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NASA just shelled out $14M for space habitat tech

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  • NASA has partnered with a company that specializes in 3D printed homes and other structures to come up with a way to print structures on the lunar surface.
  • NASA’s Artemis missions will send humans to the Moon, but in the distant future NASA wants a more permanent presence of humans on the Moon.
  • The company is reportedly being paid $14 million as part of the deal.

NASA wants to send humans back to the Moon sooner rather than later, and while those early crewed missions will be more about getting there, conducting research, and leaving, the U.S. space agency envisions a future where more permanent settlements on the lunar surface are possible. To that end, NASA has penned a deal with a company called ICON to develop technology that would allow for easy construction on the Moon.

ICON is best known for its 3D

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More than 14m tonnes of plastic believed to be at the bottom of the ocean

At least 14m tonnes of plastic pieces less than 5mm wide are likely sitting at the bottom of the world’s oceans, according to an estimate based on new research.

a group of people swimming in a pool of water: Photograph: Paulo Oliveira/Alamy Stock Photo

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Analysis of ocean sediments from as deep as 3km suggests there could be more than 30 times as much plastic at the bottom of the world’s ocean than there is floating at the surface.

Australia’s government science agency, CSIRO, gathered and analysed cores of the ocean floor taken at six remote sites about 300km off the country’s southern coast in the Great Australian Bight.

Plastic trash & garbage underwater off Cebu Island, Philippines.

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Plastic trash & garbage underwater off Cebu Island, Philippines.

Researchers looked at 51 samples and found that after excluding the weight of the water, each gram of sediment contained an average of 1.26 microplastic pieces.

Microplastics are 5mm

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