It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.
"Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on another planet," Adam Stelzner, the Curiosity rover's lead engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said during a conference this month. In a truly wonderful story, Motherboard talked with Stelzner and Harvard University biologist Gary Ruvkun about the idea. Here's how it would work: