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Issue 6.2

Space Architecture in Microgravity: TESSERAE Project for Large Scale Space Structures

NASA and international partners are planning a crewed return to the lunar surface in this decade, with the explicit long-term goal of establishing sustainable lunar habitat infrastructure. International space agencies and several space entrepreneurs have shared plans for human missions to Mars in the 2030s. A menagerie of “new space” start-up companies is poised to support extensive activity for in-space habitation. Space exploration is entering an age of burgeoning commercial movement, fueled not only by the unique science experiments performed in microgravity but also by space tourism and a need for inhabitable next-generation space architecture.

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