How Sad life would be on mars

How Sad Life Would Be On Mars: A Tribute To Earthling Nostalgia.

Since NASA's robotic Curiosity rover landed on Mars 2012, interest in space travel and exploration has only increased. In 2013, over 200,000 people applied for a one-way ticket to Mars, as part of the pioneering Mars settlement. Increasing interest in space has lead to increased space-related funding. Theories about the viability of asteroid mining, interstellar space expeditions, and colonizing habitable planets, has driven the Space economy to new heights. NASA's Orion program estimates that it can facilitate spaceflights for humans to Planet Mars in 2035. The Dutch foundation Mars One is also working to establish the first permanent settlement for humans on Mars in 2023 where the first team of selected humans will settle on the red planet for the rest of their lives.

Many studies posit that if human activity is not mediated to address issues of limited resources, environmental destruction, and climate change, our species will not survive. Humans will have to look beyond, in search of new worlds. But what awaits us beyond, we cannot know for certain. Can another planet ever replace the nature giving qualities planet earth provides? As mesmerized as we are with the red planet, can it ever truly feel like home?

This project addresses the possible migration of humanity to planet Mars by providing a series of postcards that juxtapose nature-given materials from Earth and Mars. Permanently colonizing Mars means we must contemplate the emotional loss we will collectively feel once we no longer experience earthly materiality. These postcards are for communication between Earthlings and our Martian explorers as links between the old world and the new, and as reminders of the majesty and rarity of our blue planet. 

 

Project partner: Ari Elefterin