top of page
Bioarchitectures CosmoEcology

Luis Guzmán

Bioarchitectures CosmoEcology

2020

Diatoms

1 x 1.2 cm

status:

Returned

Bioarchitectures CosmoEcology is an Art + Science project by Luis Guzmán that was part of the Sojourner2020 of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative. The project aims to create a symbiotic technology for multispecies space colonization based in the cultivation of marine diatoms.

MIT Space Exploration Initiative

Bioarchitectures CosmoEcology (2020) is an Art + Science project by Luis Guzmán that was part of the Sojourner2020 of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, curated by Xin Liu, a microgravity payload that hosted a total of nine art projects aboard the International Space Station ISS between March and April 2020. The project aims to create a symbiotic technology for multispecies space colonization based in the cultivation of marine diatoms.

Diatoms are enigmatic, nor plant or animal, they share biochemical features of both. They are covered with complex silica structure and are responsible for creating 25-30 % of the oxygen present in the atmosphere of the Earth.


In the orbital laboratory, a sample of Marine Diatoms was subjected to Martian microgravity and zero-gravity conditions inside the Sojourner2020 microgravity payload. The diatomaceous strain Phaeodactylum Tricornutum, used in the experiment, can change between three possible morphotypes: oval, Fusiform, and triradiate. The project aimed to imagine a diatom based technology for oxygen production in space, but also to imagine what are the implications of an interplanetary ecology. 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. Source: https://www.guzmanluis.com/

Technical information

artist

Luis Guzmán

title

Bioarchitectures CosmoEcology

date

2020

this work is part of the following collection

Sojourner 2020

medium

Diatoms

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

Luis Guzmán

Artist

Chile

Collection

Sojourner 2020

2020

Are you the copyright holder of this artwork and do not wish to be included in this archive, then let us know by mail and we will remove your record.
 

Copyright Disclaimer: Exception to copyright for libraries, museums and archives. Copies for the preservation of cultural and scientific heritage: libraries, archives or museums can restore works or make digital copies of works in order to preserve and conserve them for future generations. More info here. This database and its content are protected. More info here. No copyright infringement intended.

bottom of page