Mars on Earth, 2015

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© Cassandra Klos

With prototype space suits and diets consisting only of freeze-dried food, people from around the globe are dedicating weeks to months of their lives simulating the Mars environment to further the study of leaving Earth behind. To most of these pioneers, their wish is to be a small part of the space exploration research that will propel us to the cosmos. Simulation sites such as HI-SEAS, HERA, and MDRS create a simulated experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy; a realm where the air is unbreathable, contact with loved ones is limited, and the dependence and cooperation of your crewmembers becomes center focus.

Location: NMB Bâtiment Schwab


Cassandra Klos (b. 1991) is a Boston-based artist. She earned her BFA in 2014 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Her projects focus on science fiction and questioning the validity of a photograph. Her photojournalism reporting has been published in TIME Magazine.