A Foot On Mars: Exploring the Red Planet for Art-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Foot On Mars: Exploring the Red Planet for Art

On December 1, 2012 Crew 119 and MFA Graduate student Dan Wilcox landed at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Follow both Dan and Crew 119's progress on Twitter: @danomatika & @MDRSupdates #MDRS


Dan's mission is to document what life will be like for the first humans on Mars from "a feet on the ground" perspective. This work will then form the basis of his 2013 MFA Thesis project: a live musical performance and concept album around the theme of humanity crossing the sea of space and touching down on a familiar new world.

In this Martian analog on Earth, the crew will spend 2 weeks living and working in a remote, simulated habitat: planning Extra Vehicular Activities, wearing space suits, exploring the terrain on foot or via rovers, maintain/upgrading systems, and experiencing a tin-can existence. Through this research, they'll be able to better understand how people will live and work effectively on the Red Planet.


See Dan's MDRS photo album


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