Soon, the Mojave desert might start to look like Mars. A think tank called Mars City Design put architects to the test of designing a Mars habitat using a rocky material called regolith which is plentiful on Mars. Three finalists will work with aerospace engineers to design their prototypes in the Mojave desert within the next three years. Depicted above is a mockup of "Neurosynthesis," one of the finalists in the design challenge. Mars City Design
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