Among the many advantages of metal buildings, one major one is the durability they possess. With the right amount of planning and good manufacturing, a metal building can last you decades and serve multiple uses, especially a CanAm steel building. That’s probably the reason NASA is so keen to repurpose this metal cargo container into a space habitat.
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“An aluminum cargo container, built more than 15 years ago to move large equipment to space, will be transformed into a prototype of a space habitat where astronauts would live during long missions.
The project is a step toward NASA’s next big human spaceflight project called the Deep Space Gateway, a “spaceport” in the moon’s orbit where astronauts would live for up to a year. NASA’s goal is to have it up and running by the mid-2020s, and from there, the space agency hopes to gain some experience and develop capabilities needed to push farther into the solar system, specifically to Mars.
Named Donatello, the cargo container was one of three built by the Italian Space Agency in the 1990s to serve as “moving vans” carrying equipment, experiments and supplies to and from the International Space Station, a large spacecraft orbiting the Earth and where astronauts have lived since 2000.
Donatello was delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center from Italy in 2001. While the two other cargo containers, called Leonardo and Raffaello, flew on several shuttle missions to the International Space Station, Donatello was never used.
Lockheed Martin will refurbish Donatello at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The work would take about 18 months.”