On Monday we visited Moving to Mars over at the Design Museum in London (it’s on until 24th February, do try to catch it before it ends).
Sidenote: it’s so cool to be able to visit museums when they are quiet (i.e. on a weekday during term-time) and have them all to ourselves. One of the many perks of home education.
It was a beautiful multi-sensory exhibition and it was cool to see both the history and the future of exploration of Mars, including stepping into an inflatable Mars pod and seeing and hearing Martian storms rage outside.
But as much as I love the idea of space exploration (I grew up devouring many sci-fi novels), all of that just made me think it’s going to be so much easier – and cheaper – to try and preserve Earth rather than trying to make Mars suitable for human existence.⠀
I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that there are in fact now 3D printers that can print bio-degradable plastic-like furniture (it has a fancy name but I forget it) for living on Mars, and we can make shoes grow themselves out of mushroom pores (one of the real exhibits!), but we as human race don’t seem to devote as much time and money to preserving livable conditions on planet Earth as we seem to devote to coming up with ways to making Mars habitable for humans.⠀
What do you think?
What will you choose, Earth or Mars?
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