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Materials for space exploration and settlement

Space missions require materials that can preserve functional integrity under extreme conditions of heat, impact and radiation. This Comment outlines the materials properties needed for some of the most ambitious space missions and presents the design and testing principles before their incorporation.

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Fig. 1: Challenges for spacecraft materials.
Fig. 2: Additive manufacturing.

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Fig. 3: Structural verification approaches for AM manufactured parts.

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Fig. 4: SolarBlack technology.

ESA/Anneke Le Floc'h (a) and ESA (b)


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Ghidini, T. Materials for space exploration and settlement. Nature Mater 17, 846–850 (2018).

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