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NASA's Mars Makers

Welcome to a place for invention to be celebrated.

Mars Makers is connected to the movement to encourage creativity and innovation from people around the world who turn ideas into inventions that will improve our lives on Earth and wherever our exploration takes us - to Mars and beyond!

"To make an apple pie from scratch, we must first invent the universe."

- Carl Sagan



Makerbot: Mars Base Challenge
In cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory


3D Printing Challenge

Could you live on Mars?

Certainly not without great design and engineering. Taking Mars' extreme cold, high radiation levels, lack of oxygen, and frequent dust storms into consideration, design a utilitarian Mars base that can withstand the elements and maybe even make you feel at home, despite being 140 million miles away from Earth, on average.



Imagine Mars Program
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Student teams think about a human future on the Red Planet and what it will take to survive and thrive in its extreme environment... and in the process, imagine ideal communities here on Earth where their creativity can make a difference.

Co-sponsored by NASA & the National Endowment for the Arts


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Inspiration can be
found in a pile of junk.





Sometimes, you can put it together
with a good imagination and
invent something.

- Thomas Edison



Low Density Supersonic Decelerator
Parachute Test!

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LDSD: Test Vehicle Returns - 6/3/14 NASA's saucer-shaped test vehicle, the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was recovered from the ocean and returned to Port Allen, Kauai, on June 29, 2014.

What's New?

3D Printing: Replicating a Rock on Mars
3D Printing: Replicating a Rock on Mars
April 7, 2014
NASA's Next Prototype Spacesuit
NASA's Next Prototype Spacesuit
April 30, 2014
NASA readies for the experimental flight of a test vehicle designed for landing larger payloads on Mars.
VIDEO: The Great Shakeout Test For Mars
June 3, 2014
In part 2, JPL engineer Mike Meacham explains how an inflatable decelerator will help large spacecraft land on Mars.
VIDEO: New Supersonic Parachute
April 21, 2014
NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions for future exploration.
VIDEO: We Brake for Mars
April 09, 2014


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