Could future moon and Mars bases be built from astronaut blood and space dust? A Mars base with a well-lit domed biosphere

The cost of just launching a satellite into orbit is enormous, so lifting everything needed for a temporary settlement up to the moon or Mars – like brick, mortar, concrete, and other building materials – is almost incalculable. That only magnifies when thinking of what’s needed to build a permanent presence on another world.

With that logistical challenge in mind, researchers at the University of Manchester (UM) tried to tackle the problem with a somewhat less-than-modern approach. It’s one that they hope will be both achievable in the short-term and sustainable in the long-term.