Humanity is taking another huge leap in space exploration with the latest announcement from an Austin-based 3-D printing company.
ICON, a tech company, announced they have received funding from the government and NASA to begin research and development of a space-based construction system that could eventually support further Moon exploration.
Building humanity’s first home on another world will be the most ambitious construction project in human history and will push science, engineering, technology, and architecture to literal new heights
Jason Ballard, Co-founder and CEO of ICON
The project, known as "Project Olympus," will be launched through NASA's "Artemis Program," and will lead to the Moon being the first off-Earth site for sustainable surface exploration.
But getting 3-D printed structures on the moon will require more than just a powerful rocket, as multiple factors need to be taken into consideration for it to be done safely.
In order to establish a lunar presence, ICON must successfully create pretty much indestructible structures that provide better thermal, radiation, and micrometeorite protection for space travelers.
ICON made a strong presence in the architecture world after successfully creating the first permitted 3-D printed home in the United States, and it's both beautiful and affordable resting in the city of Austin.
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Willie Nelson is calling on President Joe Biden to make "4/20" — a day many use to celebrate the consumption of marijuana — an official national holiday.
Nelson, in collaboration with his Luck Reunion team, launched a petition to help declare the nine days spanning April 20-29 the official "High Holidays," with the last day of celebration falling on the country music star's birthday.
"We believe that recognition of the 'High Holidays' opens the door to much-needed dialogue supporting the many benefits of cannabis while helping to remove the unjustified stigmas currently surrounding this amazing plant," the team wrote to President Biden.
The petition, which asks supporters to "please puff, puff, and pass this to your friends in Congress for consideration," has a goal of getting 2,500 signatures and it has already received nearly 2,400 as of Tuesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. EST.
On your trip to the all-inclusive retreat, you'll have the option of being as active or relaxed as you please.
If you want to be active, you can attend fitness and yoga classes, a culinary experience, or even gorgeous hiking and boating trips that take you through the resort's natural habitats and offer jaw-dropping views of Lake Austin.
If you're looking to relax your body and mind, the resort offers over 100 massage, body, and skincare treatments and therapies, and you can even kick back and relax at the outdoor Palm Pool, hot tub, and cabanas.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Price: $472.50 a person per all-inclusive night.
Address: 1705 S. Quinlan Park Rd., Austin, TX
Why You Need To Go: This spa resort will help you ease your worried mind through outdoor and wellness activities. You'll feel like you've left the modern world as you nestle in the hill country of Texas.
Residents of Austin and San Antonio have always been just a short one and a half-hour drive away from each other, but a new scenic route might make the trip more of an adventure.
The Great Springs Project set up the plan for a new massive network of hiking trails that aims to connect Austin and San Antonio, as well as four springs including the Barton, Comal, San Marcos and San Antonio Springs.