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Architecture for Mars will be 3D printed in the Mojave Desert

A new startup is prototyping habitats for our future life on the Red Planet.

With Elon Musk slated to unveil his Mars colonization plans next month, the prospects of actual structures on the red planet will take a small, but significant, step forward. With future inter-planetary trips in mind, a new startup, Mars City Design, is already trying to get the jump on designing human habitation for our future Mars colony.

Dedicated to designing the blueprint for sustainable Martian cities, the startup has already crowdfunded more than $30,000 to begin 3D-printing and testing three habitat prototypes in the Mojave Desert. The designs will be chosen from the top 25 entries of a competition held last year and finalized with the help of space experts.

The architectural initiative is the brainchild of Vera Mulyani, a French entrepreneur who always dreamed of being an architect for Mars.

"It is not enough to just travel to Mars and survive" Mulyani writes on the company’s website. "Now we must develop a way in which we can sustainably live and love on Mars. It is essential that we call on a new generation of thinkers and innovators to make this a reality."

This project follows on the tails of NASA’s own design competition for 3D-printed Martian habitats, and a design for Mars habitation by Foster + Partners.

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Sources: GCR, Mars City Design