Of all the planets other than Earth, none have captivated mankind more than Mars. By the 19th century, telescopic observations intrigued the imagination of scientists and writers wondering if Mars supported life and even advanced civilizations. Getting to Mars is hard, landing is even harder still, but getting off the surface of Mars has never been done before and is one of the big engineering challenges of a Martian mission. A crucial element of NASA’s plans is the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), the spacecraft that will blast off from the surface of Mars to begin the astronauts’ journey home. In the spring of 2016, RI School of Design’s Design for Extreme Environments industrial design studio, working with NASA, designed two different concepts for the MAV. Come see these mock-ups and learn more about the red planet in this new exhibit.
Special thanks to Michael Lye, NASA Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty/Senior Critic, and his spring of 2016 Design for Extreme Environments students at Rhode Island School of Design for their contributions. Exhibit sponsored by the Brown/NASA Northeast Planetary Data Center & the NASA/RI Grant Consortium.