esearchers have initiated the process of identifying liquid solvents that could potentially be used to extract essential construction materials from the dust of lunar and Martian rocks. This development is a crucial component in enabling long-term space exploration.

Using machine learning and computational modeling, Washington State University researchers have found about half a dozen good candidates for solvents that can extract materials on the moon and Mars usable in 3D printing. The work, reported in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, is led by Soumik Banerjee, associate professor in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

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