'Life in Space' Looks At Living On Mars
Life on Mars might be more than just the title of a David Bowie song or the topic of a science fiction story — at least that's the possibility entertained by the exhibit Life in Space? at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. It envisions the idea of humans actually living on the Red Planet, and showcases some of the interstellar objects that might be a part of the experience.
Where else are you likely to come across anything like "Dusty," a seven-foot "robot scientist on wheels," or at least a life-size model, seeing as how the actual Dusty is on its way to Mars at the moment. In the market for a full-scale model of the Curiosity Mars Rover? Yep, they've got one of those in the show too. And if you start to feel a bit been-there-done-that about the whole living-on-Mars thing, you can always saunter on over to the Lunar Greenhouse, an unearthly sort of automatic garden in a self-contained environment that makes it possible to consider colonizing the moon by growing crops there. Life in Space? can be seen at the museum through January 30 (FYI, the Lunar Greenhouse will only be accessible until 1/27), but the ideas it engenders will likely last a lot longer than that.