Humans living on Mars is a long-held sci-fi dream. However, building livable habitats on the surface of the Red Planet is a huge undertaking. At this time, even thinking about what materials to use is a scientific nightmare. For example, should we use brick, concrete or astronaut blood?
Yep, you read that right. Out of the huge list of materials we could use to build Mars habitats, astronaut blood is quickly rising up the ranks. But why would we ever use this? And would it actually work?
University of Manchester scientists suggest astronaut blood Mars bases
Reported by Futurism, scientists at the University of Manchester have suggested using the blood of space workers to build bases. Well, not just blood, but a variety of human fluids, but blood is the top pick.
The scientific team believes that combining Mars dust with human blood, urine, sweat and tears would create a building material. Once mixed, the paste-like solution could be 3D-printed into fully-formed houses.
Combining these natural fluids with on-site resources would solve the issue of bringing materials to Mars. On the other hand, It’s very weird. This new proposed material already has a name: AstroCrete.
Pee provides strength
The scientists behind the technology state that AstroCrete is a structurally strong material. The blood, sweat and tears method allegedly has as much “compressive strength as ordinary concrete”. However, adding urine could increase its strength by 300%.
Upon revealing the team’s research, scientist Aled Roberts said: “Scientists have been trying to develop viable technologies to produce concrete-like materials on the surface of Mars, but we never stopped to think that the answer might be inside us all along.” He added: “The concept is literally blood-curdling.”