Hilo-based space center getting NASA help

PISCES to develop printing technology using lava rock

 UPDATED 2:30 PM HST Jun 26, 2013
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A Hilo-based space research and education center is enlisting the expertise of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
    
Kennedy will provide research project assistance to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, under a new agreement.
    
PISCES Executive Director Rob Kelso told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the center will reimburse NASA for the help it receives.
    
Kelso says PISCES wants to develop printing technology that can make use of the island's lava rock, which is similar to rock on the moon and Mars.
    
The former NASA flight director says future space explorers are going to need to make tools out of the materials around them.
    
The agreement replaces a similar contract PISCES had with NASA's Ames Research Center.

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