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Abiogenetic Triptych

Andrea S. Ling

Abiogenetic Triptych

2020

inorganic salts – copper sulfate and potassium ferricyanide

1 x 1.2 cm

status:

Returned

Abiogenetic Triptych is a work-in-progress reflection on the divergent possibilities that protocells, though to be the chemical proto-origins of life, could have taken without the rule of gravity governing bio-chemical evolution.

MIT Space Exploration Initiative

Abiogenetic Triptych is a work-in-progress reflection on the divergent possibilities that protocells, though to be the chemical proto-origins of life, could have taken without the rule of gravity governing bio-chemical evolution. At each gravity level of Sojouner 2020 different ratios of inorganic salts – copper sulfate and potassium ferricyanide – are mixed together after launch to form protocell compounds. The resulting precipitate membranes, formed under conditions of differing osmotic pressures and differing gravities, will give a glimpse of how the first inklings of life may have formed under these interstellar conditions. Upon return to earth, the precipitate morphology and material characteristics will be used as prompts for synthetic cell designs and imaginary creatures. Sojourner 2020 (a 1.5U size unit, 100mm x 100mm x 152.4mm ) will be launched into low Earth orbit for about 30 days. It features a three-layer telescoping structure which creates three different “gravities”: zero gravity, lunar gravity, and Martian gravity. Each layer of the structure rotates independently. The top layer remains still in weightlessness, while the middle and bottom layers spin at different speeds to produce centripetal accelerations that mimic lunar gravity and Martian gravity, respectively. Each layer carries 6 pockets that can hold projects.

Technical information

artist

Andrea S. Ling

title

Abiogenetic Triptych

date

2020

this work is part of the following collection

Sojourner 2020

medium

inorganic salts – copper sulfate and potassium ferricyanide

dimensions

1 x 1.2 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

7 Mar 2020

launch  vehicle

SpaceX CRS-20 (Dragon), Flacon 9

Orbit

host 

International Space Station

location

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

SLC40 - Cape Canaveral, Florida

Return

return date

6 April 2020

return vehicle

SpaceX Dragon

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2020-016A

partners

MIT Space Exploration Initiative

Artist

Andrea S. Ling

Architect, artist, researcher

USA, Canada

Collection

Sojourner 2020

2020

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