Gallery: NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Brick...

 

Engineers at NASA’s Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life – or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping construction materials for a theoretical base on Mars, scientists are developing microbes capable of creating the ingredients for bricks and mortar. Feeding on astronaut waste and the materials available to them on the red planet, these space bugs could be the first to colonize Mars.

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