Category Space Exploration

Females to Mars

Last year Kate Greene took part in a NASA-funded research project called HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). It required that she and five other crewmembers live as astronauts on the surface of Mars. For four months they were cooped up in a geodesic dome on the side of the very Mars-like Mauna Loa [...]

Rewilding Ghost Suburbia

If mankind decides to shrink, and we succeed to achieve an average height of 50 centimeters as The Incredible Shrinking Man proposes, one of the most significant changes will be the increase of available space. The scale of buildings, infrastructure and distance will be enormous and must be readjusted to the size of our bodies. [...]

Supersize Tourism

Jim Hejl keeps a website called Jim’s Big Things with photos of himself near (you guessed it) BIG things. He typically finds these things near freeways, in shopping malls, in restaurants and amusement parks. It started harmlessly with a single blurry photo of Jim next to a world record pancake but by now Hejl systematically plans his [...]

Snow Flakes & Weaver Birds

Scaling ourselves down has the promise of something truly magical. Not just the magic of becoming smaller but magical in the sense of real transformative knowledge. If small, we will be able to come closer to, or even enter, what is now often beyond our grasp. Our present plus-size denies us factual and poetic knowledge [...]

Bantam Astronauts

Perhaps it’s our desire to go to Mars that in the end will lead to smaller human beings. NASA is obsessed by the immense costs of putting things into space. Every extra pound sets them back thousands of dollars. That’s why it is perhaps not surprising that researcher Don Platt reports that several space technology centers [...]