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a substance they've dubbed Martian soil simulant to better understand the potential for construction on Mars. After extensive experimentation, they stumbled on a way to turn it into super-strong bricks—no bonding agents, water, or kilns necessary!
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Written by Jamie Ludwig May 22, 2017
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