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Mars: The Last Frontier?

As part of the exhibition “Mars: The Red Mirror”, this lecture series will feature scientists and thinkers from different disciplines who will analyse the contradictions raised by the project of colonising Mars and our becoming a multiplanetary species.

At a time when planet Earth must confront the breakdown brought about by human expansion, the possibility of sending manned missions to Mars and establishing colonies on the red planet has been given considerable attention and coverage in the media. Both the private sector and governments and a range of public institutions are seeing space as fertile terrain for testing the limits of our scientific capacity and trying out cutting-edge technologies. The dream of inhabiting other planets can therefore be seen as one of the last frontiers of scientific knowledge. However, according to those who are most involved, this huge task is also a way of putting into practice knowledge that could be used for dealing with the present challenges of our planet. Will colonising space be an opportunity for remedying Earth’s ecological crisis or, on the contrary, will it be yet another episode in the history of imbalance caused by human beings in the ecosystems they inhabit? What does this desire tell us about the human condition and the future of our species?

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