3D printing has been used in the medical industry before, where we have seen technology used to print cartilage and skull implants. Now it seems that Russian researcher Oleg Kononenko has managed to manage 3D print networks, but this is the challenger: not only Kononenko is a researcher, but he is also a cosmonaut, and 3D printing is actually done in space.
Using a 3D printer made by the medical company Invitro, Kononenko managed to print 3D human cartilage tissue and rodent thyroid gland. As we said, 3D printing of human cartilage has been done before, but the aim of this experiment is to see how microgravity in space can affect the development of living tissues and organs, especially if there are plans for more future human space travel . , and if we plan to someday move to Mars.
This experiment should have restarted in October, but unfortunately the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying a bioprinter suffered a booster failure, forcing the crew to cancel the mission. The cosmonauts on the boat managed to escape without incident, but unfortunately the bioprinter was damaged.
NASA is expected to start carrying out their own bioprinting efforts in space starting in 2019, but for now it seems that Russia has succeeded in claiming the "first" title.
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