3D printers could fabricate tools out of moon dust

One of the challenges of putting a colony on the moon is the need for stuff: building materials, food, and tools. Fortunately, researchers at Washington State University are working on a project that would help lunar colonists make some of those tools right at home: developing 3D printers that can print tools out of… » 12/01/12 11:00am 12/01/12 11:00am

Could Helium-3 really solve Earth's energy problems?

If you watched the movie Moon, you remember Helium-3 as the substance Sam Bell was sending back to Earth, during his onerous three year tenure on the Sarang lunar base. Helium-3 is not a piece of science fiction, but an isotope of helium that really could provide for all of our energy needs in the future. With… » 5/11/12 2:40pm 5/11/12 2:40pm

Lunar Dirt Will Be In Your Home, Air and Water

All of the off-world buzz these days may be around Mars and Titan, but NASA contractors are looking to send human life a little closer to home. Project Constellation, NASA'a agenda for the future of spaceflight, outlines plans for the construction of a lunar outpost starting in 2019. But with no water and no… » 9/03/08 12:00pm 9/03/08 12:00pm