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

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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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.