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Mars: Should we stay or should we go?

The journey to Mars is set to become one of the greatest design challenges of our era. Should it be the ultimate adventure for our generation and generations to come? Join the debate in anticipation of the Design Museum’s forthcoming 'Moving to Mars' exhibition.

Please note that this event is taking place at the V&A.

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It is a truly interdisciplinary enterprise that will require new thinking in subjects as diverse as engineering, manufacturing, agriculture and even anthropology. However, with its ability to combine different disciplines and its emphasis on the human experience, design will play a pivotal role in the process. But should we even be going there? In advance of the Design Museum’s autumn exhibition Moving to Mars, join Design Museum Chief Curator Justin McGuirk and Earth and Planetary Scientist Professor Sanjeev Gupta for a discussion about why, how, and even if, we should be starting life on another planet.

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Please note that this event is taking place at the V&A museum on Exhibition Road.


Justin McGuirk

Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator based in London. He is the chief curator at the Design Museum and the founder of Design Curating & Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven. He has been the director of Strelka Press, the design critic of The Guardian, and the editor of Icon magazine.

Professor Sanjeev Gupta

Professor Sanjeev Gupta is a co-investigator both on the Mastcam camera team on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission in Gale crater and the Pancam camera team on the ExoMars 2020 rover mission. In June 2018, NASA reported organic matter found at the bottom of a crater on the Red Planet suggested there might have been life there once. Samples of the matter were analysed by a team of scientists, including Prof Gupta.

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The journey to the Red Planet has become one of the great challenges of our time. Through immersive recreations and new commissions, discover how every detail of this extraordinary mission must be designed.

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