POSTPONED: How do Space Analogues Build Space Communities on Earth?
29 November 2022, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
This event has been postponed until term 2 due to speaker availability. New date to be announced soon.
This event is free.
IAS Forum and online, via ZoomG17, Ground Floor, South WingUCL, Gower Street, LondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
Space analogues, sites around the world which aim to produce a living simulation of habitats and living and working conditions in orbit, on the Moon, and on Mars for training purposes, have grown in popularity, producing communities of ‘analogue astronauts’ (people who play the role of an astronaut and crew member in a mission) and new ways of relating to space flight and space environments. Sites such as the HI-SEAS habitat in Hawai’i, the LunAres base in Poland, the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, and more represent sites in which the terrestrial meets the extraterrestrial and the future meets the present in what anthropologist Lisa Messeri calls a “‘double exposure’ of place” in which analogue astronauts live out “a future that includes the human exploration of Mars… exposed atop the present” (2016:30).
Join us at 7pm for an evening panel discussion on how space analogue missions can help design, implement, and reinforce a sense of community on Earth and in potential futures off-world. What is the value of community-building in these settings and how do they produce particular social environments? This roundtable will interrogate and examine crew dynamics, the research conducted during analogue missions, and the online communities, such as the Analog Astronaut Community, and in-person ones that are produced through participating in analogues.
This event is in-person at the IAS Forum (G17, South Wing) and online; please choose the correct ticket when you register: https://coss-space-analogues.eventbrite.co.uk
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