Over the past two or three years, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) pioneered the application of 3D printing in many ways, whether it is Made In Space for cooperation on the international space station 3D printing, including replacement parts, and are still associated with the operation of the public making 3D printing files, it is clear that NASA has fallen in love with this incredible technology.
If you have enough enthusiasm for space, then you must have been fascinated by the high quality photos of Mars and other celestial objects on the network. 25 years ago, if you tell people they can sit at the computer and view the entire high-resolution 3D images of Mars, and can freely zoom in or out, you are likely to be treated as a fool. But for now, this kind of thing has not only achieved, but is becoming more interesting. Yesterday, NASA launched the Mars Trek of their Web applications.
Mars Trek allows anyone at any place using any electronic devices (smartphones, tablet or PC) completely explore the Earth‘s Red neighbor. Imagine, you can freely zoom in or out anywhere on Mars, you can also select different tracks on the camera to obtain the appropriate map layer, any amateur astronomer this App will not put it down.
In fact, this App is not only a map of Mars, it also has incredible interactivity, such as the ability to give users some tools, so that they can measure distance, altitude, angle of the Sun. And the most interesting of these tools is the “BOX”, which allows you to use any area marked on the map, and then generate the corresponding STL format files. So now we can stay at home near natural surface is obtained by 3D printing. This is not finished. NASA also created an App called “tags“ feature it will take users directly to include Rover, opportunity, curiosity, and landing of the Phoenix Rover once. In addition, NASA also marks the famous Grand Canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars.
Once these tags are selected, users will be taken to the corresponding locations and STL files can download locations. The size of these files is 47MB, containing about 1 million polygons. According to the NASA statement, they can be recognized by the most 3D printers, and can demonstrate key geographic features such as mountains and canyons. This is a great idea, can inspire public enthusiasm for 3D printing and space exploration. The only question now is, who will be the first 3D print out total contains thousands of components of the Mars people?