New ASU Exhibit Explores What It Would Be Like To Live On Mars

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 9:16am
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 1:21pm

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Roy Wasson Valle and Tanya Harrison
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Roy Wasson Valle and Tanya Harrison at the Mars Exploration Mobile Unit Exhibit.

The sci-fi genre is full of tales of humans exploring Mars, often to learn something that could change the scope of the universe or, at the least, colonize it for Earth.

But there are many real scientists today working on ways to get us to Mars and prepare us for living on the extraterrestrial world once we get there.

A project at ASU — the Mars Exploration Mobile Unit — aims to create an exhibit that will get the public as close as possible to what it would be like to live and work on Mars. To do this, the project brought together a variety of disciplines.

The Show visited the in-progress exhibit at ASU’s Tempe campus affectionately known as the Mar-V.

There, The Show spoke with Tanya Harrison, director of research for ASU’s New Space Initiative and project lead for the Mars Habitat Project as well as Roy Wasson Valle, a master of fine arts student at ASU.

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