Astronaut and dog on Mars

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Moving to Mars

The Design Museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition Moving to Mars is doing the first stop on its international tour at Tekniska museet.

Colonising the Red Planet

Mars has been a source of fascination for humans for thousands of years, and our dreams of one day setting foot on the red planet may soon become a reality. The Design Museum in London has created an experience that transports you there using all your senses, where you can not only sense the smells, the light and the sand beneath your feet, but can also step inside a full-sized living space.

As a visitor you are able to feel what it is like to stand on the bleak and barren surface of the planet, hundreds of millions of kilometres from our home on Earth. With regard to design considerations, we are given a whole new perspective on sustainable innovation, where the choice of materials, the structures and the technology are all of crucial importance to life.

With the help of 150 objects from previous space missions (including originals from NASA, ESA and SpaceX) and prototypes for future Mars missions, the Design Museum’s exhibition tells the story of the great challenge of landing humans on Mars – perhaps the greatest adventure in the history of mankind. Every single aspect must be thought through in great detail – not only the 7-month long journey to get there, but also considerations regarding how we will be able to survive once we have arrived, the kinds of clothing we will need, what we will be able to eat, and how we will live.

Sustainability in focus

A large part of our preparation for a life on Mars concerns exploring in the tiniest of detail how we will be able to make best use of the scarce resources, how to minimise the wasting of energy, water, food and refuse, and how we will stay alive in the planet’s hostile environment. The exhibition concludes by asking whether we actually will ever relocate to Mars, or whether the insights we have gained may instead be utilised in order to take better care of our home planet.


Thanks to Ericsson, official partner and NIBE, sustainability partner to the National Museum of Science and Technology.



Last updated 7 January 2022.