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NASA challenge to design Mars habitat enters final phase

NASA has opened up its third phase of what's being called the "3-D Printed Habitat Challenge."
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WASHINGTON (WTHR) - NASA has opened up its third phase of what's being called the "3-D Printed Habitat Challenge."

The goal is to construct shelters for human beings on Mars and the moon. The hope is to use robots to build them.

Purdue has a history of preparing astronauts to face what's out there. Professor Dan Dumbacher worked at NASA for 33 years.

"We are going to build the habitats to get to space for the astronauts to go to Mars and once we get there, we are not going to just go plant the flag and come home like we did on Apollo," Dumbacher said. "The idea is to go there, live there, work there and learn there and continue to extend the human neighborhood further and further out."

NASA's challenge for universities and business carries a $2 million prize.