Manchester: British experts have developed a strong and durable concrete called “AstroCrete” to build human settlements on the moon and Mars, which contains human blood, sweat and tears in addition to space ash.
The discovery was made by scientists at the University of Manchester, UK, and details have been published online in the latest issue of the research journal Materials Today Bio.
According to the details, the concrete was made using clay that was artificially made exactly like Martian clay.
To make this clay into concrete, a protein called “albumin” was added to it, which is abundant in human blood. And it is an abundant mixture in tears.
Short and limited experiments showed that the strength of concrete mixed with blood (albumin) was the same as that of ordinary concrete.
However, when a small amount of urea was added, the strength of the concrete increased by 300% and it was able to withstand many times more pressure.
The purpose of this concrete is to build human settlements in the future using the resources already available on Mars and the Moon, which will not only be sustainable, but the costs will be affordable.
It should be noted that if we had to transport even a single brick from Earth to Mars, it would cost at least two million dollars (about 320 million Pakistani rupees).
One can only imagine how costly and unbearable it would be to build a multi-million-dollar brick building for human habitation on Mars.
For this and many other similar reasons, it is considered more appropriate to build human settlements on Mars and the Moon using pre-existing natural resources.
The “astrocrat” is another invention that could make the dream of “low-cost and sustainable buildings” for human habitation on Mars and the moon a reality.